In a previous post I exposed 5 things you want to avoid doing to fine hair. These are the no no principles. Today let’s look at 5 habits for thriving fine hair. Developing these hair habits will truly help your fine hair to thrive. At the very least, you should see a good bit of improvement.
Using Strengthening Herbs on Wash Day
It’s no secret that herbs are powerfully beneficial for hair. Fine hair needs extra support and strengthening herbs can really help your hair to thrive.
I’ve been using amla and henna, cassia, fenugreek and other strengthening herbs in my hair on wash day for many years. What’s a given is when I consistently use those herbs known for strengthening hair, my hair thrives.
This isn’t a difficult habit to get into either. You can use an herb to pre-poo with and/or other herbs added to your deep conditioner or hair oils.
If you are new to the use of herbs in hair care, check out this article:
Regularly Do Low Manipulation Styling
Another way to help your fine hair thrive is to do less with it when styling.
I know. I know.
It’s fun trying different hairstyles. Especially, after you saw your favorite YouTuber do a style you love.
Yet, if you want your fine hair to thrive you have to exercise some self control and not try all those different styles. Pick one style for the month and stick with it.
That may seem boring but you can make it into a game. Every month I do just one hair style. I do not deviate. This greatly reduces the amount of manipulation you do to your hair and there’s many benefits to that.
I created an entire hair care program surrounding low manipulation. It will also help you to hone in on the hair products your hair really loves. You’ll find this simplified monthly hair plan here. If you’re a Christian, here’s the faith based hair care plan.
Finger Detangle First
The third habit to develop for thriving fine hair is to finger detangle first. Notice I didn’t say finger detangle only.
Once upon a time ago I was a strict finger detangler. The problem with that is solely finger detangling doesn’t allow for the complete removal of shed hair.
If you leave too much shed hair in your head, you not only risk tangling. You risk breakage and single strand knots.
Clearly detangling is necessary. Yet, how you do it is just as important. Start out with using your fingers before you pick up a comb or detangling brush. Fingers are much more gentle and you can use them to do all the “heavy lifting.”
Then, pick up your detangling tool (my detangler of choice) to finish off the job. By this time, you should be pretty detangled and whatever you use won’t need to do much work.
Clarify Your Hair
This habit is definitely more for those fine hair naturals that use a lot of products in their hair. Yet, even if you don’t, it’s a good habit to clarify your hair after a considerable amount of time.
Clarify does two things for you:
- Makes it possible for your fine strands to flow more freely resulting in better styling
- Helps aid in restoring the natural pH of your hair
While you don’t need to clarify your hair every wash day, a good loose rule of thumb is monthly. If you are one that doesn’t use lots of styling products like gels, butters & creams, every 6 weeks may be sufficient.
Signs You Need to Clarify
You really have to figure out for your hair the time between one clarification to the next. Here are some signs it’s time to clarify your hair:
- Your hair feels dry after moisturizing
- Styles your hair normally looks good in don’t seem to come out well anymore
- Your hair looks dull and lacks luster
- Hair is oily to the touch
- You can feel the product build up
- You can see the product build up
- Your favorite hair products seem to have stopped working
Keep Curls Clumped
The final habit I suggest you make for thriving fine hair is to clump your curls when sporting your natural hair.
One fine hair on its own is vulnerable. Yet, when you gather a bunch of fine hairs and clump them together, they are a support system.
Keeping your curls clumped with protect your strands from breakage and also helps your hair to appear a bit thicker. That’s definitely something ladies with fine hair desire.
Sometimes to have fine hair that really thrives, you need to focus on not just the don’ts but the do’s. Try incorporating these thriving fine hair habits into your routine and then don’t forget to come back and let me know how things are working out for you.