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Width

Hair width is the defined as the circumference and width of individual hair strands. There are three categories of hair width:

  • Coarse: the strands are very wide and have a large circumference making it the strongest of all the hair types
  • Medium: the strands are neither too thick nor thin and are strong and elastic.
  • Fine: the strands have a small circumference and width and are therefore delicate and easily damaged.

It is important to know your width because it affects your ability to retain length. Curlies with coarse and medium hair width find it easier to retain length since it's harder to damage their hair strands given that they are so strong. It stands to reason that if the hair breaks less then the you will see more hair growth and length retention.

Curlies with fine hair are susceptible to damage and may have to be extra careful to baby their hair to ensure that they do not damage their ends and maintain their length.

Testing for Width

Determining your hair width is simple. Get a shed hair from your hair brush or comb and hold it up to the light. If it is so thin that it almost appears to not be there, then you have fine hair. If it is very thick and easily visible, then it's coarse. If it's neither fat nor extremely thin, then you fall under medium width.

If you are more of a visual creature and need a real life comparison, then look no further than your nether regions. This may be a bit TMI, but the hair "down there" is naturally coarse, so you can pluck one and compare it to the hair on your head. If it is around the same thickness then your hair is coarse. If it is slightly finer then your hair is medium but if it is dramatically thinner then your hair is fine.

If you do happen to fall into the fine hair category, have no fear. Your hair is not going to fall out in clumps, and achieving long healthy hair is possible. It will just require a little more work. You will have to ensure that you stay up to date with your deep conditioning sessions. Try to aim at doing one every time you wash your hair to keep it strong. Also, you will need to keep the manipulation of your hair down to a minimum to avoid unnecessary breakage — fewer long elaborate hairstyles, and reducing your use of a comb and brush. Lastly, you could try cassia and henna as a means of naturally thickening the hair strand itself.

I hope this helped to get a newbie on the right track or helped a veteran who just hasn’t quite gotten it yet. Either way, have love, peace and curly haired bliss.

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no problem bhammett1 glad it helped

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