Medium Density, Type 3c/4A, Normal Porosity
I’m a fine hair curly haired Christian with completely unprocessed hair. I may appear to have a lot of hairs on my head (not thick density but medium), most of those hairs are very thin and when separated, many of them look invisible.
I’ve been natural for over 10 years (I don’t recall the exact date. I just know that after reading the book, Thinning Edges by Cathy Howse, I was afraid a relaxer would eventually burn out my hair. I began my natural journey all those years ago.
I prefer to wear my hair in it’s naturally curly state 99.9% of the time. This is the head of hair that God gave me and daily I keep that in mind so that I can care for it to the best of my ability. That includes the products I use and the practices I’ve adopted for hair care. You’ll find me sharing my personal hair care tips, product reviews and recommendations for fine natural hair throughout this here blog, Fine Natural Hair and Faith.
My Hair Type & Porosity
More specifically on my hair type, it’s classified predominantly as type 3C but the hair typing system isn’t that accurate. Everyone has more than one type of hair on their head so if you want to get REALLY specific, I’m overall a type 3C but then I have a nice sprinkle of type 4A in my crown and my nape and sides are probably closer to a type 3A/B..
Hair porosity is more important that type. I wholeheartedly believe that my decision not to heat style, chemical treat, roughly style or use harsh tools on my fine natural hair is what allows it to maintain normal porosity. That means I can go multiple days without moisturizing my hair but for maintenance, I still do so at least every other day.
My Hair Cuts
I rarely cut my hair but I do maintenance trim. However, from 2012 to 2015 I had two major haircuts removing as much as 6/7 inches! Why? Layers!
Layers are great on curly hair. However, I prefer long layers and my bottom layer was growing entirely too fast. The rest of my hair was not catching up in the timeframe I wanted it to so I cut it 🙂
My Hair Regimen
I am very disciplined with my hair care regimen. I never skip a wash day. If I have to go out on my regular wash day (Sat/Sun), I will wash my hair a day early.
The practices that make up my hair care regimen include:
- Finger detangling
- Following the LCO Method for sealing when moisturizing
- Pre-Pooing with conditioner and/or oil before every wash
- Washing with a cleansing conditioner / Mud washing
- Deep conditioning every week
- Protein strengthening every other week
- Nightly oiling
- Weekly scalp massages
- Maintenance trimming using the Search & Destroy Method
- Low manipulation/protective styling
- Monthly henna treatments
- Spraying every other day with Henna/Amla/Shikakai powders
- Using all natural to almost natural products (I will allow for a safe preservative in some of my hair care products)
- Incorporating DIY hair care recipes
My hair regimen has evolved over many years. This is due to the time it took for me to “learn” my hair. You can read more on my regimens at these pages:
2014 Spring Hair Regimen – updated
Last off, to help my fellow fine haired naturals to reach longer lengths via care and styling, I created a couple of comprehensive guides:
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