Thickness Does Not Come ‘Naturally’ For All Of Us

Black woman pulling a strand of her kinky curly hairFine – The most delicate and the most easily damaged. Many black women have this type of hair width.

Medium – More resistant to damage as they are stronger and more elastic but they can still be prone to damage.

Coarse – This is the strongest of hair textures with a very wide in circumference which is the most resistant to damage.

Knowing your hair’s width or texture is necessary because it affects your ability to retain length. Hair density doesn’t get as much discussion within the natural hair community as much as hair length, porosity or texture but it’s no less important.

Understanding and knowing your hair’s density can give more insight into how to take care of your hair and which products will work best for you.

The density of your hair has NOTHING to do with the thickness of each individual strand. The number of hairs within a specific area (usually a square inch) determines your hair’s density and the average person has about 2,200 hairs within a  square inch.

There are three types of hair density: Low, Medium and High. Now the most accurate way to determine your hair’s density is having someone count the hairs within a square inch on your head but there is a much easier way to find out.


Start with dry hair, because hair that’s wet will often look thinner than it really is. Let your hair hang loose in its natural, unparted shape and look at it closely from all different angles. If you can see your scalp very easily, then you have low hair density. If you can see some of your scalp, you have medium hair density. If your scalp is difficult or impossible to see, then you have high hair density. Naturallycurly.com

I’m not sure how accurate this method of testing would be for those with afro hair types because the evolutionary purpose of afro hair appears to be to protect our heads from the sun despite the fact that we have the lowest density hair type. Essentially most afro texture hair in it’s natural state would appear high density even when it’s not. Perhaps a more accurate way to check density of afro hair would be in it’s stretched state.

In a nutshell, we cannot grow hair where it has never grown before so increasing hair density is virtually impossible. If you have had low density hair all of your life you cannot find a product or DO something that is going to miraculously make more hair appears within a square inch of your scalp.

Originally posted 2014-03-05 15:00:17.

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Comments

  1. Angel ChinaCash Johnson
    Angel ChinaCash Johnson

    Jamaican black caster oil in a spray bottle with water. Use everyday and ur hair will be the thickest it’s ever been and at it’s most healthiest! Try and U will see . Any more question regarding natural hair ask Angel Johnson . Thanks and enjoy the rest of ur day ! We are all natural beauties ! That’s what i always say.

    1. Renee Marrow Green
      Renee Marrow Green

      this really does work , i use it all the time and have seen big difference in my thin hair , purchase at beauty supply stores or amazon.com

    2. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      Castor oil does not work for everyone although many love it. It makes me break out but there are wonderful oils for thinning edges like garlic oil. Thanks for sharing!

    3. Allison Reid
      Allison Reid

      Great advice I have seen it do wonders on people with really think hair or those with thick hair and wanted it to be even thicker
      😀
      I ain’t playing with Jamaican Castor Oil though :3 I can barely deal with my level of thickeness

  2. Frankye Campbell

    I have Fine hair. I need to know what to do with it. It will not hold curls, but it has a serious wave pattern. When I was younger it was train and as I got older it doesn’t want to do anything. It is growing now . I put a wave nouveau in my hair to get curls but all I got was serious wave pattern. Help!!! My email is not working but could you send answer to Facebook or intstrgram!!! Thank you have a Bless Day!!!!

    1. elvira walker

      Personally, I think that putting a curl in your hair contributes to fine and sometimes thin hair. At least it did for me, and I started out with fairly thick hair. Now, I am just natural, and I do have more body.

    2. Sabrina Perkins Post author

      i was unaware Wave Nouoveaus were still being used. Is is still a chemical and like Elvira stated, it may be the reason your hair is being fine. You may want to discontiue using the chemicals and do monthly protein treatments, drink more water, take a hair supplement (Like biotin or Hairfinity) and be gentle to your hair.

  3. Blessedfrom Above
    Blessedfrom Above

    I have done many hours of research and tried many products…there are good ones out there…I am very happy with my hair growth…all natural…hair goal is lower waist length…

  4. Angel ChinaCash Johnson
    Angel ChinaCash Johnson

    Me 2 Renee Renee Marrow Green . I just used it for hair growth and this is my 3rd time going weight length. And im only 1 year and 9 months sence i big chop for the 3rd time and I’m already bra strap length in the back and armpit length in the front. That’s that’s that GOD for hair right there .

  5. Carmen Ferrer
    Carmen Ferrer

    My hair has thickened since i let go of relaxers. You lose half your hairs from the relaxer. And, I have yet to find a product that fills in my edges or anything like that.

    1. Carmen Ferrer
      Carmen Ferrer

      no, since i have a widow’s peak it just looks thin on the sides. but relaxer didn’t take away from the edges.

  6. Samantha Bondez
    Samantha Bondez

    Nothing can thicken your hair. It’s genetic, you are born with a certain number of hair follicles, you CANT create more follicles for hair to grow out of (hair density) and you CAN’T change the size of your strands (genetically it has to do with the amount of keratinized fibers you have).

  7. Yashica Bullock
    Yashica Bullock

    I use groganics on the spot it makes your hair really really thick stop breakage it’s a really good product

  8. Vicki Monroe Holman
    Vicki Monroe Holman

    So I can find this 100% Jamaican black caster oil at most beauty supply store,, I would like to try it, and what kind of price are we look at

  9. Shabria SuperStacked
    Shabria SuperStacked

    Ok my hair is super super thick it has always been like that some I was a child plus long. Well I dedicated to cut it in a really short Bob last year and I regret doing so I never had short hair in my life! I loved the cut at 1st but now I want my hair back lol no more cuts or perms for me ever again but I will trim my ends…. any suggests on how to achieve longer length?

  10. LaShaye-Shante Lynniece
    LaShaye-Shante Lynniece

    Yea I wish I had thicker kinkier hair. My hair is kinda spirally. I have to sleep on it and not twist it then spray it in the morning for a thicker look. The struggle. Meanwhile my daughter’s have the thickest hair ever… I’m so jealous lol

  11. Ameenya German
    Ameenya German

    I don’t think there are products that will make your hair thicker if you naturally have thin hair. (Naturally meaning Genetically). But people that has thinning hair but is naturally thick, those are the people I think certain products can help, if it’s not too late..Sometimes hair thins due to aging and illness and can be irreversible.

    1. Sonya Maggard
      Sonya Maggard

      Really, monistat ? How long have you been doing that regimen on her hair? How did you come up with mixing monistat?

  12. Bettina

    I was blessed with dense hair but years of relaxers did make my edges thin (you stylist trying to get them bone straight and over manipulating them with the crème on it and even more with the blow dryer). Once I went natural they started to fill in but nothing like I had as a teenager. I’ve been using JBCO and coconut oil and that has helped a lot.

    1. Bettina

      That was supposed to read, “you know, stylist trying to get them bone straight” not you stylist, LOL

  13. Mary Welch
    Mary Welch

    No. It’s genetic and you can’t change how the hair is produced in the follicle.

  14. monniej

    i sport a wash-n-go as opposed to braid outs, twist outs or knots. i don’t comb or brush, i always layer in sections to give the appearance of more volume, and i embrace the shrinkage! all these things together really help my hair look bigger! now when i say my hair is thin people don’t believe me anymore! i think i might be on to something! 🙂

  15. Ms.Myisha

    I read that lavender oil adds volume to the hair shaft. Im going to try it.

  16. Siboniso Ndlovu

    I use henna, Jamaican Black Castor Oil mixed with peppermint oil but am going to add water to the mix from hearing you guys. I seal with a shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba mix. I then add a positive attitude, while embracing my shrinkage and I am extremely happy! Nothing is impossible! 🙂

  17. Karlii Mae
    Karlii Mae

    Dang..no hope for me..I have low density fine hair with extreme shrinkage…..oh well.lol

  18. Va Morgan
    Va Morgan

    Since my hair is natural it is heavy when I wash it I feel like I’m going to drown.

  19. Tracey Kramer
    Tracey Kramer

    Try using henna. It has really thickened my hair to the point where when I am outside, my head never gets cold and it’s made my hair super thick!

  20. Monique

    That’s not true . When I had permed hair , I had thin hair probably because of the chemicals and improper hair care . Now I’m natural and I’m still learning how to take care of my hair but my hair is healthy now .My hair is really thick yet my mom has thinner fine natural hair .

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