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Old 04-17-2007, 07:38 PM   #1
 
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I am new to the board and (forgive me if I overlooked something on the website) wondering if there is ANYONE out there doomed to have very thin curly hair? I see all these gorgeous heads of thick curls, but none like mine

I'm a 3b BTW.

I grew my hair down to my shoulders at one pint, and wore it curly......and it looked like I had 3 hairs on my head! Needless to say it is chopped short....and I hate it. Help!
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:22 PM   #2
 
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I feel you pain. I am fine haired wavy with very little hair and trying to figure out how to deal with it. I am 2a/3a. My roots are flat on my head, some suggesting plopping but I havent had much luck with that. I suppose Ill just try to find a silicone free volumizer or something.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
 
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*waves* Here's one. I've recently started using Nioxin and taking Biotin suppliments with the hopes of thickening up my noggin but I'm only on week 2 so I cannot say if it will do much good. For me, my hair looks fuller if it is shorter (to my collar when dry). I've tried letting it grow long but the top looks very thin and I'm not into the poodle mullet I would need for full on top/long in the back.

I have also found that lots of layers help.

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Old 04-17-2007, 11:58 PM   #4
 
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my hair looks thick but it is only about 2" when all put together in a pony. i can tell esp when i see it in the back, and sometimes it has a big part in the crown. i wish my hair was really thick too, tho even as thin as it is it takes forever to dry w leavin CO in it. if i shampoo pre coloring w no CO it takes less than 1 hr to air dry! i agree that the best thing is a good cut.
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*waves* hello i'm a thin haired, fine haired curly. when my hairs wet it looks like about an inch thich down my back. its pretty long, BSL, but it just tapers out to looking very thin at the ends so i think i'll need to get a few inches chopped off to make it look fuller. try diffusing, it boosts volume. lots of volume is what you need! curly hair is easy to disguise thinness,as you just make lots of thinner curls that are all tangled apart and voila, a ful head of hair
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:29 AM   #6
 
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My hair is thinner now than when I was younger . I have been using Nioxin and taking nourishair supplements daily .
I guess I've been doing this for about six weeks and I have new growth and my hair does feel thicker .
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:52 AM   #7
 
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Another thin, fine-haired curly checking in. For me, the only things that help: keeping the length no longer than about shoulder length, lots of layers, and much diffusing.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:35 AM   #8
 
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Wow...thanks everyone

You all made me feel a lot better. Thank you for your suggestions too! I need to seriously look into this Nioxin stuff........


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*raises hand* Me too. I have fine hair and not a lot of it.
Diffusing does give more volume but I don't do it much because it makes my hair dry and less shiny. I'd rather have flatter, heathier looking hair.
The most important area for volume is the front. If you can get a little lift in the front or your hair, if tends to look fuller overall since that's the part people see most.
A light but nourishing conditioner is a good idea. I'm loveing the Desert Essence one listed in my sig below. It makes my hair shiny and moisturizes without weighing it down. I get good results with the Giovanni conditioners ar well. They give me a little fluffier volume and leave my hair sooooo soft.
You'd think a stronger hold gel would keep the curl in and make it look fuller but that's not the case for me. When I use a really strong hold gel it tends to make my curls/waves look stringy which kinda cancels out the volume.
Foam products can be good for fine hair but my hair doesn't like most of them. Look for one in a pump rater than something with a propellent (like regular mousse cans) because those can make hair drier and frizzier.
I don't wash my whole length very often but I do wash my scalp (or CO wash usually) every shower to keep them from getting weighed down without drying out my ends.
I like to plop because it gives me a good bit more volume, plus it keeps my hair out of the way when I'm putting a shirt on. Otherwise it ends up getting pulled down and the volume gets pulled out.
Cute cloth headbands can help to disguise really flat days. That way you can really fluff the back up and it won't look too messy.
Once my hair is dry (and periodically throught the day) I scrunch a little to get and gel crunch out then flip my head over and insert my fingers near the scalp and wiggle to fluff things up, scrunch a little more and flip back. This works wonders.

Hope some of that helps. There's a couple more things I can't think of right now I'm sure but mayble they'll come to me in a bit.
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*raises hand* Me too. I have fine hair and not a lot of it.
Diffusing does give more volume but I don't do it much because it makes my hair dry and less shiny. I'd rather have flatter, heathier looking hair.
The most important area for volume is the front. If you can get a little lift in the front or your hair, if tends to look fuller overall since that's the part people see most.
A light but nourishing conditioner is a good idea. I'm loveing the Desert Essence one listed in my sig below. It makes my hair shiny and moisturizes without weighing it down. I get good results with the Giovanni conditioners ar well. They give me a little fluffier volume and leave my hair sooooo soft.
You'd think a stronger hold gel would keep the curl in and make it look fuller but that's not the case for me. When I use a really strong hold gel it tends to make my curls/waves look stringy which kinda cancels out the volume.
Foam products can be good for fine hair but my hair doesn't like most of them. Look for one in a pump rater than something with a propellent (like regular mousse cans) because those can make hair drier and frizzier.
I don't wash my whole length very often but I do wash my scalp (or CO wash usually) every shower to keep them from getting weighed down without drying out my ends.
I like to plop because it gives me a good bit more volume, plus it keeps my hair out of the way when I'm putting a shirt on. Otherwise it ends up getting pulled down and the volume gets pulled out.
Cute cloth headbands can help to disguise really flat days. That way you can really fluff the back up and it won't look too messy.
Once my hair is dry (and periodically throught the day) I scrunch a little to get and gel crunch out then flip my head over and insert my fingers near the scalp and wiggle to fluff things up, scrunch a little more and flip back. This works wonders.

Hope some of that helps. There's a couple more things I can't think of right now I'm sure but mayble they'll come to me in a bit.
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Old 04-18-2007, 08:45 AM   #11
 
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Another one here. I so wish I had thick hair but I don't. I had thicker hair when I was younger.
Same as everyone else - the cut is very important. I too tried to grow mine out and it didn't work. So, it is above shoulders now and layered. I go to a deva trained stylist who has done wonders for it.
I just love it when I go someplace that has humidity! I look like I have ALOT of hair. The humidity really plumps mine up.
Products.... well, I'm still looking for something that works great.
And I have to use a diffuser!
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I was trying to quote you when you signed off "A wave in a sea of curls"

LOL!

Sorry I didn't know how to use the "quote" feature
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:23 AM   #13
 
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my hair looks thick but it is only about 2" when all put together in a pony. i can tell esp when i see it in the back, and sometimes it has a big part in the crown. i wish my hair was really thick too, tho even as thin as it is it takes forever to dry w leavin CO in it. if i shampoo pre coloring w no CO it takes less than 1 hr to air dry! i agree that the best thing is a good cut.
Wow. Mine does exactly like yours, banjo! I thought I was the only one with the stupid part at the crown. I'm always trying like crazy to scrunch the hair around to cover that! LOL Plus, mine is very thin in a wet pony. Most people think my hair is thick, but noooo.
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My hair is definitely thinner now than when I was younger, especially my bang area and crown. I swear it's loss of hormones/perimenopausal related. I look at other 4a's whom complain about thickness -- I'll take it. I prefer 2+ day hair because styling dry increases the volume and height.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:03 AM   #15
 
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My hair is not thick either, though the curls/waves do help to create that illusion. People are always surprised at how little hair I actually have!

I agree that a great cut is important, but I also have had great results using a root-lifter. I know that a lot of products in thin fine hair does not alway work out, leaving it heavy and weighed down. I used to use Kiwi root-lifter, but have switched to "Body Infusion" by Tri. It is a fine spray and doesn't weigh my hair down. The price point is good too (I think it was around $12?). I also really like joiwhip mousse - it has good hold and is not too heavy/crunchy (whatever crunch there is I can easily scrunch out when dry.)

Just getting my hair off my scalp a bit makes a huge difference for me. I wish you luck!

Oh, and also - clipping might help too.
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Hi!

me, too, I'm a fine and thin-haired curly (3a). When it's wet (and straight) I really look like I have no hair. I find washing with a shampoo bar gives me a bit more volume, but not much I am so jealous of people with thick hair!
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Another thinny here (I wish my body was as thin as my hair hehe). I actually have alot of volume on top, but the back and ends always look very sparse. Diffusing helps me, and after reading all these posts, I think I'll invest in a cut. I've been letting it grow, but find it looks worse the longer it is. I'm a 3A/3B (on a good day).
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I'm quite thin also. A one length cut, a little longer than chin length works best for me. I also use very little styling product. This morning I used no mousse, used some LOOB just at the roots where I want lift and diffuse just the roots a little and let the rest air dry. With my thinness that doesn't take long. My hair seems curlier without all the product. When almost dry I used a little leave in cream to get rid of any frizziness. Curls are soft and look fuller than when I use mousse. Wonder if it work again tomorrow...........
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Another thinny here (I wish my body was as thin as my hair hehe).
Same here !!

I have fine/thin hair as well. I also have that idiotic part at my crown. I want it to fluff up kinda but it wants to part like the Red Sea. I'm always battling it. I guess as long a I get some lift in the front, I shouldn't worry about the Great Divide .

Amy, depending on what products you get, you can get volume added to your hair which will help alot. Nioxin never did work for me, but I hope it does for you. Welcome to nc.com, by the way!
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One thing to watch out for is not to cut too many layers. The lowest layers can wind up very wispy if you're not careful with that.
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