How to Treat Fine Hair
Hair that is very fine can be just as challenging as extremely coarse or thick hair. To make it look best we need to understand how it reacts to different haircuts and treatments. Humidity, static, bad cut and too much texture can hurt your look, but there are ways to deal with it and even to prevent it.
When people speak about fine hair they sometimes confuse the density of the hair (the amount of individual hairs per square inch) and the texture, meaning a thin hair shaft. In this article we are taking a closer look at the latter and what you can do to make the most out of it.
Fine hair can appear in big abundance with a very high density, but it can also be on the lighter side and requires a good cut and good volume in the styling. Many women and their stylists are convinced that the best cut for fine hair is a bob. A short, blunt cut bob makes the hair look smooth and full. With a little undercut the shape falls into place almost by itself. Wear it at chin length or longer and show your sense of style. A-line bobs can also look spectacular with their plunging angle featuring a longer section in front.
A choppy bob has developed a growing fan base over the past years and it is indeed a great choice for women of all ages, who have fine hair. The basic shape is like a bob but the ends have irregular lengths and varying degrees of texture. This look can be styled with wispy ends, curled and curved or just shaken into place. It offers more spunk and more dynamic than its sleek cousin.
Layers in all lengths of hair are a great way to tame the bulk, just be careful with overly eager hair cutters who think texture is God's answer to all hair issues. Whether you have a lot of thin hair, or it is a bit on the sparse side, layers will distribute all of the weight, add movement, volume and this sexy mane feel.
Short crops in fine hair require a stylist with very good scissor skills. You have a lot of hair to cut and if it is supposed to fit and fall into a shapely place, much experience and knowledge is needed. Pixies and choppy cuts can look great.
If your thin hair could use a little more volume, try an asymmetrical cut. This way most of the hair will be on one side, making it look fuller. The smaller, less dominant side can be slicked back, tugged behind your ear or fastened with a dressy hair clip.
The longer the hair is the more prone it is to frizz and split ends. Keep it well nourished and trimmed regularly.
Tips for the Care of Fine Hair
Fine hair has a tendency to look limp and lifeless. It is also very receptive to humidity and all moisture will turn your fluffy, bouncy do into a picture of sadness. We cannot always stay out of wet weather or humidity, but you can prepare your hair to take it all gracefully. Use light conditioners and shampoos for fine hair. Also apply a clearing shampoo to get rid of build up.
Anything heavy, too rich and thick will weigh your hair down. When it is well nourished however it will be more resistant to moisture. One side effect that the moisture can have, is that it makes the hair shaft swell up lightly and the hair will feel thicker.
A very dry environment, especially during heating periods in winter can have another, very disturbing effect on hair. While humidity makes it heavy and hand, the dryness, your clothes, shoes and carpets can cause static. Who does not hate all of the unruly flyaway hairs?
An easy remedy are dryer sheets. Just take them out of their box and rub in hair. They even leave behind a pleasant scent. If you do not want to smell like fresh laundry, find one of the special styling products for fine hair at your local beauty supply or drugstore. Cheaper and also effective is some lotion rubbed in your on hand and dappled gently over the hair. A thin mist of hairspray will be your daily friend as well.
What to Avoid
Slithering is a cutting technique to texture hair and it is also used to remove some bulk and to make it lighter. The scissors are held in a steep angle against the hair and then moved downward in one swift and very sharp motion. The scissors are partially opened and the cutting results from the motion and very, sharp blades.
Slithering can damage your hair if done too often, too much or with the wrong equipment. It puts a diagonal cut on each hair, thus opening the hair shaft and making the hair very prone to dryness, splitting and breaking. Done on fine hair the hair can look frizzy and in the end needs to be cut much shorter to eliminate the damage.
Another unpleasant situation can develop with razor cuts. It is a very similar technique, but it is done with a long razor. Be cautious when your stylist talks about deep texturing and techniques to remove bulk from the hair and ask exactly what and how much of it will be done. If you do decide to go with the thinning cut, then do not repeat it the next time you visit the salon. Just get a trim and wait for a few months before you have the texturing repeated.
With fine hair your biggest enemies are frizz and split ends, moisture and product build up. Those are easy too handle. Now go out and find that perfect haircut!