Having fine hair can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it can be much more manageable and easier to style than thicker, coarser types of hair. On the other hand, fine hair can very quickly appear flat and lifeless with too much product or with the wrong style. Make sure your fine locks look full of life with the following hairstyle suggestions.
The longer your hair, the harder it will be to maintain body. "A lot of people mistaken fine hair for being thin, which just isn't the case. Having fine hair means that the individual strands aren't as thick as someone with thick hair but often, people with fine hair actually have more individual strands than their thick-haired counterparts," explains Dexter Simmons, San Francisco based stylist. While short to mid-length styles work best, if you want to wear your hair long, try keeping it at a few inches below your shoulders to get the most fullness.
"Any style of short hair can potentially work on a girl with fine hair." notes Simmons. "The texture allows it to be styled quite easily at shorter lengths." For those with delicate features, a pixie cut can be quite flattering. Chin to mid length bobs are also ideal cuts for fine hair and can be worn completely straight or with some curl for added body.
If you are a girl who insists on keeping her hair long, opt for a few longer layers as opposed to several short ones. Also, keep the ends of your cut blunt. By adding a bit more weight on the ends of your hair, you can create the illusion of having fuller hair.
Bangs have been back in full force since 2009 and show no sign of going anywhere soon. There are a multitude of bangs styles out there but the two that work best for fine hair are blunt cut and long and layered. If you want a look that is a bit on the edgier side, cutting straight blunt bangs just below your eyebrows is not only very stylish, but can also make your hair look more full than it really is. If you aren't ready to take the plunge (remember, growing out bangs can take a while), try lightly layered side swept bangs instead.
Add a bit of volume to fine hair with two simple tools. First, apply a bit of volumizing hair spray such as plant-based line Phyto's Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray for Fine Limp Hair. Next, use a medium to large curling iron and wrap sections of your hair around the barrel starting at the base. Working best with freshly washed and dried locks, soft loose curls is an easy-to-do style that will give your hair body in a matter of minutes.
If you want more body at the crown of your head, try gently backcombing the section just below your top layer of hair. Smooth the top layer back over the area you've just backcombed with a soft bristled brush to achieve stand out volume.