Fine hair may not look like much, but the number of hairs is actually often far greater. Only because each individual hair has a small girth does the hair appear less copious and voluminous overall. Normally the diameter of a hair is 0.05 to 0.07 millimeters, while fine hair measures no more than 0.04 millimeters. That makes all the difference in bulk. By the way, the thickness of our hair is predetermined at birth and mostly decided by Mother Nature. While we have to live with the basic structure, we can get the best out of what looks like little – with the help of special thickening shampoo and some clever tips and tricks for styling.
Strong! Do you know all the strengths of fine hair?
...is naturally more supple
...is easier to care for than you may think
...is light and therefore comfortable to wear
...is ideal for short haircuts (no 'helmet effect')
...does not require extra taming before styling (for instance for braided hairdos)
Sounds good, right? And pushing the look a bit more when you feel like it at times is not all that difficult either. From clever cuts to the right shampoo, volumizing your hair is easier than you think. Here are our impressive tricks for hair reinforcement:
First Aid for Fine Hair: The Cut
Before turning your attention to the right care products and shampoo for thinning hair, you may like to start with a trip to the hair salon. Currently a leading trend, the blunt cut is made for delicate hair textures. The hair is cut straight and blunt to one length. This makes the finely tapering ends appear thicker and the hair looks fuller overall. Go for the happy medium when it comes to length. A mid-length cut is not only super hip but also adds extra buoyancy to your hair, since it does not 'sag' as quickly thanks to its low weight. You can also have what are known as supportive layers for added volume. Individual sections lying under the top layer of hair are shortened with a special cutting technique. Then these short hairs support your mane, making it appear more voluminous overall.
And while you are at the hairdresser, why not try a new hair color? Special coloring techniques can be applied to visually conjure up added fullness. With the balayage method for instance, light and dark color accents are brushed freehand onto the hair. Selectively applying these contrasts simulates added depth, making the hair appear fuller.
But if you want to immerse your hair in a whole new hue, dyeing is the smartest choice. Since the added pigments are deposited on the outside of the hair fibers, your hair actually gains thickness from the color covering.
First Aid for Fine Hair: Shampoo and Care
More is better? Wrong: Thinner hair does not need more care, but rather the right care to strengthen it. Sensitivity is the name of the game: especially when it comes to shampoo for fine hair, opt for products that dissolve readily in water and are therefore easy to wash out. It is also possible to buy special products and shampoo to thicken the hair; such products are perfectly tailored to fine hair as they strengthen it whilst adding volume. The polymers they contain surround each individual hair, which has the effect of artificially thickening it. Additionally, some of the best shampoos for volume contain collagen complexes. These are a good choice as they pad your mane at the hairline for added fullness.
First Aid for Fine Hair: Styling
Volume shampoo is not your only ally when it comes to boosting fine hair. Make mousse your best styling friend. This soft hair styling helper achieves outstanding results without weighing you down. It makes the hair fuller with added grip and more volume. The styling lasts longer as well. Knead some mousse into towel-dried hair and then blow dry it with a round brush. For even faster results, tease the hair at the crown (combing against the direction of growth) for added volume – excellent support for an updo or ponytail. Or simply apply volumizing powder at the hairline to see the push-up effect right away!
Use your blow dryer as an everyday volume booster too. Having washed your hair with special hair thickening shampoo, use this drying technique to add more volume: instead of blow drying upside down, tilt your head to the side and blow warm air towards the hairline. This adds fullness which also lasts longer.
Vary the parting position every now and then to give your hair some variety. This straightens up the hair roots, which tend to lie flat after some time, so nothing stands in the way of a strong appearance!
With volumizing shampoo, some high-power products and a few smart styling techniques, you can transform fine, limp hair into a voluminous mane in no time!