The result is that the hair appears coarser, fuller and is usually easier to style. Itís important to use an acid-based perm for this because the acid perms are much gentler on the hair and thereís less risk of
damaging the hair.
You also want to make sure that you donít overload fine hair with products. Use light-hold sprays, lotions and mousses, especially with fine and straight hair types when you want to maintain volume levels in the
style. The only exception to this is if you are planning to style the fine hair into a curly style and are starting with straight hair. Use a stronger hold product, such as a gel, so that you can create a long-lasting style.
Coloring fine hair types can be tricky if you are trying to lighten the color and particularly if you need to lighten the color and add a toning color, such as when taking a dark brown natural color to a light strawberry
blonde. The smaller diameter of the hair shaft means that the dispersal of the existing pigment can damage enough of the hairís structural integrity that it wonít hold the new Ė desired Ė color. Lightening processes on
fine hair types must be closely monitored, and should use low-volume peroxides. Failure to exercise proper care could even result in destroying the hair completely.
If you lighten fine hair and find that the new tone/color wonít take in the hair afterward, you will need to use a protein treatment in order to give the hair enough structure to hold the color. However, at that point,
you can expect that the color you apply will not last as long as you might hope.
Itís always better to change the color of fine hair (when going lighter) by no more than three lightness levels, and therefore be able to use a single-process color application Ė one that lifts the natural color and
applies a new color in the same process. Just remember that fine hair types will often process much more quickly than coarser hair, especially at the scalp, so start your color application 1-2 inches from the scalp
and massage the color into the scalp area after the first ten minutes have passed.
Applying darker color to fine hair, in a deposit-only process (one that doesnít lighten the natural color) can actually make the hair feel coarser and more substantial. In some cases, this result is enough for an
individual, and can be used in place of an acid perm to add texture to the hair. You can make the hair darker, or simply choose a color the same shade or one-step lighter and apply it as a deposit only procedure.