Oily hair, dry hair or normal hair: The different hair types and how to tell which is yours

Oily, dry or normal - which is your hair type and how to identify it? Read on! 

Updated on May 01, 2020   |  02:43 PM IST  |  3.5M
Oily hair, dry hair or normal hair: The different hair types and how to tell which is yours
Oily hair, dry hair or normal hair: The different hair types and how to tell which is yours

When it comes to hair, there are always concerns about the mane. Our hair is our pride and glory and nothing feels better than a good hair day. To make looking after hair a little simpler, it is best to identify the type of the hair first. There are essentially three types of hair - oily, dry and normal hair. This is based on the texture, quality and feeling of the hair. So how to tell which category your hair type falls under? Read on!

Oily hair 
People with oily skin are usually the ones who have oily hair as well as the scalp is the same skin type as the face. Typically, those who have oily skin are prone to have oily hair as well. 
How to tell if you have oily hair?
- Your hair looks dull and lifeless
- Your hair becomes greasy within a day of shampooing
- You witness a lot of hair fall

Dry hair
The next most common hair type is dry hair. Ineffective oil glands are what usually lead to dryness of the hair. If you have dry skin, it is very likely that you will have dry hair as well as your skin does not produce the right amount of oil for your hair. 
How to tell if you have dry hair?
- You have frizzy hair 
- You have excessive amount of split ends 
- Your hair breaks very easily and is extremely rough at the broken part

Normal hair 
Having normal hair means the pH balance of your scalp is normal with a shine. Your hair is healthy and clean. This is the most uncommon hair type and very rare. 
How to tell if you have normal hair?
- You have minimal hair loss 
- You have little to no split ends 
- Your scalp does not become oily very soon
- Your hair is not fizzy 
- You have almost no issues with your hair 

A simple way to tell what type of hair you have, is to take a tissue or blotting paper. Dab it on your hair. 
If there is a blot of oil you have oily hair. 
If there is nothing on the tissue you have dry hair. 

What is your hair type? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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Dec 03, 2021
My hair & my scalp is considered normal (which is rare). Whenever I wash my hair with shampoo, obviously my hair becomes frizzy, but applying conditioner will put the puzzle pieces together.
Aug 17, 2021
My scalp becomes oily after one day of shampooing. But except scalp,my whole hair is rough,dry and have dandruff! What type is this?
May 02, 2020
Here it's written that oily hair looks dull, and is prone to more hairfall and becomes oily within a day of shampooing. My hair has the last problem, my scalp becomes oily within three to four days after shampoo. But doesn't look dull, n even i have minimal hairfall(not that much). Then what's my type? ( Yes it's been a year im having dandruff maybe that has caused more oiliness)
May 01, 2020
I don't know . My hair is pretty dry and frizzy but my scalp is super oily and it had so much dandruff.