When I first went natural, I thought having natural hair meant having healthy coarse hair. I started to gain knowledge about the texture of my hair when my two strand twists looked scalpy all the time. My hair is fine and was porous. When I relaxed and colored my hair, it took only a few minutes for the chemicals to penetrate my hair. For more information on porosity, please check out this
post on NaturallyCurly.com. I am not sure if my hair is still porous, but I have noticed that I do not have to moisturize my hair daily anymore, which means that moisture is not easily seeping out of my hair like it used to.
However, my hair is fine and very fragile. I don't think I knew how seriously fragile my hair was for the longest time. I just did what everybody else was doing to that hair. That lack of knowledge and casual attitude I had about my hair made me lose a good amount of hair.
Even when I started to get serious with my hair care last October (2010), I still was unaware of how to really treat my type of hair. From experience, I can confidently say that fine hair is very fragile, gets dry and breaks off easily.
With this newly discovered fact about fine hair, I had to revamp my regimen. When I say regimen, I am not even talking about products, although, I believe that heavy products can weigh this type of hair down, and should be used with caution or totally eliminated. So my new routine, which I have started already includes, an extremely low manipulation. The less this type of hair is touched, the better chance one has at retaining length.
A simple finger detangling of fine hair can cause breakage if one is not careful. Since fine hair is so fragile, weekly washes, in my humble opinion, should be reduced to every other week. I am saying this because, Washes include, braiding or twisting in sections (I do not wash my hair loose, it has to be sectioned for washing), rubbing the scalp (if care is not taken, some hair strands can easily break off from this action), detangling with or without a comb (Brushes are out of the question for this type of hair), applying conditioner and rinsing it off. Hair can be easily broken during each innocent step taken during your wash routine. If this routine is not performed too frequently, one should be able to retain length better. If you noticed, I said "retain length better". The problem is not totally eliminated because fine hair is fragile regardless.
Please know that I am just stating my opinion and what is working for me. This may not be for everyone.
Update Sept 2011
I now wash my hair every week. Dirty hair and scalp equals clogged pores, build up and breakage. Even though my hair is fragile, it still needs to be washed on a regular basis. I am now getting to know my hair better. It is not the frquency of the washing that I had issues with , it was the way I was washing my hair. Like stated above, fine natural hair, and even thick natural hair must be handled with care. Look for my series on "minimizing breakage". I will be doing a post on how I wash my hair experiencing little or no breakage.SUB CB ON YOUTUBE | LIKE CB ON FACEBOOK | FOLLOW CB ON TWITTER