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While it is known for being thick and coarse, African-American hair can also be fine and thin. True story. And hair texture has a lot to do with the difficulties often involved with growing hair out. Fine, thin hair can be troublesome because it breaks easily. As long as you use the right techniques, you can properly care for your hair and grow your fine, thin hair into a long, lush mane.
Use a wide-toothed comb when combing hair. You hair is especially fragile when it's wet. Fine, thin hair is more delicate than other hair types so be particularly careful. A wide-toothed comb gets out the tangles without snagging and breaking the hair, as a regular bristle brush would do. Use a fine-toothed comb to free your hair of any knots or tight tats.
Choose the right shampooing and conditioning products. These are the products you use most often on your hair, and if you're using the wrong ones you could be causing your hair to become dry and damaged. Choose gentle, cream-based products and look for those with natural and nourishing ingredients such as cocoa butter and aloe vera. These ingredients moisturize hair and won't strip it of its natural -- and much-needed -- oils. Use these daily, along with a deep-conditioning treatment once per week.
Always spray your hair with leave-in conditioner after washing and conditioning. Even just a quick spray will help enormously; it adds moisture and makes combing your hair out a breeze. The slippery conditioner allows your comb to glide through tangle-free.
Prevent damage. The last thing you want to do if you're trying to grow out thin African-American hair is cause damage and dryness. This creates split ends, breakage and slows the growth process. Avoid heat-styling tools whenever you can. This is one of the main causes of hair damage, and although it can be hard not using your straightener or curling iron every day, it's worth it if you want long locks.
Give yourself scalp massages with root-stimulating oil such as castor, coconut, rosemary and safflower oil. The scalp massage alone is super relaxing and feels great, and helps stimulate the hair follicles to grow. Do this once each day for the best results.
Choose hairstyles that don't rely on heat-styling tools. Braids and twists are quick and easy and don't require any heat so you can prevent damage while you grow your hair.
Tie your hair up before going to bed at night. A loose plait is a quick and easy way to keep your hair tied up and prevent damage while you sleep.
Eating hard boiled eggs can help strengthen your hair, allowing it to grow faster and healthier. Eggs help promote hair growth because of their high sulfur and vitamin B12 content -- plus they're great sources of protein.
For a fuller looking 'do, opt for multilayered styles. You won't believe the extra body.