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

    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.

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

    This is what helped me:

    - Switching from wooden comb to a Tangle Teezer Wet Detangler (also works for dry hair)

    - After the shower, I use a smoothening leave-in (L'oréal Pro Longer, but the Redken Frizz Dismiss one is also good) that really moisturises my hair and then I seal it with a silicone oil. During the day, I brush twice and every time I use more silicone oil on the ends to protect it before I do so.

    - For high porosity, I really recommend you try an acid treatment that will bring down the pH and smoothen your cuticle and also help tons with moisture retention and softening. I use the Joico Cuticle Sealer (I bought 1L from allbeauty in the UK)

    I also do the capillary schedule for my hair which overall helps keep my hair knot and tangle free. Hope this helps. I don't know much about protective styles.
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    Default Re: How to protect my baby fine hair from a rough and tumble lifestyle (and hard hats

    Hmm, I was going to recommend a Buff with a fairly flat updo. When I am not wearing a Buff, I wear a bandanna or kerchief. There are specific hardhat liners though, so perhaps that shape might work better for you.

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

    Do you use anything at all with silicone in your regular routine? If not, it might be time to go there. Not jumping to conclusions, just asking.
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    Default Re: How to protect my baby fine hair from a rough and tumble lifestyle (and hard hats

    I agree with Chromis. Something between your hair and the hard hat will probably help. I used to play roller derby and would always use a bandana as a buffer between the helmet and my hair.

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

    I find what works for me is putting something between my hat and my hair. I used to use a bandana or a silk scarf.

    currently between waist and TBL

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

    I'm not as active as you, but I find braids give me worse matting at my nape than just leaving it down. My best suggestions would be to use an acid rinse like ACV after conditioning, and leave-in might be worth a shot if you don't already use it.
    I always heavily oil my (dry) hair before I go swimming, and I find that makes it really easy to detangle. Maybe try that? A coney serum might do the same thing, but cones don't agree with my hair so I have no experience with that.

    Where along your length do the knots concentrate? If they're at your nape/on the edge of your buff/hardhat, that could be the problem.

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

    I’d go with the buff or head covering. Have a look at female climbing helmets too as some have an inverted U section at the nape for a ponytail / plait. Mine has this feature. Consider a caterpillar ponytail.
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    Default Re: How to protect my baby fine hair from a rough and tumble lifestyle (and hard hats

    I'd also suggest trying silicones if you don't use them, maybe a silicone oil/serum would help with tangles.

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

    I find if the hair is too slippery, then my Buff or whatnot wants to slide off. I get tangles when my hair touches the suspension inside of helmets hence my suggestion of a barrier between them.

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