What I’m Doing That’s Making My Fine Hair Thicker

Last updated on September 3rd, 2017 at 04:52 pm

Strand Thickness vs. Density

Wash and go Fine Natural Hair
May 2017 – Wash and Go
minimalist hair care regimen
November 2016  Wash and Go
June 2017 Twists
June 2017 Twists – Hair is shorter due to haircut earlier this year but there’s more strands. There’s 5 twists, each as thick as the 2016 twists below but there’s only 4 twists there and they appear more “scalpy”
2016 Twists
2016 Twists – Hair is longer but there’s fewer strands. Notice how the twists thin out

The two are different animals but closely related.

Strand thickness determines if you have fine hair or thick hair.

Density (low, medium or high) is determined by the number of hairs you have on your head.

So, you could have fine hair but if the density is outrageous, then you will hear people reference your hair as “thick.”

My hair is considered fine with medium density. BUT those fine strands have actually gotten a little heftier (OK hefty is probably too aggressive of a term LOL)  over the past year or so. My density has also increased a bit. If I had to give it a percentage, I’d say about 5-10%.

I attribute the increased thickness of my strands & increased density to a number of things:

1. I use Henna multiple times a year and have been doing so for years. It adds weight to fine strands and is a cumulative effect.

Related Post: The Ultimate Beginners Guide to Using Henna

2. I take Mane Choice Manetabolism Vitamins which boasts thicker stronger hair. I can attest! Before the Mance Choice, I consumed a number of other brands of vitamins from Nature’s Bounty to Hairfinity. I’ve been taking the Mane Choice vitamins for about 4 months now.

3. I massage my scalp with oils. Sometimes I use Castor Oil and sometimes I use Mint Almond Oil. Consistent scalp massages with oils (especially those with stimulating essential oils like mint) increase blood flow to the scalp and thereby assists in waking up sleeping hair follicles (notice I said sleep. Not dead)

4. I use protein every wash day that I don’t do a henna treatment. It’s usually a light protein but I always use a deep conditioner containing protein if not a straight protein treatment.

Related Post: Why Fine Hair Needs Protein

My shedding has also greatly reduced too.  I think I do have more hair mostly in the crown area though. Funny because that’s my most coarse hair! I used the OGX Anti-Hair Fallout Niacin3 & Caffeine Hair Products for about a month back in October of 2016. These products greatly reduced my hair shedding back then and since then, I’ve not had any excess shedding.  I’m not sure if this is a coinky dink or what but I will use them again if ever my shedding gets out of control!

end of 2016 Twist Out before my big haircut in Jan 2017
anti-hair fall
October 2016
fine natural hair
2015 Twist out

That’s pretty much it. I hope that if you are having any challenges with the density or thickness of your strands, you’ll give some or all of what I’ve done a try. I’d love to hear a positive experience.


A Prayer for Our Hair

Father God, we thank you for being unique creations in your eyes. While we sometimes express displeasure with the way our hair looks, please help us to just be thankful at all times. In Jesus Name. Amen.



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Michelle Smith

Michelle is a Christian natural hair enthusiast. She's been natural for 20+ years and shares natural hair care tips and easy hairstyles for those with low density or thin fine natural hair. It's her joy to inspire you to live by faith in God while caring for your "crown."

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Geraldine

    Thank you especially for that prayer

  2. michele

    Thank you for the update, pictures and prayer!!

  3. Joy

    Great info!!

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