Thin Hair is Not Always a Life Sentence LadiesIs your hair naturally thin? Or do you struggle with finding styles that help to keep your hair intact (Check out this article: why is my hair so thin)? Or maybe your hair has thinned out over time from the improper use of weaves, relaxers, high manipulation, tight ponytails, heat styles and braids. Many women struggle with maintaining styles for their thinning hair and sometimes even feel like all hope died for their locs. While that is the old way of thinking, there are so many ways to accommodate your thin hair aside from chopping it all off out of frustration!
Braided Styles to Stimulate GrowthWhile frowned on, braids help to stimulate growth when done correctly or to protect your hair. If you want to help your hair when getting braids accurately, it is said to soak your braiding hair in apple cider vinegar, and hot water to relinquish the itchiness and friction between your hair and the weaved in hair. The braiding styles you choose also have so much to do with the stress and tension on your hair. Avoid picking styles that tug on your hair or cause braids to slide because you risk breaking off more pieces of hair. You also need some essential tools to make sure that your hair is taken care of when in the protective style. A few tools that you need to take care of your braids are:
- Light oil for your scalp
- A satin scarf, bonnet, or pillowcase for when you go to sleep at night.
- Shea Butter to smooth on your braids while braiding.
- Leave in conditioner spray
- Wild Growth hair oil to help create thickness
Sew Ins for Thin HairMuch like the braiding method, you incorporate braiding hair into this style to prevent tension and pulling your already thin hair beyond its capacity. Using the apple cider vinegar method is beneficial here as well so that the hair will not irritate your scalp. Considering that you are getting a sew-in, you have to remember that styles such as cornrows cause more tension on your hair regardless of the structure of the braids. Cornrows are used as the anchor braids for your sew in and adding braiding hair to thin hair helps to keep your style for longevity and structure. The form of your sew in can vary from a full sew in style to one that includes a leave out to make your thin hair appear fuller. Now that you have secured your anchor braids, you have to consider what you will do about your leave out. When doing leave out styles, it is as essential to protect the leave out as much as what is under your bundles. Protecting your bundles is crucial, but your leave out requires as much attention. Your leave out will need to be adequately washed, oiled with a light serum and will require a heat protectant. Depending on the type of bundles you have you will only need to use minimal heat. For example, if you purchase a deep wave bundle set, you will do a light blow dry and flexi rod set. Not only does this aid in protecting your hair but it extends the longevity of your style.
Flexi Rods, Perm Rods and Bantu Knot Styles for Thin HairSo maybe weaves are not your thing. All of this talk about protective styles with braids and weaves only leaves room for the girls who want to style their hair to alleviate the tension of weaves and braids. Flexi rods and perm rods are such amazing tools when you want to create fuller styles for your thin hair. These tools not only create volume but give the illusion that your hair is so much fuller than what it is, which creates room for fun updos, puffs, and more prominent hairstyles. Don’t know where to start? Here is a checklist of everything you will need below:
- Finger detangle before going in with a comb to prevent extensive breakage.
- Use a wide tooth comb to finish the detangling process.
- Light oils such as argan oil or Jamaican black castor oil (a little goes a long way!) to grease your scalp
- Flexi rods or perm rods in two to three sizes.
- Banana clips
- A hair pick
- You will begin by splitting your hair into sections. Most people prefer quadrant sections, but any size parts your prefer work just as well.