The connection between hair loss and hair density - and why you should care
It is said that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. This is no less true today than when the phrase was coined many years ago. A woman’s hair graces her look, however, for some women, the state of their hair is an ongoing challenge, especially for those who suffer hair loss and lacking in density.
What is Hair Density?
Well, hair density and hair texture get easily mixed up. So, let’s clear this up first before looking any further. Hair texture refers to the diameter/thickness of each strand of hair and this tells us whether the hair is fine, medium or coarse. Hair density, on the other hand, tells us how much hair or how many strands of hair you have in your scalp. This is determined by counting the number of hair strands found in a square inch of your scalp. The classifications of hair density are thin, medium, and thick. The number of hairs on your head varies between 100,00 to 200,000 hairs.
Thinning hair (and less hair overall) can be lackluster and diffcult to style, and can even contribute to the wearer appearing more aged than they really are. Full, thick, and bouncy hair is associated with youth and vitality and thus becomes a priority among women.
How does preventing or reducing hair loss help thicken hair density?
Simple – if you have more hair per square inch, you appear to have fuller, thicker hair overall. When you lose patches of hair through the many causes of female hair loss, it can also leave your mane looking thin and malnourished. Using products to prevent or reduce hair loss will naturally translate to thicker hair density.
Today hair loss and lacking in density can be due to illness or stress, diet, surgery, pregnancy, etc.. So it’s important to take care of your hair as it is the rest of your body.
What transpires when hair density starts to diminish?
Our hair follicles, found below the scalp and house the hair strands, are continuously switching from an active state to a resting state. Accordingly, our hair:
GROWS – Anagen phase
(on average 3 to 5 years)
STABILIZES – Catagen phase
(on average 2 to 3 weeks)
FALLS OUT – Telogen phase
(on average 3 to 4 months)
SLEEPS - Dormant phase:
Once the hair has fallen out, the follicle is inactive and remains empty. Normally, the dormant phase can last from 2 to 12 months, before the bulb awakens and generates a new phase (anagen phase).
So what is the answer?
Declining hair mass is a dynamic, multi-faceted process that causes a quality alternation in the hair mass, lack of body due to thinning hairs, and weakened fibers more prone to breakage. Therefore it is very important that you have not only the right hairstyle that promotes fuller looking hair, you also need to use appropriate products.
What style to wear when your hair is lacking the density you once had or simply desire to have?
Your hairstylist is your best friend when it comes to helping you decide what you need both with the style you should wear based on your hair (is it curly or straight of something in between?) your face shape, and your lifestyle. If you desire longer hair, then ideally not too long is best. Collar-bone length should be the maximum, with slight layering.
Hair colour can also give you an added look of denser fuller hair if you use more solid deeper colours and only add subtle highlights for variation. Too many highlights will add to an increased sensitized hair fibre and also reduce the appearance of density.
The right product regime is very important. With the advanced technologies that the research and development teams of beauty companies have been able to discover there are many real solutions for skin care and haircare
Kerastase, has benefited from the Advanced L’Oreal Research teams and has developed its newest DENSIFIQUE range to boost the return to denser hair by hydrating the fiber for thickness, fullness and resilience. Then, penetrates the cuticle to compensate for surface irregularities and restore uniformity. Finally, the ceramide molecule reduces the breakage of fine hair fibers.
Bain Densite - a densifying, thickening shampoo which results in providing thickness and nourishment to the hair fibre, visibly giving more fullness and is weightless.
Fondant Densite - a gel conditioner for fine, thin or thinning hair lacking density which simultaneously hydrates, strengthens and adds plumpness to the hair fibre.
Masque Densite - a regenerating cream masque for medium to coarse hair visibly lacking density. The hair becomes regenerated from root to tip with added substance and resilience.
Densimorphose - a thickening treatment mousse for all hair visibly lacking density. This mousse will give volume and substance to the hair without weighing the hair down. It increases density without affecting the texture of your hair.