What is hair density?
Hair density is the number of strands on your head, it determines how thick or thin it is. To figure out the density, look at your hair in its natural state and determine if you can see your scalp. You can also put your hair in a ponytail and measure the circumference; low density will be less than two inches, medium density is two to three inches and high density will measure at least four inches.
African-Americans are known for having low density hair compared to other ethnicities such as Asians and Caucasians. Asian hair tends to have the thickest and coarse hair but they also have less hair follicles on their scalp while Caucasian hair can range anywhere from 100,000 - 150,000 strands throughout their head.
Not every African-American has low density hair, some have high density but for those that don’t, learning what works for your hair is essential. What exactly does low density mean? And how can we change it?
Low density means your hair strands are lower than the average amount of individual strands on your head. It also means being able to easily see your scalp; therefore, it is affecting you from having thick and full hair. Having low density hair can be challenging due to styling difficulties, not being able to find the right styling products and not achieving fullness and voluminous hair.
With low density hair being fine and thin, naturalista’s are struggling to figure out ways to style their hair without causing shedding and baldness to their scalp. Fine hair indicates the thickness/diameter of the individual strand while thin hair describes the density of the follicles.
There are solutions to altering the appearance of low density hair and to increase the density on your scalp. Here are a few low density hair tips you should consider following. Let’s jump right into it…
1. Creating volume for your hair.
2. Applying lightweight products.
Stay away from heavy products that will weigh down your hair. Stick to using lightweight creams, misting sprays and oils.
3. Scalp massages and hair growth.
Certain styles might weaken the hair and cause tightness to the scalp. Low density hair requires gentleness and cannot be styled too often. Opting for alternative styles, would increase fullness; have your stylist create and shape your hair. Get wild and add some layers! Layers will give your hair the voluminous look you have been dying for. Say Goodbye to low density hair!