In case you are having a hard time understanding whether you have fine hair or thin hair, then here is a guide to know the difference between the two and analyse your hair texture.
We use different terms to describe our hair - thick hair, fine hair, thin hair, but just like your skin identifying your hair type is crucial in determining a haircare routine. In the beauty world, thin hair and fine hair are used interchangeably.
According to experts, thin and fine hair differ greatly. Let's explore the differences between the two hair types and how to style them accordingly.
What Is Fine Hair?
Fine hair indicates that the diameter of hair is thin. Sounds confusing?? We will simplify it for you. As per experts, fine hair is due to a tiny and narrow hair follicle. This leads to a thin hair shaft making your hair look and feel thin. The shape and size of the hair follicle are genetically determined traits and we cannot alter the thickness of the hair shaft.
What Is Thin Hair?
Thin hair refers to the density of the hair i.e the number of strands in a given area of your scalp. It refers to the amount of hair on your head. When you have thin hair, your hair follicles are spaced farther apart than those who have thicker hair.
Fine Hair Vs Thin Hair
You can differentiate between fine hair and thin hair based on the thickness and density of your hair. You have fine hair if you have many hairs with a small diameter. Thin hair is less in volume but with thick strands.
Is Thin And Thinning Hair The Same?
Thin hair and thinning hair may sound similar, but according to experts, both are different. Thin hair does not necessarily mean that your hair is falling out.Thinning hair means hair loss in terms of volume and density. It means that hair is falling out and the density of hair is becoming less.
How Can I Tell If My Hair Is Thinning?
Most people start noticing thinning hair when their ponytail becomes thinner or while shampooing that they have a lot less hair. The scalp is more visible as hair starts to thin. Many people experience an increase in hair fall at some point in their life. According to our haircare expert, the loss of up to 100-150 hairs in a day is normal. However, if your hair is excessive and for a prolonged period, then it's a matter of concern.
There can many many reasons for hair thinning, the most common being male or female pattern hair loss which is referred to as androgenic alopecia. Age and genetics can be contributing factors to hair loss and hair thinning. A very tight hairstyle can also lead to hair falling out. Certain medical conditions can also result in hair loss.
How To Style Fine Hair?
Learning how to properly style and work with fine hair is crucial. Fine hair allows you to do a lot of experiments in terms of hair styling. You can go for a lob or a blunt bob. Try out some strategic haircuts for fine hair which will add bounce to your hair. Our hair stylist recommends a sleek, straight cut hitting at the collarbone or neck.
Use clarifying products, and exfoliate your scalp regularly, for hair growth and for stimulating the follicles. For creating a fuller appearance, opt for shorter, blunter cuts.
How To Style Thin Hair?
There is no right or wrong way to style your hair. It doesn't matter what style you prefer, as long as it suits your personality. If you want your thin hair to appear fuller, you have many choices. You can add an extension to your hair or use hair care products that can make your hair look fuller. If you want a fuller appearance to your hair, try cutting it short.
Many people with thin hair resort to colored sprays or fibers to conceal their scalp. As per experts, though these products are okay to use occasionally, it is not good to use them every day as they can occlude the hair follicles and cause androgenetic loss.
You should avoid using heavy products on thin hair as it can weigh it down, making it look flatter. For people with thin hair, a gentle, cleansing shampoo and light conditioner are required to give volume. Volumizing sprays, mousses, and gels will give hair a lift at the root.
How To Identify Your Hair Type?
Fine hair appears soft, smooth, and silky which often lays flat. Whereas thin hair has to do with the density of your hair rather than the diameter. If you still find it hard to identify your hair type then grab a handful of hair in your fist and look at the root in the mirror. If you can see your scalp through the hair, then you should understand that you have thin hair.
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