Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fine Natural Hair is fragile:Part 1

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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.
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18 comments:

  1. My 2 year old has thin hair. I will pay close attention to the info you provide as it realates to this topic. Fine/thin hair is so easy to damage.

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  2. I agree with you 100% I too have fine thin hair . So, All that you've stated Is right on the money.Extra care is needed with this type of hair..less is more. Great post, thanks a bunch for sharing. Take care.

    zainab1

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  3. I have fine hair as well. I used to think going natural would make my hair thick but I have learnt that its just my type of hair and I am learning to take care of it the way it needs to be treated. It just recently started getting dry :-(

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  4. Awesome!! We have to be very careful with fine hair!

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  5. Thanks for approaching this topic. I'm also a fine-haired natural. Nappy hair is often associated with being thick and kinky so I guess everyone automatically assumes that mine is thick.

    I agree with little manipulation. I used to stay in protective styles (twists, braids) when I was loose. We also have to watch which products we use. Many of the moisturizers are too heavy for our hair. Shea butter made my hair heavy and flat.

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  6. so true! fine hair can be very annoying to take care of, the simpliest thing does break it off. thanks 4 the post!

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  7. You got me thinking about shea butter. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  8. Very true.we have to treat this type of hair like cashmere sweater

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  9. I can't wait for part 2, because I am at the point of giving up. My hair is fine, dry, and 6 inches and things just don't seem to work. I have tried shea butter and other holy grails and nothing. I have tried organics root stimulator mayo to help my hair be stronger but it still breaks during wash day like you mentioned. The only conditioner that has offered any hope for my hair was KBBs luscious locks mask but that is expensive. I may have to back to it though, cos i am at my wits end.

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  10. I totally understand.I closely watch for any hair breakage on wash day to eliminate what is causing it in the first place. Honestly, it is not about the product, it's the regimen and how we handle our hair that need to be looked into.In my future post I am going to touch on certain products that can be too stressful on fine hair. Thanks for stopping by and please do not give up, fine hair can thrive, it just has to be babied immensely.

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  11. Thanks so much for this post. I also have fine hair and for years I never knew it. I just figured when I went natural I'd have this crazy afro that would grow like crazy. It hasn't at all been the case. My hair sheds so easily and I work so hard to take care of it. It's simply frustrating! Fortunately it's not porous (relaxers used to take more than 20 minutes to get straight and dying my hair is futile) but it is so thin that twist outs don't look that great as it does on others. I will keep working with it though...

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  12. I am in the mist of transitioning to natural hair, and was thinking that if I go natural that my hair wild look thick. I guess if that is my reason for going natural I'd better re-evaluate my motivation. Never the less my hair is bound to look thicker natural than it does relaxed.

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  13. Don't let that stop you from going natural! Trust me, your hair will be in better health natural that it will be relaxed. Just treat your hair with care, use what works for it and you will be fine... And beautiful!

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  14. i stumbled on your post when googling "fine thin fragile hair young". my hair is super fine, very slightly wavy, oily and delicate. i've gone paraben free, sulfate free and ph balanced. it helps. lush's blousey is awesome (bananas) and is gentle enough for daily use. (i need daily washes or my hair simply slides out of the cuticle :/ i've tried dry shampooing and washing less but mellow daily washing works best for me) burts bee's GUD line is also working well for me.

    everyone's hair is different, and it's a tough process if you have finicky hair to discover what works for you! don't give up!

    i also tried a satin pillowcase, but that made me sweaty.

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  15. My hair is very fine I can't do any thing with it I can't perm it will fall out if ipress it fallout ihave nickel size bald spots in my head to thinfor natural styles

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  16. My hair is very fine I can't do any thing with it I can't perm it will fall out if ipress it fallout ihave nickel size bald spots in my head to thinfor natural styles

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