What is Hair Texture and Hair Density?
One of the amazing things about natural hair is the diversity of hair types. From thick straight hair to fine curls, you can even have a mix of hair types on your own head! If you want to understand your specific hair type though, it’s important to consider other characteristics such as texture and density.
With a better understanding of texture and density, you’ll be able to create the best hair care routine for your curls including finding the right hair products is much easier.
Here’s all you need to know about hair texture and density.
Hair texture is determined by how thick your hair strands are. There are three main categories: fine, medium, or coarse, and figuring out your hair texture can help you find the right hair products for your type whether you have straight hair or tight curls.
There are three main hair layers: cortex, cuticle, and medulla. Those with all three will have the thickest hair texture and those with only one layer will have the thinnest hair texture.
A common misperception is that cutting hair actually makes it thicker, not true! The growing zone of hair doesn’t exchange information with the ends of hair to signal increased thickness. There is no way of changing the thickness of your hair follicles but you can make your hair appear fuller, healthier, and stronger.
The Andre Walker hair typing system is commonly used to determine texture, however, it’s important to remember that there are no hard and fast rules for classifying hair as everyone’s curls are entirely different. In fact, you might even have more than one hair texture running throughout your hair.
You may find it useful to identify which category your hair falls under although some people fall under more than one subcategory:
If you find that certain hair products don’t work for your hair, they might not be suitable for your particular hair texture. Not all products will work for people with the same hair texture, but here’s a rough guide to get started:
can take longer to soak up products so using a hair maskregularly will ensure that your hair is soft and hydrated.
Hair density is determined by how tightly packed your hair strands are and the average person has around 2,200 hair strands per square inch on their scalp. Learning more about your hair density can help you pick out appropriate hair products.
For example, if you have very dense curly hair then you’ll need a styling cream or gel that has enough hold to define your curls well whereas low-density straight hair will flourish with lightweight products that don’t weigh down the hair.
So, how do you measure your own hair density? Counting your hairs is, of course, an impossible task, however, taking a birds-eye photo of your hair and seeing how visible your scalp is will give you a better idea of your hair’s density.
Density and texture are terms often used interchangeably but they actually refer to different things. Hair density is the number of individual hairs per square inch on your scalp whereas hair thickness refers to the width of a single hair strand. That means someone could have thin curly hair that is high density or thick straight hair that’s low density.
Comparing a single hair strand to a piece of thread can help you measure its thickness. If your hair strand is wider than a thread, you have coarse hair; nevertheless, if it is thinner than a thread, you have fine curly hair.
To get your hair in the best condition you must take the time to understand important hair characteristics such as hair texture, density and porosity. Get to know your hair a little better and you’ll soon see results!