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Old 06-17-2011, 07:53 PM   #1
 
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Unhappy 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.)?

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Old 06-17-2011, 08:26 PM   #2
 
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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
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
 
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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
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:44 AM   #4
 
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This is what my hair looks like now. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 06-18-2011, 01:20 PM   #5
 
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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.
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Old 06-18-2011, 08:39 PM   #6
 
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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.
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Old 06-19-2011, 03:50 PM   #7
 
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This is what my hair looks like now. Thanks for the advice.
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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Old 06-20-2011, 05:25 PM   #8
 
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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.

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Old 06-20-2011, 05:57 PM   #9
 
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Wow.. you should model!
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Old 06-22-2011, 05:19 AM   #10
 
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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.
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Old 06-22-2011, 07:30 AM   #11
 
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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
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Old 06-24-2011, 01:16 PM   #12
 
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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
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:05 PM   #13
 
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Hey guys does my hair look dull in this picture? I'm trying to get it to be sheeny.
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