Help Your Fine Natural Hair Flourish With These 6 Tips

Have you been blessed with fine natural hair? If so, you may already know some of the trials and tribulations that come along with this hair type. I happen to have fine curls and I wrestled with them for years before finally making peace with them. Fine natural hair needs special care since it is easily weighed down and even easier to damage. Luckily, there are tips you can use to minimize breakage, increase volume, and grow your fine hair longer. Let’s get right into them!

1. Choose Your Products Wisely

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Use Lightweight Products

Fine natural hair is weighed down easily by heavy-weight stylers and moisturizers.

Heavy gels and creams that you leave on your hair can zap all volume from your wash-n-go, twist out, or any other hairstyle. Your hair could also look greasy. Not a good look.

Near the start of my natural hair journey, I used to pile products on my hair without evaluating whether they would be too heavy and weigh my hair down. After lots of trial and error, I found out that lightweight products were necessary for my fine hair. Only after choosing lightweight products was I able to ensure my hair could retain volume and moisture without feeling greasy.

Product Recommendations For Fine Natural Hair

Here are a couple of my favorite lightweight products for fine natural hair.

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk

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This moisturizer/styler is great for natural hair of many types. You can use this product for setting your hair in a twist out or a braid out, or for a wash-n-go. It can be used for a laundry list of other functions in your hair regimen, but the main appeal of this product is that it is lightweight, making it a godsend for fine natural hair.

Lily of the Desert Aloe Vera Gelly

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This aloe vera gel is lightweight and gives the hair a long-lasting, flexible hold. I prefer this gel over other gels because it does not weigh my hair down and it does not flake (which is a BIG deal). You can also count on the numerous benefits of aloe vera.

Eve Hansen Organic Argan Oil

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Argan oil is a featherweight oil that imparts nourishment to repair damaged hair. It doesn’t leave a greasy film on the hair, as some other oils can. This oil is one of my favorites!

2. Don’t Overapply Your Products

Sometimes less is more, especially for fine natural hair!

Even if you use lightweight products, if you overload your fine hair with them, your hair will still be limp and weighed down.

You don’t have to be afraid to apply enough of your favorite products, but make sure that you are not overapplying them.

Take the following steps to avoid overapplying your hair creams, gels, and oils:

  1. Use as much of a product as you think you need.
  2. Take a mental note of how much you used.
  3. Observe the results and evaluate whether you needed to use more or less of the product to achieve more volume or less of a greasy feel.

3. Finger-Detangle

Finger detangle hair

Since fine natural hair is more vulnerable to damage and breakage than normal to thick hair, you have to be cautious when detangling fine hair. The goal is to detangle gently.

Instead of running a comb through your hair to pull tangles apart, you’ll use your own fingers (which are much gentler than combs or brushes). See the steps below.

Steps for Gentle Detangling:

  1. Use your fingers to divide your hair into sections to make the detangling process easier.
  2. Drench your curls with water and apply a detangling product to the first section.
  3. Take your time and run your fingers through your hair to remove any tangles you come across.
  4. Repeat this process with each of the sections until your hair is tangle-free.

I get it- this process is considerably more involved than detangling dry hair using a comb. However, if you want to avoid split-ends, damage, and eventually breakage, this is necessary.

In this post, I go over gentle detangling in greater detail and share some of my favorite detangling products.

4. Be Diligent With Trims

Since fine natural hair is fragile and more prone to split ends and damage, it is imperative to keep up with your trims. If damaged hair and split ends are not cut off, the damage will continually move up your strands and you’ll need to cut more than you would have if you had just clipped those ends in the first place.

So, if you examine your hair and you see split ends, be sure to trim those.

Better yet, make sure that your hair is trimmed on a regular basis. I trim my hair once every 6 months, while someone else might trim their hair once every 6 weeks. The frequency at which you trim your hair might be different from other people with your curl pattern. This is expected.

Factors Affecting How Often You Need to Trim

  • How often you style your hair. More frequent styling generally results in more structural damage to your ends, causing them to split more easily.
  • How Moisturized Your Hair is On a Regular Basis. Chronically dry hair suffers from weakness, split ends, and breakage to a higher degree than moisturized hair does.
  • Whether You Use Chemicals on Your Hair. Chemical processing like hair bleach and hair dye alter the structure of the hair, potentially making it weaker and more susceptible to split ends.

Here’s my recommendation: Start off trimming your hair every 2 months and evaluate how your ends look on a regular basis. Change your trimming frequency if you find that your hair either doesn’t need a trim at a regularly scheduled session or needs a trim prior to your next scheduled session.

5. Protect Your Hair at All Costs

In order to get healthier, longer hair, you’ll need to be proactive with protecting your hair. There are several ways that you can protect your hair.

How To Protect Your Hair

  • Cover your hair up with a satin pillowcase, a satin scarf, or a satin bonnet.
  • Wear a hat outside to protect against UVA and UVB sun damage.
  • Use a heat protectant and the lowest heat tool setting whenever you apply heat to your hair.
    • Better yet, ditch direct heat altogether (flat iron, curling iron/wand, hot comb, blow dryer) to avoid heat damage.
  • Baby your ends – apply an oil every so often to your ends to keep them from drying out.
  • Keep your hair moisturized – layering using the LOC method could be beneficial.
    • You can find more information about the LOC method and keeping your hair moisturized here.
  • Wear protective styles (more on this in the next section).

I do not expect everyone to take all of these steps to protect their hair, but the more protected your hair is, the more it will grow and flourish.

6. Incorporate Protective Styles Into Your Regimen

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I have heard over the years that if your hair is fine, you shouldn’t do much protective styling. Well, based on my personal experience, this is not true.

I have not had any problems with tucking my hair away in a protective style.

The key is to make sure that you are protective styling the RIGHT way.

Avoid The Following When Protective Styling

  • ANY style that is too tight
  • Braids that are so small that each braid is holding onto just a few strands of your hair
  • The same style over and over again – this can cause traction alopecia and weak points in certain sections of your hair
  • Styles that require a lot of manipulation to install.
  • Braided styles that are too long, making them heavy
  • Styles that are left in for too long. The average protective style is left in for a week to a few months. I never allow a protective style to remain in my hair for longer than 4 weeks.
  • Glue on your hair or your scalp.

I did not name specific protective styles to avoid because there are ways to modify most protective styles to make them gentle enough for fine hair. If your protective style doesn’t have any of the issues that I mentioned above, you are good to go!

My favorite protective styles are flat twist up-dos, high puffs, and low puffs.

Too Much Work?

Caring for fine natural hair takes planning and effort. If this seems like too much work, take it slowly. Make one change at a time and before long, you’ll be taking phenomenal care of your hair and starting to see the results of your hard work!

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I hope that this article is helpful to you.

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Happy Journey!

 

 

 

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