Curly, Fine, Thin 3a hair.

My hair is naturally curly. I've been wanting to grow it out for some time now but I need help choosing proper products. I'm a bit confused because yes my hair is curly but it's also naturally thin and fine (do they mean the same thing?) . Some articles read to avoid oils or avoid shampooing to just no poo others say oils are a must for curly hair. There was a post I read that for fine hair it's a must for shampooing because the scalp oils quicker than normal. So I'm a bit confused and honestly don't want to become a product junkie. Right now, I'm using kinky curly to shampoo and this conditioner from living proof that has protein in it. Out of the shower I put in the kinky curly leave in and this other leave in my hair stylist gave me. My hair looks good but I haven't seen much growth. Should I change something out? Add something else. Prepoo? No poo? I also take a hell of a a lot of vitamins; biotin, msm, b-complex, horsetail etc. I would greatly appreciate any input from anyone thank you!
I also have fine, thin hair. Some people will say they have fine hair but alot of it. So, I see it as two different things. I have fine hair but I also don't have much hair - so thin.
I would say if your products and shampoo/condish are working for you, I wouldn't change anything. Don't fix what isn't broke. If you're getting good curl formation and no frizz and you like how it looks then I wouldn't change. As far as growth, I don't have an answer because mine will also only grow so long and then it just stops. When I was a kid, I had waist length hair so I don't get it. Maybe someone else will chime in here. I would also like to grow some length IF it doesn't start looking stringy.
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Fine, thinish hair/3a, 3b
I also have fine, thin hair. Some people will say they have fine hair but alot of it. So, I see it as two different things. I have fine hair but I also don't have much hair - so thin.
I would say if your products and shampoo/condish are working for you, I wouldn't change anything. Don't fix what isn't broke. If you're getting good curl formation and no frizz and you like how it looks then I wouldn't change. As far as growth, I don't have an answer because mine will also only grow so long and then it just stops. When I was a kid, I had waist length hair so I don't get it. Maybe someone else will chime in here. I would also like to grow some length IF it doesn't start looking stringy.
Originally Posted by Darby
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Same here. My hair was a lot fuller when I was younger. Always fine but a lot of it! To the point that when I got it straighten it would immediately start curling back up. My routine is good when it comes to how my curls turn out. They're very shiny, bouncy and curly. I just get a bit overwhelmed when reading articles about my hair. As of right now I'm doing a protein treatment and I honestly don't know how many times a week/month I should be doing protein treatments for my hair type o_o
I'm a bit clueless/ don't have the time to test different theories. But I kind of have to for it to grow.
Fine and thin are two different qualities--texture and density.

I, too, had dense hair when I was younger. Age, thyroid and a medication I take have thinned it out.

The best way to choose ingredients is by hair properties. Look for others with similar hair and see what they like. It's the best place to start.

My hair has always satiated on products. Even back in my shampoo/conditioner only days. I always rotated products. I do at least one PT a week and use a lot of products with protein.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
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I am also a 3a with fine and thin hair. My hair has always been thin (as in, not much of it), even when I was young. My mom has the same hairtype, so I am convinced that it's genetic.

If you are trying to grow your hair out, I have found that avoiding heat styling and taking vitamins is the best route. It can be frustrating because you don't notice results on a day to day basis. But one day you will be comparing your hair to an old photo (or something like that, lol), and you will see that it's grown a lot! At least that is how it works for me. I don't have a magical growth solution to tell you about, but babying your hair, getting proper nutrition, and taking care of your scalp will help.

For products, you want to avoid breakage as much as possible. With our hair type, I have found that I am better off using some styling products with silicones. After not using any silicones and doing the full CG routine for more than a year, my hair was more damaged than ever. It's because my hair is SO fine and thin that everyday things would damage it. I need the silicones to protect the hair. The damage caused by washing out silicones was less than the damage I had from every day stuff when I didn't use silicones. I use and love the Kinky Curly leave-in you mentioned, and I also like Dermorganic argan oil treatment (a serum-like product). My favorite product for hold is PM The Cream (I actually use the generic one from Sally Beauty).
3A curls, fine texture, thin (it's always been that way). A few inches past shoulder length and would like it to grow very long.

Latest routine:
Sulfate-free shampoo: Jessicurl Gentle Lather Shampoo, Elucence, Bedhead Superstar
Conditioner: Jessicurl Too Shea conditioner, DermOrganic Masque, Redken All Soft
Style: DermOrganic Argan Oil Treatment/Serum, Kinky Curly Knot Today leave-in, Kerastase Nectar Thermique, Oyin Hair Dew
I am also a 3a with fine and thin hair. My hair has always been thin (as in, not much of it), even when I was young. My mom has the same hairtype, so I am convinced that it's genetic.

If you are trying to grow your hair out, I have found that avoiding heat styling and taking vitamins is the best route. It can be frustrating because you don't notice results on a day to day basis. But one day you will be comparing your hair to an old photo (or something like that, lol), and you will see that it's grown a lot! At least that is how it works for me. I don't have a magical growth solution to tell you about, but babying your hair, getting proper nutrition, and taking care of your scalp will help.

For products, you want to avoid breakage as much as possible. With our hair type, I have found that I am better off using some styling products with silicones. After not using any silicones and doing the full CG routine for more than a year, my hair was more damaged than ever. It's because my hair is SO fine and thin that everyday things would damage it. I need the silicones to protect the hair. The damage caused by washing out silicones was less than the damage I had from every day stuff when I didn't use silicones. I use and love the Kinky Curly leave-in you mentioned, and I also like Dermorganic argan oil treatment (a serum-like product). My favorite product for hold is PM The Cream (I actually use the generic one from Sally Beauty).
Originally Posted by starcrosser
Nice to know someone here has the same hair as me. I've been trying to follow this CG thing for a little over a month now. Other than my curls looking a lot better i haven't noticed difference in growth or thickness but maybe I should give it more time? My moms hair is fine and long but she has so much hair! When she colors it she sometimes needs two bottles! On my dad's side all my aunts and even my grandmother has or had long hair so genetically speaking I should be able to have long hair I'd think. The fact that I don't and have tried multiple times to grow it out makes me think maybe I have some medical condition? I do have eczema but have never read anything about people with eczema having problems with thinning hair. Anyways here's hoping that the combination of vitamins, avoiding heat and color, new hair routine and finding a stylist that's not so scissor happy my hair starts growing.

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