Hair Density: What Is Yours and Why Is it Important?

Hair Density: What Is Yours and Why Is it Important?


   Hair density refers to the number of strands growing out of each square-inch of your scalp. You can have low, medium, or high density. It’s important to figure out what your density is because it helps you determine what type of product consistency works best for styling your hair. 


Three Ways to Determine Your Density:


    1. Examine Your Scalp 

      Source: Voice of Hair


      Dry your hair, let your hair hang loose, and do not part it; just look in the mirror to see how visible your scalp is without moving your hair. If you can easily see your scalp, your hair is low density. If you can barely see it or don’t see it at all, you have high density. If it’s somewhere in between, you have medium density.




        2. Measure Your Ponytail 



          Put your hair into a ponytail and measure the circumference of it. High density will measure at least four inches. Low density will be less than two inches. Medium density will be between two to three inches



            3. Count Your Hair Strands


              Source: Naturally Curly


              Now, this is for those who have a lot of time on their hands. Bored in the house? Why not count your hair strands?! Just joking, but it seriously works! It’s just very time-consuming and we’re sure most of you don’t have time for that! On average, everyone has about 2,200 hair strands per square inch on their scalp so counting can be a very tiring task. 



              The Role Density Plays In Product Selection


              Source: Byrdie


              If you have low density hair, lightweight products are your friends! You want to stay away from heavy products because they will weigh your hair down, making it look greasy. Medium density hair can use slightly heavier products but lightweight ones can still get the job done. Those with high density should use heavier products to style and hold the hair.




               Are Density & Thickness The Same?



              We know it’s easy to get these two confused but they are not the same thing. Hair density refers to the number of strands growing from your scalp, whereas hair thickness refers to the width of an individual hair strand. 

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