If you have fine hair, you are not alone. Many people have hair that falls into this category. Those with fine hair often complain that their hair lacks volume and appears flat and limp. To avoid fine hair looking flat and lifeless, you need to consider cut, styling methods and product choice.
Cut and Style
The style in which your hairdresser cuts and styles your hair is a key issue when you want to add volume to fine hair. Individuals with fine hair should consider a short haircut, as this can help hair appear thicker.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Those with fine hair may be tempted to smother it in conditioner and hair treatment products to give it more volume. This approach can be counter-productive. If you add too much hair care product, your hair may become lank and dull. Heavy conditioning products can weigh down fine hair, reducing rather than boosting volume.
Fine hair responds best to clarifying shampoos, which completely remove product residue from the hair or shampoos specifically designed to add volume. These products are lightweight and encourage the appearance of fullness rather than weighing the hair down. A build-up of conditioner and styling products can weigh hair down, making it appear lank and lifeless. Follow the shampoo with a volumizing conditioner which coats the hair strands to boost their strength and thickness.
If your hair is fine, it is best to avoid shampoos and conditioners with smoothing and intensive conditioning properties. These types of products are so heavy that they will encourage fine hair to lie even flatter.
Volumizing Hair Styling Products
People with fine hair have just as many strands of hair as everyone else. The key difference is that each strand is thinner than average, giving it less body and volume. By using specialist hair care products, you can boost the volume of fine hair. Volumizing styling products coat each hair strand with ingredients which add body and texture. Active ingredients, such as proteins, adhere to each hair shaft making it appear thicker.
Apply a volumizing mousse, gel, cream or spray-on root boosting product near to the scalp to add volume at the roots. Take care not to apply too much styling product, as this can weigh hair down. Avoid using heavy styling products, such as wax or pomade, on fine hair. The weight of this type of hair care product will make fine hair appear flat and dull.
Because each strand is thinner than average, fine hair breaks easily, particularly when wet. To avoid causing damage, avoid brushing fine hair when it is wet. Instead, use a wide-toothed comb on towel-dried hair.
Fine hair can be boosted by nourishing it with vitamins and minerals.
When blow-drying hair, hang your head upside down and lift the hair away from the scalp with your fingers. Use a low heat setting. When hair is dry, bring the head upright and use your fingers to tease the style into place. A useful alternative to using your fingers is to attach a diffuser to your blow-dryer. This attachment will add volume as you dry your hair. Opt for a dryer with tourmaline technology which will smooth the hair cuticle and reduce the chances of damage.
Fine hair can be boosted by nourishing it with vitamins and minerals. Ensure you eat a healthy diet that includes key nutrients. Selenium, found in Brazil nuts, and omega-3 fatty acids, found in salmon and oily fish, boost the condition of the scalp and stimulate hair growth.
A naturally beneficial hair treatment can be created by mixing aloe vera gel, honey, and olive oil. These natural humectants encourage hair to retain moisture. Hair will benefit from the topical application of zinc, fatty acids, and vitamins A, C and E. Simply massage the mixture in to the hair and scalp. Leave for 30 minutes then wash the hair with a mild shampoo and follow with a volumizing conditioner.
If home remedies and consumer hair care products do not add the desired volume, you may consider visiting the salon and discussing alternative options with your hair stylist. Styles with layers can add depth and the illusion of volume. Longer lengths can make fine hair look even more lifeless. Professionally-applied waves or perms can also add volume and texture to fine hair.
Hair coloring can also add the appearance of volume and texture to fine hair. However, the fragility of fine hair makes it difficult to successfully color it with a home treatment. If you are considering coloring fine hair, speak to your hair stylist to get advice. Avoid coloring your hair too often. Over-processing can damage fine, delicate hair.
Hair extensions can add length and volume to fine hair. Weaving, gluing and sewing techniques do not work well with fine hair. The recommended method of adding hair extensions to fine hair is by protein bonding.