Hair texture, classified as fine, medium, or coarse, actually refers to the thickness or circumference of the strand. Fine hair typically has the smallest circumference, while coarse has the largest. Your hair texture may vary from your siblings and it may even vary across different areas of your head with fine hair along the nape of your neck and medium to medium-coarse hair at the crown.
Can your hair texture change? Will you always have the baby fine hair you’ve had since childhood?
Hair texture can change due to both biological and external influences. Four common factors that can change your hair texture include:
- Hormonal changes
- Your diet and overall health
- Simple aging
Hormones love to mess with our bodies. Many women during pregnancy experience a variety of hormonal changes. Sometimes one of these changes is your hair texture. Your hair may begin to feel thicker and even appear shinier without you changing your beauty routine. While you may have heard from a friend that it’s the prenatal vitamins that give your hair a boost, it’s really the estrogen in your body that’s affecting the hair changes in texture.
Hair Texture Change: Diet and Health
Diet directly affects your hair. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins D and E help keep your hair and skin healthy. When your diet lacks these essential nutrients, your hair may experience a textural change. It also can appear dull and lifeless. Fitness Magazine recommends several super foods to help boost hair, skin, and overall health. Make sure to eat a variety of nutritious, whole foods and include some of the following for hair health: wild salmon, spinach, walnuts, and kiwi.
Tip: Overindulging in alcohol and even caffeine can dry out your hair and make it feel brittle.
Certain medications and medical conditions also can affect your hair and scalp health. If you’re taking medication or have a condition and experience a change in your hair texture, speak with your health professional.
Aging and Hair Texture
As we age, our bodies change — we know that and we expect that. One of the subtle changes can be a difference in hair texture. With age, the sebaceous glands typically produce less sebum. Less sebum means a drier scalp and hair shaft, which can lead to your hair feeling more coarse as the years the pass. A renewing shampoo or leave-in conditioner can help with this type of dryness.
For some people, both men and women, the hair follicles also may begin to produce smaller (in diameter) hair strands. This results in your hair feeling like it has less volume than it did when you were in your twenties. Opt for hair products that offer volumizing to restore your hair’s lushness.
Hair Texture Changes Due to Chemicals
If you color treat your hair with chemicals that open the cuticle and then don’t re-seal the cuticle, you can damage your hair and alter its texture. The good news is you can avoid this by protecting your hair when coloring with the right products. Try Ion’s after-color sealer to hydrate your hair while sealing the cuticle and protecting it from damage.
While your hair texture may change in your lifetime, there are ways to work with those changes and keep your hair looking and feeling great.