Fine hair, or hair with a small diameter, might seem like a dream to those with unruly, curly locks, but it can be a dull, lifeless nightmare for those who have it. The good news is that you do not have to deal with limp, flat, and greasy fine hair. We have gathered up some tips from professional hair care experts, so you can learn the proper way to care for fine hair.
Here is everything you need to know:
1. Consider a Haircut
Split ends are more noticeable when you have fine hair, which is why trimming your hair is an essential part of care. Fine hair also breaks more easily than coarser hair, and it cannot take a lot of abuse. If you notice that your hair is looking limp or has a lot of breakage and split ends, get yourself a trim. You can then prevent dull locks by getting a trim every 6 to 8 weeks.
2. Don’t Wait Too Long to Wash
While people with thicker hair can wait to shampoo their hair, those with finer hair needs to be washed more often, three times a week is recommended to prevent oil and hair-styling products from building up. Again, this is due to the thinness of diameter. Oil from your scalp can descend through the hair strands much more quickly, and that will cause your hair to become greasier, faster.
Also, focus on where you shampoo. Use less shampoo and work it into the roots, since that is where most of the buildup will be. When conditioning, do not put it on the scalp. Rather, work the conditioner into the mid-shaft of the strands.
3. Use The Right Shampoo & Conditioner
Avoid shampoos and conditioners that claim to provide “ultra-hydration” or something similar. Such formulas will add too much weight. To avoid flat hair, opt for a volumizing formula, such as Acca Kappa’s Soft & Volume Shampoo and Mask. The formula is made with lightweight ingredients that leave fine hair looking thicker and fuller than ever before.
And you might be thinking, “Aren’t heavy conditioners, like masks, bad for my fine hair?” The truth is that hair masks can be truly beneficial. Use it before you shampoo, and you will get all the nourishment without your hair looking too heavy or oily.
4. Dry With Low Heat
The vulnerability of fine hair means that you can’t subject it to intense heat. Hair stylists also advise against heat styling. But this does not mean you have to chuck your curling iron and swear off the blow dryer. As long as you follow a couple of rules, you can protect fine hair from heat-related damage. First, always apply a thermal protectant before using heat like Acca Kappa’s hair Protecting Fluid. Next, don’t use the blow dryer on the hottest setting. Use the low setting and blow along the direction the stands grow. You can use your hands along the roots to lift the hair until it’s about 80% dry.
5. Get Yourself a Nice Brush and Comb
Once your hair is nearly dry, grab a soft round boar bristle brush, like the Beechwood Thermo-natura from Acca Kappa, to complete the drying process. Remember, your strands are extremely delicate, so you should never pull or tug at your locks. Pair your daily routine with this looped bristle brush and a wide-toothed comb for twice daily brushing and detangling. If you have tangles, begin at the bottom and comb downward. That will ease the knots free. From there, you can proceed with brushing until your hair dries completely.
So, are you ready to get lustrous locks? Fine hair may not be as easy to care for as other types, but knowing how to care for fine hair can change everything. It comes down to finding the right shampoo, conditioner, and brushes.