Some uplifting advice
Ah, the perils of having fine hair. “Fine mess” might be a more apt description. That’s because this thin textured hair type can go from freshly coiffed and curled to limp, lank and even greasy-looking over the course of just a few hours. For others, fine hair can even blossom into a halo of frizz at the slightest hint of humidity or moisture.
There’s no big scientific mystery to this finicky hair type: the strand thickness or diameter is simply narrower – and often a little more fragile – than that of your coarse-textured friends. Hair stylist, Larisa Love, is no stranger to this predicament. “If you have fine texture, like me, you understand the struggle of limp hair,” she says. “We try to overcompensate by adding tons of product to build volume, and then the hair falls even flatter because of product build up.”
So let’s give your ‘do a well-deserved lift by circumventing these fine-hair faux pas.
Assuming you can’t pull off layers
You might assume that giving your hair layers will make it look thinner than ever. But in reality, layers can be great for fine hair, says Adam Broderick, owner of Adam Broderick Salon & Spa. “Soft layers can remove some of the weight and let some of the hair be released and have more volume,” he explains. With more movement, your hair will actually look thicker.
Aiming for a soft and silky texture
For more body and volume, you might have to sacrifice silkiness to get the look you want. Conditioners, oils and other products aimed to make your tresses softer will make fine hair go limp. “If our hair is [naturally] soft, it can’t feel soft anymore – it has to feel rougher for it to look good,” explains hairstylist Jon Reyman. He recommends staying away from any oily and creamy products meant to soften the hair. Instead, stick with grippier products like beach sprays and mousses that will give you lift, even if the texture feels stiff. The right shampoo for thin hair will also help.