Cream for fine hair?

So I have just started my new routine (been at it for about a week now) and I am definitely noticing a difference already. My hair has been feeling much softer with the new low-poo and conditioner. I'm also not feeling the buildup I used to get after a few days of using my old products (which were smoothing but full of cones).

The problem I'm still having is styling. So far I've tried HE Toussle Me Softly mousse which didn't really do much of anything and just left my hair feeling dry and filmy. I also tried HETT gel a few times this week, which did weigh my hair down so it didn't poof out like it normally does, but I hate how my hair feels with it in!

I keep reading that you're supposed to let the gel dry completely and then scrunch out the crunch, but I can't seem to scrunch anything out. It's less of a crunch and more of a dry film. It just leaves my hair feeling really dry and coarse. It also got stringy as it dried.

I'm wondering if my hair is just too fine for a gel? Would some kind of styling cream work better? I'd love recommendations from other people with fine wavy hair. I'm looking for something to give it a little bit of weight and smoothing as it dries (so it doesn't poof) that doesn't have such a drying filmy feel. I've seen mentions of various creams that leave hair feeling soft and smooth but wasn't sure if they'd be good for fine hair.

I attached a photo of what point I have gotten my hair to now if that helps (sorry about the blurred out face, not wearing any makeup). This was with the HE gel and air-drying. I don't hate how it looks but don't love it either, and I definitely hate how it feels.
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Wavy, fine, thick.

Low Poo: Organix Shea Butter
Moisturizing Conditioner (only on shampoo days): Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Co-wash: Tresseme Naturals Radiant Volume
Methods: Co-wash daily or every other day. Low-poo and moisturizing condition once every 3-4 days. Comb through once and air-dry.
Your hair reminds me of IAgirl's! It's very pretty!

I personally did not like HETT. It didn't give me any hold and left my hair stringy as well. You might want to look into products with protein since you have fine hair that you flat ironed.

I'll let others chime in since I don't have much experience with fine hair or creams!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

Thanks! I made sure to get a shampoo that contains protein but I haven't tried any protein treatments yet (there are some homemade ones I want to give a whirl, this week's just been so busy).

I was thinking about trying the SheaMoisture smoothie and/or styling milk. Does anyone have any experience with these as stylers for fine hair? So far my hair seems to respond very well to products containing shea butter, coconut, and avocado.
Wavy, fine, thick.

Low Poo: Organix Shea Butter
Moisturizing Conditioner (only on shampoo days): Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Co-wash: Tresseme Naturals Radiant Volume
Methods: Co-wash daily or every other day. Low-poo and moisturizing condition once every 3-4 days. Comb through once and air-dry.
Yes, your hair does look like mine!

If you can make oatmeal or spaghetti, you can make FSG. I have some of my favorite recipes on my blog (below in signature on "recipes" page). I use protein for curl-enhancement and strong, moisturized hair, and xanthan gum for hold and volume. I just typed out another recipe in this thread: Caving to FSG

If you can get it, buy some Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee. That can go over the light-hold gels for more hold (but you use an amount the size of 1 or 2 peas). Otherwise, if you hate the way those gels feel, you're going to hate most drugstore gels.

And yet "gel" or jelly can give such a nice finish and volume and curl enhancement - and if your hair is as much like mine as it looks, you can get more waves and wavy curls going in there.

Good gels that don't feel quite so aggressive in fine hair are Hugo Naturals Gel, Kiss My Face Upper Management, the pricier jellies like Donna Marie Mira Curls, Uncle Funky's Daughter Curly Magic... There must be others. All "medium hold."

Your hair isn't too fine for gel, but you do need something to dilute the gels.
Consider the FSG, also do a search on "Kathymack" in the search box at the top of the page because she sells samples from her fotki page of a lot of great products you might like.

I tried a couple creams. I liked the Curl Junkie Coffee Cocoa Curl Cream Lite (except for the itch), but you use only a little bit of it or it's too heavy. Not the greatest styler. Creams are too heavy for me, in general. I make a flaxseed gel curl cream, but that's a mixture of FSG, a dab of conditioner and oil and strong hold gel. Whole different story.
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Last edited by IAgirl; 11-11-2011 at 05:09 PM.
I think the Smoothie may be too heavy for your hair unless you use the tiniest amount! I have a lot of hair and I think it's a little heavy. I also don't find it to have any curl enhancing properties despite its name and use it as an occasional leave-in.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

My hair looks to be about as fine as yours. I totally know the dry feeling you are getting from gels. I hate that feeling!!

I have used Aveda Be Curly enhancer off and on for years (does have a cone). It gives some weight to my fine hair without being too heavy. I combine it with Confixor or Phomollient.

I have used CJCCClite and it is ok but I didn't love it. It could feel too heavy if I used too much.

I have found that a LI plus gel can work better for me sometimes. I love Beauty without Cruelty leave in. It is awesome. I use a pea sized amount then a gel like Max Green Alchemy sculpting gel.
~Chiara~
Using FIA: 2b/2a mix with a few ringlets in the canopy, straighter in the under layer by my neck. Thin in density, fine strands. Normal porosity. Hennaed.

Go To's: Aveda, Lush
Wow I really should've listened on the SheaMoisture smoothie. You're right, it's way too heavy for my hair. It just looked greasy and damp even after it dried. Also I unfortunately cannot stand the smell. Really sweet smells tend to trigger migraines for me and I think the hibiscus in this stuff is way too overpowering. :[ Time to return that to the store!

I've still not had much luck with gel...I don't know what it is about my hair but it just does not seem to react well to gel.

I finally tried plopping tonight though and I may have found some success there. When I first took my hair out of the microfibre towel I was a bit horrified as it looked like it had just...exploded (my hair seems to want to stick up and out a lot, it defies gravity very easily) but I smoothed it down with a little Organix Coconut Milk Mousse and now it's actually looking a lot better. We'll see how it looks when it dries!
Wavy, fine, thick.

Low Poo: Organix Shea Butter
Moisturizing Conditioner (only on shampoo days): Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture
Co-wash: Tresseme Naturals Radiant Volume
Methods: Co-wash daily or every other day. Low-poo and moisturizing condition once every 3-4 days. Comb through once and air-dry.
I think the Smoothie may be too heavy for your hair unless you use the tiniest amount! I have a lot of hair and I think it's a little heavy. I also don't find it to have any curl enhancing properties despite its name and use it as an occasional leave-in.
Originally Posted by asianrunner

Have you tried anything from the fine/thin hair line (from Shea Moisture)? There is one that I would like to try called
"Organic Hair Thickening Growth Milk Yucca & Aloe"
2c/3a; low porosity; fine texture
Shampoo: Aussie Moisturizing Shampoo; Giovanni TTT Shampoo, Renpure Organics Shampoo (red bottle), Bragg ACV
Conditioner: AO Honey Suckle Rose, Renpure Organics Conditioner (red bottle)
Co-Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
D.T: CJ Curl Rehab
L.I: CJ BC; KCKT; Alba Botanica Fragrance Free
Styler: KCCC; L.A Looks Sports; Alba Botanica Fragrance Free Strong Hold Gel
Pomade: Kinky Curly Gloss Pomade
P.T: CJ Curl Fix
Scalp Moisturizer: Shea Butter


I think the Smoothie may be too heavy for your hair unless you use the tiniest amount! I have a lot of hair and I think it's a little heavy. I also don't find it to have any curl enhancing properties despite its name and use it as an occasional leave-in.
Originally Posted by asianrunner

Have you tried anything from the fine/thin hair line (from Shea Moisture)? There is one that I would like to try called
"Organic Hair Thickening Growth Milk Yucca & Aloe"
Originally Posted by CurlyColombiana
I have not! The Smoothie is the only SM product I have tried. Since I have a ton of hair (and not fine) that wouldn't be a product I'd be interested in.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Repair Me, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC, UFD Curly Magic
gels: CJ CQ, BRHG

The styling milk is lighter than the smoothie, but I find it more like a leave in than an enhancer. I do like the Body Shop's Cottonseed Curl Boost, and Kiss My Face Upper Management gel. IAGirl has lots of good ideas. She's a smart cookie!


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2b-3a Fii, porous and low elasticity

Currently using a variety of products, and looking for that magic combo

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