Hair Density: How "Thick" Are You?
What exactly is hair density and what does it have to do with black natural afro-textured hair? well to sum things up, hair density measures the thickness (or lack thereof) of your hair. It is the number of hair strands found in one square inch (2.5cm) of your scalp at any given time.
Density is labeled as Fine, Medium, or, Course
When someone refers to your hair as "thick" they are actually referring to a course density level. The same goes for thin hair, it means your hair density falls in the fine category. It is highly important to know your density because it makes the world of a difference when it comes to handling and styling your hair.
Thick or course density hair is well suited for layered styles, while thin or fine density hair is often better suited for more blunt styles. Learning about your particular hair density also helps you to properly care and cater to its specific need and function. This plays a major role to the realistic goal of growing your hair long, beautiful and healthy.
Improving Your Hair Density
Your hair's density is predetermined by genetics and sometimes we can't always help what we are born with but it is possible for you to avoid your natural hair density and when treated and cared for improperly you can even change and alter it in a negative way.
Although you may have neglected proper care of your hair, there is still hope at the end of the tunnel. There are many ways in which you can improve or even increase your hair's density through proper procedures and maintenance of your hair.
is one of the first place to start when it comes to hair improvement and overall being for that matter. Vitamin A rich foods help to combat thin hair.
Vitamins & Supplements
are also another great way of not only improving your hair density alone, but also acts as a natural growth aid in hopes of achieving your longer stronger healthier hair.
are specifically designed to help aid in thicknening, giving your hair that voluminous quality it deserves.
* Banana and avocado together make a great hair pack for thin hair. Mash equal parts of banana and avocado together until it becomes a smooth creamy spread. Apply to the scalp and the entire length of hair and cover with a shower cap. Leave the hair pack on for 20 minutes and rinse well.
* Make a shampoo by mixing 100g each of amla (Indian goose berry),
and shikakai powder and boil in two liters of water until the liquid reduces to half. Use this shampoo for your hair for at least one month. Your hair will become thick.
* Beat a raw egg and massage it into your scalp, using a wide tooth comb work through the entire length of your hair to ensure that it saturates each strand. Eggs contain vitamins A, D, and E as well as a variety of B vitamins and protein. These vitamins and protein are essential for hair strength and protection.
* Rinse hair with a mixture of ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar)and Sage Tea to help hair grow naturally thick and strong.
* Make a paste by mixing Olive Oil, honey,and cinnamon powder.Massage on the scalp and leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with a mild shampoo. Repeat it for 3-4 times a week.
thickens hair when added to your conditioner. Either add 2 tablespoons of oat flour to your conditioner or make oat flour water to pour and work into hair right before using your conditioner. The lipids in oat flour create luster and thickness for brittle hair.
* Massaging your hair and scalp regularly with 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil or 100% Pure Castor Oilis one of the best methods to get thicker hair naturally. Warm the coconut oil or castor oil and apply it to your scalp as you lightly rub the pad of your fingers on the scalp.
You can also do this method with
of your choosing. Once you have massaged the oil in, place a warm towel on your hair for about 15 min. Following this procedure at least one day in a week helps in making the scalp stronger, thus leading to thick and shiny hair.