As some of you may know, I was the only child that was blessed (aka cursed lol) with fine thin hair. Jenne had beautiful thick long hair most of our childhood and I was always pretty jealous of that. I never thought I’d be able to pull off those Pinterest worthy braids because of my fine hair.
But over the years, I’ve learned to appreciate (for the most part) my fine hair. I mean ask Jenne, whenever we’re together she’s still only halfway through curling her hair by the time I’ve dried, curled, and styled mine. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t still jealous of her hair so I’ve gotta throw that out there. Anyways, over the years I’ve learned a few tips and tricks to get that beautiful braid I’d always dreamt of.
There was a period of time a few years ago where I only ever styled my hair with a braid. Some days I did a fish tail, others it was a Dutch braid, I literally never left without a braid. Everyone just knew I loved a good braid, and I still do! Here are the tips I’ve learned in order to make them full and last the entire day without slipping!
It starts with damp hair.
After you’ve hopped out of the shower, brush out your hair. I typically will do my makeup first before I do anything else to my hair so that it has a little time to air dry. When my hair is pretty close to dry, I’ll take a texturizing spray and pump it in my hands. Then I apply it by finger-combing it through my hair. I’ve been using mostly Monat hair products (which I love) but there are so many options.
I popped on over to Target to see what they might have available and found so many options. I suggest looking for anything that mentions volume or texture and is to be applied to damp hair. Blow out spray is also a good option for volume. I use the Living Proof blowout spray occasionally because it’s also a heat protectant.
Blow it dry.
Once you’ve added your texture, start blowing it dry. I prefer to let my hair air dry most days, but when it comes to days I want a braid I blow dry. My hair is too slippery when air dried and a little heat does wonders! If you want a little extra volume, try blowing dry with your head upside down too.
Add more texture with curls.
I most often do braids on curled hair. When my hair is curled, it just gives it even more volume and texture that holds my braids better. You can attempt these same steps with straight hair as well. It just may not hold the braid as long!
Add even more texture with product.
If your fine hair is anything like mine, you get greasy easily. When my hair is dry, I try not to use any kind of spray that will weigh it down or cause it to feel/look greasy. For that reason, I tend to use powders more often than spray. Once my hair is curled, I put in the Aveda dry shampoo which smells good and works! It comes in a bottle that you squeeze and powder sprays into your hair. It adds the perfect amount of texture and doesn’t make my hair feel or look greasy and weighed down.
I found a few other options at Target you might want to try! The first is a powder by Kristen Ess that is meant specifically for braids. You just add it to your braid before you pull the braid apart to make it fuller. I haven’t actually tried this yet, but I did pick it up so I can test it out! The other is a spray, but it’s one that isn’t sticky or leaves you greasy. It’s by L’Oreal, a high lift creation spray. Jenne brought this one on our camping trip this past summer and I tested it out, and it worked wonders too!
Now you’re ready to braid.
Since you have all the texture in your hair, now is the time to start braiding! Braid your hair, and then pull at the braid to get it to your desired fullness. It should stay full the rest of the day!
Any fellow fine hair friends, tell us your tips in the comments!
I’d love to hear from those of you with fine hair. What works best for you to get the lasting style you desire?