Everybody has gripes with their hair, and for those us (myself included) with fine hair, the list begins and ends with styling. Fine hair tends to be terrified of heat tools and styling products, leaving us no choice but to accept the fact that texture is not in our nature. But why should everyone else have all the fun? We asked the pros for tips on styling baby-fine hair.
Start on the right track. It all begins with the blow-out. Before you blow-dry, make sure to remove the nozzle attachment—it concentrates the heat and actually flattens the hair. Keep the blow-dryer on medium heat and use a vent brush to lift the roots. Once your hair is dry, blast your entire head with cool air. “This creates fullness and loosens up the blow-dry,” according to hairstylist Nathaniel Hawkins.
Pump up the volume. The biggest concern for fine-haired girls is usually lack of volume. Here’s a trick to getting some height from hairstylist Michael Duenas, owner of Hair Room Service in New York City (who works on celebs like Padma Lakshmi). Begin with a flat iron that has rounded edges—Duenas suggests the Amika Slim Pro Style. Starting at your part, take one-inch horizontal sections of hair and clamp down right at the roots. Keeping your wrist up, rotate the iron away from the roots, and hold for 15 seconds. Once the top layer is done, clip it up and work your way underneath using the same technique. When you’re finished you’ll have volume without back-combing or adding any styling products.
Get texturized. Beach-y waves are here to stay. To get the look, use the right tools and avoid texturizing sprays that will weigh hair down. The first step is to curl your whole head with a curling iron. Start at your roots and, working layer by layer, wrap small sections of your hair around the iron–without closing down the clamp. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds and unwrap. When you’re done, use your fingers to gently comb through the curls (a brush will immediately pull them out with this hair type). Finish by flipping your head over and roughing up the roots. There’s no need for styling products, and while we were skeptical at first, Duenas tried this on us and it stayed all day.
Finish it right. If you do want some extra hold after styling (especially if you’re going to be outside), you can set your hair with a very lightweight hairspray. If you’re not sure it’s light enough, test it out before hand. “Spray the product into your palm, if the liquid is opaque, you know it’s going to be too heavy for fine hair,” Duenas explains. We suggest trying Sebastian Shaper Zero Gravity.
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