When it comes to natural hair, no two heads of hair are alike. The curl size, circumference and textures vary from head to head. However, with these difference, there can also be similarities among hair types.
As a fine haired natural, I discovered that there are just certain types of hair product that my fine hair loves. I won’t list specific products because I don’t want to get you caught up in brands.
On the contrary, it’s more about the ingredients and types of products. You can find various brands containing the ingredients I’m about to share. Without further ado, here are the ingredients my fine hair seems to love and thrive on:
– Anything with Protein
Protein is a fine haired ladies friend. Because our individual strands can be a little “light-weight” (I refuse to call them puny!), a regular regimen of protein application helps keep them strong.
Some ladies have reported that they are “protein sensitive.” I will forever disagree with this because hair is mostly made of protein so it doesn’t make any logical sense that one would be sensitive to what makes up their own hair. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. “It’s like saying you’re allergic to oxygen.” Check out this article that exposes the Myth of Protein Sensitivity.
Respectively, the type of protein you use on your hair can make all the difference. My fine hair likes all types of protein but for one person, their hair may thrive on wheat protein; Another on collagen; Another on milk protein. The key is discovering the right type of protein treatment for your hair. There’s also a appropriate time for protein use. You don’t want to consistently build protein onto your hair when it’s not deficient of it. Fine hair doesn’t typically have that problem. At least my fine hair hasn’t. I successfully use protein treatments on a weekly basis and this is what keeps my fine natural hair nearly free of breakage.
– Light oils
Light oils like Jojoba Oil keep my strands flowing freely without weighing them down. This greatly cuts down the amount of single strand knots I experience. I’m also able to cut through tangles that do form rather easily by applying a light weight oil.
Forever a henna head, henna helps to condition and strengthen fine strands. Some say it mimics a protein treatment. That’s because the results are quite similar….stronger hair.
Others have reported that henna made their hair hard. I’ve never had that experience. My fine hair feels like cotton after use. It’s important to balance out the henna treatment with a deep conditioning moisturizing conditioner sans protein. This will restore any elasticity that may “appear” to be lost during the henna application process.
– Aloe Vera
Aloe vera is a great source of moisture. It helps to impart extra moisture and strength while also encouraging hair growth. Aloe vera contains enzymes that help to exfoliate the scalp of dead skin cells that may be blocking up the hair follicles.
Aloe vera also helps to close the cuticle and balance your hair’s pH after washing, leaving it smooth and shiny.
– Goat’s Milk
Goat’s milk is rich in protein, calcium, phosphorous, and potassium. I’ve been using goat’s milk mixed with natural oils and honey to strengthen and condition my hair for about 6 months as of the writing of this post. It rapidly became a staple after just a few uses. It has given my fine hair added strength and immediately after using it, my hair is shiny and manageable.
You can add goat’s milk to your conditioner, or mix it with all natural oils and honey (a humectant) as I have done for a balance of protein and moisture. Read more about my goat’s milk experience here.
A Word on Styling Creams vs. Styling Butters
While the items I just shared are more ingredient oriented and can be found in various types of products, I thought it was important to note that when it comes to using hair styling products, my experience is that fine hair tends to prefer lighter weight creams over butters.
Hair butters may be very nutrient dense for the hair but they are also very heavy and can weigh fine hair down causing it to look limp and lifeless. So, if you’re looking for a styler and your hair is fine, you may appreciate lighter weight creams over their heavier butter counterparts. That’s not to say you can never use butters. On the contrary, in the winter time, I love using shea or mango butter. It weighs my hair down a little but also protects it from the harsh winter climate. Again, an appropriate time.
What types of products does your hair like?