Since allowing my natural hair to grow as long as it will grow, taking care of my natural hair strands is more important to me than when I was wearing short styles. I examine my hair more closely to determine proper care to promote healthy hair growth and retention. In my hair examination, I’ve determined that I have fine natural hair strands, which are fragile and require a different approach to having and maintaining healthy hair growth. Since my fine natural hair is so fragile, it’s important to have and maintain strategies to help strengthen my hair.
I want to share with you how to evaluate your hair for thickness to determine if you indeed have fine hair, methods to promote strengthening fine hair and share recommended products for fine hair.
Determining Hair Thickness
Hair thickness is the diameter of a single strand of hair. The larger the diameter, the thicker the hair strand and the smaller the diameter, the finer the hair strand. Thick hair tends to be stronger and easier to retain length because it’s less likely to break while fine hair is more fragile and breaks easily. Hair thickness can vary according to the position on your head.
Pick a strand from the front, the back and each of the sides to use to determine the thickness of your hair. Place each hair under a light to determine if your hair is fine, medium or thick.
- Fine hair is nearly transparent or invisible to see under the light. You can barely feel the hair strands between your fingers.
- Medium hair is easier to see under the light and you can even feel the hair strands between your fingertips
- Thick hair is very visible under the light and there’s no problem with feeling the single strand of hair.
If you’ve determine that your hair is indeed fine, then your hair is delicate, breaks easily and retaining length requires different strategies that we are going to address.
Strengthening Fine Natural Hair
Fine hair has fewer cuticle layers and a smaller cortex compared to thicker hair. When there is less cuticle, water easily penetrates hair and evaporates just as quickly. The smaller cortex leaves less room to accommodate water molecules. Fine has does not equate to thin hair, you can have fine hair but lots of fines hairs per centimeter on your scalp. Fine hair is fragile and these strategies will help strengthen your fine natural hair.
Protein Rich Products
Add protein rich products to your hair care arsenal because protein will create a film around fine hair strand to provide more support and volume.
Look for hair products with hydrolyzed protein. For example, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein will be in the list of ingredients. Also, look for products with amino acids to penetrate deep into the cortex and strengthen the hair. For example Silk Amino Acid will be listed in the ingredients.
If after using protein rich products, your hair starts feeling hard and brittle you may have protein overload. Avoid protein overload by alternating protein rich products with protein free products.
Keep Products Light
Keeping hair Moisturized is key to healthy natural hair. However, fine natural hair is easily weighed down by moisturizers, oils and conditioners and can quickly lose its volume. Shy away from butters and creams that are too heavy and thick. Instead, seek out sprays and light creams to moisturize your fragile curls.
Deep Condition Frequently
Fine curly hair loves the extra boost of moisture from a deep conditioning treatment. Deep condition twice a month and alternate protein free and protein rich products to help your curls be as strong as possible
Clarifying treatments strip product buildup and leaves the hair feeling squeaky clean. Fine hair needs a clarifying treatment every 4 to 6 weeks because it’s easily weighed down by product build up. Each clarifying treatment should be followed up with a deep conditioning treatment to replenish nutrients.
Trim Hair Regularly
Regular hair trims keep split ends, tangles and damaged ends at bay. A trim every 4 months will help keep split ends from growing up the hair shaft and keep hair clean of tangles and ragged ends.
I hope this helps you to determine if you have fine natural hair and helps you create strategies to grow and maintain your healthy fine natural hair.
Now it’s your turn…
Share the shampoo and conditioner you use on your natural hair in the comment section.