Coarse / Thick hair
The outer layer also has many and coarse scales of the hair, which press together so much that they are pushed up and overlap each other.
If you have fine hair, you can barely feel it when you take it between your fingers, but if you have coarse hair, you will feel it clearly. It often feels a bit stiff. Some even compare their own coarse hair with rope fiber or horsehair because it is so rough, thick, and sturdy.
Often by ‘different hairs,’ you get a little weird when you nag about your coarse hair. Who doesn’t want such a full bunch? But if you have coarse hair, you know better than anyone that it can be quite a challenge. A braid is soon very nice full and thick, and the curls that you get from it often stay nicely. But coarse hair has its own will and does not always do what you want. But does it ever do what you want at all? 😛 At least very often I hear that with thick, coarse hairpins and rubber bands never last long if they stay intact the first time.
All hairs on your head do not necessarily all have the same texture; often, it is a bit divided. At the bottom of the neck or along the hairline, you may have noticed that your hair is a little finer. Baby hair is not an unknown name for most of us when we talk about those hairs there. But it is also possible that while you have mostly fine hair, you suddenly find a thick, rough hair. Among other things, the size and shape of the hair follicle and its parts play a role in how ‘thick’ your hair eventually becomes or can become. But that too changes during your adult life.
Measuring the hair thickness
Hair is so narrow that it becomes difficult to measure with a ruler or measuring tape. It is therefore measured in microns, 1,000 microns fit in 1 mm, and 1 cm, therefore, consists of 10,000 microns (!).
At less than 60 microns your hair falls under fine, medium hair is about 60 to 80 microns wide, and coarse hair more than 80 microns. You can measure this by looking at how many hairs go in 1 mm. Millimeters are often indicated on rulers. With fine hair, you can lose 16 or more hairs in 1 mm, with medium hair 12-16 and with coarse hair the least, namely less than 12 hairs per mm. In principle, you could measure your hair thickness by putting fallen hairs together and seeing how much you can store in an mm. It seems a bit difficult for me to do it that way, I would say take a good look at your hair and feel it too. Often you will come to the right conclusion yourself.
I sometimes see tail circumference being looked at to determine which category you fall into. This method of measurement can certainly help and gives a reasonably good call but is not completely watertight. The amount of hair is also included in the tail circumference. How much hair we have on our head can vary a lot per person, think of your health (hair loss) or the differences between hair colors, or what you have inherited in terms of hair genes. So it is quite possible that your tail circumference may give a wrong image of your actual hair thickness.
What kind of hair do you have?
My hair is not super fine, but it is still pretty on the fine side. I also recognize many of the challenges that fine hair entails, such as my scalp constantly peeping through my hair, hair that looks as if I have hung my head in the deep fryer with the least bit of oil or silicone, and it ease with which my hair splits, snaps or breaks while I am very kind to my hair. There are also advantages (yes, really, even though I swear on some days), many hairstyles such as braids and buns can be tighter and in many cases also easier to make. It also plays a role that I do not have very much hair because I suffer from hair loss very quickly.
I think you should embrace your hair the way you got it naturally, and try to make the best of it. Every hair has a manual that you, unfortunately, have to write largely yourself, but at the same time that can also be a very nice challenge and I hope that my blog will certainly help you on your way. 😉