Who doesn't want a lush, thick head full of hair? Thick hair has been thought of as a sign of health and wellness in almost all cultures across the world. Seen as a symbol of longevity and a healthy physiology, dense hair is something that many people aspire for. A lot of it can be genetics that some are blessed with but fuller- looking hair can also be achieved with proper care and routine and a special focus on products and ingredients that we use.

But first, it might be relevant for us to understand the difference between hair density and hair thickness. Often used interchangeably, the two have completely different definitions. Hair Density refers to the amount of strands of hair that we have per inch of our scalp. There are many diy ways of measuring hair density but the most accurate way of doing this would be through a dermatologist who would typically use imaging technique called trichoscopy in the lab to measure this.
Hair thickness on the other hand has to do with the width of the actual strand of the hair. In this blog, we will discuss ways on enhancing hair density.

Do scalp massages help?
While there is no way to change the texture of the hair follicles, which determine hair density, there are several ways to help hair appear more dense and fuller. Using a product that repairs hair damage is helpful as it makes hair healthy and reduces hair loss. Gentle touch massage of the scalp is also very useful as it ensures better blood circulation to the follicles. According to research, scalp massage increases hair thickness by stretching the cells of hair follicles. This can stimulate the follicles to grow faster and thicker hair. Here is a link to more detailed study of this - https://www.healthline.com/health/scalp-massage-for-hair-growth. One can use a hair oil like virgin coconut oil infused with rosemary oil  on the scalp for a good massage.

Products to pick
If you want to have greater hair density, you could try adding products to your routine that add volume. Products that have real ingredients like rice water in Birdsong Fermented Rice Water Hair Mask have inositol in them to help strengthen hair and product from further hair fall and damage. Regular use of Rosemary Oil can also potentially increase hair growth and therefore be useful for achieving denser hair.

A healthy diet
A nutritious diet that contains healthy fats, protein, and a range of vitamins. Foods rich in B vitamins, vitamins D & C, omega 3 fatty acids, and proteins can support hair health by making them stronger and more resilient to breakage. Going on a diet with healthiest foods promotes healing and this potentially can help to increase the appearance of high density hair. We would always recommend speaking to a doctor before going on any drastic diet changes.

Hair density is a complex matter that requires several changes in habits and routines. Perhaps the first step is understanding the reason for your hair density because it can make a world of difference in what hair products you choose and which products you avoid.


Q1.How is hair density measured?
A dyu method of checking hair density is usually by simply counting the number of hairs per square inch. Another way is to partition the hair to one side, if you can easily see your scalp then you have thin density, if you can partially see your scalp, then it is medium density and thick density if you can hardly see it.

The best and most accurate way of measuring hair density is by checking with a dermatologist who may use the Trichoscopy method to analyze hair and scalp with the help of videodermascopy.

Q2.Can hair density change over time?
Yes, diet, stress and age can change hair density over time.

Q3.How does hair density differ from hair thickness?
Hair thickness refers to the diameter of a single hair strand. Whereas density is the number of strands on the head in a square inch.

Q4.What products are recommended for different hair densities?
If one has low density hair, one needs to be careful not to overburden the strands with very heavy products. Lightweight products, minimal products and less conditioner are preferable for fine/low density hair.

For high density hair, one can use deep conditioners, oils, styling mousse and also go for hair cuts that layer the hair so that there is lightness and movement.

Q5.How can I determine my hair density at home?
A simple test like mentioned above would be to part the hair and check for whether the scalp is visible or not. Another way to determine hair density at home would be to measure the circumference of your ponytail. A smaller circumference would mean low density whereas a higher circumference would mean the opposite.

July 01, 2024