When you make the decision to heat style your hair,…
A fairly common misconception people tend to have is to equate fine hair with thin hair. In actuality, the two are distinctly different issues. A person can have shamefully fine hair, but have a full-on thick make of the stuff, and conversely–someone with fine hair can have thin hair–which would be worse, but still, there’s hope. Same thing goes for coarse and thick hair. The two are independent of each other and not to be confused. Coarse + thick or coarse + thin happens all the time.
So, it’s Thin?
So you have made the call and you know you have thin hair. That’s the first step. The second step (or steps depending on all that you do,) is to do something about it. Do not give up, you can fix this thing.
- Layer it: First, make sure you choose a really good hairstylist, and then arrange to have your locks layered for more fullness and decreasing any heaviness of all one length. Layers that are cut in a tapered or graduated fashion or at an angle will provide lightness to your hair that will help it to stay a healthy distance off of your head. Typically, fine hair, by the end of the day, will be super flat, but you don’t have to settle for always needing heat styling, which, if done in excess can be disastrous to fine hair. The right type of layering will give you what Mother Nature did not. With layers, your hair will have more volume, and wand curls or beachy waves will be light enough to last longer.
- Keep it Clean: The whole trend of going longer between washings is something that’s not for thin hair, which needs daily shampooing in order to prevent it from matting or just looking oily and dirty. Dirty hair weighs more, anyway, and you don’t want that, as it could cause your hair to break off more. You still need conditioner, especially for fine, fragile hair. Look for a shampoo and conditioner that contain thickening agents to help plump up the hair.
- Dry Shampoo: Could be your best friend, even when your hair isn’t dirty. Just stay away from the scalp, where it’ll look yucky and not natural. Like you have a really pitiful case of dandruff or scary head crud.
- Avoid These: Hair products that contain oils, waxes or pomades.
- Dry Upside Down: Flip your head–and hair all the way over, and blow dry your hair while forcing those roots in the opposite direction of what they’re used to doing. First apply some lightweight styling product mostly to the root area, to add some “natural” volume and hold. You might try one of those fun salt water sprays that texturize hair.
- Regular Trims: Getting regular trims will prevent any beginning split ends from surviving and will keep your fine hair in top shape–strong and full and better.
- Hats, Hair Bands Ponytail Holders and Scarves: Yes, these are fun and if you just can’t live without one, then by all means go for it, but they can all weaken fine hair.