Fine hair gets a bad rap, but that’s because it’s often confused with thin hair. “Fine” describes the width of strands while “thin” describes the density — so you can have fine, thick locks.
That said, people do have specific worries when their hair is fine. For example, fine strands get oily faster than coarse strands.
Oily hair can quickly look greasy if not taken care of, so you must develop a hair care routine appropriate for your hair type. To help you out, here are the best tips for keeping your fine hair healthy.
Don’t Wash Every Day
Though it may seem counter-intuitive, the best way to avoid greasy hair is to only shampoo every other day. Shampoo strips away natural oils along with dirt, which can stimulate your scalp to produce even more oil.
Natural oil is crucial to keeping your scalp and hair healthy — without it, you may get dandruff and have dry, brittle hair. When you strip it away every day, your body tries to restore the natural balance with more, resulting in grease.
Instead of washing every day, you can either keep your hair dry or try co-washing, which is washing your hair with conditioner only. Which works for you depends on your activity level, the time of year and other factors.
Chose the Right Shampoo
When you do wash, you need the right shampoo. For fine hair, you want to alternate between volumizing and clarifying shampoos.
Volumizing shampoos lift roots and, in some cases, even coat strands to make them thicker. They’re a good option if your hair has been flat and lifeless lately. A great option is Verb’s Ghost Shampoo, which is formulated to be lightweight.
Clarifying shampoos strip away built-up products, leaving hair fresh and clean. Since they’re harsher than traditional shampoos, you should only use them once a week at most.
Avoid Using Conditioner on Your Scalp
Conditioner is essential to keeping your hair moisturized, but it can also be heavy. The good news is, with the right product and application, you can achieve a happy medium.
First, look for a conditioner that won’t weigh down your hair. L’Occitane’s Aromachologie Intensive Repair Conditioner is a good choice.
Next, only apply conditioner to the ends of fine hair. The ends are the most likely to be dry and brittle since they don’t benefit from the oil produced by your scalp.
Try Dry Shampoo
So what are you supposed to do if your hair gets greasy in between washes? The answer is dry shampoo.
Usually packaged in a spray can, dry shampoo is easy to use and soaks up excess oil without the hassle of washing. Using a dry shampoo can even add volume to a second-day style.
The one thing to keep in mind is that dry shampoo can be heavy, depending on the brand. To ensure you don’t weigh down your locks, you should look for a volumizing option, such as EVO’s Water Killer Dry Shampoo.
Get the Right Tools for Fine Hair
Having the right styling tools is key to keeping your hair healthy. While people with coarse locks can benefit from a traditional brush, this implement is too harsh if your hair is fine.
How can you keep your locks free of tangles without breakage? Instead of relying on a brush, you should invest in a wide-tooth comb.
Use Volumizing Styling Products
When your hair is fine, it usually needs a little styling help. Fortunately, many mousses lift from the root, making locks appear more voluminous.
As you look for the right product, make sure you read the labels carefully. You want to use lightweight options that don’t contain oil, as that ingredient can make your hair greasy.
Blow-Dry With Care
Fine hair is susceptible to breakage, so you should avoid heated styling whenever possible:
However, if you absolutely must use heat, you can mitigate the damage with products that protect against damage.
When blow-drying, also make sure you don’t completely dry your hair. Instead, work until your strands are about 70% dry, and then let the process finish naturally.
Keeping your hair healthy is a lot of work, but the results are worth it. When you use the right products, such as Sachajuan’s Ocean Mist Volume Shampoo, you’ll get glamorous locks that you’ll be proud to show off.
Visit the LaLa Daisy Resource Center and our Complete Guide To Fine Hair for more tips, techniques, and products specifically designed for fine hair. If you want even more tips for caring for fine hair, watch this YouTube video from Erin Elizabeth.