How do you combat hair looking limp/stiff? My hair is very soft to the touch, but it looks very limp. Thank you! —by Anonymous
Hey :-) Two things you should try considering are:
- What do the individual strands of your hair look like (Fine/medium/coarse)?
- What kind of products are you using? And how much of them?
For question number one: If your hair looks limp and it feels very soft, it is most likely that your hair is fine—where the diameter of each individual strand is thin and almost looks translucent. Coarse hair has the tendency to look wiry and dry to the touch, is usually able to hold more styles and naturally have more body & “bounce”. (Click here to read an informative post about this). In this case, if you do have fine hair, you would need to look into different techniques and using products that will provide your hair with more volume and body—such as using lighter or water-based products, rather than using heavy butters or oils to help combat the problem. You could even do protein conditioners, which help strengthen the strands and give fine hair more body.
For question number two: Perhaps, you could be using the wrong products and/or too much of a certain product that is weighing your hair down and building up on the hair (and therefore, clarifying is needed). I know that when I have product buildup, my (coarse) hair does not get weighed down. But instead, it dries the heck out, and the style won’t last. However, I do believe that it’s different for fine hair, where instead it gets weighed down from product buildup. This also goes back to question number one—assessing the individual strands of your hair.
I hope that helps!
If anyone else has any input on this topic (especially fine-haired naturals), include it below :-)