Hair Science: Texture

My hair has been so dry and unmanageable lately it sent me on a spiraling question to ask the great Oz. Well dear followers I am back from the yellow brick road and I am going to share with you what my journey taught me.

I’m going to do a series of post covering the following basic thing I have learned about my hair, and specifically its cuticle:                                                 Coarseness, Thickness, Porosity, and Protein

Fine  to Coarse Texture

What is fine or coarse hair? Fine hair is soft comb-able  hair and coarse hair is rough hair right? Wrong. Do not think that just because you are black with kinky hair that your hair is coarse. These words refer to the thickness of the hair strand.

Fine hair is about 40 microns thick, medium hair is about 60-80 microns, and coarse hair is about 100 microns.

Is your hair coarse, medium or fine?

To figure this out find a loose strand and look at its thickness. Compare it to a friend’s hair or a coarse facial or pubic hair. Yea, I said it! You can even have different hair textures on your head. But now that you’ve figured out your hair texture how can this be helpful you?

Fine hair has the smallest circumference and should be handled very gently. Easily processed and over processed. Fine hair does not have as much protein as the other textures which can make it limp and over moisturized.

Coarse hair has the largest circumference and is the strongest. Hardest to process and color. It also has lots of protein which can make it dry and brittle. Products with protein should be avoided in favor of moisturizing products.


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