Hair type is everything; it dictates what you want or need to do with your hair. Coloring, styling, and conditioning all revolve around one thing: what type of hair you have. Once you have determined the answer to that question, all other things come into focus. This is completely BORING but so important to know. Obviously, once you know what kind of hair you have everything else will fall into place.
Hair is currently believed to be genetically predetermined and unchangeable, although many people have found dramatic changes in their hair texture (not density) after chemotherapy. Straight to curly, back to straight with slight color changes. This leads one to believe that very soon, in the not so distant future, texture will be as easy to change as a visit to the tattoo parlor or local spa. Until then, we wait and learn about how to work with what we have. Hair texture is measured by the degree of fineness or coarseness of your hair, which varies according to the diameter of each individual hair. Coarse hair has the widest diameter with very fine hair having the smallest.
Density of hair:
This page really starts to let you know the difference between thick hair and a lot of hair. What most people do not know is that the thicker the hair in general, the less dense the distribution of hair. The finer the hair, the greater the density of distribution (more or less hairs per square inch). This really affects the outcome of your style and can change everything. The average head has approximately 2,200 strands of hair per square inch, and a total of approximately 100,000 hairs. Very often we find that blonds can have the greatest hair density, and redheads can have the lowest. Brunettes are in the middle.
Understanding your personal hair density will really answer a lot of question for you. Your hair will always feel thick and luxurious when dense, and will be open to many styles when average density exists.
Hair that is less dense or more dense is less forgiving. Thick, dense hair will often be layered and look really cool when done well, the challenge is that it can look choppy if it is not blended properly. Fine hair is often left one length when long layers would be better suited or a slight graduation. Thick hair cut into a blunt cut requires great skill.
Once you understand the ins and outs of your hair's density, it will really open up your mind to the possibilities and potential of what your hair can (and cannot) do. Do not be afraid to ask questions and watch a stylist work before you have your hair done. Look for confidence, not arrogance, and how they move the hair. Are they taking clean sections and being neat about the job? When they are cutting, does it look like they have a plan. Watching a stylist work is the number one thing I recommend before anything. You will get a feel for how they are handling hair before they handle you, and as an observer the perspective is completely different then when you are already in the chair. When your hair density is sparse, you must be sure to protect your hair as every hair counts. Highlights are great, but do not over do it.
Taking care of the scalp is very important with dense or sparse hair in particular. With dense hair, very often the scalp will not get the cleansing and agitation needed to promote great circulation. With fine hair, it may get too much product. Again, with fine hair less is more and thick hair we like to do two shampoos, one for scalp one for mid shaft and ends. Detangler for fine hair with protein treatments is good as well. Do not over moisturize if you have plans. Moisture has weight to it, so for fine density hair you need to plan things a bit more.ShareThis