If you want to increase your hair density, your first step should be knowing your existing hair type however this guide will not only help you in improving your hair density but also some quick fixes to camouflage the existing hair density till you attain your high volume.
Overall knowing your hair density will help you figure out which products to opt for, which hair cut will suit you or which hairstyle you can sport every day. It will give you some powers to control and provide shape to your hair.
if you are planning to go for hair transplant knowing your natural hair density will play a pivotal role in the final results of the process
Let’s gets started with your journey of fuller hair density with basics.
Table of contents
- What is Hair Density?
- 4 Options to take your hair density test?
- 7 Reasons which as a barrier in increasing your hair density
- How to grow hair density on the scalp?
- How to increase hair density naturally at home
- Which oils increase hair density?
- How to increase your hair density through lifestyle change
- How to increase your hair density instantly? 8 Quick fixes
- Increase your hair density with right product choices and usage
What is Hair Density?
The amount of hair growing in proximity with each other on your scalp is known as hair density, or you can say how packed your hair follicles are on your head.
Density impacts the volume and the shape of your hair. Hair density can determine how healthy your strands are. On average, every human being has 2200 strands of hair per square inch on your scalp. Adding to this calculation, a scalp with a medium-density hair can have about 100,000 individual lines of hair.
Hair density can be divided into low, high and medium density hair depending on the average number of hair you have on your scalp.
After reading all this, the first question that must be coming to your mind is ” what hair density do I have”?
To figure out take this following tests.
4 Options to take your hair density test?
1 ) Counting them
Yes, you read it right. Theoretically counting your hair strands is the most effective method of knowing your hair density. You part your hair into 1-inch square section and then start counting your hair one by one. This is the most tedious method to calculate but a most accurate method to know your hair density. Since if this is difficult, you can try easy ways to check as well. They will not be that accurate but will do the task for you.
2)Measure your Ponytail
A much reasonable way to gauge hair density is to comb your hair out and extend it to tie a sleek ponytail. Now measure the circumference of your ponytail.
Less than 2 inches denotes low hair density
Anywhere between 2 – 3 inches is medium hair density
If it is 4 inch and above you have high hair density.
3)Scalp Visibility Test
Let your hair loose. Make sure it is in a dry natural state and is not wet.
Stand in front of the mirror or capture through the camera
Is your scalp visible?
If yes, then you have low-density hair. if you need to move your hair to see the scalp, then you have medium density, and even after moving you can barely see your scalp then you have high-density hair
If you’re perfectionist or worried and want to seek professional help to figure out your hair density, then you should go for photorichogram. It is a non-intrusive method that takes a close up picture of your hair strands. This method generates a qualitative and quantitative examination of your hair and hair growth parameter
Now when you know your hair density. Let’s figure out the factors which play a part in defining your hair density
7 Reasons which as a barrier in increasing your hair density
Genetic factors are responsible not only for the hair density but also the colour and texture of yours. Your gene will play a significant role in determining your hair density. So if your immediate family members have low-density hair, it is highly likely that you may have it too.
As you age, there is a decline in hair density as hair does not remain steady with age. While the hair density is assumed to be at high at the age of 30, it starts decreasing from the era of the late ’30s and early ’40s. Male and Female pattern baldness may develop due to this if the hair loss is not arrested earlier. Loss of hair density and greying are natural with the ageing process
3. Ethnic difference.
Race and ethnicity impact the density, colour, texture and hair growth. There are three main varieties of hair type based on race –
Asian hair ( Indians belong to this group)-
Asian hair has the lowest density compared to ethnicity but the fastest growth rate.
Afro Hair- African hair is characterised by both slow hair growth and low hair density compared to Caucasian hair
Caucasian hair (which can also be inferred as European hair) – have high-density hair
Though these conclusions are researched-based, I cannot deny the fact that there can be exceptions and contradictions. You can be an Asian and have high-density hair
While not much can be done to age, genes and ethnicity, there is one thing that you can take complete control of is your diet. Maintaining a balanced diet with essential mineral, vitamins, and right food helps to increase hair density in the long run. You should go for a blood test to identify for any vitamin deficiency and then can start your multivitamin accordingly. Lack of protein and iron can lead to hair loss
5. Medical Conditions
There are specific autoimmune diseases and medical conditions that can lead to low hair density, for example, thyroid. Particular medication for cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, menopause etc. can lead to hair loss. Scalp infection can also contribute to low hair density
Stress and poor lifestyle play an essential part that can contribute to hair loss. A stressful event like childbirth, breakup or even fear for exams can lead to temporary hair loss. Any excessive physical and emotional stress will lead to hair loss. Smoking and sudden extreme weight loss suddenly can lead to damage in hair density.
7. Extreme hair manipulation
If you are regularly sporting hairstyles like tight ponytails or cornrows. Harsh chemical treatment or hot oil treatment which can cause inflammation to hair follicles and can affect hair density.
Now when you know you the reasons effecting your your hair density let’s figure out the answer to our most important question
How to grow hair density on the scalp?
You can try different methods to increase your hair density; some are natural remedies, and some are medication. Some are quick fixes to fake the density, and some are long term lifestyle changes, I will also guide you how you can choose the right products which will support in regain and retain your hair density. Let’s get started
How to increase hair density naturally at home
Aloe Vera Gel is full of nutrients and is readily available. According to research, it can facilitate blood circulation and oxygen delivery on your scalp resulting in increasing the hair density.
How to use aloe vera to promote hair growth?
Massage aloe vera gel on the scalp a for a minimum of 5 minutes. Leave it for an hour then wash it off with mild chemical-free shampoo.
How often :
Use it thrice a week for at least 90days to see results
Fenugreek seeds contain Vitamin A, K and C.It have high protein which works in favour of increasing hair density. They help in fighting free radicals which tends to weaken hair shafts.
How to use fenugreek for hair growth?
Soak some fenugreek seed insufficient water at night. Blend it in the morning and add coconut oil drops and lemon juice. Apply all over your hair and keep it for 30 minutes minimum.
How often :
Use it only twice a week for at least 90 days to see results.
According to a study, 87% of the participant saw visible hair growth using onion juice. Onion juice is very beneficial for improvement in hair growth. Since it is rich in sulfur and antioxidants, it helps in rejuvenation of your hair. It will also help you to get rid of dandruff naturally
How to use onion juice for hair volume?
Peel and chop 2-4 onions so that it is easy to grind it in the blender and make it a paste. Take the juice out by squeezing it or passing it through a cheesecloth.
Apply the juice on your scalp. If you don’t like the smell, you can add essential oil as per your choice. Leave it for an hour and rinse it off
How often :
Alternate day for 6 to 8 weeks to see visible result
Which oils increase hair density?
I am listing five best oils to increase the hair density. However, this will depend on individual choice and reactions to your scalp. Try finding the virgin oils and not the cosmetics ones to get better results.
Grape seed oil
Include scalp massage
Whichever oil you choose to make sure you do scalp massage every day. I can’t convince you enough what benefits scalp massage can give to you hair with or without oil. Make this as a habit daily
According to a small study, it is scientifically proven that scalp massage stimulates hair growth. Just 4-5 mins massage a day gave thicker hair in 24 weeks to the attendees taking part in this research.
There is another method known as”Inversion hair technique” which is quite in trend on the internet, but there is no scientific research to approve or reject this method. In this method, one hangs their head upside down, which claims to increase blood flow to the scalp. Try this method only after showing to your doctor.
How to increase your hair density through lifestyle change
According to research, 50% of hair fall and hair density related issues and problems are related to stress. Try reducing stress by sleeping 8 hours. Meditation and relaxation will be the best bet to reduce stress. Adequately drinking water will help you keep hydrated and manage stress.
There have been numerous scientific researches proving smoking affects your hair growth. Smoking releases toxins which harm the autoimmune system and hair follicles and leads to poor circulation of books in the scalp. Results can be examined in a short period if you quit smoking.
Exercise to increase hair density
Exercise increases scalps health and promotes a healthy hair growth cycle. Exercising regularly will also help in stress management, which will eventually help in the growth of new hair follicles.
Not everyone loved to go to the gym or jogging; hence I am listing how to increase hair density by yoga. Start slowly and include this asana. Hire an instructor if you suffer from any injuries.
Adho Mukha savasana
Take a diet which helps in promoting hair density. Include Eggs, Flax seeds, Berries, Fatty fish, Spinach, Avocados, Sweet potato. Incorporate citrus fruits lemon and oranges to get a daily dose of vitamin ‘C’. Take carrot for Vitamin A. Don’t forget your whole grains to obtain Biotin, Zinc, iron and Vitamin B. You can take a supplement of multivitamin prescribed by the doctor. Right intake of food is the best option for increasing hair density.
How to increase your hair density instantly? 8 Quick fixes
Natural remedies will take its own time too to increase your hair density. You can try these quick fixes to give it a fake fuller looks in other words “fake it till you make it.”
Try extensions/wig or patch
These are readily available in natural hair or synthetic material depending on your budget. Celebrities often go for such options as it easily blends with hair
Try hair spray / volumising powder
This is the quickest fix and works well to fill mild to moderate hair patch. This fibre hair cosmetics can make your hair look thicker instantly. They stay on your hair until you rinse them away. They come in different colours to match your hair colours
Blow-dry your hair with your hands moving your hair in all directions so that it gets enough movement and volume. You can also apply this technique blowing your hair upside down
Clean and quick alternative to improve thickness instantly. You can spray dry shampoo on your hair which will clean and absorb oil leaving your hair smoother and easy to style. All this is less than five minutes
Hairstyle and Hair cut for low hair density
There are so many ways you can style and cut your hair to give a fuller look. People often opt for styles like Bob cut; Pixie cut, Long Layered Waves. Your hairdresser will provide the best answer which style would suit you
You can opt for colouring. Though this is not a natural choice but the correct shade can make your hair scalp less visible.
You can also opt for hair teasing but with care. Hairstylist often uses this technique to lift the roots a little. You can use boar bristle teasing brush. Not more than three swipes else it may tangle the hair
Quick, easy, and no brainer way to lift your hair volume instantly is to switch your parting to the opposite of what you have been parting till now. So example if you have been parting on the right then try left or centre parting
Increase your hair density with right product choices and usage
- Start your hair care ritual with picking up products which are primarily designed for your hair type and hair density. The wrong products will further add to your hair thinning and balding.
- Choose right combs, hairbrushes preferably natural materials which keep the hair damage-free
- Choose shampoo, conditioners and serum which helps in volumising hair but contain a less moisturising ingredient which can likely to weigh down your hair.
- Use shampoo and conditioners which are ideally from the same company or brand as they work in tandem with each other. When the company makes them they test how they are working with each other. So it’s essential to use them in pair to get the full benefits.
- Don’t use too much product at once. Use a little at a time and then add extra if needed
- Apply conditioners towards the end of your and not the roots. Keep it a few inches away from the scalp. Apply a little conditioner as it becomes difficult to rinse it away
- Use water-based or aloe-based styling products like hair gel, hair mousse or leave-in. They are much lighter on your hair and less likely to weigh down.
I hope this helps you to make better choices for yourself and results in increased hair density. Just keep in mind while opting for products also consider for your hair shape and hair porosity as well.