The good book says that a woman’s crown lies in her head and that is her hair. A woman’s hair is everything. There are different types of hair, afro hair, Asian hair and Caucasian hair. It is important to know all sorts of hair types to be able to appreciate their uniqueness. Afro hair is very different from Caucasian hair.
FEWER HAIR FOLLICLES – LESS DENSITY
Hair grows out from our hair follicles (tiny holes) which are located within our scalp. The number of hair follicles a person has determines the overall fullness (density) of that person’s hair. As an example a person with 100 thousand hair follicles should have more hair (more density) than someone with 70 thousand hair follicles. The amount of hair follicles each person is born with is genetically predetermined.
Research has shown that Caucasians and Asians on average have more hair follicles (higher density) than we do. So although our natural (chemically unprocessed) hair may look fuller than straight hair we actually have fewer hair strands.
INDIVIDUAL STRAND THICKNESS
The shape and size of each hair stand is determined by the shape of the follicle it grows out from. Our hair follicles moulds our hair strands as they leave the follicle and are pushed out of our scalp.
The cross section of Asian and Caucasian hair follicles shows that is has a circular shape whilst the cross section of Afro hair follicle shows that it has an oval shape.
The effect of our oval shaped hair follicle is that our hair strands tend to be smaller in diameter than Asian and Caucasian hair.
Hair strands that are fine/ thin tend to have higher tendency to tangle and will break easier as a result of tangling.
Black hair is beautiful no matter what form it comes in. it could be silky or kinky, it is still beautiful and it can hold different kinds of hair styles. The funny thing is that most people do not know much about black hair. So it is good that you know it in order to appreciate it.
Black hair in any state can be down right fascinating. Whether it’s silky, straight and draping or kinky, coily and wild, or something in between, our hair has the ability to shape shift like nobody else’s. Nobody has hair like ours. So it’s no surprise when people from other races have tons of questions about our hair and the way we take care of it. They’re honest questions and if asked in the spirit of genuine curiosity, I don’t mind educating someone about black hair. Which is why I’m taking the time out to educate non-blacks about a topic that’s so near and dear to our hearts and our minds: our hair.
We don’t want you to touch our hair because we’re human beings not some type of specimen in a zoo
I have no problem with people touching my hair… if they ask. As a stranger to walk up and touch someone’s hair… or anything on their person for that matter is rude. I understand curiosity and I’m into texture so I like to touch people’s hair too. But for the love of God ask first. Don’t let your curiosity get you cussed out. I do believe Biebs asked to touch Esperanza’s hair in the photo above but still black women felt a little twinge about it.
Asian hair is not the same as Caucasian hair. This might come as a shock to many but that is the truth. They have different number of cuticles and a range of how the cuticles flatten.
Number of Cuticle Layers
Cuticles are the protective “shingles” that guard the inner protein structure of your hair. Typical human hair has 5 to 10 layers of cuticles. Asian hair has more (closer to 10) than Caucasian (which has closer to 5). Asian cuticles are also wider, thicker and more densely packed.
2) Flatness of Cuticles
On Asian hair, the cuticles are laid down with at a steeper angle. Caucasian hair has flatter cuticles.