Fine hair is more sparsely populated over the scalp, has a much thinner diameter under the miscroscope and is more often than not fair in color. Due to the texture, it is difficult to get any ‘volume’ or lasting style into the hair.
What Causes This ?
Genes mostly. Many of the factors contributing to fine hair are inherited ie how much hair is on your head, and how large or small the diameter of your hair strands are.
Other factors affecting may include illness, post-pregnancy hair thinning or poor diet.
It’s often a balancing act living with fine hair. Too much moisture will weigh the hair down making it look limp, whereas too much heat or dry conditions will cause fly-away hair.
Fine hair is also easily damaged as the protective cuticle is not as thick as in other hair types.
So What Can I Do ?
Use products labeled “volumizing” or “for fine hair.” These contain proteins that cling to hair strands making them look thicker.
Alternate between volumizing and moisturizing formulas. It may also be useful to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid your hair of product build up.
Fine hair is easily ‘weighed down’ by conditioners so make sure you choose one that is again formulated for the job. It’s liable to be very light, and easily rinsed out compared to the richer formula’s for other hair textures.
Rinse hair very thoroughly after washing and conditioning.
While styling, use volumizing products such as mousses, but limit them to the root area of your hair only.
Don’t try blow-drying when your hair is still very wet. Towel-dry your hair first.
Blow dry by holding your hair up with your fingers at the roots and aiming the dryer at the roots of your hair.
Invest in some rollers and use on the crown of your head.
Try going to bed with your hair in loose braids with a bit of styling gel or mousse in it. In the morning simply unbraid and run your fingers through it for a touseled look. Or try the same with a bun in the top of you head. Again make sure this is not tightly held in place all night.
Visit the hairdresser’s for a consultation. Fine hair can be made to look fuller with a good cut.
Add some color ! Adding color can plump up the hair structure. But more importantly, skillful coloring can break-up the one dimensional flatness of one solid overall color giving the illusion of more texture and bounce.
Perhaps think about a gentle perm.
Any Recommendations for Me ?
Here’s a few brief, volumizing product reviews :
Fudge OOMF Conditioner
“I decided to try and find a shampoo and conditioner that would gently condition my hair, but without weighing it down too much, so I took the advice of my best friend who happens to be a hairdresser and owns her own salon. She had just taken on a new supplier and was screaming from the rooftops about how fabulous her new range of Fudge products were and she suggested one or two that might help my situation.
The first thing I noticed was the strong aroma. It was very sweet and smelt just like bubblegum. It was mouth-watering and smelt good enough to eat. The conditioner is quite thick and creamy and goes onto the hair like a dream. Containing vegetable proteins and natural calendula the conditioner revitalises your hair without stripping it of its natural oils. You only need a tiny blob as a little does go a long way. Once I have massaged it into my hair, I leave it on for the recommended 3-5 minutes to allow it to do its thang and then rinse it off.
My hair feels instantly soft, but then it always does after I’ve used a conditioner so I need to wait until it’s dry to see if the results are any different. After drying with a towel, I found combing my hair was a dream. The comb ran through each strand effortlessly and there wasn’t a knot in sight. Because I suffer from flyaway hair I usually add a blob of mousse to my hair before blow-drying, but I decided to just dry without this to see what would happen, and I was pleasantly surprised.
After blow-drying my hair appeared shiny, glossy and full of bounce. I looked just like I’d stepped out of the hair salon and I’d never achieved these results at home before so I was well happy. Because my hair is so fine, it tends to fall flat on my head as the day wears on, but after using Oomf this no longer happens. Oomf conditioner works in harmony with fine flyaway hair and leaves it looking fantastic without weighing it down. Just like the name suggests the conditioner gives your hair some very much-needed oomf”
Pantene Pro-V Volumizing Root Lifter Spray Gel:
“I need some sexy hair for the sexy boys for my sexy dates. My hair is pin straight and it takes me 30 minutes to get it scrunchy with gel, mousse, and hairspray. When I wear my hair straight, I don’t want frizzies or it to be very close to my face. I want lift. I want my hair to fall nicely and look extremely thick.
So yeah, I got out of the shower with my soaking wet hair. This time I was going for the STRAIGHT, blow dryed look. I towel dryed my hair, put in this smoothing cream to take care of the frizzies and I DRENCH my hair in this stuff. My hair feels softer.
I blowdry my hair and I focus the hot air on my roots and LIFT them up. My hair feels really smooth, silky, and after I am done blowdrying it definitely looks and feels volumized. This stuff makes limp, dry, dull hair FAN-TAB-U-LOUS. My hair is lifted off of my face. My hair doesn’t feel dry and dull. I then taking a curling iron and throw some curls in. I’m set without a greasy gross feeling.
How about when you scrunch your hair?
When I am in the process of scrunching my hair (hairspray, gel, mousse) I spray this stuff on, flip my head, spray some more and whoolah, my hair isn’t as weighed down as it was a minute ago.
Overall Great product. I love the way it makes my hair feel and look. My limp hair is now volumized and sexy. 5 out of 5.”Carly