Use These Oils to Protect and Grow Your Fine Natural Hair

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I already know what you're thinking... should a woman with fine hair use oils? Everywhere you look in the hair care world, the answer seems to be, “not really.” Well, I’d like to disagree. Women with fine hair can use oils to improve their hair’s health. Before we dive into this topic, let's make sure that we get some key definitions out of the way. 

How to Wash Fine Curly Hair

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by Mary Wolff

While most people think of curls as big and thick, there are so many variations when it comes to our beautiful ringlets. One of the more common, and most complicated, is hair that is both fine and curly. Fine hair tends to require more care because it is especially vulnerable to breakage. When you add in the curl factor, good hair care is even more important. Most curlies have a complicated relationship with the wash process. Washing your fine curly hair doesn’t have to be a production! We have some tips on how to wash fine, curly hair that may help lower some stress.

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Tips for Caring for Fine Natural Hair

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by Sointocurls via Blacknaps.org

Having fine hair is not a bad thing, unless what you are experiencing is in fact hair thinning, which is totally different.

Fine hair means that the diameter (width) of a single strand is smaller than that of a person whose strands are medium or thick. Hair thinning is when you have less strands of hair on your head than what you actually should. Someone could have thick strands and be lacking in the amount of strands they should have.

Fine hair can really be beautiful, especially if it’s treated properly. Some positives are: it may be more lightweight, easier to manage and have more movement than thick hair. Here are some tips for providing the best care:

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The Best Light Leave-in Conditioners for Fine-Haired Curlies

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by Sabrina Perkins of SeriouslyNatural.org

Curly girls are unique. Whether wavy, coily, or curly, we have individual needs for our hair to be as beautiful and healthy as possible. As a fine-haired coily girl, I understand the struggle of finding products that will not weigh down my strands or make my hair feel coated.

When you factor in warmer months, the desire to be even less weighed down is ideal as we all love the carefree feeling of spring and summer and light strands that blow in the wind. Certain products give us that lighter feel and movement we desire but still keep frizz and crunch away like mousse which is finding a new life in today’s market.

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How to Protective Style Your Fine, Type 4 Natural Hair


by HadassaH of NappilyNigerianGirl

Having fine strands, medium density, porous 4b/4c natural hair presents a lot of styling challenges for me.

1.  My hair is prone to breakage so I need to manipulate my hair carefully. For this reason, I rarely braid my hair. Braiding my hair involves a lot of combing, brushing, parting, picking and smoothing which my hair can't withstand on a regular basis.

2. With high porosity, my hair is prone to dryness and then breakage so I need a style that not only protects my hair but also helps it to retain moisture.

3. My hair is fine with medium density so I need to beware of styles that make it look 'scalpy'. I need to provide the illusion of volume.

4. My hair is prone to tangles so whatever style I do should be put in and taken down with minimum tangles.

So you see, I don't style my hair blindly. I need to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of a hairstyle before attempting it.

If you have natural hair like mine, here is a gallery of hairstyles I've tried.

The Best Oils for Fine, Natural Hair


 
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I know what you are probably thinking after reading that title. Should a woman with fine hair use oils? Everywhere you look in the hair care world, the answer seems to be, “not really.” Well, I’d like to disagree. Women with fine hair can use oils to improve their hair’s health. Before we dive into this topic, let's make sure that we get some key definitions out of the way. 

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Will John Frieda's 7 Day Volume give you fuller looking hair?




MC Wonders says: John Frieda has a new product out called “7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment“. They claim this rinse-out gel will create fullness that lasts 3-5 shampoos. The marketing claim about this new technology/approach to volume is hard to resist, but based on the ingredients, do you think it’s even possible or would I be rinsing money straight down the drain and unnecessarily adding a step to my already long shower routine?

Beauty Brains responds:
This question is similar to the one we answered about L’Oreal’s hair thickening products but Frieda uses different technology and has different claims so I think this is worth a look. Let’s start by looking some of the key claims and what they mean.

What are the claims?
In case you didn’t realize, John Frieda is owned by Kao, a very large Japanese cosmetic company. They’re not as large as Procter & Gamble or Unilever but there certainly big enough that they’ve done their homework and you know they’ve researched their products and have solid claim support. So let’s look at what they say about this volumizing product.
  • Texturally transforms fine hair-- Ok, so it somehow changes the texture of your hair. Is that really meaningful? Not really, any ingredient that can deposit on the hair and change the way it feels could be said to change the texture.
  • [leaves hair] full even after multiple washes.  Is this an important claim? It depends on quantification. HOW MUCH fuller does it make your hair? There’s a bit of weasel wording here because it’s only claiming to “LEAVE” hair full. That sounds like it just doesn’t take away any volume. It’s not even directly claiming to add volume. And HOW MANY washes does it last through? Multiple could mean 2 which is not a very compelling claim. If multiple means 20, that’s a different story.
  • This lightweight semi-permanent treatment establishes a base for volumized styling, enabling her to achieve a look previously viewed unattainable.  “Establishes a base for volumized styling” doesn’t mean much at all. The idea of being able to “achieve a look previously viewed unattainable” sounds like puffery to me.
  • The treatment works by penetrating into each fiber and amplifying each hair strand for lift that lasts through multiple washes.  We talked about this in Episode 79.
  •  Volume that outlasts your shampoo.  That seems to be setting the bar fairly low. It’s just another way of saying it lasts through more than 1 shampooing, I guess.
How does the product work?
Looking at the ingredient list you’ll see several standard styling polymers like POLYQUATERNIUM-37 and VP/VA COPOLYMER. These are used in many, many hair styling products. But there is one ingredient that’s not quite as commonly used and that’s Polyimide-1.

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4 DIY Masks to Add Volume to Fine, Natural Hair



Hola Chicas!

Looking for treatments to add volume to your natural hair? Incorporate these easy, DIY masks below to achieve disrespectfully huge results! 

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Um...Not All Coils Are Thick!



I hated relaxer day! While many women looked forward to fixing their roots and having swinging’ hair, I hated my freshly done hair.

Why you ask? Because it had no life. It was long, jet black and perfectly straight, but it was thin. If placed in a ponytail, it looked bald from afar, and dropping it and having it fall lifelessly around my face was never an option. Add to the mix my disastrous encounter with a certain product line which won’t be named that broke and thinned out my hair some more, let’s just say that what the doctor prescribed was not the miracle for my hair. I was so fed up that I decided to go natural and have the thick gorgeous hair of which I had always dreamed.

I wanted disrespectfully big hair that blocked people in movie theaters and required people to walk around it on the sidewalk. I wanted to rock twists and big, yet defined, twist and braid outs. I wanted feel the wind blowing through my hair, not on my scalp.

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Got Dry, Greasy Natural Curls? Skip the Hair Butter.


CurlyNikki Says: 
SheaMoisture products are an 'oh-hell-naw' for my fine, natural curls.  I've revisited the Smoothie many times with absurd results (DRY, heavy, frizzy, piece-y hair).  I opt for lightweight, water based products for fluffy, soft, voluminous results.  My current fave is Giovanni's Direct Leave-in (followed up with a light layer of oil applied to my ends), but I'm still on the hunt! 


I’m a type 4 natural and I hate hair butters and oils. Now that I’ve said it, all the women who would like to tell me how I’m using them incorrectly or that I used too much listen carefully because I hate repeating myself: I just don’t like them. Deal with it.

It’s been said time and time again that what works for one natural does not work for all, and never has this been truer for me than when I started my natural hair journey. Naturally I entered my hair type and went to my appropriate forum and began asking way too many questions and stalking countless women. I wanted hair like the women whom I admired and thought that if I followed their regimens and used what they did, then my hair would be just like theirs.


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Growing Fine Natural Hair, Long and Strong


by Michelle of FineNaturalHairAndFaith

One of the biggest challenges of having fine natural hair (or just fine hair in general) is styling it in a way that looks full and voluminous. Then, there may be concerns over maintaining one’s length.

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Growing Fine Natural Hair- 5 Tips for Maintaining Length Part II


 by Michelle of RadiantBrownBeauty.com

Let's talk about the care of your fine tresses. You can read part 1 here. Picking up with the tips…
 
Wash Hair in 6 Sections
For my hair at the length it’s at now, I’m finding 4 sections is not enough. The crown tends to be a bit more stubborn and requires much more gentle handling. You may find that your crown is the same. I’ve read a lot of ladies complain about their crown area (including Nikki!).

On wash day and while applying my pre-poo (another good thing to protect your strands), I section my hair in 6. This way I have the front, middle and back sectioned off. I can attend to washing and conditioning each section more easily and finger detangling (yet another great thing for fine hair) is easier as well. I noticed that I was able to wash my hair much faster in 6 sections vs. 2 or 4. Faster = easier = less manipulation.

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Growing Fine Natural Hair- Tips for Maintaining Length


length retention on fine hair
by Michelle of radiantbrownbeauty.com

It’s no secret that I like long hair. I personally believe that a woman with a head of long hair is a full reflection of God’s crown and glory upon her. Some may disagree because there are obviously women who have short hair that “appears” not to grow or they choose to wear their hair short. Then, there are those who just don’t believe in a God at all. I’ma pray for y’all.

For the ladies who choose short hair, this article is probably not for you. It’s more for the ladies who want to see their hair grow to longer lengths and are willing to do what it takes to retain as much length as possible. And while, the tips I’m about to share can be helpful to any lady seeking long tresses, I’m specifically addressing my fine hair sisters since I am one of them, lol. I can only share what I notice is working for my hair type – fine and moderately dense.

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Voluminous Flat-Twist Style for Fine Hair



Charnika writes:

I just created a super cute and fun summer style that I think you will enjoy! It features a flat-twisting method that will benefit naturals with fine and or thin hair. I call it the "double decker" method because it involves creating two flat twists in one section so you get more volume and texture than you would if you did single two strand twists or flat twists alone.

How to Make Fine Natural Hair Appear Thick

CN says:
re-posting since we're talking about fine hurr! 


Hola Chicas!

Last night's post got me thinking...

Many of us (not erry'body, tho) want thicker looking hair. I'm talking BIG, voluminous, heavy, block-people's-line-of-vision tresses. I too fancy big hair, and even go so far as to henna regularly to achieve it. Score! It totally works, but what happens when you can't henna (due to time constraints, side effects such as curl loosening or the red tint)? Or, if henna simply didn't work for you? Obviously, growing more hair per square inch would be sorcery... so we have to work with what we've got.

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How to Add Volume to Fine, Low Density Natural Hair



These tips create such a great illusion of natural volume that people often ask me how do I fit all of my hair under a hat when in reality, my hair can easily all fit into the tiniest elastic band tied multiple times! I hope you found these tips helpful for the fine hair, wavy and loosely curled ladies!

Understanding Fine Natural Hair

by Nicole Hollis of Hair Liberty

After studying African American hair in depth, doctors and scientists have found a lot of common features. Hair of African descent is likely to be very curly, dry, and fragile by nature. Those are the more universal characteristics, but obviously every black woman's hair isn't the same. One of the most important differences between hair types is one that's often overlooked when discussing black hair: strand thickness. Strand thickness or diameter refers to the size of each individual strand of hair on your head. That's different than the number of strands on your head. You may have a lot of hair, but each of those hairs can be fine, medium, or thick.

This picture shows actual strands of hair that were photographed using a special imaging system. The hair on the left is much finer (or thinner) than the hair on the right.


Strand thickness is important because it's closely tied to which products work well for your hair. Differences in strand thickness can result in one person loving a product and another person hating it, especially with regard to leave-in conditioners and stylers. Fine hair requires the most care, so it's important to figure out if your hair falls into that category. Even though black hair needs lots of moisture, using too much product or one that's too heavy, can make fine hair look stringy or sparse.

The most accurate way to determine your hair's diameter is to measure a few strands using a machine similar to the one used for the picture above, but you really don't need to be that exact. See if any of these scenarios sound familiar...

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99 Problems: Natural Hair Care Q&A


by Shanti of Around The Way Curls

Q: Hey! I attend a university in a predominantly white city in CA. I went natural 2 years ago. It’s still a challenge to wear my hair in its naturally big state. 95% of the time I wear my hair in a bun bc I don’t know how to do any other styles with my hair! What’s been an even bigger challenge is having the urge to flat iron my hair when it comes to my job. I want to know if you or other women have a fear of standing out bc of their hair & how to deal w/ this as women of color. Thanks!

A: I had this same fear when I started wearing my natural, unadulterated curls out. I was coming off of the flat iron dependency. Many people were not used to seeing my natural curls. Shoot, I wasn’t even used to seeing them. I had not fully mastered my hair care. Some days I was really proud of my curls while other days my curls were dry, frizzy, uncontrollable tufts. But regardless of what my hair was doing, I was scheduled to work. I was terrified of what others would think. I experienced some negative comments here and there but I wanted to learn to love my hair and I knew in my heart that the illusions and conditioning of hating my kinky hair were not based on reality.

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Tips for Maintaining Fine Natural Hair




I had a conversation along time ago with one of my bestfriends about hair. Her hair was always so thick and long and mine seemed like it would not grow. Like all high school girls, I had to keep up with the trend of box braids and flat twists in the front (held still by elastic bands) and hair out in the back. All the girls were wearing these styles but compared to theirs, there was something different about my hair and I could not figure it out. One day I asked my friend, "How do you grow your hair so long?" and she said to me, "If you treat your hair like a million bucks it would grow long too."

This statement of "treating your hair like a million bucks" really resonated with me and to this day I try to abide by this rule. At the time, I did not recognize that when comparing my hair to my friend's hair and trying to keep up with hair trends, that my hair was different. I understood that some people had wavy hair, soft hair or kinky hair depending on genetics but I did not understand the difference between fine, medium and coarse hair. For along time, I believed that all black people had coarse hair because to me by definition, coarse hair was hard or rough hair (I was so wrong with this assumption). Still I did not understand that there was a difference between thin and thick hair- a person could have fine-thick hair, fine-thin hair, coarse-thick hair, etc.

Here are some up close and personal photos of my fine hair:


In this particular instance, I had fine-thick hair and my friend had coarse-thick hair. Being born with the predisposition of fine-thick hair, my hair was easily damaged by using hair styling techniques that are used on medium or coarse hair. Below is a pictorial of the difference in thickness of a fine strand, coarse strand and a strand of thread.

Fine strand. Coarse strand. Thread.

Looking at the above photograph with the naked eye, it is apparent that fine hair is thinner than coarse hair and coarse hair is thinner than a thread. So with this logic, it is obvious that the same hair care techniques should not be used across hair types. (Hint: This is one of the reasons why hair care products work best for some people and do not work at all for others.)

How to tell if you have fine or coarse hair?
  • Consult a professional stylist. Stylists are trained to properly manage hair and they can quickly identify whether your strands are fine, medium or coarse.
  • Home test: After washing your hair let it air dry. If your hair air dries quickly (an hour or less) then you have fine hair. If you wait longer than an hour then your hair is coarse.
  • The White paper test: Pull a strand of hair from your head and place on top of a white paper. If your hair is difficult to see against the white background and not easily felt between your fingertips then you have fine hair.
Characteristics of Natural Fine Hair
  • You have to re-twist your hair nightly to keep defined curls. Curls just do not hold well with this type of hair.
  • Breaks easily even when you keep it moisturized.
  • Prone to fly aways.
  • Hair looks dull, dry and flat.
Tools & Tips for Fine Hair
  • Protein Treatments will help give weight to fine hair and strengthen the strands. To identity protein treatments look at the ingredient list for the following: silk amino acids, collagen, keratin, wheat and soy (to name a few).
  • Do a pre-wash oil treatment before you wash your hair. Over cleansed fine hair will break easily.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo whenever your hair looks dull or falls flat. Fine hair can be easily weighed down by product build up. A clarifying shampoo strips away dirt and product build up from the hair. This should be used no more than once a month.
  • For regular shampooing, use a gently conditioning shampoo like Kurlee Belle's Almond & Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo. High quality moisturizing shampoos protect the hair during the wash process.
  • When choosing a leave-in conditioner, look for the words "Dry and Damaged Hair" like Kurlee Belle's Thirsty Kurls Leave-In conditioner. Always use a rinse off conditioner and then a leave-in conditioner.
  • Detangle hair in sections. Never BRUSH dry fine hair or wet fine hair. Use your fingertips to detangle or a wide tooth comb. Detangle from the tip of the hair moving closer to the scalp. Remember: Your hair is delicate and will break easily.
  • Comb hair as little as possible. Stay away from hairstyles that require constant manipulation. Micro braids and heavy extensions are not your friend. Try low maintenance protective styles like braids and two strand twists.
  • Always wear a satin covering at night. Never sleep without your hair protected.
  • When straightening fine hair always use a heat protectant. Use very low heat. The temperature should be no higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fine hair straightens easily.
  • Trim hair every 6 to 8 weeks to avoid spilt ends.
  • A great sealant for fine hair is coconut oil. It is not heavy and provides shines and manageability.
  • Always air dry. The less heat used on fine hair the better. Fine hair dries fast so blow dryers can be avoided.
  • Avoid color or highlights like the plague. Bleaching the hair lifts the cuticle so that the color appears. If you are not a professional stylists that knows how to properly care for hair then I say leave the color alone. I found out the hard way...so learn from my mistakes.

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What Are Some Good Styles For Fine Hair?

by Kurlybella of Kisforkinky.com

layla (not pictured) asks:

I just had a question about what kind of styles suit people with fine hair. Even before I was natural, I’ve always had fairly fine hair, so when I stopped the relaxer (1 year ago), I began searching for a style that would make it seem big, thick and fabulous! I find that it mostly looks this way if I wash and go, but as I’m transitioning, many pieces of my hair are still straight or loosely curled. Anyway, the reason I ask this is when I attempt twist or braids outs, the curls look great, but the hair looks really piecey or flat. Are there any hair styles that can make my hair seem big and thick without the frizziness of a wash and go?


I, like many other naturals, can relate. I don’t have really thick hair and I often have to work with my hair to make it look bigger and fuller. My hair is medium density and a mixture of fine and medium-coarse strands and it’s not thick at all. When I used to relax my hair, my hair would look thinnish. Not really “thin” but not thick at all – think Zoe Saldana density. Healthy, pretty but not thick. I’ve talked about my fine hair woes before here: how can i make my natural hair look thicker?

Since you are transitioning and working with relaxed hair, it’s good that you are doing styles to blend your two textures. A tip for you is to let your hair air dry 50% after washing and detangling and THEN do your twists or braid outs. By letting your hair – mostly your new growth – shrink up some, you’ll have what will seem like “thicker” hair to work with. Don’t tease or fluff up your roots with a comb – that does not work for curly hair like it does straight hair and you risk ripping your hair out.

As for styles that cut down on the frizziness, braid outs are often less frizzy than twist outs because the hair gets “smoother” in the prepping process and the braid pulls the hair tighter and straighter than a twist would. You can also try flexi rod sets and curl formers. Keep in mind though that frizz is a part of the curly girl’s life so less cutting down on it some, there is really not much you can do about it.

Make sure you are using oils like jojoba, extra virgin olive oil and adding aloe vera gel or juice to your regimen – you can mix them in with your butters or styling creams. These products will help to seal the cuticle of your hair to keep the humidity and water in the air out – which is what causes the frizz in the first place. You may what to avoid castor oil since it’s a heavier oil. Some fine naturals don’t like it for their hair, others do. Also, be sure to check out the SO FINE series by cassidy of natural selection. She goes into great details about product and styling and I’m sure you’ll find answers to questions you’ve not even asked yet!

What say you fined haired bellas? What do you think are some good hairstyles for fine frizzy hair? Got any tips or advice for Layla?

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