20 Mar

3 Ways to Protect Fine Natural Hair from Breakage

elongated wash and go curls

Naturally curly hair is fragile. Thanks to all the twists and turns that make up a strand of curly hair, the chance of breakage is higher than for someone with straight hair.

Fine natural hair is even more fragile. That’s because it doesn’t have much “weight” to it. Pair that with it’s naturally fragile state and you have to be super diligent to protect it from breakage.

Low Manipulation

The biggest way to protect fine natural hair from breakage is to handle it with care. Low manipulation styling is very helpful. The less you handle your hair, the more you protect it from breaking. This also includes utilizing low manipulation on wash day.

For example, finger detangle your hair only once on wash day versus doing so during the pre-poo, the wash AND the styling. Find what works best for detangling and stick with it. I no longer detangle during the pre-poo or the wash. I do it when styling which is the conclusion of all my “handling” for the day.

Daily Oiling

Natural oils are great for not only keeping your fine strands flowing freely so that they don’t get all wound up with each other. Oiling your hair daily helps fortify the strands. I like to oil my hair at night so that it has a chance to absorb by morning.

An oil like almond oil is light enough to coat your strands without weighing them down. Almond oil is also rich in Omega-3 fatty acid, Vitamin E and magnesium, each of which help strengthen the hair strand.

Regular Doses of Protein

The addition of protein to one’s diet is helpful for the body in general but also helps strengthen the hair (nails too) from the inside out.

Couple that with regular protein treatments and your fine natural hair will be constantly strengthened (assuming you aren’t re-damaging it with heat or chemicals).

I consume protein with every meal but also give my hair protein treatments every two weeks. I follow those protein treatments with a deep conditioning to balance it with moisture. On the weeks I don’t protein treat, I deep condition solely. There’s never a time that I don’t deep condition my hair. Protein treatments are an important part of a fine haired girls’s regime but so is deep conditioning.

How do you protect your hair from breakage? Fine or otherwise?

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18 Mar

How Does Faith Respond?

I’ve learned that when facing challenges in your life, your first response to those challenges sets the stage for what’s to come.

Faith responds in kind:

– To God’s Word
– By trusting God
– By seeing beyond the circumstances.

In this video I share a personal testimony along with how to respond with faith with life (or the devil) throws you a curve ball:

It’s not always easy to respond in faith but it’s critical to your life. That’s why it’s necessary to build your faith while times are good. Focus on God’s Word when times are smooth sailing so that you will be ready and able to respond with His Word when difficult circumstances enter your life.

Scriptures to reference: 1 Corinthians 8:6, Hebrews 11:1, Psalm 37:25

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16 Mar

Wash Day Chronicles: WEEK 11

This is week 11 of 52 wash days chronicling what I’ll be doing to gain length on my fine natural hair. My length goal is waist length within the next 2 1/2 years. Subscribe to this blog to be notified when future posts are published.

wash day fine hair products

Products Used

Pre-Poo: Coconut Oil + Luv Naturals Don’t Be So Clingy

Cleanser: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Protein Conditioner: Good Foods Greek Yogurt Guacamole (the yogurt in it)

Deep Conditioner: Good Foods Greek Yogurt Guacamole (the guac in it)

Rinse Out Conditioner: TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner

Leave In Conditioner: Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave In Conditioner

Sealant and/or Styler: Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard

Tools: Fingers :-), Silver Conditioning Cap, Hot Head, Plastic Bowl, Spatula, Claw clip, Ninja Food Processor

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Wash Day Procedure

  1. Pre-poo’d by smoothing coconut oil to hair followed by Luv Naturals Don’t Be So Clingy.
  2. Put hair in 4 big twists and put the 4 twists into a loose bantu knot.
  3. Took the twists down, braided hair in two and went to bed.
  4. Cowshed hair in 2 braids
  5. Released the braids and rinsed hair with warm water
  6. Applied the greek yogurt/guacamole to hair in 2 sections.
  7. Allowed “deep conditioner” to sit on my hair under the silver conditioning cap/Hot Head (heated for 30 secs on one side/60 on the other) for 15 minutes and rinsed with warm water.
  8. Applied more TRESemme Naturals to my hair and smoothed down the hair strand.
  9. Rinsed with cool water and clipped hair up on top of head, leaving a small amount out at the nape.
  10. Applied leave in conditioner followed by the Beautiful Textures Curl Definer section by section, working from the back to the front.
  11. Allowed hair to air dry for an easy breezy wash and go.

wash and go on fine hair

Focus & Thoughts

Today’s micro focus was to impart super moisture to my hair. In last week’s wash day chronicle, I said I’d be keeping my hair in the loose two stand twists for 2 weeks and that I was planning to only wash my scalp with an ACV rinse.

I don’t know who I thought I was fooling! I can never go more than a week without washing my hair. Once it starts looking frizzing or dry, I MUST wash it. I’ve never been able to keep a protective style in for a long time so I don’t know why I thought I’d start now.  On another note, I had one week of low manipulative hairstyles. I wore my loose twists in buns or ponytails. I think I only wore it out once.

Anywho, wash day was super easy! My pre-poo regimen makes manipulating my hair so much easier when washing it. I had planned to wash the same day as pre-pooing but I started watching a movie with my daughter and got sleepy.

I woke up at 8am to wash my hair since I had to go out in the afternoon. Since I have what appears to be a little cold (I initially thought it was allergies), I wanted my hair to be dry or nearly dry when I went out.

Applying the Beautiful Textures Curl Defining Custard is a win-win for fast drying and a defined wash and go. My hair REALLY loves this stuff. It gives me a nice wash and go with more elongation than my beloved Curl Enhancing Smoothie (not that I’ll be retiring that any time soon).

Last off, why did I use this greek yogurt guacamole on my hair? Well for one, I purchased it a while back and while I thought it was good initially, I developed a distaste for it. It also expired a couple days ago. I figure that it’s still good enough to use on my hair though. It has no odor.  There was little pieces of veggies in it so I decided to mix it with a little water and mix it down further using my Ninja food processor. This made for easier application.

Finally, the greek yogurt and guacamole are great together to impart strength and moisture to the hair. Not only did my hair feel fortified after rinsing, it was also nicely moisturized.

I give today’s wash day another 5/5. I’m so happy that the weather has warmed some. The warmer it gets, the more I will do wash and go’s. It’s just such an easy low manipulative way to care for fine natural hair. I get very few tangles because I apply a natural oil to my hair at night (especially around the nape).

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