Friday, April 1, 2011

Fine Natural Hair is fragile:Part 5

Check out the last post on these series: "Should you style your hair wet or day?"

this was my hair stretched with flat twists left in my hair over a two week period.

Stretching Fine Natural Hair (without heat)Stretching means using any type of force to pull hair into a different form.There are many methods used and the most popular one that I have seen is the "banding" method. In my opinion, I don't see anything wrong with stretching hair, however, the method used on fine hair should be cautiously picked.

Since fine hair is fragile, the use of hair bands and even threads  should be used minimally. The process involves pulling the hair and that may form cracks on the surface of the hair. Consequently, the cuticle, which protects the hair is adversely affected.

I am not saying that stretching should be totally eliminated. Flat- twisting, in my opinion is the safest. Flat- twisting does not involve using a lot of pressure. In my opinion, it is very gentle compared to cornrows. Cornrows can be traumatizing on hair. Be very careful with those!!! I always have breakage every time I corn row my hair.

The next post on these series: Fine Hair and Micro Twists


  1. I love your stretched ponypuff!!

  2. So beautiful!

  3. I just came across this blog for the first time today (already bookmarked it!), and I just finished reading your series on the fragility of fine natural hair. I agree with a lot of the points you've shared, and I thought it was a really great series. My hair also breaks easily, even "beneficial" or "nourishing" things like applying a creamy leave-in leaves me with broken strands on my palms and fingers. My hair does much better with a spritz to moisturize, rather than me manipulating it to apply product.

    I also find that flat twists are better for me than cornrows-- BUT, plaits are better for me than twists (plaits keep my hair more stretched, which reduces opportunities for tangling).

    It's so nice to read about another person who is learning about how to deal with the same struggles of having fine strands. I'm really glad I stumbled across your blog!

  4. @ HaiItis
    Thank you so much for visiting and sharing your thoughts. I am glad some of my posts make sense to you.
    You are right about plaits. They are safer on fine hair than twists. I have had nothing but breakage with twists. But I also noticed that when the twists are done all the way to the end and I tuck them or pin them up, I have less breakage.

    Even though I advised against cornrows, I still do them because they last for a while. I am just really gentle when I put them in.

    Hopefully we can conquer some of these hurdles and grow some hair!!


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