Your Guide To Caring For Fine Hair

Just like our skin, our hair tends to fall into one of a few categories that indicate the thickness of your hair follicle, the density of hair follicles on your scalp, your natural texture and the condition or health of your hair overall. So, it should go without saying that just like our skin, our hair care routine should be tailored to our specific hair type.

One that can be particularly hard to care for is fine hair. Contrary to popular belief, fine hair does not equal thin hair but rather refers to the thickness of each individual hair strand. If you pull a single strand from your hair and rub it between your fingers, you’ll know you have fine hair if you can barely feel it.

No matter the density of your fine hair, there are a few general rules that make looking after it that bit easier.

Keeping It Clean

Each individual strand of our hair is attached to an oil gland. Because of this, fine hair is often the first hair type to get oily and limp so keeping it clean can feel like a constant battle.

Upping your number of shampoos may not be the answer though. Instead, think about what you’re shampooing with and where you’re shampooing.

Using cleansing shampoos that target oil is a great place to start, and you should work a scalp detoxing product into your routine such as a charcoal or clay hair mask to further help with controlling oil production.

When you shampoo, only shampoo the scalp, not the ends of your hair. When you condition, leave it only on the ends and never near your roots. This can cause your hair to look flat and over-worked.

Getting It Cut

Fine hair tends to show every little snip made by your hairdresser which can work both for and against you. It’s a good idea to sway to the side of caution when getting your hair cut and ask your hairdresser to take things slowly.

Regular appointments where less hair is taken off each time is more likely to get you better results than rushing in to have your locks all chopped off at once.

Brushing It

Fine hair is more susceptible to breakage than any other hair type as it’s far more fragile. To avoid too much breakage when you’re brushing it, you should avoid brushes that are too course or dense. It’s also best to wait until your hair has fully dried before brushing it.

A wide tooth comb is a great place to start to protect your hair. If you suffer from tangles, try out a natural bristle brush and avoid plastic detangling tools. The natural bristles tend to be a lot gentler on your hair and can work to detangle strands without harshly pulling on them.

Styling It

Fine hair can be a little unruly as it’s so light. It’s typically more vulnerable to wind and humidity and many will find that it doesn’t hold style for very long. When styling your hair, it’s best to use dry styling products that offer hold over wet ones such as mousse and gels. The moisture in these products can contribute to your hair looking limp.

Instead, go for texturizing sprays, strong hold hairspray and dry shampoo for added volume. If you have fine hair but a lot of it and want more texture in your ends, choose a matte pomade that won’t leave any sticky looking residue on your locks.
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