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Thread: How to protect my baby fine hair from a rough and tumble lifestyle (and hard hats)?

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    Feb 2016

    Default Re: How to protect my baby fine hair from a rough and tumble lifestyle (and hard hats

    You can pin through a buff to keep it from moving around.

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    Jan 2015
    Western Australia, middle of nowhere,

    Default Re: How to protect my baby fine hair from a rough and tumble lifestyle (and hard hats

    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet_Decadence View Post
    Hello! I'm hoping for some your wisdom once more!

    I didn't see any posts on a quick look so hopefully I'm not asking something to repetitive here!

    My hair knots and matts like absolute crazy. I just spent about an hour in the shower working through a huge matt and had to make my piece with a good bit of breakage in the process. I was honestly thinking of blasting my hair with WD40 to try and and get this thing out, it was big bad.

    I work in labouring jobs across a few different field and often wear a hard hat, usually a climbing hat. No hairdo I try seems to help. Buns at the nape of my neck will get matted, braids will get matted even worse tucked braids will get matted. I wear a buff over my hair when working, and it does seem to help a little, but even that doesn't cut it. My hobbies are also causing similar issues, I'm just a very physical, active person and I just don't know how to protect my hair from my lifestyle.

    Is there anything I can do wither that's product, style, protective layers or whatever to give my hair a fighting chance?

    My hair is 2c/3a, fine, high porosity and sitting at about BSL unstretched, almost MBL stretched.
    You’ll be delighted to know, I have actually had this problem exactly, right down the length. Truck driver working on and off mine case you were curious.

    So, style first. I used 4 braids at the nape of my neck or across the bottom of my head, make them even-ish, and wrap each one around your head in a headband fashion. Pin until they take the hint. (Also an excellent base for hair taping with lengths of ribbon if you want it up for a couple of days at a time.). If the braids are small enough, they will sit fairly flat on the head and should keep tangles to a minimum. Tuck the ends under wherever they land and secure how you like. If you need more braids to make them thin enough, make six. I have, and sewed the whole mess down with ribbon. Braids don’t tangle too badly for me, and the smaller braids don’t shred as bad since everything is tucked that little bit more.

    You can French or dutch braid a couple of these, especially if you want somewhere to tuck the ends if they won’t quite reach all the way. If you do, sit the braid back from your ear a little so the the ends have room. You can also start the braids higher on your head or even right on top so the ends tuck at the nape instead...options are always good.

    Next, find a scarf of some kind. A Buff will work very well; I used a cotton scarf and wrapped it around my head, starting behind my neck and tying at the same point. Since nothing will move too much once the scarf is tied, I found it didn’t create more tangles, and it’s more to keep flyaways and baby hairs out of trouble. It also helps keep dust out so you don’t have to wash as often.

    This worked for me from somewhere around waist to well past classic. The braids stay contained and fit under a normal hard hat, the scarf stops the harness from getting involved with the shorter stuff

    ETA. Forgot to mention, use a leave in conditioner on each section before you braid if you plan on leaving them up for a couple of days. Add oil, if you use it, to each section as well; and coat each tassel before tucking away. It will help keep the ends straight and out of trouble.
    Last edited by Simsy; May 5th, 2021 at 10:44 PM.

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