Hair Width: What it means for my kinky-coily hair

Hello everyone. It has been far too long since I wrote here. I am not impressed with myself. I get reminded to write here every April, the month I started this blog. I hope you are keeping well in spite of the current pandemic.

I want to share a few things I have learnt about my natural hair since I cut it again late last year (2019) that I hope will help you as you care for your natural hair. There are different ways of ‘typing’ hair. The most well known is the Andre Walker system (numbers and letters) that would say I have 4B/C hair, otherwise known as kinky-coily hair. In my opinion hair typing systems are not useful unless they help you to take better care of you hair. So when looking at hair typing, ask yourself how it will improve you hair care regimen. Below I am sharing a hair characteristic that has helped me to take better care of my kinky-coily afro and retain more moisture.

Hair Width

This refers to the thickness of your individual hair strands. It does not have anything to do with your curl pattern or how dense (how much hair you have on your head) your hair is. The width of our strands can range from fine, medium to coarse. The method I used to check the width of my hair was to compare a strand to a sewing thread. There are other method too, that you can search. My strands are much thinner than the sewing thread indicating that I have fine hair. If you strands are thicker than the thread, it would indicate that you have coarse hair. As a natural with fine hair, my hair is more fragile and prone to breakage than a natural with course hair.

What I have learnt is that my fine hair benefits more from moisturizing products that are both creamy and light. Think of water based, creamy leave in conditioners and light, fluffy, creamy butters as opposed to heavy creams and raw butters. It might be difficult to determine the consist

The same applies for oils. I have learnt to incorporate lighter oils (for example grape seed oil and sweet almond oil) as opposed to heavier oils like castor oil and olive oil. This does not mean that I have removed heavy oils from my regimen, it means I have learnt to use them differently, by for example, mixing them with my lighter oils. If you prefer to buy ready made oils, check the ingredients to see if it has a good balance of heavy and light oils that you can use no matter your porosity.

Have you taken notice of your hair width and how it affects your routine? Share below so we can learn from each other.

2 thoughts on “Hair Width: What it means for my kinky-coily hair”

  1. Now this I can believe, not from research but pure trial & error, I have found that the lighter butter y creams do wonders for my hair than the heavy raw butters (was particularly impressed when I combined the As I am butter which is a mixture of whipped shea butter & variety of oils with the As I am leave in conditioner). I now leave the thicker oils strictly to my hairline, which is still in ICU (one step @ time). nonetheless great piece of info…plus I know I need not check to just know I have a fine texture (proof has always been in the pudding) i.e easy breakage with the slightest manipulation.
    but thanks babe….this makes so much sense to me personally

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