Learning to accept fine hair...

I have fine hair. My dad had very fine hair, my mom has very fine hair. I actually have quite a bit but it's that super-fine Scandanivian hair so you wouldn't guess it.
It's finest from the ears forward. FLAT on top and often I have scalp show-through. Or ear show-through!

Clipping helps, although I need way more practice and that falls flat without humidity. Doing any rinsing upside down is such a terrible twisted mess I have to start over. My hair doesn't just flip over and "hang." Again -- novice! Is there a trick to this?

My hair is not any particular anything, I have waves on the canopy with a teeny bit of spiraling and root curl, and everything from 2b to 3b underneath. I get root curl, but it doesn't stand away from my head. It was waist-long, but now is just below shoulders with a chin-length canopy (big improvement) and a layer in between.

What techniques help with volume that I am not doing? I have read about ditching clumps for volume -- can you still get curls if you're not super-curly?

I would really appreciate any advice or tips anybody would share. Sorry that was so long!
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/

Last edited by IAgirl; 11-10-2010 at 09:45 AM.
I'm Swedish, so "superfine Scandinavian hair" made me laugh... I have the same thing. I don't get much root curl either, so I actually brush the few inches on either side of my part, for that "straight on top/wavy from just above my ears" look. Like in this picture from another thread:



It doesn't bother me; I kind of feel like I have enough volume everywhere else to make up for it. (I wonder if everyone else thinks it looks strange, though!)
2a, very fine, very thick, protein-loving, not especially porous. cg since july 2010.

cleanse: cj daily fix, vo5 vanilla mint tea
condition: marie dean anything, db pumpkin seed, cj curl assurance, cj beauticurls
style: cj beauticurls leave-in, cj curl queen, cj cccc lite, kccc, homemade fsg, db coconut & hibiscus oil, ecostyler
treatments: ss repairing protein, ss deeply decadent
techniques: icequeen, plopping, scrunching upside down, pixie diffusing
Gotta love those viking ancestors. Sure, we can make vitamin D through our fine and often light-colored hair, and sure, I have very cute ears, but I don't want them poking out like a pixie. Or a werewolf.
I have perhaps half as much hair as lovely Saroyan here. That straight on top, wavy below look is SO in right now.
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
I have the same issues and hair type. Also some of the Scandinavian blood
I found that I need a lot of hold so gel is my lifesaver. I scrunch it in upside down. Of course in the winter my hair is flat no matter what, thanks to absolutely no moisture.
Fine, 3a/3b
Modified CG
Low Poo: TJ's TTT, ACV/beer Rinses once a month or so, Soap Bars once in a while, Carols Daughter Khoret Amen shampoo
Conditioner: AOHR, AOGPB, Suave Coconut, vo5 Kiwi, etc
Style
HE gels, occasional hairspray, Garnier Fructis Curl shaping gel spray, FSG when I actually make it
Honey/AVG only in the summer

HG I fell into the craze and my hair is happy with Deva! No Poo, Angel, and one condish = awesome hair day.
My hair loves Protein!

I hear you about the flat hair in winter! It's just so depressing to go from summer volume and curls to winter flop.

I thought it was just me -- I use a lot of gel relative to some people with thicker hair. I usually scope out the wavy board and hard-hold is extremely popular with wavies.

I've been clipping with some good results (hit or miss) and tried KCCC (liked it) and bootlegged a similar gel because I can't cope with the smell (like it even better).

I learned that if I flip my head over when I squeeze water out, shake it to separate the hair (clumps) and then fluff it apart, I get better volume.

Protein rocks! I can use Aphogee 2-step with just a regular conditioner, but it's so stinky I made up my own recipe which is very similar and I love it. My hair stretches like rubber bands.

People with fine hair are better off not going for big clumps, yes?

What about length? Is it better to not go too long to avoid looking stringy?
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
I've been posting less here lately (um, in the last week) because my hair has gone straight. Well, not pin straight, but probably 1c, with some body wave and that little flip at the end. I've been brushing it (shock, horror) because if I don't it just looks stringy, and I'm thinking I should have asked for more than just a trim when I got it cut. I'll be back next summer when it curls back up again, I guess...

I'm not really looking for hold because I like soft hair, and the entire point of going wavy was to stop trying to make my hair be something that it's not. What my hair is seems to be an annoying halfway point between wavy and straight, but it's also soft, shiny, and healthy for the first time since I can remember, and I'm learning to accept that as enough.

IAgirl, what ended up being your final recipe for the knock-off Aphogee? I can't stand the smell either, but I'd love to replicate the results somehow.
2a, very fine, very thick, protein-loving, not especially porous. cg since july 2010.

cleanse: cj daily fix, vo5 vanilla mint tea
condition: marie dean anything, db pumpkin seed, cj curl assurance, cj beauticurls
style: cj beauticurls leave-in, cj curl queen, cj cccc lite, kccc, homemade fsg, db coconut & hibiscus oil, ecostyler
treatments: ss repairing protein, ss deeply decadent
techniques: icequeen, plopping, scrunching upside down, pixie diffusing

Last edited by Saroyan; 11-10-2010 at 01:55 PM.
PT recipe is here:
PT recipe - as promised

The low humidity and cool weather really is hard on waves and curls -- don't get too disappointed.
The point between wavy and straight, as you put it, is a very nice thing. Your hair is pretty. You're posting on a curly hair forum(s) but there is no "curlier than thou" kind of thing. Saroyan, your hair has gotten healthier and you've learned a lot and you should feel proud of yourself.
Accept your hair for what it is and you'll be happier. Take good care of it... happier still.
http://science-yhairblog.blogspot.com/
Thanks, IAgirl. I think I need to reread that "wavy impostor" thread!
2a, very fine, very thick, protein-loving, not especially porous. cg since july 2010.

cleanse: cj daily fix, vo5 vanilla mint tea
condition: marie dean anything, db pumpkin seed, cj curl assurance, cj beauticurls
style: cj beauticurls leave-in, cj curl queen, cj cccc lite, kccc, homemade fsg, db coconut & hibiscus oil, ecostyler
treatments: ss repairing protein, ss deeply decadent
techniques: icequeen, plopping, scrunching upside down, pixie diffusing

Trending Topics


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2011 NaturallyCurly.com