Hi Divas! Deciding to go natural can be on of the best decisions you ever make for your hair. We all have dreams and goals of how we want our hair to turn out the moment we decide to take the plunge and do the big chop. No matter what your curl pattern may be one thing we all want is thick long hair. Although length comes with time and proper maintenance, thickness, however, is determined by genetics. Rather your natural hair is thick or thin is determined by how many hair follicles you have on your head and how thick each hair strand actually is.
- 1 Understanding Thin Natural Hair
- 2 Clip-Ins:
- 3 Wigs:
- 4 Moisturizing
- 5 Cornrows / Large Parts
- 188.8.131.52.1 Final ThoughtsSo for those with naturally thin hair – moisturizing is the key to success. If you focus on keeping your hair well conditioned and moisturized before styling you’re already on your way to keeping those tresses healthy and breakage-free. Next, you’ll want to try either braiding down your hair to wear protective styles. Braids, twists, locs and extensions can be sewn-in or crocheted into braided hair. You can also resort to wigs or clip-ins if you want zero tension on your hair and scalp. With all these options how will you style your natural hair?
Understanding Thin Natural Hair
Those who have a dense amount of hair follicles, as well as thick strands, can consider themselves lucky and blessed! However, if you are reading this article then you like so many others are likely to have thin hair and are trying to find ways to make it thicker naturally or with extensions. Unfortunately, there is little you can do to naturally thicken your thin hair as that comes down to genetics and what you are born with. However, with proper care and styling, you can prevent it from thinning and you can maximize the thickness that you are born with. To really pump up the volume there are other options. You can use natural hair sew ins or natural hair clip ins to give you a huge boost in volume that looks natural and does not harm or damage your hair.
We reached out to our natural hair community, those with fine or thin natural hair, to see what they had to say and learn more about their trials and errors working with this hair type. And boyyyyy, did they have some advice for us! We decided to compile the best styling advice they had for us and shared it below.
There’s a misconception amongst naturals that a full head of hair is a thick head of hair. But that’s simply not the case. Some naturals can have a 4c curl pattern with very fine hair. If you’ve had any experience with fine hair, you know that it snaps easily under pressure and doesn’t hold heavy weave hairstyles well.
Clip-ins are another easy to wear style. We encourage any natural who wants to step their style game up, without needing tons of products, to give these a try. Clip-ins are perfect for thin or thinning hair. Not only does it add additional volume and length to your hair but they are easy to apply and don’t add a lot of tension to your scalp or hair. We suggest adding small horizontal cornrows throughout your hair to provide a base for the clip-ins to hold. This will also help keep your hair from snapping vs just adding the clip-in close to the scalp of your natural hair unbraided.
Most of the naturals we spoke to with thin or thinning hair said wigs and clip-ins are the go-to. This was the favorite style among our MNHE naturals with thin natural hair. The great thing about wigs is they literally add zero tension or pull to your scalp. One thing we do caution naturals to be mindful of when applying a wig is to keep those edges under the cap if you can. Applying wig glue or stronghold gels may thin your hairline with overuse and improperly removing your wig. It’s best to loosen the gel or wig glue around your edges with warm water before removing the wig.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – this was the buzzword that was swirling the most when talking to our thin-haired naturals. Keeping your hair moisturized before styling definitely helps strengthen your hair to hold up to protective and natural styling. We recommend using an oil-based moisturizer. A styling cream, natural oil, such as coconut oil, or leave-in will work well. If you’re a fan of the LOC method (Lotion, Oil & Cream) then we suggest you apply it here. Moisturizing your hair before styling, and we mean really moisturizing it, is the key to keeping thin hair strong. Don’t go light with this initial application of products before styling. You’ll want your hair to hold in all those great oils while you rock your style throughout the day and night.
Cornrows / Large Parts
If you plan to wear afro kinky curly clip-in extensions or weave, you will always want to start by braiding your hair down before sewing-in, applying a wig cap, or adding extensions. By braiding your hair down, you keep the hair free from breakage and you’re saving your scalp from being pulled from extensions or box braids. We suggest those with thin or thinning hair stay away from box braids, micro-braids, or lemonade braids. Braiding extensions straight to the scalp can actually cause more damage than good. Thin hair is prone to breaking by design so when extra weight is added from extensions it can be hasta la vista to those edges.
Now, this isn’t a warning to stop wearing hair extensions altogether. We suggest either braiding your hair down in cornrows and crocheting or sewing in the hair. If you want to wear braids, we suggest parting your hair into larger sections. The base of your braid should have a section of your natural hair that is hefty enough to take on the size braid you want to create with the extension. This will help keep your style longer, prevent tension on the scalp and keep your hair from breaking.
So for those with naturally thin hair – moisturizing is the key to success. If you focus on keeping your hair well conditioned and moisturized before styling you’re already on your way to keeping those tresses healthy and breakage-free. Next, you’ll want to try either braiding down your hair to wear protective styles. Braids, twists, locs and extensions can be sewn-in or crocheted into braided hair. You can also resort to wigs or clip-ins if you want zero tension on your hair and scalp. With all these options how will you style your natural hair?
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