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Old 08-12-2010, 11:54 PM   #21
 
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:30 AM   #22
 
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I have fine hair. I never like my hair when I first do it, because it always hangs, but I want big volume so I have to wait a few days for it lol. My hair also loves protein!
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Another fine haired girly here!

When I 'fluff it' it looks like a lot, but it takes me like 2 seconds to put it in a pony tail. Mind you, the pony tail is a tiny thing.

I only use natural products (shea butter, castor oil, water). What really worked for me is not using a comb AT ALL on dry hair. I only use a wide tooth to detangle when my hair when it's wet and loaded Aubrey's conditioner. I don't get any breakage and I've been retaining length.
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Old 08-14-2010, 08:11 PM   #24
 
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Just a story:

I did twists on my hair and it took me 3-3.5 hours. When I did my friends hair who is the same length as me or shorter, it took 5 hours!! I seriously think her hair is thick ( for sure thicker than mine). I can usually pony the back half of my hair and I could barely get the ponytail holder around hers! It was and interesting comparison. Also when she wears and afro, hers looks so much thicker, while mine is curlier it doesnt look nearly as thick as hers.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:57 AM   #25
 
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Ladies how do you do your twist or braid outs? I have come to realize my hair is fine and I hate the way mine come out. I feel like they are just so thin and not full and beautiful they way that I would prefer them to be. Any help would be great.
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:25 PM   #26
 
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Ladies how do you do your twist or braid outs? I have come to realize my hair is fine and I hate the way mine come out. I feel like they are just so thin and not full and beautiful they way that I would prefer them to be. Any help would be great.
I do really small ones so it looks like more hair. I have a big head and though I have a lot of hair when I do twists some areas end of looking thinner. Though when the twists are smaller, after I undo them I have more volume.
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Old 08-15-2010, 02:26 PM   #27
 
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It seems like noone else has fine 4a hair. My hair is fine but thick and it hates protien. Im in an awkward growth phase so its been months since my hair has looked as nice as it did in my avie, please tell me about your hair here! Celebrate or commiserate!
This is SO me! My hair gets hard and brittle when I use protein.My hair loves moisture, ayurvedic herbs, oils and pomades. I do a henna and herb (gotu kola, amla, hibiscus, etc) or henna gloss treatment every week or so. This has made my hair incredibly strong and shiny. Plus it's growing like wildfire!I thought I was the only one with fine, thick protein hating hair!!
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Ladies how do you do your twist or braid outs? I have come to realize my hair is fine and I hate the way mine come out. I feel like they are just so thin and not full and beautiful they way that I would prefer them to be. Any help would be great.
Have you already tried flat twists? I get better results with flat-twist outs than individual twists. The first pic in my siggie is a flat-twist out.
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Old 08-17-2010, 02:29 PM   #29
 
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I'm a fine-haired 4a, too! My hair detests protein. it becomes really dry and brittle if I use it. I'm also prone to single strand knots and lame twist-outs and braid-outs lol. I have used henna a couple of times, though, and that helps to thicken my strands a bit. I have also found that twist-outs and braid-outs on dry hair turn out a little bit better than they do on wet hair. I think fine-haired curlies get bigger hair on 2nd, 3rd and 4th days.
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Ladies how do you do your twist or braid outs? I have come to realize my hair is fine and I hate the way mine come out. I feel like they are just so thin and not full and beautiful they way that I would prefer them to be. Any help would be great.
Have you already tried flat twists? I get better results with flat-twist outs than individual twists. The first pic in my siggie is a flat-twist out.
I will have to watch a video on that. Your hair looks great. I'm a bit challenged when it comes to braiding but practice makes perfect. I fear for the braids of my future children esp after I do my own lol.
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Ladies how do you do your twist or braid outs? I have come to realize my hair is fine and I hate the way mine come out. I feel like they are just so thin and not full and beautiful they way that I would prefer them to be. Any help would be great.
Have you already tried flat twists? I get better results with flat-twist outs than individual twists. The first pic in my siggie is a flat-twist out.
Most of the time, I do mine on damp hair, as I've found that I get more volume than if I do it on wet hair. I've done them on dry hair, but I'm not a fan of how it looks that way. I get volume, but the curls are less defined on dry hair, at least on me. I also do flat twist outs a lot of the time too, as I get more definition and volume that way than if I do regular twists outs. I haven't done a lot of braidouts lately, as they require more time and take longer to dry on damp hair.
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Old 08-18-2010, 07:05 PM   #32
 
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My strands are fine and tightly coiled, so I get a lot of shrinkage. My biggest issues for now are tangles and single stand knots.
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I'm a fine-haired 4a, too! My hair detests protein. it becomes really dry and brittle if I use it. I'm also prone to single strand knots and lame twist-outs and braid-outs lol. I have used henna a couple of times, though, and that helps to thicken my strands a bit. I have also found that twist-outs and braid-outs on dry hair turn out a little bit better than they do on wet hair. I think fine-haired curlies get bigger hair on 2nd, 3rd and 4th days.
This is me, also. I thought it was some kind of anomaly exclusive to me. If I can't get those knots out, I cut them out with scissors. Anybody have any idea how to get rid of them without constantly hacking away at my hair? I am growing my hair out after my BC and am still learning how to deal!

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Old 11-24-2010, 08:50 AM   #34
 
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So I am a fine haired 3c (front) and 4a (back).

My hair does not like a lot of protein.

My question to everyone is what are you doing to retain length? I usually do a twist out (twist my hair with a butter cream) and I seperate in the morning.

Is that too much manipulation?
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:09 AM   #35
 
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Another fine haired curly checking in. I have been so frustrated with my hair over the years. Although I love my hair, having to ALWAYS be gentle with my hair for fear of snags and breakage, can be tiresome. I know I have had setbacks because I have been harsh during detangling.
My hair also benefits from frequent protein treatments followed by moisturizing conditioner treatments.
Braidouts have been my "go to" hairstyle, rebraiding every night. If its too much manipulation, it's working for me. Will be trying more twistouts in the future.
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Old 11-24-2010, 06:16 PM   #36
 
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i too have fine hair, but its super super super dense and quite tightly coiled. so coily that for the longest time (up until about a year ago) I thought it was coarse.

my hair loves protein and protein actually helps my coils define themselves. I try to do a DC with protein about 2-4 times a month. (AOGPB or adding yogurt to a regular conditioner). the protein also gives it strength, but I try not to manipulate my hair too much.

I also detangle once a week with a ouidad double detangler....
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:32 PM   #37
 
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I'm a fine and dense 4a. My hair likes mild protein treatments followed by a moisture treatment. The strong proteins dry my hair out, not enough protein makes it mushy. I've been practicing my twist outs and now find I like it better than wash and go. My hair seems to retain moisture longer. I have to do my hair in somewhat small twists to make the style work. And I pull them apart more to get the fluffy look I like. Takes me about an hour to twist my whole head. I've done the braid outs but they're a pain to take down.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:56 PM   #38
 
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heyyy, I'm also fine and dense and 4a. Funny because I thought my hair was thick for the longest, but then I just had to get real with myself.

unlike most fine haired ppl, my hair HATES protein. It can tolerate silk protein, but in terms of doing a protein treatment, my hair becomes super brittle. I've been trying to find hairstyles that work best for fine hair-it seems as if twist outs aren't the move. I looked terrible with one. Flat twist-outs do great with my hair, and I'm hoping bantu knot-outs and curlformers will do. Between the 3 of those and a wash and go, I'm hoping they will be my staple styles once I BC the rest of my hair.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:31 PM   #39
 
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I'm a fine-haired 4a, too! My hair detests protein. it becomes really dry and brittle if I use it. I'm also prone to single strand knots and lame twist-outs and braid-outs lol. I have used henna a couple of times, though, and that helps to thicken my strands a bit. I have also found that twist-outs and braid-outs on dry hair turn out a little bit better than they do on wet hair. I think fine-haired curlies get bigger hair on 2nd, 3rd and 4th days.
This is me, also. I thought it was some kind of anomaly exclusive to me. If I can't get those knots out, I cut them out with scissors. Anybody have any idea how to get rid of them without constantly hacking away at my hair? I am growing my hair out after my BC and am still learning how to deal!

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I read in another thread that there may be a couple of ways to avoid single strand knots:

1. Oil or shea butter on the ends of your hair. I'm trying out oyin handmade's burnt sugar pomade.

2. Avoiding wash and go's. I definitely notice that it's way more difficult to detangle my hair after a wash and go.

In the end, I think single strand knots cannot be avoided completely, but these tips may help to drastically reduce the number of them.

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