Is Your Hair Fine, Medium, or Coarse? How to Measure
Measuring is the best way to find out what the dimension of anything actually is. Hair is measured in microns. There are 1000 microns in one millimeter.
Hair Diameter Categories:
Fine hair: Less than 60 microns (16 or more hairs per millimeter)
Medium hair: 60-80 microns (12 to 16 hairs per millimeter)
Coarse or wide hair: 80 microns or greater (fewer than 12 hairs per millimeter)
To do this test, you need about 20 hairs which you have shed, and a metric ruler.
How to choose your sample:
We’re assuming that hairs you’ve shed while washing or on your clothes are a “random sample” meaning they are hairs from all over your head and therefore there is a good chance that these represent your hair in general. If you take hairs from only one part of your head, you may get a inaccurate result. For example, the hair on the top of my head tends to be finer (40-60 microns) than the hair near the nape of my neck (60-80 microns). I want both in my hair sample. Unless I want to measure them separately! If you want to measure different areas separately, collect hairs from those areas and keep them in a bag or jar with a label until you have enough to use.
1) Dip the hairs in clean water to rinse them and make them pliable. No knots! Cut them to a manageable length if they are quite long.
2) Line up 10 of the hairs in a drop of water or a drop of hair gel (the water will help them stay in place and prevent them from bending or curling). Pack them as closely as possible without overlapping – use a straight pin or toothpick to press them together. Make sure you count how many hairs you are using. You’re going to pack them more tightly than you probably think is correct. Just don’t let them overlap. If you do not press them very tightly together, you’ll get an estimate which is too large. You’ll create a very solid little sheath of hair. There should be no gaps or air spaces. If your hairs are very curly, weight them at each end and gently pull them straight. If you have tightly-curled hair with many kinks, apply coconut oil or another oil to the hairs to make them pliable.
3) Place the ruler gently over the swath of hairs and see how many are fitting into a millimeter. Put the ruler down on the hairs, don’t hold it above them. If you can add more, add them, make sure you keep track of how many you added.
Then refer back to the list.
15-16 hairs or more pack into a millimeter: Your hair is fine.
10-12 pack into a millimeter and you are pressing them tightly: Your hair is medium.
10 hairs pack together within a millimeter: Your hair is either medium and has kinks that prevent close packing, or it is coarse.
©Science-y Hair Blog 2013
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After 35, most stylists agree it’s either Bangs or Botox.
“A simple snip could have the same overall effect on your forehead as those paralyzing toxins,” points out stylist and salon owner Suki Duggan of Donsuki Townhouse Salon in NYC. “A lot of my clients are asking me for bangs as a way to hide their imperfections.”
Swapping pricey non-essentials like Botox and turning to bangs lets you conceal brow lines and look trendy all at once!
(source: Cut&Color magazine)
With today’s technology we can use two color effects that will keep the hair healthier and shinier: semi-permanent and demi-permanent hair color.
A semi-permanent color is translucent thereby putting a colored gloss or stain over the hair. It is formulated to adhere to the cuticle. There are three major benefits when using semi-permanent color.
- Locked in moisture and protein making the hair healthier.
- A smooth silky surface which gives the hair a shiny gloss.
- An opportunity to see your hair in a different color without being permanent.
Demi-permanent can cover grey hair and or lift ones natural level to a softer slightly lighter tone by using a milder formula than permanent. Demi-permanent color is a cross between permanent color and semi-permanent. Permanent color is opaque and mono-chromatic, therefore it leaves a noticeable line of demarcation at regrowth. Demi-permanent gives you the best of both worlds lasting as long as a permanent color.
- Stains the hair leaving a more natural glossy look.
- Softly lifts ones own color to a more desired natural tone.
- Natural highlighting is more easily achieved with considerably less processing time.
- It covers grey while leaving less of a line of demarcation at regrowth.
- Achieves all this while leaving your hair healthy and shiny.
Unleash your true hue: Who knew? Hair color is like Female Viagra! The act of coloring your hair may make you feel more adventurous in and out of the sack. Study volunteers rated how alluring they felt before and after hitting the bottle. Post-colorfest, the women’s feelings of confidence and attractiveness shot up — no matter what the new shade. They also reported feeling sexier. Previous research has shown a relationship between self-esteem and sexual motivation, says co-author Mark Sergent, Ph.D. (Women’s Health)
“It’s inevitable that hair will become damaged to some degree, especially with all the stress and trauma cause by the sun, pollution, coloring, chemical process, styling products, and heat based styling tools. Damaged hair can be dull, course, and even hard to style. The easiest way to get rid of incurred damage is to cut off the affected portions — but you can reduce the extent of damage that your hair endures by keeping it protected and keeping it well moisturized.”
Over the next 6 weeks we will post the steps and make suggestions to assure your hair always looks and feels it’s best. This week will be...
Special Care for wet hair.
You should treat your hair with extra care when it is wet. Hair is at it’s strongest when dry, and while wet it is damaged more easily. That is due to the fact that the cuticle is open, making it weak and easier to break, and can become damaged.
- Avoid towel drying too roughly because it will cause friction resulting in hair breakage. Instead use your fingers to squeeze out excess the moisture, or gently blotting it.
- Always use a low pH(2-4) finishing rinse to close the cuticle and restore hair to a shiny and silky state.
- When combing hair, section vertically and comb from ends up.
- Blow dry roots first, then continue to style ends.
Minton, Elise, ed. “Stop Damage.” New Beauty Feb. 2010: 108-09. Print.
Dull dry hair help is here!
Stop damage in its tracks with quick trip to a hair care professional who provides a very special treatment known as a gloss, sealant or “overlay.” Whatever you call it, this 20-minute treatment is like a miracle — it boosts color & shine while protecting every strand of your tresses with a moisturizing sheen.
Drugstores sell similar “gloss” or “glaze” products, and while these can be helpful they do not provide the same intensive conditioning nor the long-term protection that only a salon is equipped to provide (a heat lamp is often used to “set” the overlay).
If your hair seems to be brittle, has split ends, and lacks shine, we suggest investing in a professional service of deep conditioning and a sealing gloss. The treatment moisturizes the hair while realigning the cuticle with positive ions providing shine, and smoothness. The hair glosses are translucent; therefore any color you choose from clear to the most natural or exciting shades will leave your hair with the most incredible silky feeling. They last 6-8 weeks.
The entire Rene Furterer KARITE line is intensely nourishing and naturally luxurious. Karite is the nut that shea butter is derived from.
The shampoo cleans and nourishes very dry damaged hair. It leaves hair soft and easy to manage because of it’s restructuring properties. The benefit of shea butter is that it’s rich in essential fatty acids and has a natural UV filter. Other ingredients include copra oil which is highly nourishing, and phospholipids that have repairing qualities. It’s pH is 5.0. It has no silicones, no parabens, nor sodium chloride.
The conditioner deeply restructures the hair shaft. It gives exceptional softness and silkiness, while providing optimal protection and nutrition to the hair. It also has shea butter and phospholipids and quince pectin for smoothing. It’s pH is 4.0. It has no sulfates or sodium chloride.
With all the great color techniques available — tints, glosses, a rainbow of semi/demi permanent shades, just to name a few –it’s important to consider hair products that will preserve your hair color as long as possible, and keep you hair in top condition as well.
With each shampoo, color loses its intensity. The hair has been altered by successive color-processing, and is dry and brittle. To preserve long-lasting vibrant color, and regain healthy, hair, Renee Furterer has selected two natural, active ingredients.
- Okara extract: Soy protein is similar to the keratin structure, repairs and restructures hair. Leaving hair soft, detangled, and radiant.
- Hamamelis extract: Locks color pigments in the keratin, preserving the color intensity. Acts as a natural UV filter.
All Okara products (shampoo, conditioner, and leave-ins) contain exclusive CPF (color protection factor) which range from 70-80% protection.