Fine hair is beyond annoying. For those of us who have the flimsy, flyaway strands, sprouting from our scalp, know that too much product is a no no but too little is also a big no. So how do you find a happy medium and have those voluminous locks you’ve always wished for?
We don’t all have time for a Kardashian hair care routine every morning, nor do we have their trusty stylist on hand. So I’ve pulled together my go to products, along with tips and tricks from the best in the industry, to get you through the winter months and let your hair stand out (in a good way) this party season. Because from one fine haired girl to another, I feel your pain.
I know I’m guilty of washing my hair too much but, I can’t escape that cycle of washing my hair pretty much every morning. Yes, it destroys the natural oils in your hair and makes fine hair even finer, but sometimes dry shampoo just doesn’t cut the mustard.
My fellow fine haired friends will understand the lack of volume we have, so to conquer that I use the budget friendly L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Air range. I’m yet to find a better product on the high street, that gives real volume, without weighing hair down. A top tip from L’Oréal Professional UK editorial ambassador, Adam Reed, recommends blasting your hair with cold water after rinsing your conditioner out to give it an extra boost.
I also tend to only condition the ends of my hair and stay clear of the scalp as that can really make fine hair dull and greasy. Jen Atkin (does she even need introducing) tells her clients to dry their hair with an old cotton t-shirt instead of a towel after they shower, as wet strands are much more fragile and prone to breakage, and the harsh fibers of a towel can be too aggressive. I can’t live without my Tangle Teezer (I have four) and haven’t found a better alternative for matted hair, I use one in the shower to make sure it doesn’t snap of when I try to brush it dry.
The best conditioning hair mask I have found so far is the sensational Roots and Rituals Ultra-Hydrating Mask. It’s so creamy, leaves your hair smelling yummy all day and seals split ends.
WHAT TO USE IN THE SHOWER FOR FINE HAIR
AT THE SALON
Ask for blunt cut, with minimal layers to avoid losing weight and depth, think a long bob (lob) a la Olivia Culpo. I love that feeling of chunky ends when you leave the hair dressers chair!
If you’re blond like me, when getting colour, ask for a mixture of highlights and lowlights to avoid a one dimensional all over colour that can look dull and flat, giving no movement to our poor fine hair. Balayage can work really well but make sure the highlights are fine to keep your hair looking natural.
I’m in love with the Aveda Pure Abundance Volume Booster, it’s designed to thicken fine hair with a botanical blend and gives limp strands the hold they need for body that lasts all day. I apply this sparingly to the roots and through the ends then rough dry my hair, upside down, with my favourite Panasonic Nanoe Hair Dryer, with the diffuser attached.
Finish your styling prep, by applying the lightweight oil from Roots and Rituals to the ends, for sleek, frizz-free and smooth hair all day
HOW TO STYLE FINE HAIR
We all know good skin starts from within and if you aren’t eating well, a breakout is the first sign that your body isn’t happy with you. So why would the rules be any different for your hair? Iron and Zinc found in legumes, nuts, seeds, oats and fish, are great sources to improve the overall health of your hair. I also take a fish oil capsule daily, as I think they keep my hair glossy and strong and I’d recommend the following supplements.
SUPPLEMENTS THAT BOOST HAIR GROWTH
How are you looking after your hair this winter? Let me know in the comments below or share with me on social.