The Deceptions of Fine Hair

side view of curly hair cut

After my first really good haircut, there’s a lot more to be said about hair types like mine. Fine Hair that is. At first glance, one might think that fine hair is limp and thin.

At times I’ve even felt that I was cursed to have fine hair. OK cursed is way too strong a word.  Let’s just say I’ve never been thrilled with the hair God gave me.

However, what I’ve learned is that fine hair can be VERY deceptive.  Actually, I could have also titled this post the “Benefits of Having Fine Hair” but either way, here’s how it can be deceptive but notably appreciated:

  1. When wet, it’s flimsy and lifeless looking but when dry it can have the KaPoW factor! (as seen in the photo above)
  2. Although fine hair CAN look thin, it’s not necessarily the truth that it IS thin. Each individual hair may be fine but having a lot of them on your head does not a thin head of hair make. Density is where it’s at!
  3. Less bulky hair strands can produce smaller curls that are super pretty and spirally.
  4. Hair that’s fine can be straightened easily if you choose to do so. Just be careful to protect it from breakage
  5. Fine hair CAN have body. You just have to style it “smartly” (ex: getting layers or wearing it in a bob with the crown bumped)
  6. Fine hair may be more fragile but don’t sleep. It’s also soft and is usually quite shiny – especially when it’s dark in color.

The next time you feel like you’ve been dealt a bad hand because your hair is fine, revisit this post and think again. Every  hair texture has its challenges. Love the one you were born with and you’ll make peace with your hair.

Have you’ve found fine hair to be deceptive in a good way?

NOTE: This post was originally shared in 2012. It’s been updated for further clarity.

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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."

22 thoughts on “The Deceptions of Fine Hair

  1. Your natural curls look fab! Nothing to worry about. One thing about fine hair is that it’s easily manageable. Thick hair just goes all over your face, like it has a life of its own lol! But I guess if you use the right hair products, the you don’t need to worry about breakage. What do you use?

    1. What don’t I use should be the question LOL Actually my hair can be quite thick. It’s those individual strands that are fine.
      I’m currently loving the Aubrey Organics suite of products: The Honey Suckle Rose Conditioner, The Glycogen Protein Balance Conditioner and the Green Tea Cream Rinse. Other than that I use Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and sometimes the Salerm 21 leave in conditioner

  2. My mom has fine hair and she don’t really like it. I like fine hair. It’s easy to manage and believe it or not, wont break so easy. Looks are deceiving. Plus your hair feels softer in a less process.

  3. My daughter and I both have fine hair…her’s is curly and I’ve had to learn out to take care of hers properly, it has been a process for sure. Your hair is beautiful.

    1. Thanks Brooke. Your daughter’s hair is beautiful. I’m on your mailing list so I get your updates 🙂 I know I should comment on the blog. *slacker here

  4. Michelle,

    You are absolutely beautiful! 🙂 I love your haircut and the look after drying. I agree…we all have our challenges with our hair.

    1. Thanks Margaret! Funny thing is my hair is pretty manageable and I don’t have too many challenges with it….other than amping up the volume from time to time 🙂

  5. Your hair looks FANTASTIC!!

    I had quite thick hair which is fly away – I’m sure there are some great ways to get that looking good as well but sadly I am yet to work it out and quite often end up with a bush on my head if I don’t spend a long time trying to get it right.

  6. I have fine hair, too, and while it’s sometimes a pain to look at girls with thick, voluminous, big hair, I like knowing that I can dry my hair in less than 10 minutes 🙂

    1. Thanks Rashidah. Are you wearing a lot of ponytails or styles that are pulling your hair tight? Also, trying doing scalp massages with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. JBCO is miracle oil I tell you. I know so many ppl who it’s filled in thinning hair for

  7. Totally agree with this one. Even though you can look good having thin hair, at bed it’s very difficult thinking about your position on how to sleep. Some people say it’s just hair. But for me Loving your hair is loving how you look like.

    1. Yes, it’s important to love your hair AND what you look like. But remember fine hair is not thin hair. That’s the misconception people have. Fine hair is hair that’s small in circumference – it’s barely visible when held up to light. Thin hair is when there is a small number of hairs in an area. In other words, there are few hairs. Hence, it’s not as dense (hey that rhymes lol)

  8. I have to agree. When I wore my hair relaxed my hair was limp, limp, limp. Now as a NATURAL my hair has proven tha it is the bomb (if I just let it be). I love the peception of thickness- it is big and full. I now appreciate my thin tresses.

  9. I totally agree! I used to think that having fine hair like mine was a pain in the butt, especially when I can’t pull off styles like twists and twist outs with the volume I want. But I’ve accepted the fact that wash and go’s work the best and each day after a wash my hair just gets bigger and bigger! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well girl!

    1. Hey MJ- You can totally pull off twists and twist outs! I thought I couldn’t either. I think it’s more in the technique than the product. Dry twist outs come out better on our fine hair. You can also do a twist out on an old wash and go which will help with the volume too. I have a few videos where I did twist outs on my hair and it came out pretty decent. Here’s one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDxNofIBrDU

      Also, not sure if you’ve seen some of the posts about Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balance (GPB). It seems to be amping up the curls. I use it mixed with Vatika Coconut Oil on dry hair as a pre-poo and I’m noticing a huge difference in my hair’s curl pattern.

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