Density simply refers to the number of hairs you have on your head – more specifically, how closely they’re packed together on your head (how many hairs per square cm) – the more you have, the denser your hair.
When hair stylists say that you have nice thick hair – they’re generally talking about the density (not the texture) of your hair. Even though your texture (diameter of an individual strand) of your hair may be fine, doesn’t mean you can’t have a thick head of hair, and visa versa.
Density is categorized into low, medium and high
So How Do I Find Out the Density of My Hair?
Test 1: Look and See
- Let your dry hair hang loose in its natural, unparted shape and look at it closely from all different angles without moving your hair
- If you can see your scalp very easily, then you have low hair density
- If you can see some of your scalp, you have medium hair density
- If your scalp is difficult or impossible to see, then you have high hair density
Test 2: The Ponytail Test
- Put your hair in a ponytail and measure the circumference of your ponytail
- You have low density hair if the circumference is less than about 5 cm
- You have medium density hair if it’s about 5 to 7.5 cm
- If the circumference is greater than 10 cm, then you have high density hair
Test 3: Count (don’t try this at home)
- The most accurate way is to count how many hairs you have in a square inch on your scalp. Seeing that the average person has about 2,200 hairs per square inch, this is not a smart test to do 🙂
- Use volumizing products which create the appearance of more hair
- Use light products that won’t weight down your hair and reduce its volume
African Flair products that suit low density hair:
- This hair suits a wide range of products – you can use volumizing products to play up your volume or heavier products to hang and weigh your hair down
African Flair products that suit medium density hair:
- Use volume minimizing products – heavy products like gels, creams and butters to create a more structured, less ‘poofy’ look. They will also help hold curls together.
African Flair products that suit high density hair:
As you can see, density plays more to how you hair looks and its style, and less about choosing the right products from a hair health perspective. Nonetheless, knowing you hair density, with its porosity and texture, will definitely help you in understanding which products to use.
Next, we take a look at Elasticity…
We recommend these products for low density hair
This Sulfate-free conditioning cleanser removes impurities without stripping hair of natural oils. Lightweight moisturizers soften and control frizz in one easy step. Leaves curls vibrantly bouncy.
We recommend these products for medium density hair
Provides intense moisture leaving hair soft & manageable. Formulated for damaged, dry or coarse hair.
Detangles, moisturizes, repairs and restores lifeless dry, damaged or over-processed hair.
This 100% organic oil will strengthen and increase the length of your hair.
This lightweight daily conditioner for thick, curly hair restores and smoothes dry hair cuticles. No more knots, snarls and tangles. Helps tame frizz as it defines and enhances natural curls.
Curl Enhancing Smoothie defines curls, reduces frizz and smoothes hair for a soft, silky feel. Restores moisture, creates brilliant shine and conditions hair without weighing it down for bouncy, healthy curls.
For thick, curly hair gently cleanses, hydrates and detangles hair for bouncy and healthy curls.
We recommend these products for high density hair
Curl & Style Milk for thick, curly hair detangles, conditions and controls curls while restoring body and shine.
Contains 100% pure olive oil for deep conditioning while maintaining maximum hold.