You know when you have spent months, even years, imagining the dense, thick look your natural hair will have the moment you finally try one of the hairstyles floating around on youtube and instagram but then you realize for the first time that you have more scalp than you do hair! Trust me, I know that realisation first hand. Well, it’s not the end of the hair world for you. Here are volumising hair styles that you can rock and enjoy if you have fine, thin natural hair.
1. Bantu Knot-outs
I have rocked this look a couple of times and it has fooled even me. There are two methods I know that can be used for bantu-knot outs. One is where you roll the hair tight between your fingers and then continue into the bantu knot. The other is where you start off with a twist and then roll the twist into a bantu knot. One reason why this is number one on my list is that unlike the other styles I will mention, you don’t necessarily have to separate the curls you get in order to achieve a volumised look. The style in itself automatically does that for you, and so more often than not, you could separate the curls a little bit and then fluff the roots with an afro pick and you are good to go.
2. Flat Twist-Outs
I am yet to try this out. However, while I have no personal testimony, I have seen the results on other people with similar hair. It looks great. The sort of results I like best are those where the end of the twist are either put in bantu knots or curled with perm rods. This video tutorial gives you a visual of what I mean.
3. Rod Sets
If you can tell already, there is a pattern here. Most of the styles that create the illusion of volume for this hair type are styles where the hair is curled upon itself. So these are not styles that stretch the hair and show off length. Personally, I will take volume over length any day.
4. Braid-outs & Twist-outs
Sometimes, you want to show off your length and say “to hell with scalpiness (or lack of body)”. I say go for it. But always always remember to separate your curls, carefully. Separating them will create that desired volumising effect.
5. Loose Twists
For those with longer hair, you might want to give this a try. The rationale behind this is that the twists should be loose enough not to make your hair look scanty, thereby giving more body to each twist and indeed, to the entire head of hair.
6. Pompadours & Buns
Also for sisters with longer hair. Stretching by threading has been reported to be a great way to add volume to hair while also keeping it stretched. So your hair is stretched and you are looking for how to style and create that volume illusion? Go for a pompadour. Go for a bun.
If All Else Fails, You Can Rely On:
1. Trusty Ol’ Shrunken Fro
Yup. Like I mentioned earlier, the longer the hair, the more apparent the texture/density. I find that I can always find solace in the loving arms of my shrunken fro (or even a combed out, or no-comb fro). You can wear it as a glorious halo above your head; pin up one side; as a fro-hawk; or even as an afro puff.
So there you have it. Do you have fine and/or thin hair? What are your go-to styles? Any tips are welcome!
Love all that is you today and always!
– Mee Mee