Afro Textured, Medium Density, Type 3c/4A, Normal/Low Porosity Fine Curly Hair
Characteristics of My Fine Hair
Afro textured and naturally curly. I’m an over 40 fine hair curly haired Christian with completely unprocessed medium length hair. I may appear to have a lot of hairs on my head (not thick density but medium), but most of those hairs are very thin and when separated, many of them look almost invisible.
I’ve been natural for over 15 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.
The pictures you see below are of quick and easy hairstyles I created and sometimes still rock on my hair. Having fine hair over 40 that’s medium density is not as difficult to style when you care for it well.
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 area. At the end of the day, it’s afro textured African American Hair that I’m blessed to have!
Hair porosity is more important than hair 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 a healthy porosity. That means I can go multiple days without moisturizing my hair but for maintenance, I still do so at least every other day. I have a combination of normal (or moderate) and low porisity hair.
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 🙂
Then, in January 2017, I had another hair cut on straightened hair.
Most recently, I got my first DevaCut. Now, I’m planning to just let it grow and maintain with trims.
Fine Hair Routine
I am very disciplined with my hair care regimen. I almost never skip a wash day. Typically, If I have to go out on my regular wash day (Fri/Sat/Sun – for flexibility), I will wash my hair a day early.
The practices that make up my hair care routine include:
- A combination of finger detangling + detangling with either the Tangle Teezer or a seamless comb in sections
- Following the LCO or LOC Method for sealing when moisturizing
- Pre-Pooing with conditioner and/or oil before every wash
- Washing with a cleansing conditioner / Mud washing at least monthly
- Deep conditioning every week
- Protein strengthening every other week (sometimes weekly depending on how my hair feels)
- Utilizing herbal hair treatments including herbs like Henna, Shikakai, Fungreek and Cassia
- Regular oiling 2-3 times nightly
- Regular scalp massages when oiling
- Getting trims 2-3x a year
- Low manipulation/protective styling
- 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 routine has evolved over many years. This is due to the time it took for me to “learn” my naturally curly afro textured hair. You can read more on my past and present fine hair regimen at the pages below. Perhaps, one will resonate for you:
2014 Spring Hair Regimen – updated
Hair Regimen Category – all types of hair routines here
Last off, to help my fellow naturals with fine hair to reach longer lengths via care and styling, I created a couple of comprehensive guides for my fellow ladies over 40 looking to grow and maintain their hair:
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