Here’s a guide to identifying the differences in the characteristics of fine and fine hair (because they are not inherently the same!). We often use various terms to describe hair. From long, flat, curly, short, thin, thick, dense and smooth. While knowing the difference between these terms is important for knowing how to care for our hair, it also helps dispel hair misinformation and myths.
Hair is characterized in two ways: the thickness of each strand and how dense ( dense each) is each follicle. When a person has thin hair, it technically means they have fewer hair follicles close together. Terms such as “seldom” or “low density” may be more technically accurate and better help describe what it actually means in these cases.
Smooth hair refers to the thickness or diameter of an individual hair strand. The opposite of fine hair is coarse hair. Thin hair refers to the overall density of hair follicles throughout the scalp. The opposite of thin hair is thick hair.
Definition of Thin Hair
A person with thin hair has fewer hair follicles packed together. This makes the scalp more visible when styled compared to people with thick hair. Thin hair may be caused by genetics, hair loss or damage and may be difficult to style and manage. Terms such as low density and sparse hair may also be used.
Definition of Fine Hair
It refers to the diameter or thickness of the individual strands of hair. Fine hair is thinner than sewing thread and therefore prone to breakage. This hair type can be difficult to style and manage. However, this hair is shinier than hair that is coarse and easy to heat. The opposite of fine hair is coarse hair.
Thin hair refers to fewer hair follicles packed together. On the other hand, fine hair refers to the diameter or thickness of the individual strands of hair. It should be noted that a person can have a combination of thin and fine hair. In this case, regular maintenance is recommended with gentle styling techniques.