How To Care For Fine Curly Hair: Your 4-Step Routine

Every curly girl’s hair is different, and that means your routine should be too. Curly hair routines aren’t one-size-fits-all, in fact, they can vary even for those with the same hair pattern and type. You may have similar curls and coils and need to use completely different products altogether. For instance, fine hair should be cared for differently than coarse hair.
While some curly hair routines call for layering on products and hair oils, it may not be the best course of action for fine curly hair. Heavier natural hair products can deflate your hair and leave you with flat curls that have no volume. So, how do you approach fine hair care, and how does it differ from coarse curly hair care? Read on for helpful tips on how to care for and even thicken fine hair.

How Do You Take Care Of Fine Curly Hair?
One of the keys to curly hair care is moisturizing and conditioning your strands, whether it’s with creams, sprays, or oils, to lock in the moisture. However, fine curly hair can sometimes need the opposite of what is recommended for most curly hair types. While the conventional wisdom surrounding curly hair is that it needs to be heavily conditioned, if you have fine curly hair, it may need to be washed more often instead to prevent buildup (which can lead to lackluster curls). Opt for lightweight and clarifying shampoos.

Fine hair strands are typically thinner than coarse hair strands. If you’re unsure if your hair is fine, take a closer look. Coarse hair will be thicker and easier to see compared to fine hair. Whether your curly hair is fine or coarse, it’s still delicate and needs to be cared for as such.

Another thing to note about fine curly hair is that it has a high porosity, meaning it can absorb a lot of moisture but loses it just as quickly. Since it’s so porous, fine natural hair can be equally prone to dryness and breakage as other hair types and textures. You want to lock in moisture while being careful not to weigh down your hair. This is one of the major differences between fine and coarse hair. Fine hair can also be less dense. What is hair density? It’s the number of strands of hair per square inch on your scalp.

What Are The Best Products For Fine Curly Hair?
With fine curly hair, you want to use products that define and de-frizz your hair without weighing it down. Shampooing more often to deal with excess buildup is key for fine hair care. What is the best shampoo for fine curly hair? One that gently cleanses and removes dirt and oil without stripping your hair of its natural oils. Two of our favorites are the Cactus Rose Water Sulfate Free Shampoo and Monoi Ora Sulfate-Free Shampoo For Repair and Volume.

What Is The Best Routine For Fine Curly Hair?
When your locks are fine, things like product, dirt, and oil buildup can weigh down your natural hair. You want to build your curly hair routine around keeping your hair clean but moisturized. Below, we’re outlining an easy fine curly hair routine.

Step #1: Wash More Frequently
How to wash curly hair is impacted by whether your hair is fine. You might have heard that natural hair needs to be washed about once a week, and while this is the case for many, it’s not true of fine hair. You’re going to need to wash more often. Many curly hair routines are centered around conditioning, but you’ll need to focus on shampooing in your fine hair routine. You can up your wash days to about twice a week to keep dirt and oils at bay and maintain voluminous curls.

Step #2: Condition Strategically
If you have fine curly hair, you don’t have to be as heavy-handed with the conditioners, which is typically advised for most curly hair care routines. When applying conditioner, skip piling on handfuls of product and focus on conditioning the ends of your hair while avoiding the roots. This will help keep the volume at the scalp, but leave your ends the lengths of your hair moisturized. A lightweight conditioner like Cactus Rose Water Lightweight Conditioner is key for your fine hair routine. It will keep your hair soft and moisturized without sacrificing volume.

Step #3: Less Is More
Some curly hair products can be heavy on fine hair, and the key to fine hair care is keeping the product to a minimum. So, less conditioner and less leave-in and styling products. To keep the volume, opt for volumizing sprays and lightweight volumizing foam like the Pracaxi Nectar Style and Hold Foam and Cactus Rose Water Volume Spray. These fine hair care products add volume without buildup.

Step #4: Add Volume With Your Blow Dryer
With curly hair, you often want to keep heat styling to a minimum but occasionally blow-drying your hair can help add volume. Keep your dryer on low heat and your hair prepped with a heat protectant like the Pracaxi Nectar Straight Blow Dry Cream. When hair is about 75 percent dry, you can diffuse your curls upside down to add volume. If you’re blow-drying your hair straight, a curling brush will help you lift and dry at the root.

How Can I Thicken My Fine Curly Hair?
When picking curly hair products for fine hair, opt for stylers and leave-ins that add volume and thicken hair. You want to use lightweight natural hair products and avoid anything that’s too heavy or has too much oil. If you don’t want to skip oils and conditioning products altogether, you can use a small amount on the ends of your hair to tame split ends, breakage, and flyaways.

Teasing your hair at the root and using lightweight sprays and fine hair products like the Monoi Ora Flexible Volume Spray can give you extra hold and help thicken the appearance of fine hair. If you blow-dry your hair, try using a diffuser and drying your hair upside down. Working with a stylist to determine cuts and colors that can give you that added appearance of volume can be helpful as well. A stylist can choose layered looks and hair hues and highlights that make your curls really pop.

Now that you have all the tips you need for voluminous curls, here’s Your Guide to Types of Hair Porosity and Taking a Hair Porosity Test.

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