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Fine Natural Hair Woes

cons of fine natural hair

Natural hair is beautiful. Natural hair is strong. Fine, natural hair can be a pain in the….

Well, you can fill in the blank on that one IF you have fine natural hair as well. While it’s beautiful and all that jazz, it can be a pain. While the styling options are endless my fine  natural hair has caused me angst over the past 10 years or so. There’s a few cons I’d like to share.

Tangling

It doesn’t take much for these fine tresses to tangle up. The individual hairs are so thin and readily wrap around each other. I know this is a common concern for all natural hair but it seems as if fine hair is a bit more intense with it, which leads me to my next woe.

SSKs (Single Strand Knots)

With tangling comes knots. Especially for fine hair. When the hair starts wrapping around itself, it’s very easy for that hair to loop about and create a knot. And because the hair is fine, it’s that much more difficult to un-knot. I use a safety pin to help remove the SSKs but many times, I need to just snip it.

Unseen Split Ends

Split ends can be a problem for any hair type but the difference for a fine haired gal is those split ends are difficult to see. That’s why I trim based on “feel.” When I’m not ready for a professional trim, I keep my ends as neat as possible by trimming single strands based on how they feel. It can however become a tedious process. You have to have a lot of patience.

Well, from the title of this article, you could probably tell I wasn’t going to share much that was helpful. It was really not much more than a rant. Sometimes you need to just do that 🙂

Yet, in spite of the woes that come along with having fine natural hair, I try to appreciate my hair as much as possible and care for it to the best of my ability (You know. Keep it clean, moisturized, deep conditioned, oiled and strengthened). It’s the only head of hair I’ve got so I need to work with it and discover what it likes and dislikes. I might even wonder WWJD? But, I don’t know if He had fine hair or not LOL! (OK I don’t know where that came from. It was straight out of left field but this was indeed a rant so going off on a tangent is allowed.)

Is there anything about your hair that gives you the blues?

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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."

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