Fine hair dilemma!

It took me a while to figure out why I’m always getting split ends even though I took numerous measures to ensure my ends are protected. I followed the LOC method to seal in moisture. I’ve sealed my ends with butters, I wasn’t flat ironing at all, I took care when shampooing my hair but I still had no joy with the recurrence of split ends on a regular basis. I had to constantly trim my ends consequently; I wasn’t retaining any hair length at all.

Trimming my hair

Trimming my hair

Even in my relaxed days, I knew my hair was fine. However, the split ends seems controlled, I had trims and treatments when needed. Kind of similar to what I am doing now with my natural hair, so why this fine hair dilemma?!

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Even being frustrated with the split ends and having to trim ever so often, I didn’t bother to look for a solution to the problem. If I attend any natural hair events and there were any natural hair dressers around, I would explain the issue with my hair and see what they come up with. Strangely the questions and answers are always the same, are you flat ironing? No! Are you sealing and protecting the ends? Yes! Sometimes the diet question comes into play. Reluctantly I resorted to just trimming my hair more often than I wanted to.

At the peak of my frustration now, I recently started to do some research on fine hair. I must say there is not a great deal of information out there on caring for natural fine hair. In determining whether you have fine, medium or thick hair depends on the thickness of each individual strand. You can have fine hair but your hair appears thick, this is because the density of your hair is a lot even-though the individual strands are fine. The density is normally determined by the number of hair per square inch of the scalp. I remember when I was doing my hairdressing course they taught us to section approximately one square inch of hair on the scalp and then twist the hair around your fingers, depending on the thickness of the twist will determine the density of your hair.

Generally, anyone can determine whether they have fine, medium or thick hair by just paying closer attention to way their hair feels and look. When this is establish, you may find you will be better able to eliminate products that doesn’t work and add products to your regime that is better suited for your hair thickness.

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Microscopic comparison of fine hair strand and thick hair strand   

Over the years of caring for my natural hair I have discovered a few things about my fine hair.

  •  Using  non-heat stretching methods such as African threading and banding method doesn’t work
  •  Heavier butters, crèam and oils doesn’t  work
  • Breaks easily, even when I treat it gently and keeps it well moisturised.
  • Prone to frequent split ends
  • Is prone to fly aways
  • My twist doesn’t last as long, even mini twist
  • Twist can appear scalpy
  • Using water only as a daily moisturiser doesn’t work, my hair always feels dry and stringy
  • At times my hair clumps together and looks like a mesh when shampooing
  • More likely to get heat damage, even when the necessary precautions are taken
  • Less blowdrying
  • Frizzes quite easily

I will be doing a series of post on fine hair and in my next post I will be discussing some of the things that does work for me.