There are three main classifications of hair type based on race: African hair, Asian hair, and Caucasian hair.  While each classification of hair type consists of unique features/qualities, each classification is subject to thinning and balding over a man or women’s lifecycle.

Uniqueness of Each of the Three Classifications of Hair Type:
African Hair TypeAsian Hair TypeCaucasian Hair Type
  • Approximate number of hairs on cranium – 50,000-100,000 hairs.
  • Approximate number of hairs on cranium – 80,000-100,000 hairs.
  • Approximate number of hairs on cranium – 85,000 to 145,000.
  • Approximate growth per month – 0.2 cm.
  • Approximate growth per month – 1.3 cm.
  • Approximate growth per month – 1.2 cm.
  • Scalp hair per square centimeter (density) – 70,000 scalp follicles and rarely above 90,000.  30 to 40% less than Caucasians.
  • Scalp hair per square centimeter (density) – 90,000 scalp follicles and rarely gets above 120,000 scalp follicles. 20 to 30% less than Caucasians.
  • Scalp hair per square centimeter (density) –   100,000-150,000 scalp hair follicles.  20-30% more scalp hair per square centimeter than Asians and 30-40% more than African and African-American people.
  • Thickness – Thin and almost flat in cross section (tape like).
  • Thickness – The thickest and coarsest compared to Caucasian and African American hair as measured by diameter, with more and denser cuticle outer layers on each hair shaft.
  • Thickness – Thin by comparison to Asian but thicker than African.
  • Texture and Shape – Typically oval-shaped and tightly coiled.  Different hair fiber types are produced by different hair follicles. Large, straight hair follicles with a circular cross section produce thick straight hair.  Curly, flat hair follicles make curly elliptical or ribbon shaped cross section hair.  Angle of growth is small, almost parallel to the scalp.
  • Texture and Shape – Typically straight and circular in cross section.  Grows perpendicularly across the scalp.
  • Texture and Shape – Variable in its presentation with straight, wavy or curly hair. The fiber can be circular or oval in cross section.   Grows out of the skull at an oblique angle.
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All 3 Hair Types by Ethnicity Subject to Thinning/Balding

Even though the three classifications of hair types by ethnicity are marked by unique features/qualities, all three are subject to thinning and balding.  The thinning and balding across the 3 classifications is associated with a variety of factors, including but not limited to genetics, hormonal issues, medications, hairstyling techniques, lifestyle, among others.

When thinning/balding sets its course, the uniqueness of your hair type classification transforms to your unique journey into a new look with diminished/diminishing hair, followed by no hair.  It’s now your personal issue with hair loss.  Where you are determined to counterattack your hair loss with hair replacement, remember that Natural Choice Hair Replacement (NCHR) has experience providing non-surgical hair replacement solutions to satisfy each classification of hair type across ethnicities.  We are the non-surgical hair replacement partner of choice for men and women in London and southwestern Ontario, and we invite you to contact us to discuss your hair loss and how we can counter it to get you back to your natural look with hair.

Best,
Casey.

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