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Old 03-22-2013, 11:36 AM   #21
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If you're still trying to figure out width, here's what did it for me (totally unscientific test here):

My hair LOOKS big, because it's curly. People have always called it "thick" - so I assumed the hair itself was thick.

Then I noticed whenever I put it in a ponytail or braid, it completely disappeared down to a tiny baby braid. It looked just like when people put a little kid's hair in a band, it's like the thickness of your pinky finger. My hair does that, despite taking up a lot of space when it is loose. And yes, I get the "pony poof" if I'm not careful.

This is basically how I learned the difference between width (my hairs themselves are fine) and density (I have about a hundred million billion hairs). I've learned to like that combo now that I know what it means, but it was awful when I thought my hair was "thick" and tried to style it as if it were or use products for "thick unruly hair."

For references, I have dark brown/auburn hair, but one dry hair held up to the light is like a wisp. When my hair is wet, a single one becomes much darker and easier to see.
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Hair: curlybob, fine, dense, low-po, big waves/ringlets (2C/3A)
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RO: YTC Carrot, Aubrey Organics GPB
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Hair Likes: aloe, coconut oil, humidity, protein, long walks on the beach
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