There are easy steps you can take to transform your hair into a crowd-pleasing, eye-catching glamorous mane.
Flat hair with no volume, body, or movement. Style that just won’t hold, even after hours in a salon chair and a cloud of hairspray. Sound familiar?
You’re not alone if you’re experiencing fine hair problems. The good news is that there are easy steps you can take to transform your hair into a crowd-pleasing, eye-catching glamorous mane.
The key to enhancing your fine mane comes down to adopting a hair care routine and products that are specifically tailored to your thin hair. If you use shampoos or follow hair tips for people with thick hair, it’s highly likely that you’ll be unhappy with the results.
Caring for thick hair vs. thin hair
Thin hair is very, very delicate, so you need to adjust your routine – from styling, to washing, to brushing — accordingly. Thick hair can withstand a lot more than fine hair, and thinner hair is more prone to split ends, breakage, and other less-than-desirable side effects stemming from dryness and damage.
Your thin hair is particularly susceptible to becoming brittle when it’s dehydrated, oftentimes after using hot styling tools, color treatments, and even just the harsh elements of the cold winter months. Make sure that you give your mane plenty of care when it’s in a weaker state, or risk creating irreparable damage.
Why is my hair thinning?
Feel like you’re shedding more than usual and looking for answers? First off, don’t panic! There are solutions to help you manage the issue.
There are a number of things that can cause hair loss, including stress, poor nutrition, and hormone fluctuations.
Take a step back and think about your overall lifestyle. Are you eating enough iron and B12? Going through a rough patch at work and feeling like you’re spread too thin? The chances are good that feeling constantly stressed out and not eating properly could trigger your hair to fall out.
If you make healthy lifestyle changes and see no improvement in the amount of hair shedding you’re experiencing, you may want to visit the doctor to check that you’re not experiencing any major endocrine issues or hormonal disruptions.
The best products for thin hair
The most important thing to consider when buying products for your thin hair is to make sure that they won’t weigh down your locks. Think oils, serums, heat protectants and shampoos that are water-based, weightless, and quick absorbing. The best conditioner for fine hair will contain Keratin, collagen, biotin and other strengthening nutrients that can provide your hair with a protective layer, but won’t make it feel greasy or heavy.
Tips for thin hair
Here are some important points to keep in mind when caring for your thin fine hair, boosting both its health and appearance. These strategies can help you ensure that your thin hair looks as full and beautiful as possible.
TRIM YOUR ENDS REGULARLY
Thin, fine hair is usually more prone to split ends. Ideally, you should go for trims every four to six weeks to avoid split ends that can become a worse problem as they travel up your strand.
LESS IS MORE
Keep products to a minimum. Your fine, thin hair can easily be weighed down by the buildup from an excess of products. Try to avoid layering on hairspray on top of serum on top of leave-in conditioner. Less is more.
LEARN TO LOVE AIR DRYING
Before blow drying your mane, make sure that it’s approximately 90 percent dry. If you blow dry while it’s still wet, not only will the heat damage your mane – it will also come out limper and flatter than if you air dry.
Another benefit of air drying is that you can style your hair without applying heat. Try braiding your hair when it’s damp and letting it dry that way – you’ll be left with beachy, natural waves that look effortlessly chic.
AVOID HOT TOOLS
Your fine hair is prone to going flat and brittle if it’s put under too much stress. If you blow dry, wait until your hair is at least 90 percent dry beforehand, and make sure to use heat protectant products before any hot styling
SKIP DAILY SHAMPOOING
Shampoo less often. Too frequent shampooing strips away your hair’s natural oils and can also trigger buildup that makes your hair look limp and flat. If you get oily between washes, use a dry shampoo for a quick pick-me-up.
START FROM THE BOTTOM UP
Use conditioner from your roots up. That means you should resist the temptation to scrub conditioner into your scalp, as that can cause buildup and flatness. Instead, apply conditioner starting at the mid-strand to the ends of your mane.
DETANGLE, BUT GENTLY
Wondering what causes hair breakage? Here’s your answer.
If your hair is knotted, never yank forcefully to break up a tangle – you can cause serious damage to your mane. You may want to use a detangling creme to help ease the process, and make sure to work from the ends upwards.
Hacks for styling thin hair
Believe it or not, your fine hair will be able to hold style better if it’s not freshly washed. Hair that’s two days post-shampoo is far more likely to maintain its style for hours, especially if you hit it with a blast of dry shampoo first.
Scrunch up your roots to get some height at the crown, then work your way down. A little bit of the rough-and-tumble, bedhead look can go a long way towards helping you achieve your volume, body, and movement goals for your mane.
Instant cheats for making fine hair look thick
Frustrated and desperate to shake up your look? It may be time to pull out your secret weapons – but be warned that these options can be expensive.
Optical illusions which create the appearance of a thicker mane that can be your new best friend. An experienced stylist can give you highlights which will make your hair look fuller. You can also experiment with clip-in hair extensions for an immediate dramatic boost to your volume and length.