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How To Style Fine Hair

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Secret Weapons to Style Fine Hair

I think I can go out on a limb here and say that if you’re reading this, you are one of many fine haired women who struggle with getting your hair to hold a style, to have some body, volume or lift . . . Am I right?

Your problems are most likely twofold. . . But neither of these problems are insurmountable. Here’s how I see it . . . to get a great hairstyle with fine hair you need two things; an impeccable haircut and the know-how of how to style it.  Not impossible!

The Cut Is Important

Getting the right haircut is first and foremost. Cutting fine hair is an art; if it’s not properly shaped it falls flat or worse, it shows uneven lines. Do your homework by asking friends, family, strangers on the street, in the mall, or at the grocery store for referrals. If they have fine hair and a haircut you like or think is especially well done, ask for the referral . . . they will be flattered you asked, really. You may have a few misses before finding your Edward Scissorhands, but your efforts will pay off big time in the long run.

How To Style Fine Hair

Every hair type has its quirks for coaxing it into a great, long lasting hairstyle and fine hair is no different. If you’ve taken the first step to finding a great hair stylist, they will be instrumental in cutting it right and steering you towards the right type of styling products for your haircut. However, the hair products you use today may need to be changed down the road, depending on how your haircut changes and sometimes because of the change of seasons.

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Short fine hair looks fabulous when cut into chipped, uneven edges and disconnected layers.

  • To encourage volume with short hair start with a lightweight root-lifter.
  • Dry by roughing it up with your fingers while quickly using the blow-dryer.
  • Use a 1″ curling iron to add movement, volume and direction to layers.
  • Mist with a finishing spray


style fine hair

I think this chin length layered bob is a great look for Paris Hilton. It works great by maximizing volume and body for her fine thin hair type. Consider face-framing highlights which will give dimension and depth to the hairstyle. Also highlighting or bleaching the hair gives it more fullness and volume from roughing up the cuticle. To style:

  • Try a new sea salt-based mousse to swell the cuticle of your hair.
  • Blow-dry with a round brush. Apply heat to the roots, lifting straight up, then winding down to the root.
  • Use ‘cool shot’ on each section before unwinding brush, to set the bend at the ends.
  • Spray lightly with volumizing spray. Or, finish with a volumizing powder you shake onto the crown area and fluff with fingertips.

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This long layered hairstyle works great with fine hair. The layers are long enough to add volume and shape but not too long to go flat when styled.

  • Start with damp hair and add a volumizing mousse or spray to the roots.
  • Flip head upside down and with the hair dryer on high pointed at the roots, massage your scalp. This will rough up the cuticle layer and give more volume to your hair.
  • When mostly dry (85-90%) flip back up to finish.
  • Spray lightly with a thermal spray.
  • Using a round brush (preferably one with a metal interior) and blow dryer, lift and roll each section, heating with dryer and finishing using the “cool shot” to set the curl. This step makes a big difference in holding the shape you just put in.

If you don’t have a ‘cool shot’ button on your hair dryer (or you don’t have one that works) you might want to consider investing in one. Blow-dry styling is trending now. Ionic technology, among other options, works to make the job of styling hair faster and leaves  hair softer, shinier and in better health than ever before.  You can find a new hair dryer that won’t break the bank and will give you all the options you need. And if your hot tools aren’t up to snuff with new technologies, do a search on Amazon or Folica and read reviews for your best buy.

For more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.

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Surprising Mistakes You’re Making Between Hair Appointments

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What Hairdressers Know About Keeping That Salon Look Longer That You May Not Have Considered

It doesn’t matter whether you’re paying $50 or $200, no one wants to waste money and time with unnecessary visits to the hairdresser. An average head of hair grows at around a quarter of an inch per month, which means that most hair stylists recommend a haircut every 4-6 weeks.

Even if you don’t mind spending time sitting in the hair stylist’s chair you’ll want to make sure that your haircut looks as good as possible for as long as possible. The Online Hair School is run by professionals with decades of experience, and we’ve put our heads together to come up with a basic, but a very comprehensive guide to keep that salon look longer between hair appointments.

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What To Do On The Day

For starters, don’t tie up your hair on the same day as your haircut. This will not only spoil that ‘just cut’ look, but can also ruin your hair stylist’s careful work in the long run and cause your hair to slip into those dreaded waves.

Additionally, you should never use your fingers and hands to set your hair. Fiddling with your hair will undo all of that careful brushing and blow-drying which your hairdresser used to achieve a certain set. If you absolutely have to make some adjustments (particularly if you suffer from unmanageable hair) then make sure you use a brush (but never a comb!).

What To Do That Night

Many of our students and clients find that in the days after getting a haircut their hair tends to twirl just a bit. This is easy to avoid if you remember to use a moisturizing conditioner to set the hair and keep it manageable.

We swear by the benefits of using serum, it not only helps to set your hair, but creates a silky soft appearance. After you’ve conditioned, rinse your hair with cold water to seal the outer layer and then apply the serum to set your hair.

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Taking Care Of Your Haircut By Taking Care Of Your Hair

If you don’t take proper care of your hair you’re going to find yourself sheepishly traipsing back to your hair salon in less than a month between hair appointments. As the only way to deal with split ends is to cut them off, preventing split ends is one of the best ways to extend the life of your haircut. This said, remember to never ignore split ends as they have a tendency to travel up the hair if left untrimmed.

Every celebrity stylist, shampoo ad, and beauty magazine have their own ‘secret’ tools in the war against split ends, but if you’re careful and keep to a few simple rules then you can avoid split ends and put off your next haircut.

Always brush your hair before showering, as brushing helps avoid your hair becoming tangled. Make use of moisturizing shampoos, and ensure that you concentrate your use of the product on any split ends. Use only the tips of your fingers on your scalp and never rub hair together as this will tangle it. Always rinse your conditioner out with cool water to help seal the hair’s outer layer and protect against the outside world.

After washing, squeeze dry your hair with a towel rather than rubbing it, as rubbing can also tangle the hair and will cause breakages when brushing. If your hair does become tangled then invest in a good ‘leave in’ conditioner or de-tangler to help relax the hair. Avoid using hot tools as much as possible; in reality any more than twice a week is really too much. When you absolutely have to use a blow dryer be sure to aim the hot air at the roots and midsection of your hair rather than at the ends.

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Choosing Your Haircut Wisely

When you’re considering a new look think about how much maintenance you want to do in the future. If you choose wisely then your haircut can last you for several months, growing out to look like a longer version of the original style. If this sounds like an attractive idea then to go for a longer, layered cut which will grow out well.

For those of you who prefer to go for a shorter look, it’s a good idea to talk to your hairdresser about going with a ‘pointy cut’ on the ends as this will lead to softer edges as it grows out. Shorter bangs and blunt cuts are always going to need regular maintenance, so avoid these if you’re tight on time or money.

When you’re committing to a style for the long-haul its worth considering paying slightly more for the initial cut, because a skilled hair stylist can create a look that is style-able for several months.

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Talk To Your Stylist

Because every head of hair is different the best advice we can give you is to consult your hairdresser. They’re the person to talk to about the best products and techniques for keeping your haircut looking its very best between hair appointments.


Contributing author Online Hair School This post was put together by the good people over at the Online Hair School, the world’s first online source of quality tutorials in the art of hairdressing. We have created a wide catalogue of simple, no frills, step-by-step tutorials hosted by professional hairdressers with years of experience. You can follow Online Hair School on Twitter for straightforward tips, tricks, offers, and more.


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Easy Braid Hairstyles for Summer 2014

Braid Hairstyles

4 Chic Braid Hairstyles

Summer is the time for fun and carefree hairstyles. You don’t want to spend any more time than necessary in getting your hair ready for the day. Wouldn’t you rather spend that time on the beach, playing volleyball, or on a road trip with your friends? Braids are the quintessential hairstyle for busy women who don’t want to sacrifice style.

The braid trend continues this year and are as hot as ever. Braids are a natural go-to look for women with long or medium-length hair, and that’s especially true now, in the heat of the summer.  Braid hairstyles with an undone effect, or those that are a little messy, are perfect for hot days and sultry nights.  Here are 4 simple braid hairstyles that even those who claim to lack braiding skills, will be able to pull off like the pro’s.


Casual Side Swept Braided Hair

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

This is the perfect choice for women who like to wear at least some of their hair down. For a dramatic effect, start with a deep side part. Take a 1 to 2 inch sections of hair and do a normal 3 strand braid from roots to ends, and tie with an elastic. Or, do a French braid starting at the temple and ending at the nape. You can either softly curl the rest of your hair, or scrunch in texture spray for an undone, messy look. Use a couple of pins to secure the braid underneath.


Braided Headband

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

This is a braided hairstyle that has become popular with celebrities and runway models. This braid can look chic enough for red carpet events, or casual enough to be worn at any summer soiree. Take a 1 to 2 inch section of hair from behind one ear and do a simple 3 strand braid from the roots to the ends, tying it with an elastic.  Sweep the braid up and over to the opposite side using Bobby pins to secure it at the nape.


Simple Braided Ponytail

Braid Hairstyles

Braid Hairstyles

Of all these simple braid hairstyles, this one is my favorite!  It looks super feminine, it’s easy to do, and showcases those big baby blues. Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail. For a sleek lo0k, smooth hair back using a boar bristle brush or a fine tooth comb. For a more casual look, use fingers to comb hair up and back into a high pony.  Take a small section of hair from the ponytail and wrap it around the band. Secure it underneath with pins. Do a 3 strand braid from the ponytail and secure the ends  with an elastic band. For a finished look, mist and smooth with a shine spray.


One Simple Braided Strand 

Braid Hairstyles

This braided hairstyle has a quiet sense of elegance and again, it’s quick and easy to do.  Do a simple 3 strand braid with a 1 to 2-inch section of hair starting close to the crown and working your way to the ends. You can opt to braid more than one section of hair if you like; your choice.  Adding more than one braid changes the mystique of this look, but that’s the beauty of it . . . you can change it up, you have options with braids!

What type of braid do you like to wear during summer time?

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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