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18 Ways to Show Fine Flat Hair Who’s Boss

We Asked Top Pros How to Make The Most of What You’ve Got

Tip #1 Choosing Styles ~~ Short or long, fine hair looks best with strong, blunt perimeter lines, says Shelly Wilson. A stylist and manager at Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio in Chicago. Consider face-framing highlights to create the illusion of depth and fullness “If you want layers, try some disconnected ones to avoid stringy ends. When blow drying, use a lightweight root-lifter and start applying heat with a round brush at the roots. Hold the brush in place and use the cool button for a few seconds to lock the style in place.”

Tip #2 Texture Sprays ~~ Fine hair that’s worn straight can have a shattered effect with the right combination of layers. For fine hair with a natural wave, says David Barron, owner of Barron’s London Salon in Atlanta, GA, add texture sprays to enhance the bend.

Tip #3 Thickening Shampoos ~~ To create an illusion of fullness avoid over-texturizing or layering, which thins out the ends, says Bekim Benjamin Osmani, creative director and co-owner of Salon Gaboa USA in Clearwater FL. Try not to shampoo daily . . . Every other day, use a dry shampoo, like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. Also, you can use Nioxin Diamax Thickening Treatment, which claims to significantly increase the diameter of existing hair strands.

Tip #4 Use Volumizing Products ~~ To encourage volume and help it hold all day, layer in volumizing products, suggests Lynn Jacobs, a stylist at Up in Tangles in Cypress, TX. “For maximum, volume when blow drying, use a round brush and lift hair straight up as you dry.”

Fine Flat Hair

Tip #5 Use Visual Deception ~~ Adding texture creates style support and volume . . . Or at least the illusion of it. Try coloring or highlighting your hair or use a curling wand to add instant texture and movement. For some great ideas for visual deception techniques for fine flat hair check out our Pinterest Fine Hair board.

Tip #6 Skip the Brush ~~ To add bounce, skip the brush, which flattens hair, and style with the pads of your fingers, says Jet Rhys, owner of Jet Rhys in San Diego, CA. Start with damp hair and add a Volumizer (try Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumier Spray at the roots. “Set your dryer on high and massage your scalp clockwise all around. This expands the cuticle and boosts volume. Next, pop in a few large hot rollers on top layers only . . . They add movement, while keeping your look modern, not matronly.”

Tip #7 Use a Volumizing Powder ~~ Volumizing powders that go to the roots “salt shaker” style are the newest way to get a boost of volume. Naz Kupelian, who owns a namesake salon in Boston, created Naz Kupelian Poudre, which becomes colorless once it’s on the hair. To use it, apply mousse (try Naz Kupelian Foaming Sea Salt mousse, which is salt-based to swell the cuticle) and blow-dry, then flat-iron hair. Finally, lightly tap the Poudre shaker all around the crown area and fluff out your locks.

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Tip #8 Don’t Forget Conditioning ~~ Many women with fine hair don’t use conditioner because it “weighs down” hair or makes the cuticle too compact and flat, but this is a big mistake! Over time, hair becomes dry, dull and brittle. Always use conditioner, putting it on the ends only if you’re afraid to inhibit lift, says Osmani.

Tip #9 Choosing Products ~~ Fine flat hair is a tricky problem to deal with. You want to find hair care products that will thicken the strands or give it more volume, but at the same time you do not want to go for formulas that are too harsh as they can cause fine flat hair to become limper.

It is recommended that you take the middle path, therefore, to ensure that you are striking the iron on both. Or, you can invest in products specifically created for fine flat hair. There are tons of them and you only have to do some digging to uncover them. But you do not have to because I have outlined all of the things you need to know about choosing the right product as well as a guide on which products to look for.

Tip #10 Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner ~~ Fine flat hair does not need conditioners, because it can weigh the hair down further. However, if you were to use a conditioner make sure to go for ones formulated to fortify your scalp and strands so that it promotes growth of new hair and reinforce follicles so you are less likely to suffer from more breakage. Stay away from creamy shampoos. The best choices for fine flat hair are clear shampoos.

Tip #11 Volumising Spray ~~ This product can put fine flat hair to the rescue! However, be extra careful when you spritz this volumising spray to ensure that only the sides are applied and not the top of the hair. The product should be sprayed on damp hair. Refrain from using a blow dryer later, but instead wait for hair to air dry because the latter gives more volume to hair than when it is dried straight from shower using heated air.

Tip #12 Finishing Texture Spray ~~ This is a great product to use for anyone wishing to add more body and wave to their fine, flat hair, in addition to giving it volume. Depending on what specific finishing texture sprays you’ve got, some can also give additional hold and shine. Spray this to every inch of your hair when you are done styling. The body and volume will no doubt make you feel like this product is a godsend for your fine flat hair.

Tip #13 Volumising Mousse ~~ If you’re afraid to use a gel that gives your hair unnatural hold and body, switch to a volumising mousse created specifically to boost hair volume. A tennis ball-sized amount should work for most lengths. Then, use a wide tooth comb to run the product throughout your hair. Finishing it off in a blow dryer should give your hair amazing volume and body.

Tip #14 Volumising Mask ~~ As part of your lasting hair treatment for fine flat hair, you need to invest in a volumising mask as part of your hair care kit. Avoid letting the product touch the scalp. Instead, apply it from mid-shaft to the ends. Take it off and do not let the product sit too long. For best results, choose a volumising mask that contains tea tree oil.

Tip #15 Read Product Labels ~~ Check the labels to see if a product is formulated for fine flat hair. The chemical formula for most products for fine flat hair is gentler and designed to boost hair strands to make them thicker and healthier.

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Tip #16 Know your hair ~~ Not all fine flat hair is the same. You need to assess what kind of products or brands had worked for you in the past and stick with that.

Tip #17 Avoid Synthetic Dyes and Sulfates ~~ Stay away from products that contain sulfate or synthetic dyes that can further weigh hair down and make it look limper.

If you have fine flat hair, take time to remember and practice the tips above to aid you in providing proper hair care that is suitable for your hair type.

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Contributing author Abby Pringles is a writer who likes to write about topics relating to beauty, hair, and fashion. You can check her personal blog, Life in the Fash Lane, to read more of her works. Aside from fashion and beauty, Abby is also a hardcore basketball and tennis fan. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.


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Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty

Seventeen Mag Hits a Home Run with the Ultimate Guide to Beauty

The good folks at Seventeen Magazine were kind enough to send me a complimentary copy of the Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty for review and I’m impressed! This book is amazing . . . 192 pages of big glossy colored pics, filled with detailed DIY how to and some tips and tricks that I haven’t seen anywhere before. This guide is full of clear information that can be used for years to come with beautiful illustrations on topics of hair, skin, nails and makeup. Each of these topics cover pro tips for looks for any occasion, including recommendations for the essential products and tools to get the look.

Of course, most of the models are teens, but trust me there is enough must have information here for fashionistas of any age. Here is one quick and easy “DIY how to”  idea to give you just a peek at this beauty guide.

Loose Bouncy Curls

Ashley’s look: The Big Bounce

“I love the fact that this look can be done in a short amount of time, but it looks so put together!”

Here’s the How To:

Using a curling iron to create big curls

CURL

A large curling iron creates big, loose waves. Wind your hair around the iron, but leave out the ends for a casual, almost Beachy effect.

 

Twist the front pieces back

TWIST

Pull the front pieces back to add a unique twist. Take small sections on each side and twist them all the way down to the ends.

 

Bring the twists together

SECURE

Bring the twists together at the back of your head and keep them perfectly in place with pins. Brush through the ends to blend them into the rest of your hair.

Ashley says,”Volumizing hairspray makes my curls last all day and also adds amazing body! I use a heat-protecting serum to keep my hair from getting fried from my daily curling sessions. A ceramic curling iron helps protect my hair from heat damage.”

Anytime is a good time to have a complete  go-to guide like Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Beauty on hand and with all the fun upcoming events with the holiday season ahead, you’ll have the perfect reasons to try all sorts of new looks!

 

  



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What Every Woman Should Know About First Date Hairstyles

How to be Popular, in the First Date Hairstyle Arena

Choosing a first date hairstyle can be a bit nerve-racking – finding the perfect outfit, faultless make-up, practicing your date laugh and hours of laser hair removal just to be sure you’re as smooth as you can be. But what about the first date hairstyle? Obviously, the destination is one of most important things. When choosing a location for a first date, DatingPilot suggests that you pick a location where you feel comfortable. Don’t compromise just to seem more interesting and instead pick something you both will enjoy. Only then your relationship is off to a good start. The place you meet sets the tone of the date, but that said, the old adage, “less is better than more” fits here, for your outfit, your make-up, (definitely your date laugh) and your first date hairstyle!

We’ve got some first date hairstyle ideas here that are sweet and simple and sure to ease those first date jitters! Make sure you’re fully prepared for the date and read 270 Good Questions to Ask When Starting a Conversation With Anyone to make sure you and your date have some things to talk about.

Big Volume First Date HairstyleBig Volume First Date Hairstyle

Big and Beautiful

If you are blessed with big voluptuous hair that defies gravity, go with it. Guys love a head of thick, shiny hair full of body hair cascades over the shoulders. To the male species, it’s a signifies a healthy mate! (True, they say it’s in their genes to be attracted to a woman who look healthy and fertile, who will be able to carry on their gene pool.) Tip: Try not to go overboard on the hair spray, you don’t want to miss out on a hand-running-through-your-hair moment. Simply work some mousse through damp hair before blow-drying for fullness and some hair oil or serum to give your hair lots of shine.

Marissa Miller with beach waves a great first date hairstyle

Kate Hudson with Beach Wave Hair Perfect First Date Hairstyle

Soft and Casual Beachy Hair

If you don’t get on especially well with curls, go for the sultry just-off-the-beach look. This doesn’t mean that it has to be a matted, salty mess – after you’ve worked through your hair with hair straighteners, spray some sea-salt into your palms and scrunch, scrunch, scrunch. Your hair will still be straight, but will leave you with a tousled look that suggests you’re easy-going and up for lots of laughs.

messy bun a stunning first date hairstyle
messy bun a stunning first date hairstyle

Easy Updo

Sometimes, trying to get your hair to do anything can be a lose-lose situation and if that’s the case when you’re down to the wire and need to be ready-to-go . . . put it up! We hope you’ve had some practice in whipping your hair into some sultry, magnificently delectable looking updo, before your ‘first date’ is knocking at your door . . . but if not, it’s never too late to learn.

Not only will putting your hair in an updo get it out of your way, but putting it up can elongate your look to make you look taller and slimmer. For a casual look, tease your locks to give more volume and don’t be too picky about every strand of hair being in place, remember, casual is better than looking too done!

girls with flower headbands

updo with colored bobby pins

Accessorize

If time isn’t on your side and your usual date hair routine takes more time than you have, add a simple accessory to your hairdo. Whether this is an elegant flower or a touch of sparkle depends on what fits you and the occasion best. Keep in mind where it is you’re going on your date (if he’s told you) as you don’t want to be all ready to disco if he’s planned for cocktails on the beach at sunset.



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