Facts Checked By Freewill Beauty Experts - Written by Rupali Goswami (Beauty Expert) on 07th Oct 2020

Thin Vs. Thick Hair - Identifying the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type

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MSeveral terminologies describe different hair types straight, fine, thick, thin, curly, wavy, and many others. How does that make a difference if you know about your hair type or not?

Well, let's say that it would become a lot easier for you if you know what kind of products are right for your hair, and how would you know that? That's right! By closely identifying which hair type you are.

These days markets are flooded with an endless amount of hair care products, and unless you know what exactly to buy, you can easily get trapped in that product hole and might end up using something that will leave your hair dry, brittle, and static. The worst part of it is that you wouldn't even know till the time your hair would have suffered from a lot of damage already.

Knowing the right products to use will help you grow your hair a lot healthier and ensure the right amount of nourishment. 

Did You Know?

On average, you discard around 50-150 strands of hair per day. 

Thin v/s Thick Hair

Your hair's thickness and thinness depend on many factors like visibility, measurements, hair follicles, hair density, haircuts, and color ethnicity. Whether you have thin hair and you want them to look fuller, or you have thick hair, and you want to maintain them in the right way, the first thing you need to know is what type of hair you have, and to do so, let's look at the differences between the two.

You must have heard that if your hair has slightly the same width as a sewing thread, consider them thick and if your hair is much slimmer than the sewing thread, view it on the thin side.

This is right, but there are many more factors based on which you can identify your hair type. These are: 

1. Visibility

The visibility of your hair can be determined in the following way. Start by washing your hair and allowing it to air dry. To examine your hair, it is essential that you do not dry your hair aggressively with a towel or style it in a certain way after washing it. Hair changes its direction or position when you run it with a towel or use heating tools to dry it, which may interfere with the determination process.

Take a single/one strand of hair in between your fingers; bring it in front of your face. If that single strand is barely visible to you, then you have thin hair. One more way to determine visibility is by rolling a single strand of your hair between your fingers.

If you can't feel it, you have thin hair, and if you can quickly feel the hair strand rolling in between your fingers, you have thick hair, which is also easily visible. 

2. Hair Density 

The no. of hair on your head or number of hair per square inch defines the hair density. Some people get confused between hair density and hair thickness. Thickness refers to a single hair strand's actual width, whereas hair density refers to the proximity of hair follicles.

The main difference between thick & thin hair is its density. Thick hair is supposed to have higher density, and light hair has a lower density.  

Did You Know:

On average, a person has 100,000 hair strands on their head, which can differ based on the natural hair color. While redheads are believed to have only 90,000 hair strands, blondes have almost 150,000 hair strands. 

3. Measurements 

You can identify if your hair is thick or thin by measuring it with a straightforward method. If you have enough length, gather your hair into a ponytail and measure your ponytail's circumference, indicating the thickness of hair.

Thin hair usually has a measurement of around two or less than 2 inches. At the same time, thicker hair measures about 4 or more than 4 inches. If your hair measures anywhere between these, then they are not incredibly thick or thin. 

4. Hair Follicles

Hair follicles are an envelope of cells and connective tissues that surrounds the root of the hair. The thickness and thinness of your hair are greatly influenced by your hair follicle's shape and size. Hair follicles are tiny pockets situated on the scalp from which hair grows out of. Every individual has different sizes of the hair follicle.

Massive follicle results in thick hair, whereas small follicles will produce thin hair. Like this, if you have a large amount of hair follicle on your head, your hair will grow thicker, and a small amount of hair follicle will produce thin hair. 

How to choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type? 

Most of us wonder if we use the right shampoo and conditioner for our hair due to the n number of options we find in the store like daily shine, hydrating, volumizing, strengthening, smoothing, thickening, color-safe, and whatnot.

The right formula and combination of shampoo and conditioner can improve your hair's health in many ways. Finding the right product doesn't have to be a confusing endeavor if you know what you're looking for.

1) The scalp is where you should begin

The scalp is the central part of our head and the only place from where our hair soaks up all that we put in it. Before choosing a shampoo and conditioner, it is essential to know how to use it, what it does and how it is connected to your hair type.

Besides being a cleansing agent for removing dirt and oil from your scalp, a shampoo performs a lot more than that. You must have heard that shampoo is for your roots and scalp, whereas conditioner is for the ends of your hair.  

i) Oily scalp 

Oily scalp results from an excess of sebum or heavy usage of wax and styling tools.

If you have a greasy or oily scalp, it doesn't necessarily mean that you should often shampoo and skip conditioning your hair.

Allowing days between shampoos and using the right kind of conditioners are a way to control excess oil in your hair.  

  • People with oily scalp should avoid shampoos and conditioners moisturizing, hydrating, or smoothing and look for balancing, volumizing, and strengthening.  
  • Just like you double cleanse your face, you should do the same for your hair to avoid the oily scalp and roots. 

ii) Dry scalp 

It can be embarrassing and exhausting to deal with an itchy, flaky, dry, and brittle hair. It is vital to use the correct/right hair products to protect your hair from further damage. 

  • People with dry scalp should avoid shampoos and conditioners that fortify, volumize, and strengthen and look for hydrating, moisturizing, and smoothing. 
  • If you suffer from a dry scalp, you can invest in Freewill’s shampoo to be an excellent investment. 

Hair type plays an important role

Now that you know how to identify your scalp let's move to different hair types, which can help you choose the right kind of shampoo and conditioner for your hair. 

i) Hair Diameter:

The actual width of every hair strength is known as hair diameter. By just holding a single strand of your hair between your fingers, you can examine the hair diameter.

If you have thin hair, you can barely feel the strands. If you have medium hair, you can slightly feel the strands. If you have thick hair, you can distinctly feel the hair.

ii) Porosity

Your hair's ability to retain moisture is what defines porosity—also, the power of your hair to absorb products. To examine the porosity of your hair, take a cup of water and submerge a strand of your hair.

If your hair sinks entirely to the bottom, then it has high porosity. If your hair floats in the middle of the cup, then it has average porosity. If your hair floats on the surface, then it has low porosity.  

iii) Hair Elasticity 

The health, shine, and natural bounce of your hair define the hair elasticity. To examine this, pull out a wet hair strand and stretch it out as much as you can. If you have high elasticity, then your hair will stretch a long way without breaking.

If you have medium elasticity, then your hair will extend to some extent and break. If you have low elasticity, then your hair strand will immediately break.  

Did You Know:

After bone marrow, hair is the second-fastest-growing tissue in the body. 

Based on the texture of your hair

Your hair texture can vary from curly, straight, wavy to frizzy, shiny, and much more. 

  • For curly, thick, or coarse hair, shampoo and conditioner with a hydrating and moisturizing agent can work the best. 
  • For fine or limp hair, volumizing shampoo and conditioner can be an excellent choice to help with that extra boost. 
  • For damaged, highlighted, and brittle hair, shampoo and conditioner with fortifying and strengthening properties can help.
  • An excellent middle road option is choosing balancing conditioners and shampoos

Benefits of using the right shampoos and conditioners:

  • Using shampoos and conditioners that are specifically formulated for your hair type can improve the condition of your hair inside out. Your hair will feel a lot softer to touch. 
  • The right kind of conditioners can help repair the damaged hair and also improves the appearance. Conditioners help prevent the damage that happens due to the direct sunlight. 
  • Shampoos with proper botanical extracts, oils, vitamins, and minerals can help stimulate the scalp and hair follicle. Common natural oils that can be found in shampoos are almond, lemongrass, lavender, and jojoba. 
  • Conditioners help provide the natural nutrient to the hair to make it shiny and give a smooth appearance. 

Did You Know:

A healthy hair strand can stretch up to 30 percent when it's in a wet state.