What is Density?

Hair density has to do with how closely your hair strands grow beside each other on your scalp. The closer together, the thicker and more voluminous your hair appears.

In terms of growth, your hair’s density is not the most important factor, but it will help you to make better choices on what styles to where and what products might affect the overall look you’re going for.

How to Determine your Hair Density

To find out how dense your hair strands are, take a look at your scalp when your hair is freshly washed and dry. Product on your hair might cause your strands to look thicker than usual. If you can easily see your scalp, you have low density. If you can barely see any scalp, high density. And finally if you can partially see your scalp, you have medium density.  The only way to truly know your hair density is to count your strands and no one is doing that.

Low Density

You can easily see your scalp.

Medium Density

Parts of your scalp show through.

High Density

You cannot see any part of your scalp.

Causation

Your genes play a major role in determining hair density, so you may just be blessed with low density hair.  If this is not the case for you, thinning hair can be caused by a number of factors, including shedding from stress, poor diet, or from medical conditions like an autoimmune disease. 

If you are experiencing routine related shedding, try adopting a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Otherwise see a trusted healthcare provider as your change in density may be due to an underlying health condition. 

Recommendations

Green Tea Rinse

If your hair is thinning from stress shedding, consider trying a green tea rinse. I learned in college that stress can cause hair loss. My goto solution was a green tea rinse with caffeinated tea. The caffeine is said to close your pores and prevent further shedding. Might have been a placebo, but it always worked like a charm for me.

 

Scalp Massages

While you cannot increase the number of follicles that grow from your scalp, you can take care of the ones you already have. Try massaging your scalp with your favorite oil. Massaging stimulates blood flow which can help transport nutrients to your follicles for healthier hair. I love castor oil for this.

 

Diet

As previously stated, your routine can affect your hair health and retention. If you are experiencing routine related shedding, try adopting a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Foods rich in vitamins and antioxidants can improve your base health, your hair will be sure to follow. Otherwise see a trusted healthcare provider as your change in density may be due to an underlying health condition.

 

Practice Self Care

Feeling emotional and nervous without proper reprieve can negatively affect your health. If you are struggling with coping with your stress and are feeling overwhelmed, try adding some stability to your life through self care. Take a break, avoid drugs and alcohol and take care of yourself. As we all know, no one can take care of you better than you.  It is also important to recognize when you need help, speak with a counselor or trusted member of your circle if you feel your stress is affecting your quality of life. 

 

Bottom Line

There is no sure fire way to increase the density of our hair. Focusing on the health of your overall hair is a good rule of thumb for maintaining the density we have.  And while there are a couple of home remedies we can try to prevent further loss, your best bet is to work with what ya momma gave ya.