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Bring Life to Thin Hair

March 31st, 2013 • Posted by Email Marketing • Permalink

In a culture where a thick and lustrous head of hair is considered a sign of robust health, thin, fine hair can leave you feeling well....a little less than your best. Instead of focusing on the expectations and standards of others, make the most of the strands you do have. And on occasions when you need to simulate a fuller look, rely on styling aids and tools to give you a leg up.

Start with basic care. As attractive as moisturizing shampoos and conditioners may sound, many of them are too heavy for thin, fine hair. Products chock full of emollients will coat the hair and make each strand heavier, which only increases limpness. Look for cleansing and conditioning products that are oil-free or nearly so. All hair needs an adequate balance of moisture and protein so you don't want to avoid humectants altogether. Just look for lightweight products that infuse moisture without weighing hair down.

If your fine hair is accompanied by an oily scalp, washing at least every day or two helps prevent natural oils from building up and slicking down your thin tresses and should help freshen the appearance of your strands.

If your fine hair becomes damaged, indulge in deep-conditioning overnight treatments. A clay mask, for example, is a good choice to impart nutrients without incorporating heavy emollients. Take special care to wash out all the product with your morning shampoo. On a day-to-day basis, for flyaways, use an oil-free serum/smoothing product.

The right cut and color can be the salvation of fine hair. Layered cuts add volume. Layers also help to frame the face, deflecting attention from the thinness of your mane. We will consult with you closely, however, as too many layers can make the bottom of your hair look even thinner. The pixie cut is an especially striking look, if it suits your personality and self-image. Otherwise, stick with cuts that are no more than about shoulder length. Long, limp hair is beyond the reach of most attempts to add volume.

When you do go for a fuller look, take advantage of volumizing mousses and gels. Heat styling can also add pouf. Large, heated rollers or a wide-barrel curling iron add volume that can be maintained with skillfully applied holding spray. And on occasions when an updo suits, teasing your tresses pumps up your look.

Thin, fine hair doesn't have to be lifeless and depressing. The right tools and products can elevate your look to a whole new level.

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