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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