Hair dusting is a technique in which you don’t get rid of any hair length, but only the damaged hair tips. This can be done by snipping the very bottom of each hair strand. Think of it in terms of removing fuzz from clothes. The point is to get rid of hair that no longer serves you. Hair gets damaged because of weather, coloring, bad haircuts, hot tools, and most of time, just the age of the hair.
The technique works on any hair type or texture, but for ladies with very wavy or curly hair, the stylist will need to smooth it out to see the damaged ends that need to be dusted. It won’t thin out your hair either—in fact, in the long run, it does quite the opposite. By removing split ends regularly, you keep the damage from creeping up your strands. That’s incredibly important for those who color treat or style their hair with heat tools regularly.
These are cut off vertically, working along the entire length of the hair. For best results, first of all the hair is straightened (the technique can work on curly hair, too): when the hair’s smooth, split ends are more visible, as they stick out from the rest. In the struggle against split ends, hair dusting is actually more effective than simply chopping off a couple of centimeters because ends are often split much higher up the hair shaft, not just at the longest part. Hair dusting deals with the entire length of the hair so all the split ends can be removed.
Not all stylists are masters of hair dusting though, so make sure to verify that your hairdresser can do the job properly. It goes without saying, dusting needs to be up to snuff for the outcome to be hair that looks and feels enviably healthy.
Split ends are a result of the fraying or separating of the hair strand into two or more fragments. This is due to damage caused by excessive stress on the follicle. Even though the only way to completely get rid of split ends is by snipping them off, there are things you can do to prevent them from cropping up in the first place and to stop them from climbing further.
RETHINK THE WAY YOU TOWEL DRY YOUR HAIR
Your hair is actually most vulnerable during the drying process, so the way you treat it after a shower will make a huge difference to the number of split ends you have to deal with.
Rubbing your hair dry with a towel will only promote more breakage, and the last thing you want is for those splits to travel upwards. Instead, apply pressure by gently squeezing the excess water out of the hair using a towel.
RE-ASSESS YOUR BLOW-DRYING TECHNIQUE
We’re all guilty of blasting dripping wet hair with a hairdryer, but if you’re serious about preventing split ends, it really pays to allow your hair to air dry as much as possible before letting loose with the dryer. Anywhere from 60% – 90% dry is ideal. The longer you leave your hair exposed to heat, the more damage is likely to occur.
Even better? Miss the ends out completely.
Invest in a quality heat protectant and avoid placing heat directly on to the ends of the hair. Focus more on the roots and mid lengths – leave the ends to dry from the secondary heat and always keep the nozzle moving constantly for an even distribution of heat. Also try your best to dry on a cold air setting.
Never touch the nozzle to the hair directly. Even rough-drying hair means applying heat, so if you really want to protect it, just use your hairdryer to create shape and to smooth the cuticles. Position it just above the hair and brush.
BIN YOUR BRUSH
It might not feel like it, but hair is much more flexible and prone to damage when wet. Your trusty paddle brush? It could be doing more harm than good.
It’s always good to start with a wide tooth comb. You don’t need to add pressure or brush vigorously, especially if you start at the bottom of your hair and work your way up, otherwise, you’re just dragging the knots.
Makes sense, right? And you should really be taking your time at this stage to prevent causing any damage. There’s no harm in splitting your hair into sections to brush it.
BEEF UP YOUR HAIR CARE ROUTINE
You can’t repair split ends permanently, but there are some amazing products out there that have the ability to make them much less obvious. Smooth, sleek hair? Yes please. Damaged split ends crave moisture. Try using moisturizing hair masks and oils.
BOOK A KERATIN TREATMENT
Keratin treatments are totally worthy of their game-changer status and are especially amazing if you suffer with fuzzy, parched split ends – not a good look.
So, how do they work? Well, they harness a large dose of proteins (mainly keratin), which, when blow-dried into the hair, smooths and reinforces the fragile strands that would usually be prone to fraying. It also lends a mirror-like shine and cuts styling time in half.
SWITCH UP YOUR SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER
While there are no magic shampoos or conditioners that will get rid of split ends, choosing something filled to the brim with moisturizing ingredients can help disguise them.
They also work to strengthen and protect strands against other factors that contribute to them, such as coloring.
THINK ABOUT GETTING A SILK PILLOWCASE
A silk pillowcase won’t cure split ends but it’s more of a luxury preventative measure, as is tying your hair in a loose ponytail while you sleep.
GET A TRIM
If you’re growing your hair, the last thing you probably want to do is book in for a trim, but the longer you leave it in between salon appointments, the more likely you are to cause further breakage – and really, a haircut is the only thing that will completely eradicate split ends. The hair follicle will just continue to break and snap along the hair shaft otherwise.
To be clear, the only way to truly banish this dreaded hair affliction is to snip the split ends off. However, you can treat them so they’re less noticeable between cuts.
Are your locks in need of a major refresh after the wild year that was 2018? We are right there with you. Nothing makes us feel more refreshed than a new haircut. That’s why, with the new year right around the corner, we decided to share some of the 2019 trends so you can start booking your next hair appointment.
Inspired by the ’70s revival and popular celebrities like Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss, a new shorter length is set to be the standout hairstyle for 2019.
Blunt cut suits all face shapes because the length can be adjusted to flatter the face, while the bluntness can help thicken up thin hair and soften thick hair depending upon the way it’s styled. In fact, done correctly it will do wonders for your bone structure and is often the gateway to an even shorter ‘do. But, if you’re going for a drastic cut from long to short, ask your hairdresser to show you the different ways of styling your new hair.
Age-inclusivity has finally blossomed in the beauty industry, which means individuals are not only dying their hair a fashion-forward silver but are embracing their natural grey hairs too.
Work with a colorist to try to get the hairline as light as your natural grey. If the eye sees the lightest color against the face it will give the appearance of being totally grey.
You might also want to consider cutting your hair, as the shorter you go the more any existing color you are using will be cut out, thus exposing more of the natural color and grey.
If you cast your mind back to the early nighties, you might recall the army of women who embraced pin-straight hair. Now, love it or loathe it, it’s back.
MODERN TOP KNOTS
Top-knots used to be the hairstyle of choice only if you had three-day old hair or weren’t leaving the house, but then Chanel’s Fall 2018 ready-to-wear show happened. The models appeared on the runway as if they had literally just thrown their hair up into the up-do and suddenly ‘undone’ hair was cool again.
The trick to the perfect ‘imperfectly perfect’ bun, is to tie your hair into a ponytail before twisting it into a bun, so that the ends remain loose and messy.
The impossibly smooth and super shiny ‘glass hair’ finish trended on Instagram towards the latter end of 2018, and in 2019 it’s set to make it mainstream.
A lack of volume is one of the most common hair concerns for women and the reason why there are so many volumizing shampoo formulas on the market. It’s no wonder then that our personal fascination with adding body to our tresses has triggered a trend for extreme volume.
Bid adieu to millennial pink as a new pastel hair trend has emerged, with searches for lilac tresses increasing by a staggering 1,077 percent in the end of 2018.
Want your blonde bright, sunny and vibrant without having to hit the hairdressers (and your bank balance) every 6 weeks? It’s not too much to ask; here are some easy ways to get more blonde for your buck.
WASH YOUR HAIR LESS
Essentially washing your hair is what causes color to fade the most, so get to grips with dry shampoo. Hair Hack: apply some at night so it absorbs oil as you sleep.
USE A BLONDE FORMULA
When you invest in your next dry shampoo make it one for blondes. These formulas have a hint of color that will revitalize your locks and help blend in any root re-growth.
CHOOSE COLOUR-SAFE SHAMPOO
Don’t underestimate the claims ‘color safe’ shampoos and conditioners make – they work! Only stick to fade-fighting formulas or you’ll be washing money down the drain.
END WITH A COOL RINSE
Everyone can benefit from this trick. Simply finish your wash with cool water which works to close the hair cuticles, reducing fade and promoting shine.
TRY A PURPLE TONER FOR BRASSINESS
If you notice your blonde going brassy, alternate your color-safe shampoo with a purple one, intended for hair color-correction. The lilac counteracts orange therefore acting as an effective toner.
COUNTERACT CHLORINE WITH KETCHUP
If you’re a swimmer you might notice your blonde hair can develop a green tinge. Remedy this with a tomato ketchup mask, left on for 20 minutes. The red neutralizes the green, leaving locks true-blonde again.
WASH YOUR HAIR WITH BEER
Another hair hack from your kitchen: A blend of beer and lemon juice coating your tresses while you sit in the sun will brighten your blonde.
REFLECT THE LIGHT WITH SHINE SPRAY
Shine sprays have light reflecting particles which can help illuminate your hair. Make a mist of this your last step when styling to add brilliance to your blonde.
How To Brighten Blonde Hair At Home
More women are going blonde for the summer. It seems there’s a wave of blonde highlights everywhere there are women. If highlights are on the list of things to do, try not to damage the hair with harsh chemicals. Instead, use alternatives to harsh ingredients.
Try a homemade recipe to highlight dull looking hair. It’s best to use natural ingredients, especially if you’re allergic to the chemicals in store-bought brands. Besides, it’s a lot cheaper to do it at home with natural remedies than to buy online or off the shelves.
Without further ado, let’s find look at a few home remedies:
Not only does it look tempting, but it smells fantastic, too.
Mix cinnamon powder and conditioner in a small container or pour into the palm. After the two are mixed, cover as much of the entire head as possible. Combing or brushing the hair thoroughly will help spread the mixture.
Put the hair into a ponytail or bun and cover with stocking or shower cap. Cut the lights off and go to sleep. When morning comes, rinse the hair first and then wash it. Repeat as often as desired.
There are no side effects to using cinnamon on the hair and scalp to keep blonde highlights bright.
2] Honey, Olive Oil, and Vinegar
Another great recipe for keeping blonde highlights their brightest is as follows:
- One cup of raw honey
- One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Two cups of vinegar together
- One tablespoon of cinnamon or ground cardamom
Stir until smooth and apply to moist hair. Brush or comb through for even distribution or the areas where highlights are to go. When ready, wrap hair using plastic wrap, swim cap, shower cap or is a towel.
Leave the ingredients in overnight and rinse/wash out the next morning. What’s so fascinating about this recipe? The honey has tiny traces of hydrogen peroxide in it, so the hair gets lightened further.
3] Salt Water
Mix water and salt together to get an all-natural highlight. Take a part of salt with five parts of water and rinse the hair but don’t wash out yet. Let the salt water stay in the hair for about 15 minutes and rinse.
How To Keep Your Hair Blonde After Bleaching
4] Chamomile Tea
Who knew chamomile tea would help keep blonde highlights bright? Evidently, lots of people knew to use it as a lightener. Try this recipe to extend the life of the dye.
- One tea bag
- Cup of water
Boil water and steep the bag of tea for approximately ten minutes. When the water is cool, rinse the hair with the tea and leave in the hair for up to 15 minutes. Repeat two or three times before washing or shampooing.
5] Lemon Juice
You can brighten blonde highlights with lemon juice. Take one cup of water and two tablespoons of pure lemon juice and pour it on the hair. Relax in the sunlight and let the hair dry. The bonus is getting a slight tan while laying out in the sun.
6] Baking Soda
Lots of people use baking soda every day for numerous reasons, but never thought to try it to keep blonde highlights bright. It also strips the hair of buildup of harmful chemicals. The only negative aspect of using baking soda is lightening won’t happen overnight. However, it will work.
How to Lighten Already Bleached Hair
Typically, a semi-permanent dye doesn’t last as long as permanent hair color. If bleaching the hair at home, remember to go one or two levels lighter than the original hair color or darker if that’s the goal.
Most box dyes come with a chart to help determine the color before and after, with ten being the lightest blonde. Sometimes, it doesn’t come out the way we see it in the magazines. With this said, no one said it had to remain that color.
There are ways to correct a botched bleach job. Let’s check them out:
1] Clarifying Shampoos
Use a clarifying shampoo to strip away any color. Some shampoos contain chemicals that harm hair. Ironically, it’s the stuff that makes the lather people love when washing their hair. If anyone is unfortunate enough to use a brand such as this, they will require a deep conditioner when done.
2] Use Color-Removing Products
If not satisfied with the results, you should remove the new color and return it to the original hair color. Find the best solution for the problem, regardless of whether it’s a color that’s too light or too dark.
The summer is one of the worst times for keeping blonde highlights bright. People tend to participate in water sports, and by doing so, it could turn the highlights green even. Stylists recommend using a red-based toner to fix dull blonde hair.
Hard water can fade highlights and make the hair appear more yellow or brassy than anticipated. This, too, is an easy fix. Try a violet-based shampoo and conditioner to keep unwanted hues at bay and lighten blonde hair.
Often, the hair gets drier following a bleach or dye treatment. Of course, dry hair is drab hair. The more the hair is highlighted, the more it becomes dry and brittle. Use a hydrating shampoo or mask to keep the hair moist. Make sure they are sulfate-free, however.
Protein is vital to the hair. It serves as a barrier, so the moisture doesn’t escape the strands, and it will make the hair and roots stronger as well.
If you thought that there was some universal rule that a haircut must involve the cutting of wet hair, think again. In fact, taking scissors to dry hair has never been more popular. That’s because for certain hair types and styles, getting snipped when your hair is completely dry can actually improve the results—as well as improve the condition of your hair too.
1) Dry cutting is a friend to people with curly and wavy hair.
Anyone with temperamental ringlets or waves knows that exactly where you slice and dice can make a big difference in whether you like the end result – and it can be harder to tell where the curls are going to lie when your hair is soaking wet. Cutting while the curls are doing their thing means your stylist can pick and choose where to cut so that they lie atop one another just right.
2) It can get you in and out of the salon faster.
Ever notice how, after you have a traditional, wet haircut and your stylist has dried your hair she often has to go back over it again with the scissors, trimming here and there? Doing it dry to begin with eliminates most of this second-round work.
3) It can be gentler on fragile, thinning hair.
Wet hair is more fragile and elastic (especially if over processed or fine), and can be prone to snapping while it’s being combed over and over during a wet cut. You’re likely to shed fewer strands during the whole process if you have a dry cut.
4) There may be fewer surprises.
Because hair is so stretchy when wet, it looks much longer, and this is especially true for people with very curly hair. Cutting the hair when it’s already dry allows the stylist to trim just the right amount off – and eliminates the shock factor that can come right after a cut, when it can bounce up way more than anyone expected.
5) It can be more precise.
When you dry cut you really get to see the movement of the hair, where most of the weight is and how much really needs to be cut off. Making it an ideal choice for fine or thin hair as well. One more bonus: You can see split ends more clearly when the hair is dry!
6) It’s 100% tailored to you.
When hair is cut wet, many stylists are just following a formula and doing the movements that they were taught in school. But, when you cut dry, you are receiving a completely individual, custom haircut.
How To Deal With A Bad Haircut
Have you ever found yourself leaving the salon with a cut that was not exactly what you wanted or was and now you realize that you made a mistake? Well here are some helpful ways to deal with a bad haircut.
Wash Your Hair
You never really know how a hairstyle looks until you start from scratch and try it yourself. We firmly believe stylists actually go to some special school and develop magical hair powers, which is why we can never make our hair look the same as when it’s freshly cut. Wash it and try to style it yourself to get the best hair possible.
Let Bobby Pins Become A Way Of Life
Even though bobby pins have a way of disappearing before our very eyes (really, though, where do they all go?), you can use the little tools to create some pretty neat hairstyles — no hair tie or hair length necessary.
Try New Styles
Unfortunately, you’re stuck with this cut until your hair grows out. Make the best of it by trying new styles, products or tools. Don’t be afraid to dust off the crimper that’s been hiding under your bathroom cabinet for a decade.
Master The Top Knot
Placing a bun on top of your head is basically the solution to everything. If you still have the length, try to perfect the top knot, messy bun, or the ballerina bun to disguise a less-than-perfect haircut.
Big headbands look great on everyone and can cover up those annoying short layers that simply won’t reach all the way to your bun.
Step Up Your Accessory Game
This is more of a distraction mechanism, but who’s to say your crush won’t notice your chunky necklace or statement earrings before he/she notices your bangs? Also, retail therapy always helps.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Hurting Your Stylist’s Feelings
If you don’t like the cut, tell your stylist. It’s not going to hurt her feelings and she can even learn from your style. In my case, my hairstylist did a great job with the cut, I just didn’t like it! Now we both know to never try bangs again.
Braids Are Best
Braids > everything. If you haven’t mastered French braiding or the fishtail braid yet, now is the time. You can have bangs, layers, or length with a good braid style.
Celebrate The Good Hair Days
As you’re trying new styles or watching your hair grow back out to its norm, remember to remain optimistic. Maybe even get a little too excited about when you love the way your hair looks. Every reason is a good reason to have a mini-dance party.
Rainbow hair is awesome. Whether you opt for some sand art hair or a My Little Pony-inspired mane, rocking a head full of color is a super fresh way to switch up your look. However, as amazing as a rainbow-colored head can look, it can also be super high maintenance. Especially if you have naturally dark hair. If you’ve been deterred from trying the trend just for that reason, we have a solution for you. Introducing: colombré.
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For colombré, rather than lightening the bottom half of the hair to a blond shade, the midshaft to the ends are transformed into a creative color, like blue, pink, purple, or turquoise. It leaves the top half of hair a darker, natural shade with a gradual shift down to creative color. We’ve seen the look sported with a range of colors, and we’ve also seen it with just one – it looks equally as cool either way.
Boldly colored hair is the thing right now! The half-and-half hair dye is definitely still having a moment, along with cool pixelated hair dye and metallic silver hair dye looks. All of them are worth trying, but we love the colombré look the most.
In our personal experience with it, the best part of colombré is how the colored dye continues to look beautiful as it fades. Because the color is mixed into the bottom half of your hair, there’s no root touch-ups to deal with. Plus, a topknot with a pop of color is basically the best thing ever.
If you’ve been thinking about taking the color plunge, colombré could be a great way to jump on the bandwagon. Not only is it a slightly subtler way to try out the look, but it’s also more evenly integrated with your natural locks, making it much less maintenance than a dye job that starts at the roots.
It’s nice having the option to do quick root touch-ups in between your salon visits. Especially when your big interview, hot date, or company gala happens to conveniently fall the week before your next color appointment and you need to camouflage those would-be grey saboteurs STAT.
These days we have plenty of options at our fingertips for color touch-ups from sprays, to crayons, to mascaras, powders and even OTC “root touch-up kits”. It can be confusing to figure out what your best options are. Instead of playing the trial and error game (and trust me, the “error” part can be a nightmare to correct when it comes to your precious locks) let’s review some of the most popular choices we have and determine which ones would be perfect for your specific hair situation and which ones to steer clear of:
DRUG STORE ROOT TOUCH UP KITS:
WHAT IT IS:Usually sold as a one-time-use box set of semi-permanent hair-color paired with an applicator brush for easier regrowth application.
THE GOOD:Only one application is needed and is not formulated to wash away.
THE BAD:Because of the permanency of this type of product, using a root touchup kit that is even half a shade too dark can result in “banding” and other color inconsistencies. If you have a multi-service color regimen (i.e.: base color and highlights), one accidental slip of that applicator brush or faulty sectioning could ruin your highlights or create unsightly spots and uneven color in the hair.
THE BOTTOM LINE:Anything you buy in a box that requires you to mix two or more ingredients together to create a chemical reaction has some sort of permanency in the hair and is a risk that you’ll have to decide for yourself whether or not is worth taking. Being a “Kitchen Beautician” to save a few bucks in between professional services may seem like a good idea, and sometimes it works out just fine… but sometimes it doesn’t. So, buyer beware: Corrective color services require far more work than the usual maintenance regimen, often times racking up a costly bill.
WHAT IT IS: Essentially, it’s like mascara- for your roots! These temporary colors can be swiped onto unsightly greys for instant coverage.
THE GOOD:Inexpensive ($8-$12 for a tube that lasts months), easy to apply and shampoos out, therefore will not affect or interfere with your regular salon maintenance regimen.
THE BAD:Many hair mascaras leave a slightly tacky residue anywhere it is applied. Colored residue may wear off on clothing or pillowcases.
THE BOTTOM LINE:This is perfect for any style worn up (ponytails, etc.) but some users are bothered by the texture of the residue when the hair is worn down. This is not the type of product you would want to constantly run your hands through all day.
WHAT IT IS:They look almost like eyeshadow palettes but contain pressed power and an applicator brush used to disguise roots.
THE GOOD:One great feature of this type of product is the ability to touch up highlights by using a “blonde” powder on dark roots. The light weight power coats the hair seamlessly with no residual texture. Touchup powders are easy to apply and shampoo right out, therefore will not affect or interfere with your regular salon maintenance regimen.
THE BAD:Colored residue may wear off on clothing or pillowcases and dark colored powders may show up on the scalp.
THE BOTTOM LINE:My personal favorite for touching up blonde highlights. Just watch out on a rainy day.
WHAT IT IS:Touch up markers generally contain a temporary dye used to conceal greys in between salon visits.
THE GOOD:Most touchup markers are formulated to shampoo out, so that they do not affect or interfere with your regular salon maintenance regimen. The color is usually weightless & water resistant (must be shampooed out) and are less likely to rub off on clothing or pillowcases.
THE BAD:Markers require a bit more tact to apply. Users are advised to use a comb (usually included) to avoid accidentally coloring their scalp when applying. Touchup markers are generally more expensive than their mascara or powdered counterparts running upwards of $30+.
THE BOTTOM LINE:Great for seamless root touchups but not for highlight touchups. Application may take a little more time and skill. The water resistance is a plus and will withstand light rain or perspiration.
WHAT IT IS: A colored spray for quick and easy grey coverage. The amount of coverage and level of lightness/darkness can be customized by the number of coats.
THE GOOD: The fine, aerosol mist creates seamless coverage and just like the previous three options, touch up aerosols are formulated to shampoo out, so that they cause no harm to or interfere with your regular salon maintenance regimen. The color is usually weightless and water resistant (must be shampooed out) and less likely to rub off on clothing or pillowcases.
THE BAD: Not recommended for pulled back styles (i.e.: ponytails) since it’s difficult (however not impossible if you’re crafty enough) to spray near the hairline without getting a weird looking tan on your forehead 😉
THE BOTTOM LINE: These are easy to apply AND water resistant (most brands are but be sure to check the label). They’re great for styles worn down, but not recommended for pulled back styles.
Talk Options with Your Colorist:
If you’re finding yourself in need of touching up your own roots more often than not, then it may be time to discuss other color options with your colorist. Are you an “every 5-weeker”? Try switching to every 4 weeks instead. It’s amazing the difference one week can make. If going to the salon more frequently is not going to fly with your budget, then consider changing your color. If your hair is 60% grey or more, consider going with a lighter base so there is less contrast when your roots grow in. If you’re a heavily highlighted blonde, consider switching from heavy highlights to soft, hand-painted balayage for a softer, less apparent regrowth line. Not in favor of changing your color? If your colorist works in a busy salon with colleagues at different price levels, ask if it would be okay to alternate between your beloved colorist and a lower priced associate so that you can come in more frequently and still get the same consistent color formula. Any good colorist will be more than happy to work with you to find a perfect regimen that fits your tastes, lifestyle and budget. Remember, the key to great hair and a happy client/stylist relationship is clear communication.
If you have fine hair, you know it can be both a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, your skinny strands don’t need as much product to coat them. Often, fine hair is naturally silky and smooth, and responds to heat styling easily.
But the downsides, on the other hand, are all too real. From tangles to lack of volume, fine hair sometimes takes some finagling to look great. If you’re frustrated by all the bombshell blowouts you see on the runway, you’re not alone. But the good news is: with the right routine, care, and products, you can whip your fine hair into shape!
What is Fine Hair?
Fine hair describes your hair’s texture, which is classified in terms of the width, diameter or circumference of the actual hair strands. If you have fine hair, your individual strands are smaller in diameter, while coarse hair has a thicker diameter.
Note: Not sure what type of hair you have? A simple hair texture test can give you the answer. Pluck a strand of hair and rub it between your fingers. If you can’t feel it, your hair strands are fine. If you can feel it between your fingertips, you have medium hair. If it feels thick and coarse, you have coarse hair.
What’s the Difference Between Fine and Thin Hair?
When you run your hands through your hair, does it feel like there’s not much there? Keep in mind this doesn’t necessarily mean you have fine hair — it may just be thin.
While similar sounding, these are different qualities or traits that hair can have. “Fine” hair references the thickness of the strand, as with the texture test we described above. Having “thin” hair references the density of the follicles, or how close individual strands are to each other. It’s entirely possible to have hair that is both fine and thick, or coarse and thin. If the concept is still confusing to you, think about this: When men are balding, the concept used to describe the hair is “thinning” because they have less densely populated hair in a particular area.
How to Care for Fine Hair
Fine hair can be easily cared for with the right products for your hair type. As always, it’s best to start in the shower. To avoid limp strands, wash every day to every other day with a volumizing shampoo. When you’re ready for conditioner, this is where it gets tricky. While you want to keep you locks conditioned, of course, overly-moisturized hair can end up flat and lifeless. If your roots get greasy fast, as fine hair tends to do, minimize the amount of conditioner you use and focus on the ends rather than your roots. You can also master this balancing act by using a leave-in treatment that will help repair, restore, and detangle your locks. Spray this on after your shower, and again, focus on the ends instead of the roots.
After your shower, keep in mind that hair is much more susceptible to breakage when it’s wet — especially fine hair! Pat the moisture out of your hair with a towel rather than vigorously rubbing it. Avoid brushing your hair while it’s wet for the same reason. When time allows, let your hair air dry to prevent heat damage. If you must use heat, use a low temperature — and don’t forget to apply a heat protectant first!
The old adage “you are what you eat” applies to your hair, too. Be sure to add biotin-rich foods into your diet, like nuts, bananas, and egg yolks. If you don’t think you’re getting enough biotin from diet alone, supplements are also an option.
Common Fine-Hair Concerns
Maintaining and styling fine hair presents unique challenges. Here are a few of the common concerns, and how to combat them!
Tricks for Tangles
- Condition hair well. Ensuring your hair is properly moisturized is the best way to keep tangles at bay. The softer the hair strand, the less likely it will intertwine with other strands. Once a week, try a deep conditioner to boost your strands.
- Minimize blow drying. Allow your hair to mostly air dry before bringing out the blow dryer. Blow drying strips the hair of essential oils and dries it out, causing it to tangle more easily.
Tricks for Greasiness
- Wash your hair every day. Unlike with other hair types, this is a must-do to combat greasiness.
- Use a sulfate-free shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair of essential moisture.
- Apply products from mid-length to your ends. Many products are too heavy for fine hair, especially when applied to the roots.
- Dry your hair 100% before leaving your house. Not doing so can add to the illusion of both greasy and lifeless hair.
- When in doubt, keep your dry shampoo handy! A quick spritz can refresh styles in an instant.
Tip:Apply dry shampoo at night, not in the morning. This will give it more time to absorb excess oil, and any tossing and turning you do will give your hair more texture and volume the next day.
Tricks for Flat, Lifeless Hair
- Blow dry your hair upside down.
- Limit brushwork. Don’t sabotage your volume by brushing your hair too much. Too much brushwork can make your hair limp. Also, dry your hair at least 90% with your hands before going at it with your round brush.
- Ease up on products. When it comes to fine hair and product usage, remember: less is more. This rule applies to conditioner application, as well. Too much product will weigh down your hair and make it look greasy.
- Don’t sleep on wet hair. Unlike your coarse hair counterparts, fine hair doesn’t bounce back from a good night’s sleep on wet hair, mostly because fine hair doesn’t bounce to begin with. Sleeping on wet hair will kink, requiring you to style it using heat, which defeats the purpose of sleeping with wet hair.
Best Haircuts and Styles for Fine Hair
The foundation for beautiful hair includes great products and a great cut! In general, the best haircuts for fine hair are shorter. This is all thanks to gravity: if your hair doesn’t have natural volume, extra weight will only weigh it down more. If you’re not willing to sacrifice your length for volume, have no fear, there are haircuts that make movement and dimension still possible.
Here are a few ideas for hairstyles for fine hair:
- Long bob (or “lob”)
- Long layers
- Wispy bangs (avoid heavy bangs!)
- The popular ombre coloring technique can also add depth and dimension to fine hair, so it’s a great option.
After you find the best haircut for your fine hair, the next step is learning how to style it. The biggest hurdle people with fine hair face is achieving full-bodied and voluminous locks. The good news, though, is fine hair is one of the best hair types to have because it’s both manageable and malleable! With certain blow-drying techniques, quality volumizing hair products, and the right cut, all your hair goals can be achieved.
Add volume, or at least the illusion of volume, with these styling tips for fine hair:
- Switch up your part. A deep side part can give the illusion of fullness, while a jagged part makes the top layers stick up, giving the illusion of thicker hair. Either option adds an instant boost to transform your tresses.
- Add waves. Hair looks fuller when worn wavy. Transform your naturally limp locks into gorgeous tresses with the use of a curling iron. Adding volume to the sides gives the illusion of fuller hair.
- Half updo or bun. This hairstyle gives you the opportunity to gently backcomb your hair to achieve the height of an updo, boosting volume with smart styling.
Thick hair is often viewed as the ideal type of hair to have, but those who were born with a full head of thick, luscious locks are definitely familiar with the struggle of managing their mop. Sure, having volume is great and there are tons of options for creating versatile hairstyles, but what about the constant frizz and the time it requires to style that hair? If you’re struggling with the upkeep of thick hair, not to worry, we have crafted an entire guide of everything you need to know about caring for your thick mane.
Thick hair tends to be more on the dry side of the hair spectrum, so it’s important to use products that keep your hair hydrated and keep the frizz at bay. If you’re a thick haired babe who’s struggling to keep her hair tamed below are our top product recommendations.
Why does frizz happen?
Before diving into which products to use to tame frizz, it’s important to understand why frizz happens. Frizz is caused when the outer layer of your hair cuticle is lifted, causing moisture to pass through and swell the hair strands. When the cuticle is flat and not raised, the hair strands remain smooth and frizz free.
This lifting of the cuticle can be caused by multiple reasons, but the most common reason for thick haired ladies is dry hair, leaving the hair cuticles more prone to lifting. Let’s say you have thick, dry hair, and you go outside when it’s humid…what happens to your hair? Because your hair is dry and the outer layer of your hair strands are lifted, moisture from the air will rush into your hair strands causing each strand to swell, resulting in big, frizzy hair. So, how do we combat this?
If you’re a thick haired gal suffering from dry hair, hair oils are going to be your best friend. The key to maintaining frizz is keeping your hair strands moisturized and nourished, which can be obtained with a few different types of hair oils.
Coconut Oil has moisture retaining properties. It stays inside the hair, moisturizing the hair strands from the inside out, making it one of the most effective hair oils for frizzy hair. Coconut Oil is best used as a moisturizing hair mask. Simply coat your hair with the oil from root to tip, pop a shower cap on, and leave the oil to do its work for about 20 minutes. Then, rinse off your hair, shampoo and condition as normal, and enjoy smooth, moisturized, frizz-free hair.
Argan oil, also known as Moroccan Oil, is packed with beneficial nutrients like vitamin E, ferulic acid, fatty acids, and antioxidants. Just a few drops of Argan Oil will give your hair that extra boost of moisture to help fight dryness and frizz. Argan Oil is also not as greasy as Coconut Oil, so it’s perfect to use every day as a finishing oil.
When it comes to choosing the right hot tools, it is important to choose the right hot tool for your hair type. Contrary to popular belief, not all hair dryers, straighteners, or curlers are made the same way, and certain materials are more beneficial to maintain the hair’s integrity as well as prevent the hair from drying out. Ever wonder why professional hot tools cost so much more than your run of the mill drugstore brand or why your hair always looks that much smoother and shinier when you leave the salon? It’s because your hair stylist has invested in higher grade hot tools, which you should too!
If you have thick hair, you’ll know the struggle of washing your hair and spending the next hour fighting with it to dry and style it. An ionic hairdryer cuts down hair drying time for thick hair, by using negative ions to break down water droplets on wet hair, leading to dry hair fast, while controlling frizz and boosting shine.
Again, thick hair is usually much more prone to drying out, as the natural oils are unable to travel all the way down the hair shaft. This is why if you have thick hair, the ends of your hair will likely suffer from dryness naturally—especially if your hair strands are thick as well. Experimenting with a DIY hair mask is an inexpensive and convenient way to bring moisture and luster back to your tresses. Masks are important for every hair type, thick-haired girls included!
Luckily girls with thick hair don’t need to make many adjustments to their diet to help thicken their hair any further or grow more hair, but it’s never a bad idea to focus on eating foods that contribute to your overall hair health. Just because you have thick hair doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy! Follow along for a few tips and recommendations that you can incorporate into your diet to keep you thick hair looking luscious for longer.
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS
Omega-3s are found in many types of fish, as well as from plant-based sources like nuts and seeds and is one of the best nutrients for strengthening hair, skin and nails. For thick haired gals, Omega-3s can do miracles for adding shine, minimizing breakage and strengthening the hair follicles. Click here to learn more about Omega-3s and their benefits to your body.
Biotin, vitamin B12 and B6 are all essential for maintaining healthy locks. Whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and leafy greens are all strong sources of these vitamins and are important to support hair health. Often people don’t get enough of these vitamins in their diet will see hair loss and this is where supplements can be useful.
Typically, girls with thicker hair tend to require quite a little more maintenance to keep their heavy locks looking sleek and tamed. Often this means more frequent heat styling or heavy product use, which can result in dried hair and fried ends. To keep your thick locks healthy and luscious, follow along for our go-to healthy hair habits.
Adding layers is one of the first steps thick-haired girls can take to making their hair more manageable. Adding layers gives the hair natural body and movement and also thins out the hair to help tame it and give it shape.
DO FREQUENT HAIR MASKS
Hair masks are a healthy hair habit that all girls should incorporate in their self-care routine, but especially those with thicker, coarse hair! As mentioned earlier, the natural oils in thick hair are unable to travel down the entire length of the hair, leading to dry hair, especially at the ends. This leads to frizzy, unmanageable hair, which a hair mask once a week can help fix.
CUT BACK ON WASHES
This is actually a healthy hair habit that most girls should practice, but it is easiest to do if you naturally have thick hair. Since thicker hair tends to lean more on the dry side than the oily side anyway, you can get away without washing your hair for multiple days in a row before your hair starts actually looking oily. Washing your hair too often can actually strip the natural oils from your hair, leading to a cycle of dry hair, so if you’re struggling with dryness, it’s a good idea to cut back your washes as much as possible (even to once a week if you can!) in order for your hair’s oils to balance out. And hey, if you’re struggling with oily roots, there’s always dry shampoo to get you by!
LEARN HOW TO PERFECT A BLOW OUT
The perfect blowout will save a thick haired girl from having to use multiple heat products on their hair. We know the struggle of blow drying, straightening and then curling to get your locks in tip top shape, but learning how to master a blowout can knock out a few of those steps and leave you with sleek, voluminous locks.
One of the biggest blessings of having thick hair is the huge variety of styles that you can create that girls with thinner hair might struggle with! From braids, updos and half-up styles, you can try any or all of the above with your thick tresses. If your hair is just too thick to manage for the day, try a beautiful fishtail braid. If you’re feeling fun but need to alleviate some thickness, throw half of it up! The hairstyle possibilities are endless with thick hair…lucky you!