Ingredients for Fine Curls

Ingredients for Fine Curls

Thin curly hair can be the most challenging hair type for those who live with it. Using the wrong products can make hair prone to frizzing, weigh it down, or lose volume in their curls. If you’ve religiously tried recommended hair products for your hair type and nothing appears to work, look out for specific ingredients in the right hair products to adequately care for your thin curly hair.

Hair Width
Hair width plays a vital role in how you care for your hair. Thin curly hair is delicate and should be treated with extreme care by using the best and high-quality hair products. 

Strand diameter determines hair thickness, with a larger diameter being associated with thicker hair. If the width is small, then the hair strands will most likely be fine or thin. Below list the diameter ranges for each hair type:

0.04-0.06 (mm): fine or thin hair
0.06-0.08 (mm):  medium or normal hair
0.08-0.1: coarse or thick hair

Hair diameter or thickness can make or break your curly hair routine. Fortunately, some products can unlock your curly hair natural beauty. 

Information About Thin Curly Hair
The delicate nature of thin curly hair can cause it to easily break, preventing the hair strands from maintaining their length. The cuticle layers are fewer than thick and medium hair strands, and although moisture and water are readily absorbed from thin curly hair, unfortunately, evaporates most quickly to leaving it brittle and dry. 

Hair Products for Thin Curly Hair
Thin curly hair is easily weighed down by greasy and heavy hair products. The main goal in encouraging healthy thin curly hair is to use light products that will not weigh down the hair as well as looking for protein-rich and ingredients that are known to strengthen and moisturize the hair. 

  • Quaternized proteins (soy, wheat)- Strengthen the hair cuticle without weighing down the hair. Enhances the moisture-binding effect of protein due to its cationic bonds. 
  • Starches (corn, rice)- Rub together creating friction to improve volume. Also, help to soak up extra oil to prevent hair for appearing limp.
  • Cationic Polymers (Polyquaternium 37)-Bind to the hair to promote fullness by lifting the hair shaft to be weightless. Increases hair body and volume for fine hair, providing hair with shine, elasticity, and excellent comb-ability. Polymers have conditioning properties to prevent weighing down the hair.
  • Humectants (dew points between 30-45 and 60-70 °) – Attract moisture from the surrounding environment to the hair strand, thereby swelling the hair and making appear fuller. 
  • Light and Non-Greasy Oils: Thin hair is prone to damage and breakage, so it’s recommended to use light oils that provide protective, restorative, and strengthening properties without weighing down the hair. Light oils are green tea, argan, broccoli seed oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed, rice bran, and hazelnut.  

Ingredients to Avoid for Thin Curly Hair
For fine and curly hair, it’s recommended to stay away for heavy creams, oils, and butters such as olive oil and shea butter as these can weigh down the hair. Avoid protein overload and products with alcohol to prevent hair from becoming dry and brittle.