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Working With Fine Natural Hair

By January 27th, 202111 Comments

Working With Fine Natural Hair
Susannoh of writes:

For those of you with fine hair, Sam Villa is your man. Sam Villa, founding partner and chairman of Allvus, LLC and Education Artistic Director for Redken 5th Avenue, teaches not only his stylist students, but also consumers how to give volume to fine hair.

Fine hair is divided into two categories: low density (hair shaft is thin and grows far apart) and high density (hair shaft is thin and grows close together). For some stylists, the characteristics of this medium can make styling a challenge. Villa shares inside tips on finishing fine hair.

Check them out here!


  • Anonymous says:

    I'm working on that. I find that doing the 2 strand twist on dry, streched hair really helps. After i wash and condition my hair, i do like 5 to 8 braids and go to bed. the next day i take my braids out (hair is streched now) i comb it so it becomes full then i start to do 2 strand twist on dry hair with a curly cream, brick style (meaning I dont make the square parts one on top of the other) i hope this helps

  • Keandra Ewing says:

    I also have fine natural hair and have been attempting to find forums on this topic. I desperately want to try wearing two strand twists on my natural hair. I never see anyone with fine hair rocking twists. I've only worn them with extensions. Seems like there is alot of scalp showing if your hair is fine. Has anyone had luck with this?

  • Anonymous says:


    I agree with you. The article was geared towards caucasian women and those firmly in the 3s. It spoke a lot about how to achieve volume etc but if you looked at the intro on the link, he mentioned the tips were for finishing those hair types.

    Maybe this is a good place to open up a discourse on what coily/kinky and curly fine haired naturals do for their hair?

    I went to Aveda earlier this month and the stylist told me that my hair was fine although it appears dense and thick. She advised protein to strengthen and improve my elasticity. I think often when you have high density and seemingly thick afro hair, it is viewed and treated as coarser and of thicker strand size than it actually is which leads to confusion about how to treat it.

  • The Retro Natural says:

    My strands are pretty fine but my hair is still thick so perhaps that's the density part..I honestly shy away from topics like density, porosity, etc. cause it's pretty complex and science like and I'm not a huge fan of science (small bits please lol) but this is intersting and it's giving me a gradual understanding of things!

  • vetty says:

    Thank you for the explanation @KrisNatural; that definitely helped.

  • Moni says:

    Highly disappointing. That article was clearly geared towards a certain subsection of fine natural hair (would be better titled fine curly hair). My coily/kinky would not work with any of the tips that he suggested.

  • gloria says:

    How timely. I have been looking for an article on fine natural hair. As I started growing my hair out I found out that my hair was fine, but it appeared thick, now I realize that's because of the density. Many of the styles and products I see on natural hair web sites and you tube videos do not work for me. I have yet to achieve a good "two strand " twist. But I am learning what works for my hair ,regardless to the type I have.

  • E_v says:

    I tried reading the article but I was unable to see it. I definitely need it. I'm hanging in there with my fine yet thick hair but jeez, it's definitely a challenge sometimes.

  • Doll Baby Diva says:

    My hair is very soft and fine. Quite curly too, like a baby girl's. I found that I had to play with my hair, and try new and interesting styles.

    Obviously, the longer your hair gets, the more style choices you have. Just don't give up. Don't be afraid of extensions(twists and braids)….don't pull tight!

    Keep your hair lightly moisturized because dryness=breakage!

  • KrisNatural says:

    @Vetty… Your hair can be fine or coarse (or "normal")which describes the thickness of each strand of hair itself. Overall density of your hair determines whether your hair is "thick", "medium", or "thin". Porosity describes how well your hair absorbs moisture. It can be not porous, porous, or even over porous. Therefore your hair would be described as a combination of these descriptors.For example my hair is kinky/curly (depending where you look), fine, medium in thickness, and fairly porous. Hope that helps.

  • vetty says:

    How do you know if you have fine and/or porous hair?

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