Not everyone can have super thick and lush hair; some of you ladies might have noticed that even after following all the rules and getting your hair into tiptop shape, it’s still not as full as you’d like. You, my dear, have fine hair.
Fine hair isn’t the end of the world, nor does it necessarily mean you aren’t taking care of your hair. It could purely be genetics. Now you’re asking yourself, “What exactly does having fine hair entail?” Not much – you still do the same things as your thicker haired counterpart, but just tweaked a little.
Problem: “My hair is stringy after I moisturize and seal it.”
Solution: Certain oils like Castor or Shea Butter* are very difficult to spread, and sometimes give fine hair that stringy look. Instead of just dealing with it, try lighter oils like Coconut*, or my personal favorite – jojoba oil* for the length of your hair. Save the thicker stuff for that last inch or so, to really seal in moisture at your ends if you so choose.
Problem: “My hair is breaking off when I flat iron it.”
Solution: Fine hair by nature doesn’t handle heat very well, and when that’s the case, you may find that using even low heat can cause damage. In this situation, I’d suggest sticking to no contact heat (i.e: hooded driers), or limiting your use of a flat iron*. When you do choose to use a flat iron*, I strongly recommend using some sort of heat protectant* and reducing the amount of times you pass over a section of hair.
Problem: “Whenever I try to do my hair, I always have a lot of breakage.”
Solution: There are three solutions for this particular problem:
1. Add protein to your regimen – You may not be getting enough protein in your regimen. Fine hair is way more prone to damage, due to either it having less cuticle layers or a thinner cortex than thicker hair.
With that being said, you don’t have to use a specific protein treatment like Aphogee*, but conditioners with some protein in them could be what you’re looking for.
2. Reduce manipulation – Finer strands of hair sadly cannot handle the type of manipulation that thicker strands can put up with. For instance, take my sister: she has thick hair and wears sew-ins back to back, then dyes her hair, then gets it put into braids a few weeks later; none of that seems to cause her serious damage and breakage.
On the other hand, I’m still trying to nurse my left temple back to full health after a stint with back to back braids in my middle school days. Just pulling my hair up into a bun for several days in a row can take a toll, if I am not careful. So if you find manipulation to be the culprit of your excessive breakage, try sticking to styles you can keep for a few days at a time like flexi curls, flat twist, or buns.
3. Trim your hair – This is the same for everyone, but if you have fine hair you might find yourself trimming more often to keep your ends split end free. This will also prevent even further thinning at the ends.
Do you have fine hair? What do you do different to maintain yours?