Hair has fibrous horn structure, derived from the skin epidermis, covering the scalp of a person. Hair is mainly composed of horns, rich in biotin, zinc, sulfur, and nitrogen. The color and form of the hair is an essential anthropological sign. Therefore, to help you understand more about human hair, the post will introduce the width of human hair.
What is the width of a human hair?
When speaking of human hair, most people always concerns about the width of human hair.
Small hair strands or thin strands of hair usually have an average diameter of about 50 microphones. And, abundant diameter hairs or coarse hair often have an average diameter of about 120 microphones, which is known as the width of human hair in microns.
For you to easily imagine the width of human hair in inches, a standard A4 sheet of paper has a thickness of about 70 microphones. So the hair is nearly half the thickness of the copy paper, and the raw hair is about twice as thick as the copy of the paper. Because the composition of the hair is mainly protein, natural hair has significantly more protein, so these hairs often cause a more stiff feeling when touched.
So, if each of your curls has a large diameter, it does not necessarily mean that your hair density is also dense, maybe you have a thin hair with shaggy hair.
The average width of a human hair
On average, each person has more than 100,000 hairs growing on his head. Each strand of hair has a thickness of 0.02 – 0.04mm. About the width of human hair in mn, it means 25-50 hairs arranged side by side would be 1mm.
Furthermore, you should know that the average hair is about 0.35mm long each day. That’s about 1cm every month. The lifespan of each strand is on average from 2 to 6 years. Women’s hair has a higher “life expectancy” than men. Every day, a normal person suffers from 45 – 150 strands of hair loss. Black hair is the most popular hair color while red hair is the rarest and is found only in 1% of the world’s total population.
Width and thickness of human hair
The concept between the width of human hair and the thickness of human hair usually makes people get confused. So, you should distinguish two of them clearly to help you take care of your hair best.
The thickness of human hair indicates the amount of hair on your head. Women with thinning hair can own about 80,000 hairs on their heads, and a person with thick hair will have about 150,000 hairs. The greater the number of hair strands, the higher the interaction is between the hairs. Thick hair or multiple strands of hair provides the opportunity for each strand of a hair to interact with the surrounding fibers more, so it will be easier to style hair.
How to distinguish between the width of human hair and the thickness of human hair
The thickness of human hair
The easiest way to classify your hair is to look and feel it. If your hair is coarse, it will feel dry and hard to touch. You should make a ponytail for your hair, and if you can only tie an elastic band, your hair is thick, both in several hairs and in diameter per strand. If you can tie a ponytail with 2-3 times, your hair is medium, and if you need to match more than three times, it is thin.
Width of human hair
+ Wash your hair
Use normal shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair as usual. Drain shampoo and conditioner. However, you should choose when you are not exercising or have sweaty activities to avoid falsifying results.
+ Let hair dry naturally
Using a hair dryer can change the way your hair responds for a certain amount of time, so it’s best to use a towel and let your hair dry naturally.
+ Cut a sewing thread about 15-20 cm long
Choose a regular sewing thread instead of a big thread for thick sewing fabrics
+ Split a hair
Trying to get an intact, unbroken hair. You need to know the thickness of the hair, so use the most typical hair for the entire hair. The top of the head is the most suitable area for hair sampling. You should note that hair must be dry and no styling products left. Ideally, you should remove hair styling products when sampling hair for the most accurate results.
+ Place the hair next to the thread on white paper
Use a blank sheet of paper to see the hair and threads so that you will be more easily compared
+ Compare hair fibers with threads
Observe the hair through a magnifying glass or magnifying mirror. If the hair is too curly, stretch it a bit before comparing it with the thread. You can also use tape to attach the hair ends and threads to keep them fixed.
- Thin hair: If the hair is thinner than the thread, your hair has a light texture.
- Medium hair: If the hair is thick with thread, your hair is medium in thickness.
- Thick hair: If the hair is thicker than the thread, your hair is thick.
The importance of hair thickness
Hair thickness affects the selection of specific care and styling products. For example, thick hair will need a product for higher retention; the wax/pomade may be softer to smooth evenly over the entire hair and thin hair. Furthermore, in some cases, if you are too thin, you can refer to hair extension, which will help your hair look thicker and better.
Hope that after the post you understand more about the width of human hair and necessary information about the issue. Besides that, if you are own a thin hair, you should refer to hair extensions which will help your hair look better when going out.
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