Hair Densities and Textures

Hair Densities and Textures
We Were Asked:

What’s the difference between hair texture and density?

We Answered:

Hair has many different textures and densities.

Fine hair texture is often simpler to process, and can be over-processed easily. Fine hair is often very, very small in diameter and tends to be almost weightless. Fly-away hair is most often associated with people who have fine hair. You’ll find if you do have fine hair that it will not hold a curl easily and it’s often very straight.

Fine hair has a variety of densities.

Thin Density Fine Hair:

Thin density, fine hair hardly ever holds a curl. It’s said that it is easy to see the scalp of someone with fine, thin density hair. You’ll also find that if this is your hair type, you have to wrap a hair tie many times around your ponytail because it’s a very small area to hold. This
particular type of hair is also the most common to be oily.

Medium Density Fine Hair:
If you have fine hair but the hair density is medium, you can have curly or straight hair. Commonly a person whose hair is medium in density has fuller hair towards the scalp and thinner at the roots.

Thick Density Fine Hair:
When someone has thick density they have a lot of hair, but its texture is still fine. This means that the person still has smooth, soft hair. Fine, thick hair is also the easiest to chemical treat.

Medium Density Fine Hair:

There is also a medium between having fine or coarse hair. That’s actually entitled the “medium area”. Medium hair is the most common type of texture in both men and women. It has the most styling flexibility of all three hair types. Depending on the overall condition of the persons’ hair, the medium hair texture is what’s considered ‘normal’ in the hair industry. This means that if you see a bottle of shampoo labeled, ‘normal hair’ then that’s what this is referring to.

If your hair is coarse, you’ll notice that your hair feels rough, is dull and is often difficult to style. Most of the time curly hair falls into the coarse category. Chemical treatments will work with coarse hair, but you’ll find that you have to repeat them more frequently than if you had fine hair texture.

Be aware; however that chemical processing with coarse hair can cause a lot more damage to your hair, making it difficult to style and maintain.

Another great way to explain the difference between coarse and fine hair is the circumference of the hair shaft. Coarse hair will have the largest circumference of the hair shaft while fine hair will have the smallest.

To determine the texture of your hair:

Pull your hair back into a ponytail. If it’s very slim-about the diameter of a dime, you have fine hair. If your hair is thicker-about the diameter of a quarter, you have coarse hair. Another clue: can you see your scalp when your hair is wet? If so, your hair is probably a thin hair type.
We hope this helps everyone better understand hair texture and density!

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