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Old 09-14-2010, 05:55 PM   #1
 
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Default Good Hair Products for 3a THIN curly hair

I have very little hair due to heat damage and highlights. I only got highlights on my layers (first time that I ever dyed my hair). Now my layers are wavy/straight. But the rest of my hair is still curly, just really thin. I recently cut my hair and now my hair does not fall out as much. I'm still searching for the right products for my type of hair (e.g. shampoos, conditioners, gels, moose, leave-in conditioners, etc) any suggestions?
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:14 PM   #2
 
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Curl type really doesn't matter for much of anything, it's texture and porosity. Here's a link to help you discover your hair properties: Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness

Once you discover your texture and porosity, look with people with hair like yours and see what they use (most have it in their signatures) and do.
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Definitely do as Kathy advises.

You may want to look into protein treatments. Damaged hair (via dyes, via heat) often has holes/chips/damage to cuticle, and portein helps repair.

Stay away from high heat. Stay away from dyes. Stay away from harsh chemicals and harsh poos.

You need to treat hair gently and moisturize like mad. You'll find plenty of info on here. Use the forum search function. Look at the threads in the TECHNIQUES sticky for info on how to treat hair gently and do protein treatments, but still style nicely.

Focus on cowashing or lowpooing with gentle lowpoos, rich conditioning conditioners, weekly deep treatments, and adequate proteins--targeted for your hair properties. You will see results, but have patience.

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Old 10-17-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
 
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Curl type really doesn't matter for much of anything, it's texture and porosity. Here's a link to help you discover your hair properties: Texture, Porosity, and other Hair Type Madness

Once you discover your texture and porosity, look with people with hair like yours and see what they use (most have it in their signatures) and do.

Hi thanks for the link. So I discovered my hair texture and porosity but I haven't found yet anyone with my type of hair.

Hair Texture: Fine

Hair Porosity: Normal
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Old 10-17-2010, 05:09 PM   #5
 
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MirCurl and I both have fine THIN hair. Our porosity is different, but we like a lot of the same products. She lives in FL and I live in PA, so it would account for some of the differences, too. I don't use or need gel, she does. My hair prefers the more natural products, some lines to consider are Curl Junkie, Spiral Solutions, Kinky Curly, Donna Marie, Kozama and Marie Dean.

Because of the damage, you should look for products with protein and do protein treatments balanced with deep treatments--depending on what PTs you use. Two of my favorites are CJ Curl Fix and Spiral Solution Repair Treatment.
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Default Do layers make thin, fine hair look even thinner?

I am wondering if I have too many layers as my hair seems to look thinner. It could also be that I am using the wrong products or both! What are the best type of layers for thin, fine 2c/3a hair? What do you all think?
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Oops sorry about that! I was trying to start a new topic!
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:51 AM   #8
 
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Oops sorry about that! I was trying to start a new topic!
It's alright I actually regret getting layers. It made my hair look even thinner. I didn't even get too many layers either and my hair still looked thin because the longest part of my hair looked really thin. I'll show you a picture of it.

When it was curly:


When it was straight:

I had to cut my hair really short to get it back to one length but I'm glad I did it because it feels so much more fuller and my curls got more bouncier.

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I am wondering if I have too many layers as my hair seems to look thinner. It could also be that I am using the wrong products or both! What are the best type of layers for thin, fine 2c/3a hair? What do you all think?
I have very fine 3a hair. I've stopped getting my hair layered a couple years ago because it made my ends look thin (very similar to yours actually). I stopped going to a hair dresser about a year ago because they always cut too much hair off, even if I ask them not to or ask for just 1 thin top layer to help with volume. Even my last stylist who did DevaCuts is guilty of that. But thanks to her, now I know how to DevaCut my own hair, and my mom does too because she watched how the stylist cut it. Yeahhh free DevaCuts!

Aside from layering, I don't think products would be the cause of your thinning hair as much as heat would. Try taking biotin and stick to lightweight hair styling products. I recently discovered Herbal Essences Totally Twisted gel. It's CG and lightweight, but gives me spirals nonetheless. Don't use hairspray as it can harden the hair strand and make it break off more easily. Stress will cause your hair to thin as well as poor diet. Your hair grows from what you intake (food, sleep, exercise, amount of stress) not from what products you put on it. Good luck!!
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On the haircut, it does look much better shorter.

But it also looks like your underneath hair is straight, like mine, (it's not uncommon) so ALWAYS ask the stylist to cut it shorter than the layers directly over it. Because the curly part will shrink up and leave that underneath hair sticking out like that. Which yes, may mean no layers if your hair is Very Thin.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:02 PM   #11
 
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holy crikey!
I just straightened my hair tonight (haven't done so in MONTHS). I figured it wouldn't look good, but I didn't figure on it looking this BAD. I don't color my hair and I barely use heat on my hair (and I especially stay away from the ends when I DO use heat), yet my hair looks thin and heat-damaged from the midshaft to the ends (see attached photo). I had no idea it was this damaged! It looks thicker and shinier when it's curly. I'm hesitant to cut off the end length because I've been trying to grow my hair out for 3 years now and have only gained 6 inches. Besides, if I do cut off the bad ends then the new ends will just get to be damaged once again after a while and I'll be set-back on my growing out.

This sucks. I feel like I have the driest hair in the world (soft, yet brittle and fried looking and lusterless). It use to be shiney and thick back in high school when I highlighted and straightened and blow-dried and SLS'ed it and 'coned the crap out of it and ate more junk food...what gives? Suggestions appreciated.
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