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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density?

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density?

How closely the individuals strands are relatively to each other

It is much easier to check density by looking at your scalp:

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density?
  1. Part hair in the middle - You can use a comb or your finger to separate the two sides
  2. Hold one side of the part - Move the section around to see the roots of your hair
  3. Check the strands on your scalp - Look at your roots and see how many strands cover a square inch
    1. Thick/High: don't see scalp at all
    2. Medium - see some scalp
    3. Thin/Low - see a lot of scalp
  4. Test different parts - you may have different spots with different densities

How do I care for very dense hair?

Your hair is very thick and you may believe that your tresses are just too hard to manage. You usually say, "My hair is just sooooo thick!!" Well,  dense hair can be handled with great effort and patience. Creams and butters work well with gels to give your hair that sleek finish. They will hold your style together, while helping to keep your hair sealed with your moisturizer. Twist outs, braid outs, and bantu knot outs look so good with very dense hair, because of the extra volume it gives.
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density?

How do I care for medium dense hair?

Using pomades and oils will definitely help you keep your hair healthy with your leave-in moisturizer. You don't need to do too much to your hair to keep it looking neat. Wash n go's work very well with medium coarse hair when using leave-in conditioner and light gel.

How do I care for low dense hair?

Make sure to use light products like coconut oil and mousse so you won't weigh your hair down and look like you have product buildup before walking out the door. Your hair already looks thin, by the low density -  so use products to add volume to your hair. Perm rods, flexi rods, and other roller sets look so good on low dense hair, which can add volume as well. Doing any twists or braids styles, stagger the parts in diamond shape, and not box...so you won't have the "scalpy" look. Also, finger detangling would be best when caring for low dense hair. You can literally part your hair with your fingers.

What is my hair density?

Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density?

I have low density...and proud of it! I have never had thick hair which is a HUGH MISCONCEPTION! Just because a person has natural hair, does not mean her hair will be thick. And that's me.

When I do my roller sets, I make sure that my hair is 80% dry before adding rollers to my hair to give the most volume to my hair...same goes for twisting up my hair.

Having low density is not a bad thing! You just have to work with it.

What is your hair density?

Check out all Learning My Natural Hair Articles:
Learning My Natural Hair | How Do I Learn My Natural Hair? 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Type?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Texture?
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Density? 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is My Hair Porosity?  
Learning My Natural Hair | Protein and Moisture Balance, Part 1: All About Protein 
Learning My Natural Hair | Moisture and Protein Balance, Part 2: All About Moisture 
Learning My Natural Hair | What Is Your Hair Archetype?
Learning My Natural Hair | Do You Know Your Natural Hair? Take A Hair Quiz

Natural hair says: knowing your hair density can determine what hair products would be best to keep your hair moisturized, but not weighed down or susceptible to being dry. Find out what your hair density is to help you learn more about your hair.

Always Desire Your Natural,

Christina J

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