I recently spoke about the differences between having fine hair and having thin hair. Yes it is possible to have fine coarse hair or fine thin hair, but they do not necessarily have to be synonymous to one another. Here’s the post where I broke down the exact differences between both types of hair and how to properly label/figure out your hair texture. So why does this even matter? Because your hair care regimen has to be changed/altered/ or adjusted in order to provide you with the best opportunity for growth and length retention! Seems simple enough doesn’t ? Well there aren’t many conversations around fine natural hair because it is deemed as “unfavorable”. But what are naturals supposed to do if they have it? I’ll let you in on a little secret… it only takes a few minor adjustments to what you already are doing or already have in stock.
Hair Care For Fine Natural Hair
I have low porosity (learn more about low porosity hair here) type 4 fine natural hair. Whew that is a mouth full! But all these labels are required to get the best hair on my head thriving and growing to its full potential.
Wash Day: On wash day you are going to want to start with a pre-poo. (I’ve got 9 great DIY pre-poo recipes you can dabble in if you cant figure out where to start). Washing the pre-poo out in sections using a sulfate free shampoo or co-wash is your next best bet. Massage the scalp gently getting out any product left behind, and move onto your deep conditioning step.
Deep conditioning: You are deep conditioning with a moisture based deep conditioner (avoid using protein weekly or you’ll end up in my protein overload predicament). The deep conditioning process should include heat (I Q-redew my hair before deep conditioning and then put on my Thermal Care Heat Cap for 20-30 minutes) You are then going to want to rinse your hair with cool water and seal in the moisture with ACV or Aloe Vera Juice. I prefer Aloe Vera Juice because I just can’t get on board with smelling ACV every single week in my wash day.
Handle With Care: With fine natural hair you need to be very careful, as you don’t want to over manipulate the hair. Low manipulation styles are best for growing fine natural hair in a healthy manner. You also want to be careful when protective styling (especially around the nape and edges area) so you do not experience excessive shedding and breakage due to tension on your gentle hairs.
Add Steam: Since I’m dealing with reversing protein overload currently on my tresses I’ve been steaming my hair religiously with my Q-redew. If you do not have issues with porosity or protein then steaming is still a great idea for your fine hair. Steam will help open the cuticle of the hair to allow moisture in. With fine hair you can do a steam treatment 1-2 times a month as an added bonus step before your pre-poo or before your deep conditioning session.
Styling: With fine natural hair twist outs, braid outs and other cute styles that seem to make others natural hair flourish make ours look dead, dull, limp and spaced out. Our strands aren’t as course so the hair looks very spaced out. Add that the mix if you have thin natural hair as well you are in for a double treat. But there is a quick fix for this. GO BIG OR GO HOME is what I like to call it. The bigger the twists/braids the better the twist out will look. Yes you will lose some of the intense definition but your hair will look fabulous after you’ve taken it down and you won’t have to over fluff or manipulate the hair in order to get your desired style or look.
Protect your hair at night: Fine natural hair is even more susceptible to breakage and damage so it is crucial to always protect your hair at night. Whether it is with a satin scarf, satin bonnet or satin pillowcases avoid laying or sleeping on fibers that will dry out your hair or even worse snag on and cause breakage/ tangling.
Protein Treatments I saved this step for last because I’m kind of iffy on protein right now, but it is truly important to balance out moisture in your hair with protein. You want to have an 80/20 split in your hair care regimen. Which means you should be using/doing protein treatments or protein based products once a month at most or every 6-8 weeks depending on what your hair requires. I currently am avoiding protein like the plague until my protein overload reverses. Once that situation gets back under control I’ll be following along with a protein sensitive regimen and use lighter protein/moisture balancing products.
If you are dealing with fine natural hair what steps in your hair care regimen do you need to change based on the steps mentioned above? Share your comments with us in the box below!
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.