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The Skinny on Thin Hair

Brenda Stearns - Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thin hair can be described in different ways. Some may describe hair that is very fine as thin or hair that is coarse - yet sparse in density - as thin. Many times, fine hair is some of the densest hair, as it can have more than 2,500 hairs per square inch.

So in discussing fine hair, let’s describe fine hair in this conversation as the diameter of each hair strand. We can use the term skinny hair. 

Fine hair is unique in its design. There are many benefits of having skinny hair. It has characteristics that help to make it resilient to all the torture that we tend to inflict upon it on a daily basis. The outside layer made up of cuticle can have from 5 to more than 17 layers. These are much like the scales you see on a fish. They are designed to protect the cortex where all the important things in coloring, straightening and perming occur. Fine hair often has the maximum amount of cuticle layers. This helps to make up for the lack of a medulla that is often missing in skinny hair.  Blow drying and rough combing and brushing, or towel drying can abrade the cuticle layer. Flat irons, curling irons and too hot of a dryer can scorch it. Chemical treatments can seriously damage it.

So what are the benefits to fine hair? Shine! Straight, fine hair is some of the shiniest hair on the earth. So if you’ve got it flaunt it! A healthy cuticle layer is what creates that fantastic shine. Whether you have dark, blonde or any shade in between, fine hair has the ability to reflect light in ways that coarser hair cannot. So help your clients embrace their beautiful fine hair.

Yours in Hair Health!
Brenda

Comments
Anonymous commented on 11-Aug-2014 02:38 PM
Although I learned a lot of this in beauty school, I really love these posts on hair types! They really shed light on a lot of 'details' I have lost track of over the years...

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