A Style Routine That Moisturizes and Stretches Fine Natural Hair

4A Natural Hair

For the past few months I’ve had to do some tweaking to my hair routine. The wash and go that I’ve loved over the years wasn’t being kind too kind to my hair anymore. My wash days were getting longer with major detangling sessions, longer drying times, and loss of moisture was getting me super frustrated. I took to my favorite hair blogs and YouTube channels and tried a whole bunch of things, giving the twist outs and braid outs a go again and using new products like coconut oil.

Yeah, major fail on all fronts.

While I have a lot of hair, the strands themselves are really fine which means twists and braids look crazy and taking them out just left me with limp hair. What they did give me was really moisturized hair and the stretching aspect of those styles kept my tangles to a minimum on wash day. I thought, ‘how can I get the moisture I want without sacrificing style?’

After a few more test runs, I finally came up with really simple routine that doesn’t require changing up my products or adding styling time. I’m even able to stretch my weekly shampoo days a few more days. (Gotta love that!)

Alright, here’s what you need:

  • Leave in Conditioner like Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream
  • Styling Cream like Shea Moisture’s Curling Smoothie
  • Oil (my hair only loves Olive Oil)
  • A T-Shirt
  • Bobby Pins
  • A Wide Tooth Comb
  • Hair Scarf

Okay, here we go!

  1. Start with freshly washed and conditioned hair.  Make sure you detangle in the shower.
  2. Add a little olive oil and tie it up with your T-Shirt. Make sure you get those ends twisted up to help stretch your hair and soak up the water. Then go chill for about an hour (I usually take a nap!)Natural Hair
  3. After taking your hair down, it should be 80% dry and have some good stretch action going on.Natural Hair
  4. Divide your hair in half. On the first section, apply your leave in, styling cream, and oil in that order.
  5. Go through that section with a wide tooth comb to make sure your hair gets all that styling goodness.
  6. Apply a little bit of holding gel and put that section into one big twist. Then twist that around into one big bantu knot and secure with bobby pins.
  7. Repeat these last few steps on the other section and when you’re done, you should be looking like Princess Leia. :) Bantu Knots
  8. Tie your hair down with a scarf and either go about your day or call it a night.
  9. When you’re ready to take them down, do a little fluffing and you should be good to go! There shouldn’t be a need to apply any more product because you’re hair should be stretched and moisturized. The goal isn’t to have a defined twist out but rather stretched and moisturized hair.

4B Natural Hair

For this tutorial I let my hair dry all the way which gave me a bit more frizz than I like. Normally I take it down when it’s about 90% dry.

To keep this going until next wash day, here are a few tips:

  • If your hair just needs a touch up, apply a little oil and pineapple it for the night.
  • To re-moisturize, apply a little styling cream and do a few big bantu knots before bed. No need to detangle or any of that stuff. You just want to breathe some new life into your hair.
  • If your edges are frizzing out, spritz with water and smooth out with a little hair gel. I do the same on the hair on my crown because it’s always the first section to fall apart.

 

Do you have fine, natural hair? What are some of your tips and tricks?

 

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