Here are a few tips I give my clients to help them with their fine hair.
1. Shampooing every day is hard on the hair. Try instead to use a dry shampoo for one or preferably two days. There is a number on the market that are wonderful. My favorites are Osis+ Refresh Dust and Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder, I love that it comes in colors to help camouflage the scalp that may be showing, (refer to #8).
2. Avoid “volume” shampoos. Most “volume” shampoos work so well because they strip the oil, which is essential for healthy hair follicle. I wrote a blog post a while back about a new shampoo and conditioner that I have seen phenomenal results with and posted details about it here.
3. Use a light conditioner. One of the most important things about the conditioner you are using is that it stays far, far away from your scalp. Your scalp does not need the conditioning, just the ends, and very lightly at that.
4. Don’t comb while wet. Your fine hair is most fragile when it is wet! Use a wide tooth pic or comb and GENTLY get through the ends.
5. Avoid vigorous towel drying. Instead, gently squeeze the excess moisture from your ends with a towel wrapped around the hair.
6. Style with TLC. Wash your hair the night before and allow to air-dry. The next day, mist your hair slightly to create the style you want with your blow-dryer on low.
7. Professional Color. Not only can a stylist see the back of your head and exactly how close to get to the previously colored hair without overlapping, we also use products that are much safer and gentler on your hair. Over-the-counter hair dyes contain harsh chemicals and metals that can further damage already fragile hair.
8. Create an illusion. Use hair powder to disguise/cover any scalp showing and absorb excess oil at the root area, between shampoos.
9. Consider getting a texture wave. Unlike the perms of the 80’s, these texture creating waves are done on much larger rods and use gentler chemicals. This option should only be considered if you have strong enough hair that has not been weakened by a high lift color. Consult your professional for recommendations on this.
10. Fine and thin hair looks it’s best at the shoulders or shorter. In my experience, I have noticed that shorter hair almost always makes your hair look thicker. Consider a cute bob or even an A-Line Bob.
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UPDATE: Anna De Souza from the Today Show used a couple of my tips in her article here!