Styling Tips for Fine, Thin Hair
Does this sound familiar? I have lived with fine, thin hair all my life. And, as frustrating as that is, my hair is thinning even more as I age. So, what’s a girl to do to get more volume and bounce? If you are among the scores of women battling gravity-challenged tresses every day, here are a few styling tricks you will certainly appreciate!
How to Manage Thin, Fine Hair
- Product Tips
- Haircut Tips
- Hairbrush Tips
- Blow-Drying Tips
- Styling Tips
- Things to Avoid
Look for lightweight products that won’t weigh down your hair. There are many shampoos, conditioners and styling products formulated especially for fine, thin hair. If you have been using wax-based products (check the label), switch to a light, airy foam instead.
Pick up a root booster to give your hair added oomph. Root boosters use lightweight polymers keep your hair from falling flat before the end of the day. And if you must, use a super light hairspray to keep flyaway strands in place.
Find a stylist that specializes in fine and thin hair. Ask for client references if you are unsure of their ability. I have found a chin to shoulder-length bob is the best cut for me.
Keep layers to a minimum if you do them at all. To keep this style from getting stale, vary the length from time to time. You can wear it straight or add gentle waves and curls for an ultra-feminine look. This versatile style works with bangs or without.
Choosing the right hair brush will make a world of difference when it comes to styling your hair. There are many hairbrushes made from a variety of high-tech and natural materials to choose from.
You will likely want to choose at least a couple of different hair brushes to perform different tasks, but the one you can't live without is the vented brush. It will be your best friend when it comes to blow-drying. The vents allow currents of warm air to pass through, giving your fine, thin hair the added body it needs.
A good hair day typically begins with a good blow-dry (and, of course, low humidity!). First of all, ditch the nozzle attachment—it concentrates airflow and heat, which can actually flatten your hair.
Set the dryer on a medium heat setting then lift and dry individual sections of your hair with your vented brush. When your hair is completely dry, “set” the volume with a cool air shock from the blow dryer.
Styling Tips (For Special Occasions)
I wouldn’t advise using this curling technique on a daily basis, but it is great for a night on the town or special event. It involves styling your entire head with a curling iron, which is not something you want to attempt if you’re short on time.
Wrap small sections of your hair around the curling iron. Start at the root and work out to the ends. Hold each section in place for 10 to 15 seconds. When you have completed curling your entire head, give your hair a finger fluff while bending over. In some cases, you may not even need styling products.
Things to Avoid if You Have Thin, Fine Hair
- Wearing ponytails and braids: Ponytails and braiding cause hair to break. If you do this daily, you can cause permanent hair damage. Fine hair has a tendency to break easier and any hair breakage is extremely detrimental to hair that is already thin.
- Overuse of heavy styling products: Don’t let your stylist sell you products that just won’t work on your hair. Steer clear of product made with wax and oil—they weigh hair down and tend to melt from the heat of styling tools. The combination of heat and goo isn’t good for your fine, thin hair!
- Teasing your hair: Do not, under any circumstances, tease your hair! This is a guaranteed way to make your hair thinner. Teasing gradually wears away the cuticle, or outermost layer of the hair shaft.
- Coloring your hair: Sure, coloring your hair can plump it up initially. Long-term use of bleaches and dyes, however, whether permanent or semi-permanent, can change inner hair structure, resulting in dryness and a limp appearance.
- Daily use of heated tools: Curling and flat irons and heated rollers may just be the single biggest enemy of your fine, thin hair. Heat results in changes to the chemical makeup of our hair shafts, creating dull, lifeless strands. You can cause irreparable damage by using heated tools on a daily basis.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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