By Cassadie of Natural Selection
I’m a firm believe that in addition to knowing your curl pattern, you must know your strand thickness if you are to properly care for your curls. Here’s step one in figuring out where YOUR hair lies on the spectrum. If you’re interested in reading the full series where I discuss styling, products, and regimen for fine hair you can find all other posts here.
For the longest time, I thought that if you had thick hair, your hair was coarse and if you had thin hair then your hair was fine. Until about a year ago, I lived my entire life under the assumption that because my hair was extremely thick that it was coarse. However, after going natural I discovered that beneath my straightened hair, there were follicles waiting to release zillions of little slinkies from my scalp. One day my friend was inspecting my teeny weeny coils when she said “your coils are so dense, but your hairs themselves are so so fine.”
“Fine hair?? On this head?? Not a chance”, I said laughing it off.
“No really,” she insisted. And with that, she plucked a hair from her scalp held it up to one of my own.
To my surprise her hair was double the thickness mine! After a few more comparisons with other heads, I discovered that without a doubt, I fall into category of having fine hair.
I shared with you my discovery of fine hair because many of us assume that because we have kinky coils or a thick head of hair that our hair is COARSE, when in reality you could be like me and have a thick head of fine hair.
Let’s break it down to see where you fall.