Hair density refers to how many hair strands are close together on your head. The density of your hair can be affected by your hair texture, porosity and width.
WHY IS KNOWING YOUR HAIR DENSITY IMPORTANT?
Once you are able to identify the density of your hair this will further assist you in choosing and purchasing the appropriate products and finding the right hairstyles for your hair’s volume, making it simpler and easier to manage your hair.
TYPES OF DENSITY HAIR
Hair density comprises of three (3) main categories as listed below along with each category characteristics.
- Requires light products to ensure that the hair is not weighed down.
- Make use of volumizing mousses and products
- You can volumize your hair by using mousse or heavier creams/butters
- Your hair curl pattern can be revealed in wash and go’s
- Twists and braids would modify your curl pattern providing more structure
- Use heavier products such as gels, creams and butters to reduce the volume of your hair. For those of us who love volume just wear your mane and be proud.
HOW TO IDENTIFY THE DENSITY OF YOUR HAIR?
The first and most accurate way to determine the density of your hair is to allow someone to count the number of individual hair strands in a 1 x 1 inch area on your scalp. This is not an easy task and may be very time consuming.
The second method to identify the density of your hair, is to start with dry hair as wet hair appears thinner. Your dry hair should hang loose and observe closely from different angles.
- If you can see your scalp easily, you have low density hair.
- If you can see parts of your scalp, you have medium density hair and
- If you cannot see your scalp at all, you have high density hair
The third method to determine the density of your hair, is to do the ponytail test. Start by firstly smoothing out your hair as much as you possibly can using a comb, brush or your fingers, then place hair into a ponytail.
Next you are going to measure the circumference of your ponytail.
Low density hair – less than 2 inches
Medium density hair – 2 – 3 inches
High density hair – 4 or more inches
As always happy, healthy hair journey!