Love your fine hair and learn how to care for it!
Fine hair can be easy to style and soft to the touch. But halfway through the day, you may find those fine locks going limp and greasy. So what’s the deal? Fine hair is easily weighed down by excess oil and heavy styling products.
Those thin, fine strands are usually less porous than thicker hair types. That means your scalp’s natural oils travel more easily down the hair shaft and sit on top. And while those oils give fine hair its beautiful sheen, they can also make your fine locks appear greasy and unwashed.
So what’s a fine-haired gal to do? We’ll help you understand fine hair so you can choose the right products and styling techniques to manage it.
Having “fine hair” refers to the texture and diameter of your individual hair strands. Having “fine hair” doesn’t necessarily mean you have “thin hair.” It just means each strand has a smaller circumference than thicker, coarser hair. On the other hand, thin hair refers to the density of your hair—how close the follicles are together on your head.
It’s totally possible to have thick, fine hair—that just means you have a lot of hair on your head. But if you run your fingers through your hair and don’t feel much there, your hair is probably on the thinner side. Thin hair can be genetic, or it could be due to certain hormone imbalances, medications, or other disorders.
Catch a single strand of your hair between your fingers. Can you feel it? If the strand feels rough, thick, or wiry, you probably have coarse hair. Feel nothing at all? Your hair is probably fine. If you can feel the strand, but it doesn’t feel thick or wiry, it’s probably somewhere between fine and coarse.
Fine hair also has less elasticity than thicker hair types, leaving it prone to breakage. On the bright side, your skinny strands need a lot less heat and product to style. Here are some of our best tips for managing fine hair.
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