Unless you know the density of the hair you are buying, chances are that you will buy hair that is too thick or thin to look natural on your head.
Thankfully, there’s a standard hair density chart that shows how light, medium or thick the hair is at a set density.
Hair Density Definition
When you talk of hair density you are also talking of the hair thickness.
So, it’s just the amount of hair used per wig cap.
Therefore, hair density determines how thick or thin the hair is.
However, note that the hair density is not the volume of the hair.
Notice that you can have curly, wavy hair and another side you have the sleek straight hair.
If they have the same density, there will be a difference in the volume.
At least on the eye of the viewer. This is especially true when you comb the hair out.
In a nutshell, most wigs usually have a medium density of around 120% thick density.
The Density Chart Percentage
Notice that the average head of a human being has about 2200 hair per square inch.
150 density wigs: this is usually medium heavy and not many people will comfortably wear it unless you are those who love a full look. Some people feel like the hair distorts the natural look of your full lace wig.
120 density wigs: this is the average standard density of the wig. It, in fact, serves you best if you have the silky straight and Yaki straight hairstyle. Of all densities, this is the most realistic. It’s neither too thick nor too thin.
130 density wigs: these wigs are classified among the medium heavy wigs although it’s closer to the standard density. The density is, therefore, suitable when you are looking for fullness or volume of your hair. Remember to cater for the volume too when looking at the density.
100% density wigs: this is light compared to other densities. It’s too light and you won’t feel as a though you are even wearing a full lace wig. It has very little hair on the cap. Some people claim that it looks more natural for them.
180 density full lace wigs: this is heavy density hair. You will agree with me that this hair is naturally too heavy to wear. It’s best preferred by those who perform at different shows.
If you want it to work best and look more natural you should use it on long hair.
200 density full lace wigs: you can also call it the extra heavy hair. This one is quite heavy and works well with you if you are taking theatre roles.
130 Vs 150 Density Wigs
130 is the standard density of any wig. It’s not too thick neither is it thin. The focus is on the hairline to make it ventilated with slightly low densities.
150 density, on the other hand, is also natural looking but it has a slight increase in the fullness. It usually has a lot of bounce and flow.
How to choose the correct density for you
It’s never easy to choose a suitable density. I remember I used to guess the density until one time my stylist told me that it’s important to choose the density that matches my own hair.
What’s your natural hair density?
This is usually essential when you want to blend the hair with your own natural hair. You should pick the density that looks so much like your hair. Also, if you like to look so natural you will need to have the hair with the same density as your natural hair.
Age is related to the thinning of your hair. The older you get the thinner the hair. So, if you want to look more natural you should opt for the lighter densities than the extra heavy ones. Although for this point, I think if you want to look younger then maybe the thicker density is good.
The hairstyle you are wearing
Depending on the style you are looking to achieve, the densities will differ. If you want to have curly weaves, for example, you shouldn’t take the heavy densities. But the sleek straight weave requires heavy density for a full look.
The hair density and the thickness of the hair
For most of us, the difference between the hair density and the thickness is non-existent. But let’s agree that the difference is clear enough. When you learn the difference, choosing suitable hair for you is easy.
Hair Density Vs Hair Thickness
The density of the hair is the amount of hair you have on the cap. This then shows you how thick or thin the hair in its entirety is.
The hair thickness, on the other hand, refers to the width of a single strand of hair. So, it’s possible for you to have thick hair but of low density and vice versa.
Hair Density by The Hair Types
When buying the hair wig there’s normally a difference between different types of wigs you know. For example, Brazilian, Mongolian and Peruvian hair are naturally denser than Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian and Malaysian.
Remember we are talking of virgin hair. Deepening on the place the hair was sourced from, there will be a difference.
The Density by The Texture of The Hair
The texture of the hair will determine the density as well. So, as you are looking at the type remember the texture matters too. Curly hair looks more voluminous thus you shouldn’t take high densities for curly hair.
The Cap Design
Whether you are buying the full lace wig or say a lace front you will have different densities. I like the full lace cap because the hair is attached naturally. You can have a fuller density than when you are buying the lace front that requires you to use minimal hair.
How to Make the High- and Low-Density Hairstyle Work for Your Hair
In essence when you are choosing a new hairstyle, the density and thickness matter.
High density: for those who love high density, you should wear the hair in layered form. Wearing it this way makes the hair look more real and not boxy. For the bob style, you should buy the longer bob hair.
Low density: if you like low density you can still make it feel and look full. Often most people go for the blunt cuts to make the hair look full. Also, consider cutting the ends straight as that adds volume to the hair.
Why Is It Important to Know the Hair Density?
If you have been reading this you should know that the hair density is quite important. This is regardless of whether we are talking of your actual hair or hair extension. Here’s why:
The care and products
How you take care of the different levels of density differs. This is in regards to how you comb the hair or even style it.
The hair products you use for the different hairstyles differ. For example, you should use light products if you have low-density hair. You should use the right products so that your hair maintains its richness and strength.
Different densities work with different styles. We discussed that earlier and yes, it’s important to know the density so that you are not using the style suited for thick hair when you have thin hair.
It might determine the cost of the hair
The higher the density, the more the cost of buying the hair. Remember for the higher densities, there’s more labor involved when wafting that’s why it cost you a little extra.
Is there a set structure of the length vs density?
While you can wear any density, you like with whichever length you like, it’s advisable to use the higher density when you have the long hair and vice versa. This makes it look more natural. Never wear an 8inch weave with say 200% density. You will look unreal.
What is the standard density for the wigs?
The standard density is normally between 120%-130%. Whenever you are reaching for a natural looking hair, ensure you only wear the standard range.
Does the density affect the base cap?
Yes, it does. You don’t need a heavy cap when say you have low-density hair. It will be too much for the hair. So, when you have a heavy density, then that’s alright because it will support the heavy cap too.
Why is it that some wigs have the same density but they differ in fullness?
Of course, most people ask this question and it’s all because of the difference in textures. You don’t expect the hair to have the same fullness when it’s wavy or curly as when it’s straight.
Do we have the maximum density I can buy?
Regardless of the hair, you are looking to buy, you can order any density and it will be customized for you if they have to. Although it’s often important to order the wig densities based on the chart you are given.
However, when you aren’t sure of the densities, it’s better that you choose the higher densities. This is because then you can thin it out if you feel like it’s too much.
In the end, the hair you want and the density you choose is all a personal preference. It sometimes takes a trial and error process for you to find what works for you.