Fine haired ladies must take exceptional care when choosing hair products. This is because heavy products will build up more on fine strands and tend to leave a film weighing it down which may lead to breakage.
Heavy product use can also cause individual hairs to fuse together causing unnecessary stress on the strands as you style. Chronic manipulation is very damaging and applying heavy products only accelerates the damage.
The ideal solution is to use lightweight products that are easily absorbed into the hair so that the strands maintain moisture and strength. Below are three must have product types for fine haired ladies and how to select the right one for your hair.
The shampoo should contain ingredients that hydrate the hair as well as condition. Look for shampoos that contain oils. Shea butter and olive oil are ideal oils that have a high content of vitamins and fatty oils that will nourish your hair as cleanse it.
If you happen to have sulfate containing shampoo or other shampoos that your hair did not respond positively to, you can add oil to it to ensure that your hair is gently cleansed and treated during your shampoo. Some may find that co-washing is the best alternative to cleansing using harsh shampoos but you will still need to clarify at least once a month.
Adding oil to your clarifying shampoo* will ensure that your hair doesn’t feel stripped and can be easily detangled later. The sulfates in clarifying shampoos ensure that all residue is thoroughly removed and adding oil will not prevent the shampoo from effectively cleansing your hair and scalp.
Ideal shampoos for fine hair are Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibicus Curl & Shine Shampoo, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Retention Shampoo or as cowash cleanser the popular As I Am Coconut Cowash Cleansing Conditioner.
Deep conditioning* with protein based products
Protein is imperative for fine hair so you must constantly maintain protein levels in your hair to ensure that your fine strands can withstand manipulation and exposure to the elements.
Fine hair can be severely damaged by the sun, wind and climate and it loses protein faster than coarse or thicker hair so conditioning with protein is essential. An ideal deep conditioner* is one that has a light protein that can be applied bi-weekly so that the protein level is properly maintained.
Some ladies who have protein sensitive hair may find that using a light protein treatment is the alternative they have been looking for. Some protein treatments offer the ability to moisturize, strengthen and detangle the hair all at once which is a win win.
Favorites for fine haired ladies with curly hair are ORS’s Olive Oil Replenishing conditioner, ApHogee’s Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor and Renpure’s Original Brazilian Keratin Straightening Conditioner.
These conditioners are excellent deep conditioners that have amazing moisturizing properties that leave the hair easy to detangle! Renpure’s conditioner is ideal for flat iron preparation and it also makes a good leave-in conditioner*.
Fine haired ladies should avoid over moisturizing their hair. If your hair maintains moisture fairly well avoid using a heavy moisturizing deep conditioner* and instead opt to gradually maintain your hair’s moisture level by using leave-in daily.
Some fine haired ladies may also find that they are sensitive to glycerin, mineral oil and coconut oil*. Remember that even though it is common to identify with people of a particular hair type, many have several textures so no two heads react the same way to a product.
Be mindful of the products that haven’t worked for you in the past and read the list of ingredients. If you notice that one or more ingredients are common in those products then eliminate them from your regimen for thirty days to see how your hair reacts.
Glycerin draws moisture from the environment which is favorable for some but many fine haired ladies get build-up and massive frizz as a result of it. If this is the case, consider using the products with glycerin as pre-poos or conditioners that you wash out of your hair rather than leave in products.
It takes time and patience to find what ingredients work well with your hair type. Those that wear protective styles regularly must routinely add moisture to their hair while it is in protective styles.
Fine haired ladies with protective styles should avoid heavy leave-ins and oils that coat the hair creating build up but rather opt for a lightweight product. An ideal leave in is one that has herbal extracts and conditioners that can be easily absorbed by the hair.
Giovanni’s Direct Leave-In Conditioner with weightless moisture is an all-time favorite for those with fine hair and very popular in natural hair circles in general. The light moisturizing texture make it ideal for daily use and for those with dry hair an oil can be used to seal in the moisture. As mentioned earlier the Renpure’s Original Brazilian Keratin Straightening Conditioner can also be used as a leave-in conditioner*.
Many regular conditioners make great leave-ins depending on both your hair’s texture and needs. If you have tried many butters and creams but your hair seems weighed down or isn’t responding well, consider using a small amount of light conditioner as a leave-in. Read this article on how to tell if your conditioner can serve double duty as a leave in conditioner.
What are some of your must have products for your fine hair?