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!
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.
A Good Cut
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.
The Right Hair Brush
Choosing the right hair brush will make a world of difference when it comes to styling your hair. There are many types from which to choose--made from a variety of high tech and natural materials.
You will most likely 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.
Proper Blow Drying Technique
A good hair day typically begins with a good blow dry (and, of course, low humidity!). Frist of all, ditch the nozzle attachment—it concentrates air flow 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 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—also obviously not something you want to attempt if you’re short on time.
Wrap small sections of your hair around the curling iron, starting at the root and working 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. I’m told you won’t even need styling products for this one—I’m dubious, but willing to give it a try!
Things to Avoid if You Have Fine, Thin 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 aren’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 up your hair initially. However, long term use of bleaches and dyes, 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.
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