Hair Styling Tips for Fine Hair
By Kate on 2 March 2011
Find out some handy tips for styling fine hair.
Anyone with fine hair knows how easily it can be plagued by frizz, flat limp locks and the inability to hold a curl, and how easy it is for these factors to cause you to give up even trying to style your hair.
But these issues, and many other fine hair styling problems, can be overcome. All it takes is knowing some easy hairstyling tips just for fine hair.
Start With the Right Haircut
To even the odds between good and bad hair days for fine hair, your first step should be a good haircut. One of the biggest complaints about fine hair is the lack of body so a good cut that will instantly inject body into your hair is great place to start.
Something above the shoulders is perfect for this, but fine hair in any type of length can be improved with different hair cutting techniques and the help of hair layers. To find out what's right for you, consult your hairstylist about the best cut based on your fine hair and other attributes, such as your hair density (which can range from thin to thick), hair texture (straight, wavy, curly) and face shape.
Hair Styling Tips
Use hair mousse before styling to add grip to your hair if it normally doesn’t hold a style well.
Moisture will wreak havoc on fine hair causing hair frizz and your style to drop. Getting as much moisture out of your hair as possible is the key to creating and keeping your look so make sure your hair is about 80% dry by the time you start styling and keep going until your hair is 100% dry.
Use hair gels and hair pastes that are lightweight to avoid weighing your hair down when styling.
When blow-drying, the best way to get instant volume isn’t to style with your head upside down. Instead, stand upright and pull your hair straight up at the roots using your hair brush. It’ll create firmer tension and give you more lift.
If you’ve got an asymmetrical haircut then give your fine hair more lift by blow-drying your hair in the opposite direction of the way you’ll be wearing it, and then brushing it back the right way. Your fine hair strands will naturally lift up and give you a more volume filled finish.
For curls that will keep their hold in fine hair try creating the curls using hot hair rollers as the heat from rollers will change your hair’s structure and hold the set for longer.
If you’re trying to create elaborate waves in your hair then give gels a miss in favor of thickening spray gels and volumizing mousses.
If your fine hair constantly looks limp and flat no matter how you style it then consider the hair styling products you’re using. Hair conditioner can add extra moisture when you don’t need it or a heavy type may be too much for your strands. Consider skipping the conditioner all together or using a much lighter spray in detangler instead. The same tip goes for styling products too. The lighter the product, the better it'll be for your fine hair.
Our final tip is to consider using hair color and hair extensions to add extra volume and thickness to your hair. Hair extensions can be clipped in where needed and cut and colored to match your hair. And hair color, especially darker shades, can add dimension and the illusion of thickness to your hair strands.
To see how you'd look with any of the salon hairstyles pictured in this article, click on each image to try the virtual hairstyle with your own photo!