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4 Ways to Preserve Fine Strands {Hair!}

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A person’s hair can appear very thick even when the strands are fine. That’s usually the case when there are lots of strands on a given head. This is what’s known as having a head with a high density of hair.

The only difference between the amount of density one has over another is how much protection is needed to prevent the hair from breaking.

The best way to guard hair against breakage is Preservation.

To preserve: to maintain, to protect, to conserve, to care for or look after.

There’s 4 ways that I’ve learned help to preserve my fine strands and I want to share them with you.

Protein Treatments

Protein treatments aren’t just for ceasing hair breakage. They also serve to strengthen hair proactively. Balance your protein treatments with moisture to soften and make hair pliable.

Related Post: Why Fine Hair Needs Protein

Keeping hair soft and moist

It’s nearly impossible for well moisturized hair to break unless the protein balance is off. Keeping your hair soft and moisturized will keep fine strands protected and your hair from being weighed down. It will also allow for free movement.

Oil Rinsing

When rinsing your hair with oil, manageability and a smoother hair shaft is the result. Oil rinsing greatly reduces tangling and knots.

Any form of natural oil can be used. Apply it throughout your hair and then put on a heating cap for 15 minutes. When it’s time to rinse, you’ll notice how much more manageable your hair is). Use oil rinsing as a pre-poo or as part of your final rinse on wash day.

Daily Oiling

Unlike oil rinsing which is done on wash day, daily oiling is a means of lubricating your strands so that they are not inclined to wrap around themselves, causing tangling. Add daily oiling to your hair routine and you’re on to something…

And, just in case you’re concerned about having oily hair, oiling your hair daily (well nightly) shouldn’t be a problem. The key is to use a highly absorbable oil that will penetrate and strengthen your strands while you sleep. Then, when you wake up in the morning your hair will have sucked up the oil you applied.

Applying a small amount of an oil like Argan oil, Almond oil, Babassu oil or Castor Oil will help preserve your strands, protecting them from breakage. These oils are strengthening and will penetrate the hair shaft. Check out the specific benefits of each:

Argan Oil– rich with vitamins A, C and E, as well as a number of antioxidants, linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids. When applied the hair, it improves the health of the hair. See this article for more information.

Almond Oil-This oil not only adds shine, it’s rich in Magnesium, Omega-3 Fatty acids and vitamin E, helping to fight hair loss and breakage.

Babassu Oil– Containing high amounts of vitamin E, babassu oil helps to strengthen collagen fibers in the hair shaft.

Castor Oil– This oil is well known for stimulating hair growth. Castor oil is also a long lasting sealant, aiding in moisture retention.

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BONUS: Protective Styling is also a way to preserve and protect fine strands. How you do it matters. Click that link!

Do you use any of the methods mentioned to protect/preserve your strands?

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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