Every hair type comes with its own challenges, which is why no two hair routines should be the same. If you’ve got fine hair but haven’t quite mastered yours yet, read on for the five things you should be doing, according to those in the know, to make the most of your thin or fine hair…
1. Don’t skip wash days
It might feel logical not to over-wash fine hair, but skipping hair-wash days could leave limp hair looking even more weighed down due to a build-up of dirt and styling products. Aim for a hair wash every other day (give or take, depending on how oily your hair is), and use a strengthening and replenishing haircare duo such as the NEXXUS Unbreakable Care Shampoo and Conditioner. Custom created specifically for fine and thin hair, they make hair stronger and thicker-looking while protecting from future damage that could impact the fullness of hair, thanks in large part to a unique PROTEINFUSION powerhouse blend with strength-building keratin, collagen, spirulina and biotin.
2.Try hair mapping
Just like mask mapping (a skincare trend that involves using multiple masks on different areas of the face for more customized results), hair mapping means you only apply your products to the section of the hair that needs it. That looks like running your conditioner through the mid-lengths to ends after washing (new hair growth on the crown tends to be less damaged and dry). Then, boost just your roots with a volumizing spray, such as the Nexxus Unbreakable Care Anti-Breakage Root Lifting Thickening Spray. This leave-in spray contains peptides and essential nutrients that boost collagen around hair’s growing environment, and works weightlessly to thicken every strand by +3.4% for fuller-looking hair, instantly.
3. Rough dry first
If you go straight in with a blow-out brush when drying your fine hair, you lose any hope of a style with volume. Do a rough dry so hair is about 90% dry, then use a blow-out brush to smooth and style for the last 10%. Rough drying is when you use your fingers to tease texture into the strands while distributing hot air all around rather than focusing it on one section at a time. This will add natural oomph rather than an ironed-out, flat finish.
4. Get retro with rollers
Rollers are making a comeback, already racking up millions of views on TikTok. And if you’ve used rollers before, you won’t be surprised that the younger generation is suddenly obsessed. They give the effect of a big, voluminous blow-dry, without any extra heat styling. Apply your root booster, part rough or blow dry as usual, then roll your hair into sections starting at the front and working your way down towards the back of the neck. Be sure to keep your sections neat to avoid tangles, and try to apply the rollers while the hair is still hot, allowing hair to cool on the roller for a long-lasting finish.
5. Go short and blunt
A clever cut can make all the difference to fine, thin hair. Have a chat with your hair stylist about the best options for you. As a general rule of thumb, experts advise blunt cuts to thicken up the ends, avoiding layers or feathering that can remove much-needed density from the hair. Shorter cuts are also worth considering if you’re feeling adventurous – a lot of fine hair can weigh itself down and look limp rather than full.