How to Care for Fine Hair

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While fine hair can sometimes look soft and shiny, it doesn’t take long for it to turn limp and greasy.

To keep your fine hair looking its very best, here are a few must-know hair care tips!

Wash As Needed

The general rule of thumb when it comes to hair washing is…

Less is more.

Why?

Because shampoos strip your hair of its natural oils, which can lead to dry locks.

However, there is an exception to that rule, and this is when it comes to fine hair…

Compared to other hair types, fine hair is the smallest in diameter, meaning that you end up with more hairs per square centimeter of scalp.

Since each hair follicle has an oil gland, this means that fine hair contains more oil glands than other hair types.

You have likely guessed what this means…

With all of these extra oil glands, it does not take long for fine hair to end up greasy. Since the shaft of fine hairs also tend to be smoother, and less porous, the oil tends to sit visibly on top, making the situation look even worse than it is.

While those with other hair types should only be washing their hair a couple of times a week, people with fine hair may need to wash their hair every other day, or even every day.

Try A Gentle Scalp Massage Before Using Shampoo

Before you step into the shower, try giving your scalp a gentle massage.

This helps to increase blood flow, which then stimulates the exfoliation process for your pores that are blocked with excess oil. A scalp massage can also help with the thickness of your strands.

Not quite sure how to massage your scalp?

All you need to do is use the pads of your fingers to gently squeeze your scalp, using the same motions as you would if you were squeezing an orange.

Use Your Shampoo and Conditioner in the Right Places

In addition to paying attention to how often you wash your hair, you also need to focus on how you actually wash it.

Begin by taking a look at how much shampoo you use…

Too much shampoo, even if you are using the highest quality shampoo around, will weigh down your, making it look limp.

So, how much do you need to use?

Try using a dollop the size of a couple of peas, especially if you wash your hair every day or two. If this is not enough, you can always build it up, but less is more is the best way to go at the start.

Rather than applying your shampoo all over your hair, concentrate this on the top, because this is where the oil tends to gather on fine hair. The rest of your strands will be washed with the shampoo run-off when you are rinsing the shampoo away.

You should also try to run the shampoo through your fingers a few times before actually applying it to your hair.

Why?

Because this will distribute all of the ingredients within it, ensuring that you do not end up with a high concentration of a certain ingredient in one spot of your hair.

For those with fine hair, it can also be a good idea to use two different shampoos:

  • A volumizing shampoo for your roots

  • A moisturizing shampoo for the ends of your hair

When it comes to your conditioner…

Make sure that you never apply this to the tops of your hair, saving it for the bottom only.

Why?

Because the conditioner will only end up triggering your oil glands to produce even more oil, leaving your hair looking flatter and greasier than ever.

Use a Clarifying Shampoo Every Couple of Week

Hair products build up on hair, and, with fine hair, this weighs it down even more.

Unfortunately, regular shampoos are not very effective at removing this product build-up, which is why a clarifying shampoo is needed.

These will clear away all impurities from your hair, while detoxifying your strands, as well as your scalp, all without drying it out.

Be Gentle With Wet Hair

Wet hair in general is much weaker than dry hair, so every hair type needs to be treated with extra care when hair is wet.

However, since fine hair is already more delicate than other hair types, damage occurs so easily when hair is wet.

Make sure that you do not rub it dry, and instead just pat it to absorb all of the moisture within it.

Allowing your hair to air dry is best, but if you do need to do some styling when your hair is wet, wait until it is at least 90% dry. Then, use a round brush, extremely gently, to lift your roots while drying them. Do not pull too hard, as this will only flatten your hair instead of lifting it.

Make sure that you give your hair a blast of cold air when you are done, as this will help to lock in the style that you have created.

Opt for Grease-Free Styling Products

As mentioned above, thin hair is so easily prone to oiliness, which is why you need to ensure that any hair styling products you use have been labelled as either grease-free or oil-free. Silicones are another ingredient to avoid, as these will often weigh hair down.

Wondering what type of products you should be going for?

Products such as hair gels, hair mousses and texturizing mists all tend to be formulated with polymers, rather than oils. These polymers basically form a coating over your hair, expanding it rather than weighing it down.

Sea salt sprays are also fantastic, as these are absorbed by your hair instantly, after which the hair fibres will immediately plump up. Sea salt sprays will give each strand of your hair some extra texture, but will leave it with a matte finish, which is what fine hair needs.

However, even with these grease-free products, you should still try to avoid using them too close to your scalp, as many other ingredients can also trigger excess oil production.

When it comes to how much product to use…

Fine hair is easily malleable, so you should not need to actually use that much product. Over-using a product will also make your hair appear dull and lank straight away, so keep in mind that less is more.

Invest in a Quality Dry Shampoo

A dry shampoo can really help to revive limp strands, especially when you do not have time to wash, dry and style your hair.

Here are a few ingredients to look out for in a dry shampoo:

  • Tapioca

  • Oat milk

  • Rice and potato starches

  • Peppermint

  • Witch hazel

  • Biotin

  • Bamboo

  • Basil

Again, make sure that you do not choose a product that is formulated with any oils.

When applying your dry shampoo…

It can sometimes be better to do this at night, rather than in the morning. This gives it more time to absorb all of the excess oil in your hair. Plus, the tossing and turning that you do while you sleep will give your hair some extra volume for the next day.

Regular Trims

While it is important for every hair type to be getting regular trims, this matters even more for fine hair.

Wondering why?

Well, fine hair tends to be quite a bit weaker than other hair types, meaning that split ends occur much more easily.

Try to book yourself in for a trim every 8 to 10 weeks, as this will help to keep your hair healthy.

Choose Flattering Haircuts

When it comes to fine hair, there are certain haircuts that can help to give your hair more volume.

Here are a few ideas:

  • A bob

  • A long bob

  • Long layers

  • Wispy bangs

These cuts are all quite light, which is exactly what you need. Longer and heavier cuts will only give your hair extra weight, which will pull it down more and make it look flat and limp. Shorter cuts tend to be best for fine hair, as these are the ones that will make your hair look most voluminous.

Layers are great, but make sure that they are soft and subtle.

While bangs also do work, you do need to be careful with them, making sure that they really are wispy, so that they are not constantly rubbing against your forehead.

Wondering why this matters?

Because if your hair is always touching your skin, the oils from your skin will quickly transfer onto your bangs, making them look limp and greasy extremely quickly. Each time you try to fluff them up, you will only end up leaving them even greasier.

Coloring Fine Hair

When your hair color is vibrant and fresh, it instantly makes your hair look and feel fuller and healthier.

However, you do need to be careful when coloring fine hair…

This hair type is usually quite porous, meaning that it will soak up color much quicker than other hair types. You will likely not need to leave the color on your hair for quite as long, otherwise it may end up much darker than you originally planned.

It is also important to ensure that you do not overlap hair color on your hair, as this will weaken your hair even more. Space out your dyeing appointments well, and, if you do need to touch up any grays in between, make sure that you only use the color on your roots. You do not need to pull this through to the ends of your hair, unless they happen to be looking faded.

Highlights are also fantastic for fine hair, as they add so much volume and texture. But, again, be careful that you do not let the color overlap when you are touching your highlights up.

Fine Hair Styling Tips

While fine hair can definitely pose quite a few challenges, it is also one of the best hair types to have when it comes to styling, as it is so easy to manage and manipulate.

However, the one thing that you always need to try to do is add as much volume as you can.

Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can do this:

  • Opt for a different part – a deep side part will instantly add volume, while a jagged part will make your hair appear thicker

  • Give waves a try – when hair is wavy, it was automatically look fuller, especially if you add more waves to the sides of your hair

  • A half-up, half-down style – these give you the opportunity to back-comb the front of your hair, creating height and volume

Do you frequently use heat styling tools on your hair?

If so, you need to try to cut back on this, because the heat will only damage your hair so much.

Only use heated tools that give you the option to turn down the temperature, so that you can opt for the lowest setting available.

You should also try to find ways in which you can wear your hair au natural, so that you can go without the heat at least for a few days a week.

Try Oral Supplements for Thin Hair

There are many oral supplements out there that are designed for people with thin hair.

Wondering what they do?

They basically help to build strength and density, so that your hair can grow thicker and stronger.

Make sure that you always scrutinize the ingredients list of any supplements that you take. Beneficial ingredients for thin hair include:

  • Blackcurrant seed oil

  • Amino acids

  • Biotin

Fine hair can definitely be challenging to care for, but it is also one of the easiest hair types to style, so you do have some advantages as well! When you find yourself having problems with your fine hair, do take the time to look into this, as there are likely to be ways in which you can solve them, whether this may be using a clarifying shampoo or taking some oral supplements.


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