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Hair Characteristics

People who care for their hair are not necessarily vain or pompous. Hair care is important for anybody. So in order to administer the proper hair care, a person must know the ins and outs when it comes to hair characteristics. There are four major categories when it comes to hair characteristics and these are porosity, elasticity, density, and texture.

Porosity. The hair has the ability to take in moisture or to absorb it. This absorption is determined through the amount each of your cuticle is raised. This is what is known as porosity. So why be concerned about your hair’s porosity? For example, you wanted to get some hair treatment. Naturally this would involve the administering of chemicals to your hair. Less of these chemicals could lead to the ineffectiveness of that treatment while more of these chemicals can thoroughly damage your hair.

It is then for the goal of a healthy shiny hair that the right chemical service is rendered. And to determine that rightness, knowing the porosity of your hair can benefit you a lot. Porosity of hair can be divided into three categories—high porosity, normal porosity, and low porosity. Low porosity means your hair is rather resistant to hair treatments, normal porosity means the hair is receptive, while high porosity means administering of chemicals to your hair should be done with great caution.

The next important hair characteristic is elasticity. This refers to the degree in which your hair can be stretched. That degree wherein the hair can be stretched without damaging it and spring back to the length it originally had, that is elasticity. This characteristic of the hair is important because it can indicate the condition of your hair. You will know whether your hair is still strong or already weak. Once you are aware of that, you can then proceed to finding the right hair care treatment or product to use. Take note that when your hair is wet it can be stretched at one and one-fourth more than its original length. When dry, stretching capability is only at a quarter of the original length. Elasticity can be affected by chemical services, heat, brushing, and combing.

Another hair characteristic is density. This is the number of your hairs per square inch that are on your scalp. Knowing the thickness or thinness of your hair is done by measuring its density. Studies show that the average head area is 120 sq. in. and the hairs on a person’s head is numbering at an average of 100,000 to 150,000. Daily, the head is said to normally shed hair of about 50 to 80 strands.

Finally, there is texture. This is measured by determining how much diameter an individual hair strand has. There are three categories covering this characteristic—coarse, medium, and fine. The larger the diameter, the coarser the hair becomes and of course, if the diameter is small, your hair is fine. Fine hair may be sensitive to chemical processes while coarse hair can be resistant. So no matter what hair care you do, natural hair care or otherwise, take note of these hair characteristics.

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