At the ripe young age of 46, I’ve finally discovered what my fine natural hair likes and doesn’t like. It’s summarized in the image above (go ahead, pin it) but now, allow me to expound up each of these fine hair tips in detail (in no particular order):
- Ditch brushes forever. Seriously, If you want to keep your fine strands from disintegrating, get rid of the brushes. All of them.
- Never install mini twists or mini breads. Not ever. The takedown will be even worst than the install. Snap, crackle, pop. I cringe just thinking about it but It’s preventable. Don’t do it.
- Protein is your friend. Forget the BS about “protein sensitivity” Find the right protein for your hair and make it your best friend (Read this post here)
- Low manipulation styling is even greater than protective styling. A braid out that you rock (without re-twisting every night) is much kinder to your strands than the time you will spend installing, let’s say extensions or a weave. See #2 Your fine strands will greatly appreciate you keeping the styling to a minimum.
- Pre-poo your hair every-single-time before washing (preferably with coconut oil) The very act protects your hair from protein and moisture loss – both needed for healthy strands.
- Leave heat styling for the heavy weights. Fine hair is most vulnerable to breakage when exposed to heat. The cuticle can literally melt – especially direct contact heat.
- Oil your strands nightly with an herbal hair oil. The nutrients feed strength to fine strands but the art of lubricating your fine little lovelies keeps them moving freely so that tangling and knotting are reduced.
- Clump those curls like its the end of your curl world! Fine curls protect each other when they are clumped together. Ex: Twist outs done with medium size Twists that you Do Not separate. Forget instant big hair – another one for the heavy weights. The more separated your hairs are, the more vulnerable they are. Let it naturally blow up. Give it a few days. It will happen naturally without all the manipulation.
- Search ‘n Destroy by feel. You will feel a split before you see it. Clip individual split hairs just above the split. This is maintenance trimming, especially if you get incomplete split ends – not meant to replace professional trims 1-2x a year (assuming you want to retain length).
- Keep your nape twisted or better yet braided. On fine hair, it’s the most delicate area and prone to breakage.
- Finger detangle in sections. 6-10 sections is recommended, depending on the density of your fine hair.
- Don’t mistake fine hair for thin hair. This one is more of an fyi than a tip. Just so you know…One strand in isolation may be thin but when you have tons of hairs bursting out of follicles all over your head (I get excited at the prospect), you now have a thick head of hair. #8 applies, regardless.
- Baby your ends. Give them the royal treatment. You know; the attention you’d give a newborn. You know how you do a baby. You shop for them and buy them the very best. Then, you spend all your time feeding, nourishing and loving on them. Do the same with your ends.. Like, I
breastfeed mine doses of JBCO (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) on a regular – like every other night.
- Deep condition sans protein after every protein treatment. There’s a delicate balance between moisture and protein that must be maintained.
- Go Ouchless. Goody pins, barrettes and bands Is the #1 brand of accessories created with the gentleness of fine hair in mind. With basically styling in mind, these accessories play well (no snags or tares) with fine hair.
- Don’t scratch your scalp with your nails. Rub the itch away. Scratching can cause splits at the top of the hair shaft, not to mention an irritated scalp.
- No long term protective styling. Fine hair doesn’t like to be “bound” for too long. 1-2 weeks tops. If you are bunning to protective style, change up the placement every couple days.
There you have it. My personal top 17 tips for fine natural hair. Why 17? Simple. That’s just where I stopped counting when I ran out of tips.