Let’s talk about Asian hair

My hair has had a hard time over the years. I colored it, straightened it permanently, did several keratin treatments, and often worked with flat irons and curling irons. Besides making my hair drier and split ends faster, my hair never changed dramatically.

I’ve never had any burnt hair or hair loss. And even when hair fell out, it was barely visible. According to my hairdresser this has to do with my Asian hair type. Although I’m not always happy with my hair, I’m grateful that I can do so much with it.

But how is Asian hair different from Caucasian hair? I did some research and I would love to share this information with you.

What are the features of Asian hair?

Asian hair differs in color, structure and texture.
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Compared to Caucasian hair, Asian hair differs in color, structure and texture. Asian hair is usually very straight and is dark brown/ black in color.

It also grows very fast, about 1.4 centimeter per month. In comparison, Caucasian hair grows an average 1 centimeter per month. This information wasn’t exactly new to me. A (Dutch) colleague and I had cut our hair to the same length at the beginning of this year. I’ve had to trim my hair 3 times already, while she had the same haircut all along.

When you take an Asian hair strand, you’ll see that the strand is evenly round. Caucasian hair strands are oval. Asian hair strands are twice the diameter of Caucasian strands, but they have fewer hairs per square centimeter. Asians usually have 80.000 – 140.000 scalp hairs. But because of the thickness of the hair schaft, it looks like Asians have greater hair density.

Asians also loses less hair per day and baldness is less common. But Asian women’s hair usually gets thinner at a later age. In addition, Asians have to deal with gray hair later than other ethnicities. Over the years my hair indeed become thinner. And fortunately I have few gray hair!

How do you take care of Asian hair?

Because Asian hair is long, thick and straight, it’s often used to make wigs. But because it’s long and thick, it loses moisture more quickly which can lead to dryness and frizziness. This makes it tangle faster. Split ends are also a problem. These are my hair problems too: dryness, frizz and split ends…

How to wash Asian hair?

How to wash Asian hair?
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Brush your hair well before washing your hair. This ensures that it becomes less tangled. Don’t wash your hair with hot water, but take a warm shower instead. It’s also advisable to rinse your hair with cold water at the end. This retains the moisture of the hair better and makes the hair shine.

To combat frizz, it’s best to use a shampoo and a conditioner that contain natural oils like argan oil or coconut oil. This will make your hair more manageable.

In addition, use a hair mask once a week. This nourishes the hair and makes it easy to handle. Do you suffer from split ends? Then use a mask with egg protein. This makes them less visible.

Don’t wash your hair too often. This can damage your hair. Wash it 2-3 times a week to keep it healthy. If it gets greasy quickly, you can use a dry shampoo.

How do you take care of your Asian hair after washing?

When using a hair spray to style or add shine to your hair, spray it on the lengths of your hair and on the ends. Don’t spray it on your head as this can make your hair greasy and oily.

If your hair is thick and frizzy, oils are a godsend. They keep your hair under control and keep your hair moisturized. I use argan oil to manage my hair and to nourish it.

Photo: Peter Nguyen via Unsplash

Now that you’re aware of what your Asian hair needs, it’s time to find products that suits your hair type. Use products against dryness, frizz, and split ends to keep your hair healthy and shiny!

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