As discussed in the last two hair posts, there is a lot of ground to cover when it comes to understanding and properly caring for our hair. Our curls, kinks, coils and highly textured tresses are wondrous and rebellious. If you haven't caught the other two posts, you can read the first one here and the second one here.
Now let's get to the nitty gritty; texture, density and elasticity.
When people talk about hair texture, people often mistake it for curl pattern (ie. 3B, 4A, 4C, etc.) however, this is actually incorrect. Texture is the thickness or circumference of the individual strands of hair.
Fine textured hair is very thin, wispy and fragile. It can break easily and heavy products weigh it down.
Medium textured hair is optimal as it styles easily and resists breaking easily.
Coarse textured hair is also easier to style and it looks full and tolerates heat, chemical processes and dyes well. Being thicker, it can sometimes take longer to dry and often frizzes in humid conditions.
The density level of a head of hair refers to how many hairs are in a given space. As stated in the picture above, high density hair is very thick and has a lot of hairs per square inch on the scalp. When you part high density hair, you will see very little scalp.
Contrarily, hair with a low density level is the exact opposite. The scalp can be seen through the hair and there are obviously less strands of hair per square inch.
Density is a spectrum and an individual's hair density can fall anywhere on the scale. While genetics play a very big part in the density of a person's hair, other contributing factors can include hormonal changes (like pregnancy and medications, stress, etc.)
Elasticity is one of the best characteristics to determine if hair is damaged or healthy.
There are many variables that can affect the texture, density and elasticity of the hair. Damage can bring negative effects to these components whereas taking care of your hair in the manner it needs can help improve the overall texture, density and elasticity.
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