Does Your Hair Type Change With Your Ethnicity?

Did you know that we all have different hair types depending on our ethnicity? Whether it’s the way the hair grows, the thickness, or the density, it can all differ depending on where we originate from. There are three main hair types that we will look at in more detail below, that all come with different attributes – who knew there were so many variables when it comes to our hair?! The way we look after each type differs too, so depending on your hair, you should follow specific tips to help you manage it.

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Caucasian hair

Caucasian people have the highest hair density of all the races we’ll mention and therefore contributes to the fullest head of hair. In addition to this, a Caucasian person’s hair may also seem thicker due to the fact you cannot see their scalp as prominently as you can with Asian and African people. This type of hair can be straight, curly, or slightly wavy, and the colour can vary from light blonde or red to very dark brown.

Caucasian hair strands are oval, and it is said that it grows typically 1.2 centimetres a month – although they produce the thickest looking hair, this is not the fasted growing hair type. All hair types must be cared for differently because of texture and volume. When it comes to looking after Caucasian hair you should reduce the number of times you wash your hair, to allow the natural oils to keep your hair healthy and moist to reduce breakage. This hair type should also not pull their hair back too tightly, as in some cases this can lead to bald patches developing.

Asian hair

You might not be able to see much of a difference when it comes to Caucasian and Asian hair, but there are a few factors that make the two very different. Asian hair is usually straight and can be brown or black. The hair itself is a different shape from Caucasian hair; a single strand would look round. Although this type of hair has the fastest growth rate, growing approximately 1.4 centimetres in a month, Asian hair types have the lowest hair density and don’t tend to cover the scalp as well as other hair types.

Asian hair grows faster and is more coarse than other types of hair, so it must be looked after correctly to manage dryness and split ends, for example, washing your hair a couple of times a week should be enough to retain moisture, and oils can be a great option to tame coarse and dry hair.

African hair

This type of hair can be characterised by its tight curls and kinks. African hair is different to Asian and Caucasian as it grows almost parallel to the scalp. It has the slowest growth rate, and the lowest density of the hair types, however due to the hair tending to stick together more, and the skin on the scalp being darker, it is harder to tell and can give the illusion of a full, thick head of hair. In comparison to Asian and Caucasian hair, an African hair strand looks flatter.

There are many ways to take care of African hair to keep it looking its best. One of the benefits this hair type comes with is that you only must wash your hair once a week! This is so the oil can keep the strands healthy and allows you to avoid frizz and dryness.  Leave-in conditioners can also be advantageous. Styling African hair in low maintenance, protective styles can keep your hair healthy and in place; this hair type can benefit from braiding, twisting, or knotting.


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