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Hair Challenges: Protective Styling on Fine, Thin Natural Hair

• Mar 7, 2012


Author’s hair in February 2011

By Christabel of Chys Curlz

The above picture is of my hair in February of 2011 and as you can see, my twists are not like those luscious, thick and full twists we see so many fabulous ladies rocking. My hair has always been fine and a low density even when I was relaxed. So, when I went natural, this translated to spacey twists and I just didn’t like the look on me. Normally, I would just move on from it…okay so my hair doesn’t do individual twists so what? But I just couldn’t move on. Why, you ask?  Because I knew that since I had fine hair, it was important for me to wear more protective styles and to me, protective styles were twists pinned up and left alone for several days at a time.

However, I just didn’t like the look on me. I tried…I mean REALLY tried to love it on me. I would wear more makeup, bigger earrings, cute bows/headbands,flowers, beanies (can’t wear them everywhere); and I still didn’t like it. So, the next question was, how was I going to protect these finestrands of mine while satisfying my psychological need to like the way my hair is styled?

Well, I decided to try other protective styles like buns (but they pulled on on my edges too much), twist outs (a bit better than buns, but there was too much manipulation every night), flat twists (these worked the best), and updos on stretched hair (liked these a lot). So, I had many options to choose from now and upon implementation, my hair was thriving. You see, the picture at the top of the post is of my hair after 3 years of being natural. Yes, the twists were on wet hair so it was a bit shrunken but I was not retaining appreciable length until I started doing more protective styles.

Fast forward to December 2011 when I decided to revisit individual twists [Click photos to enlarge]:


Dry Twists December 2011


Wet Twists with Shrinkage Dec 2011

My results were better this time around for several reasons:

  • I had cut off about 2″ of color damaged ends so my hair looked better
  • I discovered that twisting in the opposite direction from what feels natural to me yielded plumper twists as the twists tend to unravel just a little bit thereby making them appear plumper (try this and see what you think. It was a game changer for me.)
  • My hair had more length and density (from shorter hair growing out) from many months of more protective styling

Mind you, I still prefer flat twists and updos for my fine and low density tresses but whenever I do individual twists in my bang area, they do not look as spacey anymore [Click photos to enlarge].


Updo after taking out  flat twists


Love me some flat twists. SO many styles you can create


As you can see, my hair is still not very dense but I make it work

Are you a fine-haired-low-density natural? Try these tips and let me know what you think and please share any other tips and tricks you have for protecting your ends.

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Kris
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Glad this article was posted. You rarely see information about women with thin density and fine strands. I’ve been on the struggle bus for a while, but I’m going to try new protective styles.

Joyce
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I went natural June 2011 and enjoying my journey. For the first time, I read and saw pictures that I can relate to. My hair is fine with low density. I also like my two-strand twists but the spacing and lack of volume is what I want to change. Thanks for the tips. More articles such as this are needed.

Valerie
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yes. i wish i could go somewhere and get just info for women with fine, natural hair. thanks for this article!

Brittany
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+1

Richelle
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+2

Ronnie
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+3

Renee
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+4

Yvette
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+1

Penelope
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As a natural with fine, thin hair, is weave as a protective style yay or nay? Actually, is it ever okay? It’s what I do while transitioning/waiting for some length but I wonder if my edges are really going to suffer.
Does anyone have any tips (how to braid, take care of, etc) on how to keep my hair safest while I have weave in?

TrlyBlsdT
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Christabel, thanks for the tips. For the longest I have been trying to figure out the best way to make my beautifully natural but fine and not very dense hair look even more fabulous. I’m definitely going to give these tips a try!!

MPB
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I love this article and I wish you had a blog or site I could follow. I am a fine stranded natural, and I hate most protective styles. However, since January I started using a lace front wig, while deep consitioning my hair every 2 weeks, and joined a castor oil hair challenge. I plan to let my hair out in the summer, and i hope the many months rest with the wig, will let my hair grow out a bit. The struggle continues 🙂

ChysCurlz
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Hi MPB, I do have a blog and it’s http://www.chyscurlz.blogspot.com please stop by any time 🙂 It can seem like a struggle, but when you it finally clicks, it’s awesome!

Tequila b
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Another fan here, great post, all curls and kinks are not created equal. Can we get more articles geared toward fine and thin hair?

babyro2
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Yes! I agree with this thread!!

shelley
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I agree! It’s good to see fine haired naturals on the blogs too. Not everyone has thick-dense hair. I do not like the way my two strand twists look either so I just wear twist outs. Even the ends still look see through (I don’t think they are damaged?!). I am tired of twisting every night and its too much manipulation. I’ve been wearing twist outs for years and I’m over it. I need to just put my hair up for a few months. I am going to start bunning. Thats the only other protective style that I can do… Read more »
Richelle
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+2. That would be awesome!

BlackOnyx03
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+3. ITA. I have LOTS of hair, but it is fine. And it will never, ever look like most of the icons featured on this site. And I’m okay with that. But I’d like to figure out how to be just as fab!

Alexandra
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+1

Wendy
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I AGREE!!! I thought I was the only thin natural!!! We need love too 🙂
I would love to see more styles for thin naturals. I NEED HELP!

Chikeebee
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i love this article. also a fine hair and low density natural.
still transitioning and there are times i feel discouraged cos of how feather light my hair is. this article, i can relate to. definitely.

will check out your blog.

thanks to you and bglh

LBell
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More thanks from another “spacey twists” natural…I know from past experience that I retain the most length with twists but I simply cannot STAND how they look on me. I’ve never been a big fan of flat twists or cornrows either because they make me look like a 12-year-old and I’m already young-looking to begin with (I’m in my mid-40s). Updos done on stretched hair are the only protective styles I wear. For the first time in a very long time I’m thinking about getting kinky twists with fake hair, mainly because I’m going to be extra busy over the… Read more »
MeowMix
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Me too. I’m in my mid 40s, have fine hair and look young too. I just do 6 big cornrows on my head. Flat twist are cuter but they start to unravel at the end of the day.

NappyHeadChronicles
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Aaaaaaaah! Finally someone who understands.

I have fine hair and have struggled with the protective style concept. I always end up wearing my hair in a pineapple-like style held in place by a ponytail clip because I don’t like the way anything else looks. And to add to the mix, my edges are practically gone from when I used to wear extensions.

I will definitely be checking you on your blog. Nice to know I’m not the only one coveting other naturals’ volume!

Amayou
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SO glad someone addressed this. Usually we see these beautifully thick heads of natural hair that we envy. I too, am a fine/thin haired natural and alhtough I have retained some length the lack of thickness is still an issue but I will continue my protective styling since I appear to be on the right track.

crimsonpeach
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I really appreciate this post. It seems that every hair ido/diva/inspiration had very dense and/or thick hair. I know that I will never be either so it seems like I’m struggling alone.

I’m really going to have to learn how to flat twist. My hair isn’t quite long enough for updos and I don’t blow out my hair. Practice makes perfect!

Gigi
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I have fine, thin hair and twists/plaits etc just look childish on me. I style my hair mostly in loose buns after roller or curlformer sets but rarely wear my hair out as its not the thickness that I would like. I’ve also found that with proper care, wearing weaves for 6 week intervals a couple times a year results in thicker and longer hair and henna makes thin/fine hair seem stronger and thicker.

Marsha
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Please have more articles like this. How can us fine haired low density naturals retain more length and look stylish?

arlette
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oh i am so glad this was addressed. i have really fine thin natural hair so most of the styles i see thick haired naturals do i cant pull off. i would love hair that was more dense and had more volume. i hav never cared about the texture or even length i just care about the thickness of my hair

kristine
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I have been doing bandu knot outs and it really gives volume to my thin hair.

Joy
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Amen to everything above! I’m not alone!!! I’ve gotten so frustrated when I try to duplicate styles for thicker hair, I’ve almost gone back to the creamy crack! Even when I had a perm, some stylists that could work magic on thicker heads became clueless with my fine hair. I appreciate this article, and hope to read more on being a “finer” sister!

Amber
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Yes I recall stylists attempting a strawset on my head on a 2 separate occasions and they were both hot mess city. No fullness at all and lacked vibrancy. I had someone do a sew-in with micros around teh perimeter, but b/c my hair was so fine, you could see where the track started on my. I had to wear a headband at all times so people wouldn’t see. And twists are really the business for me. Or twistouts for that matter (Braidouts seem to work better). Twisout updos are better. I really do wish there were some thin, fine… Read more »
Maureen
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check out nalia1908 on YT. She is a fine haired natural with great style

Candise
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Thanks so much for sharing this and your blog. I too have fine hair and lots of hair loss in the front from stress. I started wearing wigs 8 years ago and was doing nothing to my hair underneath for about 2 years when I found out about the new natural community. I hadn’t worn an afro or braids since I was in high school! I now wear mostly twists and twist outs and flat twists. I’m not very good at straight parts so flat twists are a rarity. My hair has gotten much thicker since I started using Jamaican… Read more »
LadyV69
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Thanks for addressing this from someone else with fine and thin hair. I had given up on most protective styles because like everyone else with my type of hair, twists and braids are extremely spacey on me and my edges are too fragile for buns. I still have alopecia on my hairline due to relaxers, tight braid extensions and weaves. It’s only within the last few weeks that I’ve been able to do a halfway decent updo but I only do those about twice a week because they’re easier to do on stretched hair. I’ll definitely check the blog out… Read more »
Avanti
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There is hope!!! I too have fine thin strands of hair and have been natural for 6.5 years but only since the END of summer 2011 been taking care of my hair the way it should’ve been taken care of the entire time. But due to my lack of knowledge I had been stuck in this “afro puff” or “skimpy see through afro” style for 6 years! But even having been very meticulous in caring for my hair via trimming, moisturizing, protein treatments, and a few select favorite protective styles I can see that my new growth is much thicker… Read more »
Denise
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I too am sooooo glad there is finally an article on fine/thin/low density hair! Those of us with this type of hair can’t get those really full nice protective styles like single twists that seem to only be shown on the various sites. It’s VERY important to show all sides of this natural journey.

Black Girls with Long Hair” you got it right!

Keep sprinkling them in…

Shawnie
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I have the same problem and my hair thins more after I have a baby. I was told that I had a hair disorder “telogen effluvium”, but there is no treatment for it. My natural hair grew out thick and shoulder length but due to frustration I cut several inches of hair off and pretty much had to start over again to get rid of dead and weak ends. I have a combination of 3c/4a hair type and my twist always come out dull and thin and tend to unravel. I am trying castor oil also but haven’t noticed any… Read more »
Alexandra
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You can apply it as much as you want. My daughter and I are having a 7 day castor oil challenge. She “greases” her scalp and massage it in daily. For me I mix it with carrier oils such as almond oil and coconut oil, warm it up in a cup of hot water and massage it into my scalp (I do cowash in the middle of the week so my hair is not too greasy) to my surprise it’s working. It’s been a month now and I have seen spurts of hair all over my head. It’s working for… Read more »
Jasmine
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Ive been trying to find a way to manage my thin fine hair! it gets sooo annoying sometime. I like blowing out my hair bc it feels much fuller but ill try twisting my ahir in the opposite direction and see if that helps! Thanks for this.

kristine
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Try a bandu knot out. When I twist my hair at night I have started turning the twists into bandu knots. The next day when I take them down, my hair looks so much fuller. (It might look shorter but it has more volume…

RocGirl
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As if it hasn’t been said before… I am soooooooooooo happy for this blog for thin/fine hair. I am blessed by the posts about missing and thinning edges, as I have a beautiful curl pattern (only water needed) but have my hair missing in action on the right front. I am frustrated, tired, and self-conscious about this problem. I’m moisturizing almost daily, but it’s not growing fast enough. Any suggestions on how to make your edges grow back fast?

Chy'sCurlz
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@RocGirl, I know what you meean about bald spots. I have two spots on my temple (on either side) and truly, the only thing I’ve found to be of help is….patience and time. I just let it be, I don’t put any additional stress on it and it seems to be improving. Very much like acne scars and hyperpigmentation, it does take time. You might also try castor oil, just massage it on the spots every am and pm and in time, you should see some improvement (a combination of placebo and sealing in my opinion). HTH.

Jeanna
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+1

triniNAP
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finally! i have fine, thin strands. twists are FRUSTRATION & make me look childish. many of the problems stated above, i so relate to! thank u 4 finally having a post i can IDENTIFY with!

Tina
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The top picture looks like my twists. I wish I could wear protective styles with my hair out, but it does’nt have fullness, and not long enough to pull into a bun. I will wear wigs from time to time, but I get so sick of wearing them, they give me a headache and they are too hot in the summer time. I do my own micro braids (w/extensions) some times, but am usually tired of them after around one month.

Desiree
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I looked through all of the comments and saw there are soooo many of us- “fine” naturals! 😀 I am just showing love to add to the “#teamfinenatural” number! 😀

Chy'sCurlz
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Welocme Desiree lol 🙂

Chy'sCurlz
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@RocGirl, I know what you meean about bald spots. I have two spots on my temple (on either side) and truly, the only thing I’ve found to be of help is.…patience and time. I just let it be, I don’t put any additional stress on it and it seems to be improving. Very much like acne scars and hyperpigmentation, it does take time. You might also try castor oil, just massage it on the spots every am and pm and in time, you should see some improvement (a combination of placebo and sealing in my opinion). HTH.

Kim
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Thanks a million for bringing up this subject!! Looks like we have a large community on this page alone. LOL! Many of us have thin/fine tresses from years of excessive relaxing or maybe naturally fine strands of beautiful hair from varying hair types. At any rate being 45 years old, I do not want to look like an adolescent wearing protective styles that make me look immature. The one style that works best for me is the rod set (with different sizes) on my transitioning hair. I chose to transition instead of doing a big chop because of thin hair… Read more »
Felicia
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OMG! I thought I was going to cry when I read this. I am a fine natural 4a-b. All my friends have all this thick hair, just yesterday I went to a stylist to ask about natural extensions to thicken my hair up. My twists and twist outs do the same thing. It is so discouraging. I am going to read all the comments to see what else I can. Thank you! #teamfinenatural!

Lauren
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It is clear from the replies to this article that there is a whole subculture in the Natural hair community that is not being addressed. I to am a thin/fine hair natural. Looking at that first picture was like viewing a post of my own hair. I love my curl pattern and texture but I do NOT love my lack of thickness. My mother always told me when growing up “you have a thick head of hair.” Clearly she was in denial and thinking of her own head because my hair is SPARCE.… I for the last year or so… Read more »
Beth
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Yes! Finally. It’s hard when every style icon interviewed describes their hair as “thick,” and even proceeds to complain about how much hair they’ve got to worry about. Lol. But I would like to emphasize one thing that many fine/thin-haired naturals fail to embrace, especially at the start of their journey: there are ADVANTAGES to having fine and/or thin hair. Just as twist outs tend to look amazing on thick hair, I’ve seen the most BEAUTIFUL buns, flat twist outs, braid outs and rollersets achieved on fine/thin hair. Of course, this is just my opinion, but sometimes you have to… Read more »
Kandyce
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Wow thank you so much for posting this. Can we PLEASE create a group on FB or blog for us????? Anyone down?? 🙂

Treshea
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I am natural, have fine hair and have been glued to this post since it was posted. OH…so i actually do marketing/social media for a living.…i would love to be involved/help or get the FB page started for us.…who’s down? let’s get a team together!!

Thetazz
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Yeah Kandyce, I am down

shanna
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I am happy to see this. I think we do need our own Curly Nikki type site or hair board support group. I have resorted back to extensions because I just did not feel sexy. Even though my hair is healthy, the sparseness makes it look like it is not. All the cute styles I do look like crap a couple hours later because I have fly away hair that is extremely sensitive to weather changes. I have made peace with my hair but I would actually like to LOVE it instead. I want to get the hair compliments like… Read more »
zyaran
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I think she does have this on here, and this is where I saw it. Unless this is for something different hope this helps.
http://blackgirllonghairforum.com/forum

Wendy
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I’m not extremely FB savvy but if one gets made I’m backin’ it up! Hmmmm. Maybe I could figure something out…

A+
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This post is wonderful and it’s so nice to see I’m not alone. I too would love to see more fine haired naturals featured on this blog! Thank you for this story as it has made my day.

Stephanie
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My hair is so fragile that a soft headband can take my edges out. I wore weaves and braids as protective styles, but with my hair needs so much moisture, it would be impossible to keep up with the demand to keep it hydrated. I wear twists and twist outs, but I would love more variety where I don’t have to worry about my ends breaking off.I get sick of wearing berets, beanies and chignon nets, but my edges, while growing out, are still thin and I have a little coverage for those thin spots.

Cara
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Finally! I found my people! Thanks for the post! I happen to have fine hair, low density WITH low porosity. What a combo. Most natural product staples don’t work for me. My protective styles are buns and pinups.

Tlk
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Me too! My sister with thick, dense hair tried to convince me to wear my hair and look like I am going through chemo. I am older, and my hair has really thinned. I actually texturized my hair and cut it off. Best move EVER for me.

Camille
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Thanks SO much for this post. I have fine medium density hair and despite having what I think is a good regimen, I am having a real problem retaining length. I already have a trim planned for next week, but I think a lot of regular styling techniques are gonna change starting today. For example, I have been doing my roll and tuck inwards for the past year and a half but I have been noticing consistent thin edges so I am going to roll outward for a while and see what happens. I am also going to do my… Read more »
zyaran
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Well ladies it’s nice to see that alot of fine haired ladies are out here and wanting more info. But ladies you can apply and send in your info on here to post yourself and show other fine hair ladies what regime works for you and go from there. I have thick hair myself, but I would love to see the fine haired ladies come on here and represent :).

Aisha
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Wow! I so needed this post! I just took my twists out after 4 days and they look exactly like yours in the 1st pic. I only wear them to work occasionally because I know I need to do more protective styling. I am going to try your tips and I am definitely going to be only your blog. Its weird having fine hair because a lot of posts don’t really relate to me. I try some of the styles and feel scalpy. 🙁

Pam
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This was wonderful. I agree, that it’s nice to see others with hair like mine. So many pics posted, my simple can’t do. I’ve been wearing a TWA, because when I do grow out my hair it looks so thin, and I don’t like the protective styling. It also makes me look young. I LOVE my curl pattern, and a TWA. But it is so nice to see others with my hair type of fine and thin hair!

Hermione
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I too have fine thin stands and I“m 43. My second time ’round as a natural. That first pic is what my head looks like when I do the two strand twists. I cant seem to retain length either. While my hair does grow better in updos, my ends become VERY DRY!!! I haven’t found a way to keep them moisturized. It’s very discouraging. How do you manage to keep your ends moisturized?

TenTen
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FINALLY someone I can identify with. I love all my naturals but everyone knows that when you find someone who is relatively close in hair type who strives in hair growth it is a relief and gives hope. Even people in my family who share my same genes (mother and sister) have different hair types than I and both are thick and long hair women. I have never met ANYONE who I could “look up to” far as hair goes. Although my mother has always been natural and always encouraged me to be the same we don’t share the same… Read more »
Monzi
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I know exactly how she feels! I’ve also been natural for three years (going on 4yrs) and any time I twist my hair I look and feel like a 7 year old with little twists that are not voluminous or dense at all. My hair has barely retained length and I don’t have confidence to wear my twists in public(especially to school. I have a mix of fine and medium size strands (with the medium size strands being the one that breaks easily). *Sigh* But anyway, I’m glad to see someone with my same struggle because all (mostly this site)… Read more »
zyaran
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I think mini-twists would look good for your hair :).

Jeanna
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I really appreciate this article. I’m not the only one who has struggled with “scalpy” looks. I’ve also noticed that my hair looks thicker since I started using more protective styling. And I’m retaining length. Your hair looks FABULOUS!

Ms. A
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Amen to all of the comments! Fine hair really is a struggles, but I love my hair nonetheless. If I can just get rid of these fairy knots and weird tree-looking ends (I’m trimming alot these days :-{), I could retain some length!!!

niki
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This is me all day. I thank you for this article. I have gotten use to my thin twist, but decided to try your suggestion of twisting in the opposite direction. Not only were my twist thicker in appearance, but they hung longer!

Dramaqueen
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I’m so happy to see someone with my hair density and texture. I’ve been natural since last February (that was my last thought of relaxing my hair) I couldn’t do it because my hair just broke off in my hands. My hair is 4A (kinky/coilly) and I tried two strand twists and my hair was so sparse that I couldn’t wear them out.I just prefer the look of my natural coil pattern to two strand twists, they don’t look as ratty. My hair is a little longer now (if I strtech it out on the sides it’s down to the… Read more »
MsAfriKanaChic
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This post spoke to my WHOLE (natural) LIFE!!!!!

I too am a fine/low density natural and experienced everything you were experiencing. I’m doing the Protect ya ends challenge and I was struggling with it because I wasn’t liking the way my hair was looking in protective styles mainly because of a lack of length and density.

I have since swallowed my pride and cut off the color damaged ends and put my hair in mini twists to grow my hair out. hopefully this will look good and help me to grow out my hair 🙂

Thetazz
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Hi my fine hair natural sisters, This is a great post and I love Christabel’s post just like everyone is saying we naturals that have fine hair need more support. I have been following a fine haired natural on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/KOILYKY she is also very helpful. I am trying to grow my hair out from a taper fade and I have been wearing flat twists but I mix in the Bob Marley hair to make it look fuller this really helps because my hair is so soft and fine that it does not hold braids and twists long. I have… Read more »
Tanya
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YES! Thank you for this article! I AM this person! fine strands, low density. Well, maybe medium to low, but I don’t get those fabulous plump twists either. However twists are my go-to style for ease and time. Loose styles or even updos on loose hair don’t retain moisture as well for me and are work to detangle.

Tanya
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I pin up my twists, and they look quite professional and mature. I’m 38, and also don’t want to look like a little girl.

Treshea
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So who is down for us to create a FB page? I can get it started…is there a team of folks that want to help?

Chy'sCurlz
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I was inspired by everyone to create a feature on my blog where we can all share our hair stories as well as ask and answer each others’ question. If you will fill out the questions and email them to me with some pictures, I will go ahead and feature them on my blog as I get them…cool? Here’s the link to the post on my blog:

http://chyscurlz.blogspot.com/2012/03/conversation-with-our-fabulous-fine.html

mika
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My mom would always say she relaxed my hair h/c it was too thick. My wraps were never full but I figured that was due to chemical damage. So when I went natural, I just knew is have it going on…NOT. It was then that I realized my was fine and I wouldn’t have the love affair with my hair that i dreamed of. It never looks how I want it. I don’t have enough time to dedicate to retwisting every night. Your 1st pic looks so much like my hair, i did a triple take. I will cut off… Read more »
BTheGem81
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I have the same exact hair type as yours (it seems) and i’ve been natural since 04. I’m ok with my length. It’s the fullness i want so what i do is add hair to my twists. It’s my go to protective style and i love it…my hair responds nicely to it. I had a nice little growth spurt last winter and i blew out and rocked it in some cute updo for a couple weeks and people didn’t recognize me..i got 2nd looks from guys lol..it was funny. Anyways, I usually wash, condition and 2 strand twist my hair… Read more »
Marie
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Please start a group! I am thin haired natural as well! I wear wigs all the time. ) ;

ChysCurlz
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Hi Marie, I’m actually accepting submissions for my blog if you have fine hair…see the post here http://chyscurlz.blogspot.com/2012/03/conversation-with-our-fabulous-fine.html

kai
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Soooo. the best protective style for fine naturalistas are flat twist and streched updos? how should our hair be stretched?

amarayl
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this is exactly my hair, been natural for 2 yrs and am still on ear length, its annoying, what do i do? am wondering if weave will help

Sarita
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Thank you, THANK you, THANK YOU for this article. In the 7 years I have been natural I have never seen a posting for hair like mine! Since my mom and aunts all have long, fine to thick 3a-3c hair I expected to as well, but that is not so. While I LOVE my natural 4b/4c hair no one in my family had any idea of what to do to care for it. My length has only gotten past my ear when I was loc’d and right after undoing my locs, but was bra strap length towards the end of… Read more »
BlackOnyx03
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I have fine hair too. It looks full and luscious if it’s fro’ed or braided out, but when I twist it up — it looks exactly like your first picture above. And don’t even let me try to blow it out first before twisting — I get the thinnest, tiniest looking twists known to man! I’m going to try your suggestion of twisting in the opposite direction, but more than anything I’m hoping that by upping my moisturizing routine and taking vitamins that I’ll increase my length and density in the same way you have.

Liz
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OMG this is ME!!!! I had super fine relaxed hair and similar struggles being natural. I work the weave in my twist in my hair too..but ultimately I realized that was holding me back from real growth. This is my 3rd year being natural and this last year showed the most improvement.

I finally feel comfortable wearing protective styles with just my hair.
My three keys to thickness? JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL, WEEKLY DEEP CONDITIONING, and HOMEMADE FLAX SEED GEL.
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Liz
Guest

my pics are HUGE!!! im so sorry, dont know how to take them off

Rachel
Guest

Twisting in the opposite direction, huh? I’m going to try this today. I generally don’t like twists on me, as I am a fine-haired natty myself. But I need a low-manipulation protective style at this point.

Thanks! 🙂

Tamika
Guest

My hair is teh same, very thin and limp. I’d like to try your suggestions but um, what exactly is the opposite direction? Should this be towards your face or away from your face?

Thanks

Yaasha
Guest

What she’s saying is if you normally twist your hair in one direction because that is what feels natural, you should practice getting into the habit of doing it the other way. She’s just referring to individual twists there, like the ones she had in her first pic.

Ruby
Guest

I was really delighted to find this particular article posted because I can relate 100%. I have super fine,dense and tightly coiled hair. I have a love-hate relationship with my hair.To this day, I swear I will never wear twists in public because mine are so scanty. In the course of my 1 year natural hair journey I have learnt tricks on how to create the illusion of a full head. I am so grateful for you-tubers and websites like this one because I could not have endured for so long.

Hannah
Guest

I so glad I found this article because there are only one or two helpful article about styling for thin/ fine. The only thing us i already twist my hair but I’m gonna try this method next time. Please write more about this because it is really helpful.

Olivia Lane
Guest

I have supercoils that look extremely thick when I sport a wash-and-go or twist/braid out, but I’ve had the same issue with protective styles like braids or twists. I’ve never worn flat twists. I’ll have to try them!

Jeannine
Guest

Great and encouraging article for us fine, hair girls! I can totally relate. I will have to try the flat twist.

K
Guest
Thank you for this post! I have definitely hit a wall with my thin/low density hair. I mean, I’ve tried every method in the book and I swear, I gain NO length. Like NONE over months and months and months (years even?). I don’t use silicones. I constantly moisturize. I deep condition. I give extra care to my ends with natural oils and pomades, I detangle very gently… My hair is healthy but where is the length already?!! I don’t need it going down my back I just want a liiiiitle more, like a good three inches would be a… Read more »
linnie
Guest

When I was younger, I swear my natural was thick and full! But now, after 30 years of perm and hair color, I’m back to being natural and my hair is thin and full. The first pic here looks just like my hair when twisted/box braids, but these are my best protective styles. On this post, it is so great to see how many of us are repping natural hair. But, I agree, it is true that there just aren’t enough images of ‘our’ hair shown on natural blogs.

AnnavsAuna
Guest
LADIES I HAVE THE SOLUTION TO THINNING HAIR.…EXERCISE!!! Blood flow to the vessel of the hair follicles stimulate growth! We have to be honest about the situation. Are you eating right? Leafy veggies are great for hair and nail growth. Are you drinking lots of water? Your hair is like a plant it needs moisture not just a pound of product…what you do on the inside matters a ton. And finally are you getting that blood flowing? I promise you, there will be life changing results… I am a living witness…I wish I could post pictures but I ran across… Read more »
Crisee
Guest

Thank you for saying this!!!!! I just started my exercise routine last week & drinking more & nothing but water. I hope to c a diff.

Lol Atyou
Guest

My hair was thick until I had my son. After that i experienced hormonal changes that totally thinned out my hair and it never really recovered. I exercise, eat healthy, etc, but hormonal changes are real!

Dee
Guest

Omg! I just went thru this yesterday. I decided to try a different protective style which was individual twists; due to me transitioning i still had straight ends so i had to use flexi Rods to curl my ends; the twists were very spacey and i decided to bobby pin them all up. For the rest of the week that’s how my hair will stay but with a beanie…

I’ve decided to stick to my flat twists under a beanie for my protective styles then breathe on friday, wash day is Sunday! Until winter is over …

Any suggestions on protective styles?

TeeJay
Guest

I also have fine hair and low density so this post gives me much needed hope! Can’t wait to take out my current protective style to try the reverse twist method. I too have problems with spacey twists. Can’t wait to try…thanks!

Tonral
Guest

Yup I got that fine dry looking hair that looks thicker than what it is until I twist it and see what it looks like ( the picture above) oh well still love my natural hair. Glad somebody put an article out there that I an relate to and thanks for sharing and the encouragement.

Cee
Guest

Thank you for posting this. It’s good to see a hair type so similar to mine. I have low porosity, fine, kinky, low density hair. I have been natural for close to two decades (way before it was fashionable). I only recently started applying 2-strand twist and I do like it better than other protective styles.

Carla
Guest

After my BC and being natural for about 2–3 yrs and NEVER being able to wear my hair out due to the extreme thinness and limpability (new word) I can’t do it anymore. I tend not to like any of the protective styles on ME. I haven’t gotten a relaxer yet but I’m going to soon. I just really miss wearing and styling my hair!

Moe Coleman
Guest

I have used all Cantu products on my natural hair but nothing seem to work on my hair. I really Dnt know my curl pattern I am so lost???

Tracie
Guest
I have been frustrated with my fine hair. I’ve always had it, but I thought that when I went natural, it would grow to be long and thick, due no more chemicals! Boy, was I wrong! Its still fine, and let’s not mention the humidity and the rainy days! It takes on a life all it’s own! I never did a “big chop”, because I was just too afraid, so I wore braids while I transitioned. I just didn’t know what else to do. I’m so glad to have found your page! My hair looks exactly like your photo. I’m… Read more »
Terry
Guest

Thank you for this post!!! I was just at a salon inquiring about locs because of my thin natural hair. I am afraid to wear braids because the last time i had them my hair came out in balls. I cried, chopped it all off and now all I do is wash and twist. Boring!!!

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