Having fine, thin hair can be both a blessing and a curse. It is often quick drying, frizz isn’t an issue and often has a natural healthy shine. However, you may find that it can be difficult to manage, as it often lacks volume & doesn’t budge when styling. Like all hair types, there are pros & cons to each, but when using the right products styling & managing your hair can be made easy. So for todays post we have composed a list of tips and tricks specifically for those who struggle with fine, thin hair.
1. Use Volumising & Deep Cleaning Shampoos
Switching to a lightweight shampoo (like a volumising or deep cleaning shampoo) is the number one step for those with fine or thin hair. This is because anything heavy will weigh down your locks, making it feel flat. Volumising shampoos say it in the name – their purpose is to add volume. The purpose of deep cleaning & detox shampoos are to thoroughly clean your scalp, and are designed to be lightweight in formula. If you find your hair gets more on the oily side, then we would recommend opting for a deep cleaning shampoo. If you find your hair doesn’t get too oily but just feels flat, we would recommend a volumising shampoo.
Volumising shampoos we recommend are:
– Eleven Australia’s I Want Body Shampoo
– O&M’s Fine Intellect Shampoo
– Keune’s Absolute Volume Shampoo
Deep cleaning shampoos we recommend are:
– ELEVEN Australia’s Deep Clean Shampoo
– O&M’s Original Detox Shampoo
– ELEVEN Australia’s Gentle Cleanse Shampoo Bar
Make sure you do two shampoos to deeply clean and rid any oils/product build up that could also potentially be weighing your hair down.
2. Use A Hair Growth Shampoo
If you find the thickness of your hair is still a concern, we then recommend using a shampoo that activates the scalp to promote hair growth. For this, we recommend KEUNE’s Derma Activate Shampoo, which stimulates hair growth & prevents early stages of hair loss. You can use this in conjunction with a lightweight shampoo or for both shampoos, using each time you wash your hair.
3. Correct Conditioning
Our next step is to make sure you are applying conditioner correctly. You may be thinking, is there a wrong way to use conditioner? And the answer – most definitely! Unlike shampoo, which is designed to clean the hair, the purpose of conditioner is to add moisture back into your locks.
So, for conditioner, it is super important to never apply conditioner on your roots. Instead, focus the product on the mids to ends of your hair. Avoid any heavy hydrating products as this will make your hair more oily.
Products we recommend:
– ELEVEN Australia’s I Want Body Conditioner
– Keune’s Absolute Volume Conditioner
– O&M’s Fine Intellect Conditioner
– O&M’s Maintain the Mane Conditioner
– ELEVEN Australia’s Gentle Hydrate Bar
We also recommend O&M’s Know Knott Detangle Spray to add subtle hydration to your locks without added weight.
If you are blonde, and wanting to add an occasional treatment in your regime, we would recommend a lightweight treatment such as O&M’s Seven Day Miracle Moisture Masque or ELEVEN Australia’s 3 Minute Treatment. Use this once every one to two weeks.
4. Don’t Over Wash Your Hair
Another important factor in maintaining fine or thin hair is to avoid overwashing your hair. The more you wash your hair, the more your body thinks it needs to produce more oil to protect your scalp as you have stripped it of its natural oil. So, to avoid creating excess oil production, limit your hair washes to 2-3 times a week, and use a dry shampoo in between.
Dry Shampoos we recommend:
– O&M’s Dry Queen Dry Shampoo
– ELEVEN Australia’s Dry Shampoo
5. Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down & Opposite To Your Part
An effective way to add volume to your hair is to blow dry your hair upside down. Do this by either flipping your head upside down, and point the nozzle towards the ground, or alternatively lift your hair upwards and point the nozzle to the sky (pictured below).
It is super important to remember when blowdrying your hair, the direction of airflow should be pointing to the ends of your hair, directing away from your roots. This is so then you don’t blast open your hair cuticles which will cause frizziness and damage. Check out the image pictured below for reference.
To add volume to the fringe area, an effective technique is to blow dry the opposite way to where your part sits. Do this by flipping your hair in opposite directions, and blow dry like usual, pointing the nozzle towards the ends of your hair. Then, once your hair is completely dry, part your hair back to your usual part and you will notice your hair is sitting with more body. Check out the images below for reference.
Combine these techniques with these styling products to help keep your hair lifted & full of body all day long:
– O&M’s Atonic Thickening Spritz
– ELEVEN Australia’s I Want Body Texture Spray
– ELEVEN Australia’s Sea Salt Texture Spray
– O&M’s Dry Queen Dry Shampoo
– ELEVEN Australia’s Volume Powder
So there you have it!
5 simple yet effective ways to take control & manage fine, thin hair. We hope you enjoyed this post and learnt a thing or two about your hair type & different techniques to embrace in your routine.
Be sure to check out our online store here for any of our favourite products mentioned above, or if needing further advice, you can either message our Facebook or Instagram, or come into our Regent Street Salon for a free consultation to discuss your hair needs.