Fine hair is reminiscent of lifeless, dull hair with endless amounts of frizz. If you have fine natural hair, you have double the battle with lifeless hair, frizzy hair and length retention issues. Moreover, styling fine natural hair is even that much more difficult as fine natural hair is extremely fragile, difficult to manipulate, has problems with length retention and is difficult to style. However, even with all the issues, there is hope for fine natural hair with the right products, proper styling techniques, and options for retaining length.
Highly porous hair attracts moisture because the cuticle is always open. However, because the cuticle is always open, moisture is released as easily and as fast as it is consumed. If your hair is less porous, that means that the cuticle is closed at all times hence the reason that moisture is not able to penetrate into the hair shaft. If your hair is extremely porous, you need to close the cuticle after moisturizing or applying products. The best product to close the cuticle is free and is not damaging. Cold or cool water is not damaging and is readily available from your sink or shower. If you need a more invasive product to seal the cuticles, you can use apple cider vinegar or lemons. Using a one to one ratio of water and apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, apply the solution to the hair post shampooing and deep conditioning treatments. Using lemons to seal the cuticles may cause changes in hair color overtime. For less porous hair, you need to open the cuticle with heat. Apply conditioning products with plastic caps or saran wrap under a hooded dryer. A hair steamer is another product to invest in to help less porous hair. Hooded dryers, plastic caps, saran wrap and hair steamers infuse conditioning products with heat while concurrently opening the hair’s cuticle. Follow up with cool water to seal the moisture and the cuticles.
Fragile natural hair also benefits from protein treatments. Contrary to common misconception, protein attracts moisture. Without protein, fine natural hair is unable to maintain the strength needed to retain length and resist breakage. Therefore, even though moisture is important, protein is also mandatory for the proper balance. You can add protein as a pre-poo with a simple mixture of eggs, olive oil, coconut oil or even coconut milk.
This may seem irrelevant in the case of fine natural hair; however, cuticle care is an important facet of length retention as fine natural hair is susceptible to breakage without the proper amount of moisture, protein, and cuticle attention.
Fine hair is the result of thin hair strands, low hair density or a combination of both. In either event, those with fine natural hair want thicker, voluminous hair or at least the appearance of the latter. One of the most detrimental products for those with fine natural hair is Cassia Obovata. Cassia Obovata has the ability to completely renovate the hair’s condition with one or several treatments. Cassia Obovata, often labeled as neutral henna, is not henna. Cassia Obovata is actually an herb. While Cassia Obovata is an herb, it has the same properties as henna and mimics the same conditioning effects as henna. Cassia Obovata thickens the hair. This is essential for fine natural hair that has thinner and finer strands, low density or both. Additionally, hair is resilient and stronger after the treatment is finished. Although Cassia Obovata is not actually henna, it is often preferred over traditional henna because Cassia Obovata requires zero prep time. To use, simply mix with water and apply.
When styling fine natural hair, you want to create the illusion of volume without compromising the hair’s state. When styling your hair, pay special attention to how you handle your hair. When detangling, start at the ends first. This is important to minimize hair loss and breakage. Remember to never detangle dry hair. Ideally, it’s best to detangle hair during the conditioning process. Conditioners soften the hair and act as a detangling agent. Nonetheless, once detangling is finished, you can go on to styling the hair. Twist outs are great protective styles that add volume with the look of refined curls and waves. For fine natural hair, mini twists are a smaller version of normal twists. However, when separated, mini twists give the illusion of fuller hair. Since frizz is a common problem with fine natural hair, use Eco-Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel to give your fine hair substance without damaging components. Eco-Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel contains no alcohol so it doesn’t dry out your hair. It contains olive oil which is known for moisturizing and protecting the hair. Eco-Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel does not dry white and is less sticky than other styling gels. The results are defined, frizz free twists with volume and light sheen.
If you want a straighter look, frizz may pose a problem. Therefore, perform a roller set with setting lotion to lock out fly aways and frizz. Prior to roller setting the hair, use a leave in conditioner to also prevent fly aways and frizz. Use setting lotion sparingly. Sit under a hooded dryer or let the roller set air dry if you are refraining from heat. You can then wear the curls as is if you don’t want to use any additional heat, however, for a sleeker look , use a flat iron on low heat. When flat ironing the hair, use a heat protectant spray followed by a voluminizing hair spray to add fullness and volume to your hair. Follow up with a polisher to keep frizz at bay.