Once upon a time there was a little girl whose hair was so thick that when she tied it in a ponytail, she’d snap the elastic on the second loop. Fast-forward many years, and a couple of pregnancies with accompanying postnatal hair loss, and those luscious locks have morphed into skinny strands. For this former Rapunzel, it has been far from a fairytale ending, more a tragic tale of hair today, gone tomorrow.
Sadly, this girl is me. And the moral of the story? If I wanted to keep my thick hair, I should never have grown older or had kids. Of course, I wouldn’t give them up for even the sort of hair a Victoria’s Secret model would kill for, but gazing at my daughter’s abundant mane, and watching her snap the elastic on the second loop, I long for the locks of my youth. It might be called fine hair, but I’m not fine about it.
As it turns out, I may not have fine hair, but thin hair – with experts saying there is a difference between the two. According to Danni Solier, L’Oréal Professionnel hair artist at Xiang Hair QV in Melbourne, thin hair is when the overall density of hair follicles on the scalp is sparse. “You may see a lot more scalp than a client with thick hair,” she says. On the other hand, fine hair refers to the diameter of the individual strands of hair. I’m pretty sure I’m a victim of both conditions.