What is hair width, how do you measure it, and why does it matter?
So you've determined your curl pattern, but we all know that your Type 4A coils may be nothing like the Type 4A coils of the next woman. Beyond curl pattern, there are four more unique properties that can help you understand the complexity of curls: porosity, density, width and length. Knowing these characteristics of your curls will help you find the right products and techniques to suit them.
One of the curl attributes that is often misunderstood and even left completely out of the curl conversation is hair width.
Hair width is the measure of the thickness or circumference of the individual hair strands and can also be referred to as texture which should not be confused with the way the hair feels.
Fine strands have a small circumference and width and when held up to light appear thin and barely there. These strands tend to be weak and easily damaged.
Medium strands have a circumference between that of fine and coarse strands.
Coarse strands have the largest circumference and width and the most strength. When held up to the light the strands are very visible and when pulled on do not snap easily. Also it is important not to confuse the word coarse with the way hair feels.