The Science of Hair Density: How to know and love your hair.

A reason why your hair is unique to you is because of its varying characteristics. Understanding and loving your hair’s density as one of these characteristics will help boost self love and self acceptance. Knowing your hair’s density also helps you to choose hair products and styles that will flatter your gorgeous curls.

To dive into the intriguing world of hair density, the first question is;

What is hair density? 

Hair density refers to the number of hair follicles per unit area of the scalp. Recall that hair follicles are openings on the scalp where hair strands grow out of. Hair density is basically the number of hair follicles you have on your head. It’s a major determinant of how ‘full’ your hair looks.

There are three categories of hair density; 

Low-density hair means there are fewer strands per square inch. If you have low density hair, your scalp is typically visible when you style your hair giving it a ‘scanty’ appearance. We encourage you to choose full/filling hairstyles like flat-twists, twist-outs, braid-outs e.t.c.

Medium density hair means there is a balanced number of  hair strands per square inch. It is not too much and it is also not too few. If you fall into this category, you can get away with just about any hairstyle in the book.

High Density hair has a lot of hair follicles per square inch. For those in this category, the hair is quite dense and full. Managing high-density hair can be a challenging and time-consuming activity. We encourage you to embrace jumbo sized hairstyles most of the time. For Example, jumbo-braids, jumbo- twists, cornrows, flat-twists e.t.c.

At this juncture, you must be wondering;

What is MY hair density?

You can find out the answer to this by observing how much of your scalp is visible after installing a new style. 

If you have a lot of scalp showing like the image above then you have low density hair. 

If you can hardly detect your scalp showing like the image above then you have high density hair.

If you fall somewhere in between, then yours is medium density hair.

It’s important to note that high density hair is often represented in the media as “ the ideal healthy African hair”. This however, is not correct.

Low density hair is grossly underrepresented but just as beautiful and can flourish with the right hair care techniques and products.

Pro Tip: The ‘fullness’ of your hair is generally determined by your hair density and hair texture (read more about hair texture here.)

And now for the million dollar question;

Can I change my hair density? 

Just as your hair’s texture is determined by your genetics, the number of hair follicles on your scalp is also determined by your genetics. These two characteristics of your hair cannot be changed. 

However, If your genetically thick hair has thinned out overtime, we recommend Deeva’s range of hair products to help return your hair back to its thick nature. 

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