Our hair is a representation of a long history that reflects our particular ethnic and racial heritage. Your hair is also a reflection of your overall health as well as a way to express your way of being in the world. There are certain correlations between ethnicity and hair that are important to know in order to care for your hair properly.
Hair density. According to HealthGuidance, Caucasians have the highest hair density, averaging approximately two hundreds strands of hair per square centimeter. Professionals from the Belgravia Center, the UK’s leading hair loss clinic, inform us that blondes have about 146,000 hairs on their heads, black-haired people about 110,000 hairs, brunettes about 100,000 hairs and redheads about 86,000 hairs. Asians have approximately 150 hairs for every square centimeter on the scalp with about 80,000 hair follicles on an adult scalp. African Americans have the lowest hair density, averaging around 130 hairs per square centimeter and about 60,000 hair follicles on an adult scalp.
Hair growth. Hair care experts at the Belgravia Center as well as eHow health author Cindi Pearce share information about hair growth rates between and within ethnic groups. Asian hair, the most common type in the world, is the fastest growing hair. Asian hair growth averages around .5 inches per month whereas African American hair growth hovers somewhere around .3 inches per month. European hair grows on average at a rate of approximately .4 inches per month and has the greatest hair density. Depending on how fast your hair grows as well as the level of damage that occurs, consider going for a trim every six to eight weeks. Split ends are highly damaging to your hair as they can quickly turn from split ends into split hair strands.
Hair texture. Caucasian hair usually appears thicker since it is more difficult to see through the scalp than other ethnic hair types. However, Asian hair is the thickest and coarsest hair of any ethnic group. Unfortunately, Asian hair usually does not cover the scalp as fully. Asian hair is also the straightest hair of any ethnic group.
According to HealthGuidance, African American hair texture varies. Some people have thicker, coarser hair whereas others have finer hair. Many have a mixture of fine and coarse hair. However, since African Americans scalp is darker than that of other ethnicities, thinning hair and balding is generally easier to conceal.
Hair care. Hair care not only differs among ethnic groups but also differs within ethnic groups. Keeping your hair healthy depends on the type, texture, and density of your hair. Additionally, hair care has to be compatible with your monthly budget as well as your lifestyle. Regardless of the type of hair you have, try to keep your hair away from high and frequent heat, especially in the form of curling irons and blow dryers. Allow your hair to air dry as long as possible before blow-drying it. Also try to refrain from treating your hair with harsh chemicals such as dyes and straightening products. Depending on the texture of your hair, you may want to use a heavy or light moisturizing shampoo and conditioner.
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