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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 5th January 2011, 2:15 am

Ok so I've been trying to get my hair cornrowed for a month of Sundays and finally decided to take my protective styling in my own hands. I decided to just plait my hair all over so I could possibly wear different styles without actually having to do my hair, per se'. Well, I for the LIFE OF ME cannot figure out why my hair is so thick when dry and loose but appears so thin and sad when I twist or plait it. What gives?? confused This is what my hair currently looks like:

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Post by mizcreativelyme on 5th January 2011, 2:23 am

girl u sound like me... giggles (in a good way). you may have a fine hair texture that is densely packed, as I do. my hair appears very thick in puffs, dry twist outs, etc. but it looks "scalpy" when i wear protective/up-do twist styles. also, by your ends being relaxed, that cuts down on fullness as well.
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Post by creolebeauty1 on 5th January 2011, 2:26 am

I co sign with the lovely young lady above me ... my hair seems to be fine and thick too lol [You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by creolebeauty1 on 5th January 2011, 3:03 am

I didn't notice the style the first time yep you have the same syndrome it looks thick when out but thin when braided or in twist that's why i use to have to add weave when i was relaxed
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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 5th January 2011, 3:07 am



I thought it was just me!! Lol, I just added the pics that why you didn't see them before. I am going to assume there is nothing I can do to "help" with this, huh? SCALPEY was just the word I was looking for. I am always thinking, "This is not the same hair that makes the fro I love so much!!" Suggestions anyone? If I get braids or something, will they look like that??? And how do you guys handle the frizzies? My hair resists gel so I always look like I have a lil hairy halo, lol.
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Post by creolebeauty1 on 5th January 2011, 3:27 am

LOL you can as my braids get frizzy they look fuller lol but if you don't want the frizz you'll get the scalp , just try applying some moisturizer on it mines doesn't friz so much it looks like cotton more i just twist it smh
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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 5th January 2011, 3:58 am

Lol, if it ain on thing its another. I plan on keeping them in until the 22nd. I will try to stay strong. I am just oiling my scalp with castor oil and then misting with water and a leave in condish. They are only 2 days old (including today) and they are already frizzing though. Maybe they'll look better as they get more unruly...
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Post by mizcreativelyme on 5th January 2011, 10:24 am

also, please keep in mind ... your roots are 'newly natural' and our hair is constantly shedding, or maybe even breaking (hopefully not). so the longer you are natural, more hairs will eventually grow in to fill those 'voids.' when i first BC'd, the scalpiness was a bit overwhelming and twisted styles looked e-l-e-m-e-n-t-a-r-y. but now that it's been awhile, my hair is filling in nicely and twists/protective styles aren't as detrimental to the naked eye. in regards to the 'frizzies', that's the nature of natural hair. there are a few things that we can do to tame it a bit (i.e. tie the hair down, apply heavy butters, gel, etc.). but i have discovered that [unlike with relaxed hair] frizz will be frizz and it's something that took a little getting used to. our strands grow at different rates and when natural, it's more noticeable than when relaxed. so hang in there chica cheers
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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 6th January 2011, 4:00 am

Lol, oh no! Not BREAKAGE! Can you say worst nightmare? Y'all I wish I could just press fast forward to see my "graduation" hair! Alas, patience is not my strong suit. I'm hanging in though. at least some things are becoming second nature. I think I have found most of my stple products too. cheers Oh, btw my hair looked better today but I got fidgety and ended up taking it down. Embarassed Will try again tomorrow, lol.
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Post by Sthrngal92 on 6th January 2011, 5:01 am

i would like to join the thick and fine club too, lol! in my dreams i can wear beautiful un-enhanced(no weave) 2-strand twists and box braids, but alas it is not to be. i have lots of hair on my head but it's really fine so any style that separates and tightens is a disaster lol. it's cool though, i have a classmate who's hair i lust after lol, her staple style is aforementioned two strand twists, and in a twist fate she lusts after my soft fluffy afro that doesn't quite stand up lol!
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Post by Allycoils on 6th January 2011, 2:36 pm

I'm also a fine haired, dense lady! Dry styling definitely looks best on me.
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Post by curlista on 6th January 2011, 4:29 pm

I have the same exact problem with my hair! I think it's because our hair is just dense but not necessarily "thick". I've always been the person with "a whole lot of hair" but when i put it in a bun instead of being full it's small and my whole head only makes about 6 medium size braids Sad
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Post by mizcreativelyme on 6th January 2011, 6:04 pm

here's a good vid for us fine haired chicas to achieve a full-fro look Smile

http://www.youtube.com/profile?feature=iv&user=napngo&annotation_id=annotation_919439#p/u/9/WxCe-vHFlM8
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Post by Ambitious_Tiff on 7th January 2011, 6:42 pm

How do you maintain definition with dry styling??
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Post by mizcreativelyme on 8th January 2011, 12:22 pm

thus far, maintaining definition has been a challenge, mostly because i haven't really taken much effort to find a styler that gives decent hold without being too crunchy and causing dryness. i'll style a twist-out in the a.m. and end up as a Chaka Khan look alike by the p.m. but hey, i don't mind "big" hair. if i discover a decent styler at some point, i'll report back chica.
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Post by Renny on 9th January 2011, 12:44 am

Thats me. Crazy looking twists and cornrows and definitely had to add hair when I was relaxed. Fine and densely packed, but it could be worse, it could be fine and thin. That's even harder. I'll admit my hair was making me crazy because I could only have a decent twist out for more than one day, but recently I've fallen in love with Darcy's Botanicals Curl Styling Cream Gel. Crazy curl definition. I don't even know if it's for sale yet, (it's a new product that she'll be releasing soon). It has taken care of that Chaka Khan puff thing I had going on the second day of a twist out. (Really by the end of the night on the 1st day). I love it. I've gotten five day hair with it. I remoisturize with her Daily Leave-in.

But you can experiment with what you have at home to see if it'll help tame your hair. I'm also able to achieve the same look by using a EP Olive Oil and Mango butter with a gel over top of it (I use Kiss My Face Upper Management Gel (medium hold)). Same principal as the Darcy's - cream and gel mixed. I stumbled upon this accidently on a hair board and tried it. It worked. Then I purchased the Darcy's and got even better results. I'm in love and my puffy roots problem is solved. I used very little gel and I twisted on dry hair.


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Post by mizcreativelyme on 9th January 2011, 12:19 pm

yes, you are absolutely right...i'd rather have fine/dense any day. i'm going to try mixing gel with Qhemets burdock root butter cream to see if i can get some hold/lasting definition and report back. thx Renny.
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Post by Punkyskunk on 10th January 2011, 1:41 am

My hair is the same, when I put in coils or twists, they look so freaking skinny. My hair also frizzies heavily. My relaxed hair was hella thin too. But when I blow my hair out, it looks thick as all get out.
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Post by MelMelBee on 10th January 2011, 6:30 pm

Sthrngal92 wrote:i would like to join the thick and fine club too, lol! in my dreams i can wear beautiful un-enhanced(no weave) 2-strand twists and box braids, but alas it is not to be. i have lots of hair on my head but it's really fine so any style that separates and tightens is a disaster lol. it's cool though, i have a classmate who's hair i lust after lol, her staple style is aforementioned two strand twists, and in a twist fate she lusts after my soft fluffy afro that doesn't quite stand up lol!

OMGosh!!!!! I thought I was the only person who had dreams of wearing certain styles and my hair was all thick and luscious. I've even imagined styles in my mind and when I do them...it's a different story for my thin hair (newly named Charlie)...LOL
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Post by Nikcoils on 10th January 2011, 8:13 pm

That is me all day, twist are always scalpy and sickly looking but when i take them out I look like Freddrick Douglas Great Great Grandaughter. Or when i straighten it is thin. I've accepted that is just my hair type.

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Post by MelMelBee on 10th January 2011, 10:33 pm

Nikcoils wrote:That is me all day, twist are always scalpy and sickly looking but when i take them out I look like Freddrick Douglas Great Great Grandaughter. Or when i straighten it is thin. I've accepted that is just my hair type.


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Post by Renny on 11th January 2011, 1:36 am

mizcreativelyme wrote:yes, you are absolutely right...i'd rather have fine/dense any day. i'm going to try mixing gel with Qhemets burdock root butter cream to see if i can get some hold/lasting definition and report back. thx Renny.

I have the Qhemets Burdock too. I keep forgetting I have it. I'll have to try it as well. Let me know how you make out.
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Post by misskris on 11th January 2011, 1:40 pm

Nikcoils wrote:That is me all day, twist are always scalpy and sickly looking but when i take them out I look like Freddrick Douglas Great Great Grandaughter. Or when i straighten it is thin. I've accepted that is just my hair type.

LMAO!!!! that's funny as hell, great great grand daughter!!! LOL My hair is the same way, NOW!!! My hair used to be nice and thick and the it started shedding and breaking for some unknown reason. But when I do my twist outs my hair looks way better. While twisted the twists are all thin but hey. I can't do anything about it until all this hair grows back. So for now, I just embrace it how it is.

By the way, Nikcoils, your hair is a great length!!!! That's what I am shooting for. How long is it when it's curly????
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Post by molove87 on 11th January 2011, 1:59 pm

curlista wrote:I have the same exact problem with my hair! I think it's because our hair is just dense but not necessarily "thick". I've always been the person with "a whole lot of hair" but when i put it in a bun instead of being full it's small and my whole head only makes about 6 medium size braids Sad


Now that's exactly how my hair is. It appears thick when styled, but if i do twists or something, I don't have to do too many. I wouldn't trade her in for anything though lolz so I'm learning to deal. I still have to use a little braiding hair when getting a sew in. This hair business gets to be a little crazy at times.
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Post by Nikcoils on 11th January 2011, 2:57 pm

misskris wrote:
Nikcoils wrote:That is me all day, twist are always scalpy and sickly looking but when i take them out I look like Freddrick Douglas Great Great Grandaughter. Or when i straighten it is thin. I've accepted that is just my hair type.

LMAO!!!! that's funny as hell, great great grand daughter!!! LOL My hair is the same way, NOW!!! My hair used to be nice and thick and the it started shedding and breaking for some unknown reason. But when I do my twist outs my hair looks way better. While twisted the twists are all thin but hey. I can't do anything about it until all this hair grows back. So for now, I just embrace it how it is.

By the way, Nikcoils, your hair is a great length!!!! That's what I am shooting for. How long is it when it's curly????

This is my hair curly I had just washed it

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This how it draws up even more when it is dry when i attempt a wash n go but tend to stick to twist out to stretch it and then fluff.

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