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How To Style Fine Hair

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Secret Weapons to Style Fine Hair

I think I can go out on a limb here and say that if you’re reading this, you are one of many fine haired women who struggle with getting your hair to hold a style, to have some body, volume or lift . . . Am I right?

Your problems are most likely twofold. . . But neither of these problems are insurmountable. Here’s how I see it . . . to get a great hairstyle with fine hair you need two things; an impeccable haircut and the know-how of how to style it.  Not impossible!

The Cut Is Important

Getting the right haircut is first and foremost. Cutting fine hair is an art; if it’s not properly shaped it falls flat or worse, it shows uneven lines. Do your homework by asking friends, family, strangers on the street, in the mall, or at the grocery store for referrals. If they have fine hair and a haircut you like or think is especially well done, ask for the referral . . . they will be flattered you asked, really. You may have a few misses before finding your Edward Scissorhands, but your efforts will pay off big time in the long run.

How To Style Fine Hair

Every hair type has its quirks for coaxing it into a great, long lasting hairstyle and fine hair is no different. If you’ve taken the first step to finding a great hair stylist, they will be instrumental in cutting it right and steering you towards the right type of styling products for your haircut. However, the hair products you use today may need to be changed down the road, depending on how your haircut changes and sometimes because of the change of seasons.

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Short fine hair looks fabulous when cut into chipped, uneven edges and disconnected layers.

  • To encourage volume with short hair start with a lightweight root-lifter.
  • Dry by roughing it up with your fingers while quickly using the blow-dryer.
  • Use a 1″ curling iron to add movement, volume and direction to layers.
  • Mist with a finishing spray


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I think this chin length layered bob is a great look for Paris Hilton. It works great by maximizing volume and body for her fine thin hair type. Consider face-framing highlights which will give dimension and depth to the hairstyle. Also highlighting or bleaching the hair gives it more fullness and volume from roughing up the cuticle. To style:

  • Try a new sea salt-based mousse to swell the cuticle of your hair.
  • Blow-dry with a round brush. Apply heat to the roots, lifting straight up, then winding down to the root.
  • Use ‘cool shot’ on each section before unwinding brush, to set the bend at the ends.
  • Spray lightly with volumizing spray. Or, finish with a volumizing powder you shake onto the crown area and fluff with fingertips.

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This long layered hairstyle works great with fine hair. The layers are long enough to add volume and shape but not too long to go flat when styled.

  • Start with damp hair and add a volumizing mousse or spray to the roots.
  • Flip head upside down and with the hair dryer on high pointed at the roots, massage your scalp. This will rough up the cuticle layer and give more volume to your hair.
  • When mostly dry (85-90%) flip back up to finish.
  • Spray lightly with a thermal spray.
  • Using a round brush (preferably one with a metal interior) and blow dryer, lift and roll each section, heating with dryer and finishing using the “cool shot” to set the curl. This step makes a big difference in holding the shape you just put in.

If you don’t have a ‘cool shot’ button on your hair dryer (or you don’t have one that works) you might want to consider investing in one. Blow-dry styling is trending now. Ionic technology, among other options, works to make the job of styling hair faster and leaves  hair softer, shinier and in better health than ever before.  You can find a new hair dryer that won’t break the bank and will give you all the options you need. And if your hot tools aren’t up to snuff with new technologies, do a search on Amazon or Folica and read reviews for your best buy.

For more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.


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Hairstyles for Fine Straight Hair

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Some Hints on Hairstyles for Fine Straight Hair

Women with fine straight hair commonly complain that it looks greasy, won’t hold a hairstyle and has no body. To avoid the greasies, choose a shampoo tailor-made for fine straight hair, don’t condition every time you shampoo (and when you do, apply conditioner to ends only), and stay away from silicone shiners or glossifiers.

To pump up the body on fine straight hair: spritz towel-dried hair with a volumizer, then begin blow drying as you bend from the waist. When hair is 80% dry, continue drying with a large round brush, rolling ends under. To further enhance fullness, place Velcro rollers horizontally from forehead to nape; roll remaining hair onto one Velcro roller on either side. Remove rollers after 10 minutes, then tease each section lightly with a fine-toothed comb. Finger brush hair to relax the hairstyle.

“Hairstyles for Fine Straight Hair”

For simple sophistication, brush back either side and fasten with barrettes. (If your hair is short and layered, use a couple of decorative hair pins to secure). Lift the front with your fingers and spray lightly to hold.

Finally, keep in mind that fine hair will seem fuller when it’s no longer than chin length. If you opt for layers, be sure they’re done by a pro, or your hair will become even sparser.

For more on hairstyles for fine straight hair view my article on hair texture and for more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.


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