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FEATURES Jan 16 2013 6:57PM

Tips For Thin-Haired Naturals

by Chime Edwards, http://www.youtube.com/user/HairCrush

Many naturals often complain about how difficult it is to manage their thick, coarse natural hair but what about the thin-haired naturalistas? When you have thin natural hair, the biggest obstacle is finding styles that will give your locks volume and thickness. Pin curls and bantu knot-outs are excellent to wear because the results are a head full of luscious curls. Wearing styles like braid-outs and twist-outs usually don’t work too well; the hair will lay flatly to the head. Curls add volume and the hair will appear to be thicker. Also, setting the hair using “perm rollers” will give the same affect. One great thing about all of these styles; each look can be achieved without the use of heat! Two scoops for that!

If your hair is thin, you should be extremely careful not to neglect your hair. If your tresses become damaged, this can add to your hair woes. Maintaining your hair’s health regardless of the level of coarseness is uber important. Also, don’t overuse products. Applying products heavily can weigh down the hair and it will appear to be even thinner.  Thick-haired naturals need heavier products to coat and seal their strands. It is best for thin-haired naturals to skip thick butters. Almond oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera gel are excellent options.

Fluffing is your friend! You can use an afro pick or your fingers to fluff your hair. This will give you volume and also aid in covering your scalp. But be careful not to over fluff your hair. You don’t want to ruin the style.  Simply use the pick to lift your roots. It is also important for to part your hair diagonally or zigzagged before your hair is rolled or pin curled so it will be easier to cover your scalp.

And here’s a word of advice. Don’t compare your hair to anyone else’s and don’t wish that your hair was thicker. Most naturals face some sort of challenge when it comes to maintaining their hair; this is simply yours. Find a way to love it. I’m 6’0 tall and it took a long time to accept my height when l younger. Now, I call myself a Tall with pride! If you are a thinnie, say it proudly! Don’t look at it as a flaw or short-coming. The natural movement is about accepting what God gave you. Whether you have thick hair, thin hair or no hair, whatever you have; embrace it. For all you thinnies out there, what are some of your tips and tricks?


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