Styling tips and products for fine hair

  • Thin refers to the texture of the hair, when there is less hair density per square inch.
  • Stick to mild, clarifying shampoos and conditioners with as little oil as possible.
  • For lift and fullness, opt for products like thickening and texturizing sprays.

Just as our bodies come in different shapes and sizes, so does our hair – and each type of hair requires special attention. Whether your hair is naturally curly, wavy, or straight, there are also hair textures to keep in mind. Think: good, thin, of course, etc. Here we are addressing those with fine hair.

First, know that although fine and fine are often used interchangeably, if we want to get technical, fine hair means you have less density (or amount) of hair per square inch. Fine refers to the actual narrowness of the diameter of the hair strand – but you can still have tons of hair on your head.

Of course, each hair type and texture can have its own mind, and fine hair can require different things for different types when it comes to styling, cutting, and maintenance. That’s why we spoke to hair experts to give us the details on all things fine hair.

How to take care of fine hair

If your hair is fine, chances are you wash it regularly enough that it doesn’t get weighed down by oil or products. But you don’t want to over-wash and create damage or dryness, which is why most experts agree that it’s okay to wash fine hair every other day. If you’re conditioning, use something light and be sure to hold it away from your scalp, concentrating from the middle of the hair shaft to the tips instead.

On a daily basis, you want to be gentle to preserve and optimize your hair. When brushing, start at the bottom of your hair and work on small sections at a time, says Lars Skjøth, founder and chief researcher of Harklinikken, a brand known for its treatment protocol to help people achieve stronger, longer and thicker hair. And go easy on wet hair: “Water weakens the bonds within hair strands, removing up to a third of its strength,” he explains. “Wet or damp hair can therefore be more easily broken, torn or pulled out when combing or brushing.”

How to part fine hair

Because your follicles may be a bit spread out, your scalp may be visible. You can create optical illusions to make your hair look fuller, if that’s your goal. “Try parting your hair on the opposite side of normal or use a deep side parting,” says Nunzio Saviano, stylist and owner of Salon Nunzio Saviano. This can help create the appearance of extra volume at the top of the head and conceal areas of thinning. He also suggests using root touch-up products like the Rita Hazan Root Concealer Retouch Spray to fill the gap.

Products for fine hair

Hair goals for fine hair probably involve lift and fullness. Stylist Miguel Luis of New York City Rita Hazan Salon is a fan of using a thickener duo like the Oribe Maximista thickening spray and a volumizer like the Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray. “I use the Thickening Spray on damp hair at the roots to create lift and the Finishing Spray on dry hair to add overall fullness to the style,” he says. An important part of Luis’ method: flipping the head when using the finishing spray. “If I forget, trust me, my clients will remind me,” he says.

You can also opt for a texturizing product to add body, but he cautions that overtexturizing can create clumping and finer hair, so less is more. Also check the ingredient list on your products. “To style fine hair, I recommend lightweight products with as little oil as possible,” says stylist Fabian Lliguin, co-founder of Rahua. Note that if you’re going to be using a bunch of styling products regularly, it might be a good idea to enlist a clarifying shampoo like the Nunzio Saviano Detox Gentle Hair & Scalp Shampoo weekly to remove buildup.

Haircuts that are best for fine hair

Of course, you want to choose a look that appeals to you, whether or not it optimizes your texture and type. But if your vision is to create fullness, then in general, short styles vibrate well with thin locks. When the hair is longer, it can be stringy. If you want to go for length, long layers are best. If the hair is extra fine, the trick may be to add extra texture to the crown and choppy layers all over, says Lliguin.

Luis is a fan of bobs, layered lobs and choppy pixies to give the illusion of body. Again, layers are the name of the game for creating movement and flattering shape. Also, be sure to get your hair cut regularly. “The goal is not to hang on to sparse ends with fine hair,” says Luis. “A clean, fresh cut will always make the hair healthy and therefore more voluminous.”

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