Your hair is a unique aspect of your appearance and personality, but did you know that understanding the different characteristics of your hair can help you take better care of it? In this article, we'll explore the four key factors that define your hair's identity: density, thickness, porosity, and curl type.
- Hair Density
Hair density refers to the amount of hair strands you have on your scalp. You can have either high density (thick) hair or low density (thin) hair, regardless of the thickness of each individual strand. To determine your hair density, perform the ponytail test: if your ponytail circumference is under 2 inches, you have low density hair; if it's between 2 and 3 inches, you have medium density hair; and if it's over 3 inches, you have high density hair.
- Hair Thickness
Hair thickness refers to the diameter of each individual strand of hair. Hair thickness can vary greatly, with the range typically falling between 0.04 mm to 0.1 mm. Coarse hair is thicker and often found in Asian or African hair types, while fine hair is thinner and commonly found in European hair types. To determine your hair's thickness, pluck a few strands from different areas of your head and compare them to a piece of sewing thread. If the hair is thinner than the thread, your hair is fine; if it's thicker, it's coarse.
- Hair Porosity
Hair porosity refers to how easily your hair absorbs and retains moisture. Genetics play a big role in determining your hair's porosity, but styling and treatments can also affect it. High porosity hair absorbs moisture easily, resulting in frizz and quick drying. Low porosity hair has a tightly bound cuticle, making it resistant to moisture and resulting in slow drying, but also leading to product buildup. To determine your hair's porosity, perform the bowl test: drop a few strands of hair in a bowl of lukewarm water and observe what happens. If they sink, your hair is high porosity; if they float, it's low porosity; and if they sit somewhere in between, it's medium porosity.
- Curl Type
Curl type refers to the pattern in which your hair naturally curls. The curl type scale ranges from 1 (straight hair) to 4 (coily hair). Types 2-3 refer to wavy or curly hair. Understanding your curl type can help you select products and styling techniques that will best support your hair's natural texture.
In conclusion, understanding your hair's density, thickness, porosity, and curl type can help you make informed decisions about how to care for it. By embracing your hair's true identity, you can work with it, rather than against it, to achieve the best possible results.
xoxo 💋 Kayleigh-May