Your fine, thin hair can look just as gorgeous as your BFF's more luxurious locks. With a combination of the right products, the right style, and the right styling techniques your hair can look thicker and fuller. The old adage is definitely true when it comes to our hair: we all want what we don't have. And many of the fine-haired clients that I have worked with wish they had thicker, fuller locks. Here are my favorite tips for caring for your fine, thin hair to give you the most out of your look.
The right style. My hair is very fine and very straight. The longer it gets, the more it weighs itself down. Although I would love to have long, thick locks like some of my good friends, I've realized that unless I want to get a full head of extensions (I've considered it!) I need to keep my hair in a shorter, more layered style. If your hair is fine and thin, you will probably get the best look with hair that is no longer than chin length. Lots of layers and short pieces will give your hair more volume and oomph, and the weight of the strands won't pull it down. Consider short choppy bobs, pixie styles, or any other short, choppy cut. If your hair isn't prone to splitting, razored styles will also give your hair more body and texture. Consider highlights, all over hair color, lowlights, or even a clear glaze to add some extra body and volume to your fine, thin hair. Professionally applied hair color plumps up individual strands, giving you the look and feel of somewhat thicker, fuller hair.
The right hair products. The wrong hair product will weigh down your fine strands, leaving them limp and lifeless. Instead, choose hair products specifically made for fine hair, such as lightweight mousses, volumizing gel, and pomade. Volumizing shampoos and lightweight conditioners are better choices than shampoos and conditioners that are extra moisturizing. Only condition as needed, since daily conditioning can weigh down hair even further. Use caution when applying shine serum, as it can weigh hair down and make fine hair look greasy. Consider using products such as Nioxin or even Rogaine, to help retain the hair you have and create a healthy scalp which can lead to healthier, thicker hair.
The right styling techniques. Towel dry your hair until it is just damp, then add small amounts of the appropriate styling product. Blow dry your hair with a round brush or your fingers, lifting at the roots to give lots of volume and fullness. Avoid too much heat styling, as fine hair can be fragile and prone to damage and breakage. Apply pomade or texturizing cream for extra definition. Turn your head upside and spray lightly with hairspray; when you stand up, gently push pieces into place.
For best results, consult your stylist. He or she will be able to give you the best tips and tricks specifically for you to get the thickest, fullest hair possible from your fine, thin hair.