Fine Hair High Porosity and Low Density

I'm a curly teen I don't know what to do any more. My hair is all three of these things(so its extra fragile). I can't do a protective style(twists, braids, ect.)without it shrinking, or making me look like a boy, or seeing my scalp. Is there anyone anyone with this combination of characteristics? And do you know how to make you hair look good in protective styling (twists, braids, ect.)?

XoXo, Miss A
my hair is exactly the same way, except normal porosity.
Cornrows, french braids and flat twists are all great for low density hair. Because they keep the hair together near your scalp to make it look denser. The same way a shruken fro does.

Braidouts were better for me than twist outs because the gave more hang and twists seemed to tangle my hair and looked too spacey.

For more, fine hair help check out blackhairchronicles on youtube
loc'd since 1998
BC'd Sept. 09, 2009
2nd BC April, 20, 2011
head full of the tiniest (penspring or smaller) coils, fine, thin to normal density.
Poo: African black soap
Condish: AOHSR, AOGPB, Giovanni SAS
Leavein: Giovanni LI, veg glycerin, coconut oil, jojoba,

also dont worry to much about the shrinkage, as it will help create fullness in your twists or braids and help lock in moisture.

It will get better as your hair gets longer
loc'd since 1998
BC'd Sept. 09, 2009
2nd BC April, 20, 2011
head full of the tiniest (penspring or smaller) coils, fine, thin to normal density.
Poo: African black soap
Condish: AOHSR, AOGPB, Giovanni SAS
Leavein: Giovanni LI, veg glycerin, coconut oil, jojoba,

This is what my hair looks like now. Thanks for the advice.
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Your hair reminds me of mine. Protective styles with just my own hair do not look good (end up too spacy/scalpy because of the lack of density). And my hair is fragile due to health reasons.

I have found over the years that my hair thrives in low-manipulation styles. For example, bantu knot outs work for me because it makes my hair look full. When doing them I would saturate my hair with moisturizer and then make sure to let them fully dry. I'd take them out the next day, and wear my hair for the rest of the week just putting on a bonnet at night. But pretty much left my hair alone otherwise.

Shrinkage is always gonna be there though. I try to make it work in my favor since it helps cover up the scalp.

Hi. I don't have any real advice...mainly because I am just barely aware of having fine, sparse (low density) hair. I've always worn the same styles other naturals did unless I found it too damaging to my hair. (I think the only style I will not repeat is mini twists...and I mean MINI twists.)

However, I do have a few styles that made my hair look less thin, especially as my hair grew. I liked the french braid and braid-out suggestion someone mentioned. I also am a fan of bantu knot braid outs (or braided bantu knot outs?) on my hair. Once I did a three-strand twist out that came out really well, but for me that was more of a definition thing (compared to 2 strand twist outs) than a thickness thing.

Anyway, good luck finding what works for you. I know that search can be frustrating. And you and your hair in that pic are adorable, btw.
last relaxer 08/08/09
all natural since 7/30/10


Shrinkage happens.
This is what my hair looks like now. Thanks for the advice.
Originally Posted by MissAnitaBell
You are beautiful and you have beautiful. You hair looks very full and thick from this vantage point. I think you have the 4b hair to thank for that.
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Below: Typical PS bun
Most of the hair on my hair is fine and low density. My staple styles are stretched low manipulation ones--braid outs, flat twist outs and two-strand twisted bantu knot outs. I like them because they make my hair look full. I find that as long as my hair stays stretched I retain length regardless of style (out or protective). Twists and braids look scalpy on me too. I stick to buns and updos as protective styles for this reason.

You and your hair are lovely!
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Last edited by Fronomenal; 06-20-2011 at 05:30 PM.
This is what my hair looks like now. Thanks for the advice.
Originally Posted by MissAnitaBell
Wow.. you should model!
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
Thanks. I've thought about modeling but they'd just want me to perm or weave my hair and I'm trying to maintain length at the moment. and Flat twists seem to work for me. In that picture I blow dried my hair then did a braid-out. As soon as I went outside the humidity caused my hair to puff up. LOL. It happens.
First of all, great hair!

I'm also a fine haired, low density and highly porous natural. As much as I like braids and twists, they don't like me. They look spacey on my head. For best results, I have to wear my hair out-be it wng's, curly fros, twist outs or braid outs. I maintain those styles for a minimum of three days at a time. The longer they stay in, the puffier they tend to get and the fuller they look. At least in my case. Your hair in your picture looks full because the moisture in the atmosphere got into your hair and made it swell. Summer can be a fine haired curly's best friend
Fine haired, low density, highly porous curly kinky lady
Last relaxer: Not sure. 3/08 or 4/08
BC'd: 9/18/09
Co-wash: Suave Naturals, HEHH, Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle, CJ Daily Fix
Leave-In: KCKT, Giovanni Direct Leave-In, CJ Smoothing Lotion
Stylers: ORS Twist and Loc Gel, KCCC, Ecostyler, SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque
Deep Conditioner: DevaCurl Heaven In Hair, CJ Deep Fix

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yup, that's me too!

the best style for me is just a modified wng. by modified, i mean don't try to define curls. this makes my curls stretch from the weight of the gel and look even less dense. i cowash, apply shea butter to damp hair and keep it moving.

your hair still looks way more dense than mine tho
LOIS (OS); cottony, TYPE 4 hair, fine/med strands; no cones bcz my hair hates them; last relaxer '98; now low porosity, ignores most natural hair rules; BC #8

faves: suave, v05 shampoo, conditioner (my own), raw shea butter, castor oil, peanut oil, aloe juice
This is what my hair looks like now. Thanks for the advice.
Originally Posted by MissAnitaBell
Hey guys does my hair look dull in this picture? I'm trying to get it to be sheeny.

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