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18 Ways to Show Fine Flat Hair Who’s Boss

We Asked Top Pros How to Make The Most of What You’ve Got

Tip #1 Choosing Styles ~~ Short or long, fine hair looks best with strong, blunt perimeter lines, says Shelly Wilson. A stylist and manager at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio in Chicago. Consider face-framing highlights to create the illusion of depth and fullness “If you want layers, try some disconnected ones to avoid stringy ends. When blow drying, use a lightweight root-lifter and start applying heat with a round brush at the roots. Hold the brush in place and use the cool button for a few seconds to lock the style in place.”

Tip #2 Texture Sprays ~~ Fine hair that’s worn straight can have a shattered effect with the right combination of layers. For fine hair with a natural wave, says David Barron, owner of Barron’s London Salon in Atlanta, GA, add texture sprays to enhance the bend.

Tip #3 Thickening Shampoos ~~ To create an illusion of fullness avoid over-texturizing or layering, which thins out the ends, says Bekim Benjamin Osmani, creative director and co-owner of Salon Gaboa USA in Clearwater FL. Try not to shampoo daily . . . Every other day, use a dry shampoo, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Also, you can use Nioxin Diamax Thickening Treatment, which claims to significantly increase the diameter of existing hair strands.

Tip #4 Use Volumizing Products ~~ To encourage volume and help it hold all day, layer in volumizing products, suggests Lynn Jacobs, a stylist at Up in Tangles in Cypress, TX. “For maximum, volume when blow drying, use a round brush and lift hair straight up as you dry.”

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Tip #5 Use Visual Deception ~~ Adding texture creates style support and volume . . . Or at least the illusion of it. Try coloring or highlighting your hair or use a curling wand to add instant texture and movement. For some great ideas for visual deception techniques for fine flat hair check out our Pinterest Fine Hair board.

Tip #6 Skip the Brush ~~ To add bounce, skip the brush, which flattens hair, and style with the pads of your fingers, says Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys in San Diego, CA. Start with damp hair and add a Volumizer (try Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumier Spray at the roots. “Set your dryer on high and massage your scalp clockwise all around. This expands the cuticle and boosts volume. Next, pop in a few large hot rollers on top layers only . . . They add movement, while keeping your look modern, not matronly.”

Tip #7 Use a Volumizing Powder ~~ Volumizing powders that go to the roots “salt shaker” style are the newest way to get a boost of volume. Naz Kupelian, who owns a namesake salon in Boston, created Naz Kupelian Poudre, which becomes colorless once it’s on the hair. To use it, apply mousse (try Naz Kupelian Foaming Sea Salt mousse, which is salt-based to swell the cuticle) and blow-dry, then flat-iron hair. Finally, lightly tap the Poudre shaker all around the crown area and fluff out your locks.

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Tip #8 Don’t Forget Conditioning ~~ Many women with fine hair don’t use conditioner because it “weighs down” hair or makes the cuticle too compact and flat, but this is a big mistake! Over time, hair becomes dry, dull and brittle. Always use conditioner, putting it on the ends only if you’re afraid to inhibit lift, says Osmani.

Tip #9 Choosing Products ~~ Fine flat hair is a tricky problem to deal with. You want to find hair care products that will thicken the strands or give it more volume, but at the same time you do not want to go for formulas that are too harsh as they can cause fine flat hair to become limper.

It is recommended that you take the middle path, therefore, to ensure that you are striking the iron on both. Or, you can invest in products specifically created for fine flat hair. There are tons of them and you only have to do some digging to uncover them. But you do not have to because I have outlined all of the things you need to know about choosing the right product as well as a guide on which products to look for.

Tip #10 Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner ~~ Fine flat hair does not need conditioners, because it can weigh the hair down further. However, if you were to use a conditioner make sure to go for ones formulated to fortify your scalp and strands so that it promotes growth of new hair and reinforce follicles so you are less likely to suffer from more breakage. Stay away from creamy shampoos. The best choices for fine flat hair are clear shampoos.

Tip #11 Volumising Spray ~~ This product can put fine flat hair to the rescue! However, be extra careful when you spritz this volumising spray to ensure that only the sides are applied and not the top of the hair. The product should be sprayed on damp hair. Refrain from using a blow dryer later, but instead wait for hair to air dry because the latter gives more volume to hair than when it is dried straight from shower using heated air.

Tip #12 Finishing Texture Spray ~~ This is a great product to use for anyone wishing to add more body and wave to their fine, flat hair, in addition to giving it volume. Depending on what specific finishing texture sprays you’ve got, some can also give additional hold and shine. Spray this to every inch of your hair when you are done styling. The body and volume will no doubt make you feel like this product is a godsend for your fine flat hair.

Tip #13 Volumising Mousse ~~ If you’re afraid to use a gel that gives your hair unnatural hold and body, switch to a volumising mousse created specifically to boost hair volume. A tennis ball-sized amount should work for most lengths. Then, use a wide tooth comb to run the product throughout your hair. Finishing it off in a blow dryer should give your hair amazing volume and body.

Tip #14 Volumising Mask ~~ As part of your lasting hair treatment for fine flat hair, you need to invest in a volumising mask as part of your hair care kit. Avoid letting the product touch the scalp. Instead, apply it from mid-shaft to the ends. Take it off and do not let the product sit too long. For best results, choose a volumising mask that contains tea tree oil.

Tip #15 Read Product Labels ~~ Check the labels to see if a product is formulated for fine flat hair. The chemical formula for most products for fine flat hair is gentler and designed to boost hair strands to make them thicker and healthier.

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Tip #16 Know your hair ~~ Not all fine flat hair is the same. You need to assess what kind of products or brands had worked for you in the past and stick with that.

Tip #17 Avoid Synthetic Dyes and Sulfates ~~ Stay away from products that contain sulfate or synthetic dyes that can further weigh hair down and make it look limper.

If you have fine flat hair, take time to remember and practice the tips above to aid you in providing proper hair care that is suitable for your hair type.

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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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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

 

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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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What’s Your Best Hair Style if You Have Fine,Thin Hair?

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Have Fine, Thin Hair?  Take a Look at These Options

Having baby fine or thin hair was once thought of as being the kiss-of-death. But it’s just not true, just take a look at what the right cut or color can do for adding shape, definition and volume!

 

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Fine Thin Hair Styles

The inverted bob is a classic haircut for fine hair or thin hair. The shorter hair in back pushes the longer hair in front out and the graduating layers in back stack up for fullness above the occipital bone. This haircut for fine hair gives movement, fullness and an adorable profile.

 

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A Short Crop Hair Style

A short pixie haircut like Haley Berry’s is the perfect look for fine hair. Whether your hair is wavy, curly or straight, a short cut like this is quick and easy to style . . . a little dab of a light gel will mold your hair into a tousled bed-head style, or smoothed sleek look.

 

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A Short Shag Haircut

A short shag haircut with choppy layers is perfect for fine hair.  Wispy, texturized layers allow the hair to look fuller. Use a volumizing mousse and blow-dry upside down. Flip up and flip out ends for extra fullness.

 

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Cropped Haircut

Cropped haircuts make fine, thin hair look thicker. The added length gives weight and bulk to this short cut.

 

A note about products . . .

Too much hair product is the kiss-of-death for fine and thin hair. Less is always better than more when it comes to using product on your hair type. Stay away from hair conditioners and other products that will weigh down the hair. Fine, thin hair usually looks best when shampooed daily with the appropriate shampoo. Look for a daily shampoo or a volumizing shampoo that will leave your hair ‘squeaky clean.’ The cleaner your hair, the more body and fullness it will have.

There are countless products and styling tricks that promise to make fine, thin hair look more voluminous, but the best way to build volume into fine hair or thin hair is to always starts with a great haircut!

So, what’s your best hair style? For more haircuts for fine hair check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.

For further discussion on how to add volume and fullness to your hair you might want to check out these other articles:

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