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?