Hair width (sometimes called texture) refers to the thickness of individual strands of your hair, rather than to how much hair you have on your head. Knowing your hair width is important since it can affect your ability to retain length.
Determining Hair WidthTo find your hair width, take piece of your hair from a brush or comb and hold it up to the light. If the hair is very wide and easily visible, then you have coarse hair. If it's so thin that you can hardly see it, you have fine hair. If your hair appears neither thin nor coarse, you have medium width hair.
CoarseThe strands in coarse hair are very wide in circumference, making them the strongest of all hair textures. As a result, it's easy to maintain length with coarse hair since it's more resistant to damage.
MediumHair with medium width consists of strands that are strong and elastic, and neither too thin nor too thick. Medium width hair is also somewhat resistant to damage, making it easy to maintain length.
FineHair with fine width has a very small circumference and is very delicate and easy to damage. As a result it's often difficult to maintain length with fine hair.
But that doesn't mean it's impossible. My BFF has hair that's so fine it's like spider web and she has tailbone length natural hair!
While hair width measures the width of individual strands of hair, density refers to how closely those strands are packed together on your head. Your hair's density can also be affected by your hair texture, porosity and width.
Determining Hair Density
One way to determine your hair density is to measure the width of you ponytail. Take your dry hair and place it in a ponytail. (It doesn't matter where as long as you can get all your hair into the hair tie) then take a tape measure and and measure around your pony.
1/2 inch or lower = Low density (or thin hair)
1 inch or more = Medium density
1 1/2 inch or more = High density (or thick hair)
Another simple way to check your hair density is to examine your scalp. Start with dry hair, because hair that's wet will often look thinner than it really is. Let your hair hang loose in its natural, unparted shape and look at it closely from all different angles. 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.
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