Hair density is the third post in the Unboxing Natural Hair series. Previously we talked about hair type and hair porosity and discussed how they connect. If you haven’t read these post you might want to check them and come back here. Today we will talk about hair density – what it is, how to identify it and why it is important.
What Is Hair Density?
Well, hair density and hair texture get easily mixed up. So, we will clear this up first before diving any further into density. Hair texture refers to the width/thickness of the hair it tells us if the hair is fine, medium or coarse. Hair density, on the other hand, tells us how much hair or how many strands of hair you have in your scalp. Ideally, you would count the number of hair strands you have in a 1″x 1″ section, however, to me this sounds like a mad and impossible mission to accomplish. Keep reading and find an easier way to determine your hair density.
How Do I Know My Hair Density?
To determine hair density you should let your dry hair hang loose since wet hair tends to appear thinner. Then, looking at a mirror, you should observe it carefully. Are you able to see your scalp? If you can see your scalp you have low density, if you can see parts of it, you have medium density. On the other hand, if it is difficult or nearly impossible to see your scalp you have high density.
Why It’s Important & How It Relates To Hair Type And Porosity?
Determining your hair density, along with curl pattern and porosity, is important because it will allow you to choose the right products and hair styles for your hair’s volume.
Low density hair needs light products that won’t weigh it down. Try not to layer too many products and avoid heavy oil and butters, you will run the risk of looking like a wet chick. This hair lacks volume and because of this, it will benefit from volumizing products and mousses.
Medium density hair is one which can be fun to play with. Individuals in this category can add volume to their hair by using mousses or paly it down with the use of butters. Their hair can reveal its true curl pattern in a simple wash and go or it can be texturized with twists and braids. Just let your creativity run free!
High density hair needs heavier products such as butters, gels and creams to reduce the volume of their hair. However, if you love volume just show your mane and be proud! Individuals with high density hair will also have a harder time detangling their hair, but if you section your hair and use loads of conditioner this will become an easier task.
In my next pos,t I will talk about hair texture and elasticity and its relevance to hair maintenance.
What is your hair density? Have you done the mirror test?