Healthier hair solutions for lackluster hair

Superfine may be a desirable descriptor when it comes to your looks-but just not your locks. Unfortunately, lackluster hair is an irreversible malady for many women. "Fine hair is something you are born with!" says Ricardo Rojas, owner of the eponymous Manhattan salon. To get the most out of what you have-no matter how little-healthy hair is key.

"Breakage is a common concern for women with fine hair," says Rojas, who has given a boost to everyone from Natasha Bedingfield to Kate Moss. And it should be-weak hair not only looks lifeless, but constant breakage naturally results in hair loss. For proper strength straining, Rojas recommends bulking up with regular deep conditioning treatments and says to lay off the straightening irons and tight buns and ponytails. "These can easily compromise the integrity of hair," he adds. A flattering cut, on the other hand, is an easy way to get a lift: "Long or short, an angled cut is a must," he says. And while you're already in the salon, a dose of color might do you some good. According to Rojas, while one-dimensional color will only call attention to the fact that your hair is indeed flat on your head-"Natural-looking highlights and lowlights help give the illusion of depth."

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As if you needed more of a reason to skip the straightening iron, body may be tough to achieve with sleek hair. "Adding texture and not keeping hair pin straight will give volume and make hair look fuller," notes Rojas. Start by adding a volumizing lotion or spray to your roots-only and blow-drying hair upside down. Then, try large hot rollers or a curling iron-just be sure to use a protective spray beforehand. If you find your strands are strung out by midday, a dry shampoo should do the trick. "It will help absorb the oil from your scalp that's bringing the hair down," adds Rojas. And while it's normal to lose a small amount of hair on a daily basis, if you are noticing more hair than usual in your brush or shower drain, you may want to consult your doctor. "Fine and thin hair are very often confused, although the two can go hand in hand," says Rojas. "Thin hair can come as a result of not caring for hair properly, but it could also result from a long list of other causes, including health problems."

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--Photography by Patrick Demarchelier

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