Fine Hair Guide: How To Take Care And Style It

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Fine hair is NOT thin hair. It has more to do with the hair strands than the hair density. But just like any other hair type and texture, fine hair has its set of challenges. First, it looks limp. Second, it breaks easily. And third, it is tough to style.

The key to tackling these issues is understanding fine hair and knowing how to take care of and style it (the most exciting part). Read on to get your practical guide to fine hair. Swipe up!

What Is Fine Hair?

Fine hair refers to less thick hair strands or hair fibers. The individual strands of fine hair have a lesser diameter than thick hair strands. They are not the same as thin hair. “Thin hair” refers to the hair density or how much hair you have all over your head. You can have dense hair growth, but your individual hair strands could be fine. In other words, thin hair refers to a lack of volume. But, how to know if you have fine hair or thin hair? Keep reading to find out.

How To Know If You Have Fine Hair (Video)

Anyone can have fine hair, including those with thick hair and thin hair, straight hair, and curly hair, and short hair and long hair. Thankfully, there are a few quick at-home methods to tell if the type of hair you have is fine. Check this short video to put your hair to test now!

The major issue with fine hair is it is prone to breakage. What can you do to prevent that? Here are a few easy remedies that can help.

How To Prevent Fine Hair Breakage?

Strengthening your hair roots and nourishing your hair strands with adequate protein can help prevent hair breakage. Here are a few ways you can achieve that.

  • Hot Oil Massage: Mix coconut and almond oils and warm the mixture. Let it cool down a bit such that you can touch it safely. Massage the oil into your scalp gently using your fingertips. Apply the rest of the oil to your hair strands. Wear a shower cap and wait for 30 minutes before washing. Do this twice a week.
  • Use A Gentle Shampoo: Use a shampoo free of parabens and sulfates. Harsh chemicals in shampoos strip the natural oils of the scalp and make hair prone to breakage.
  • Minimize Using Heat: Styling tools are convenient. But using them frequently can dry the hair shaft out, make hair weak, and cause breakage. Fine hair is already prone to breakage and warrants reduced use of heat tools. Air dry your hair or use a cool setting, use curling sponges instead of a tong, and let your hair be natural and not broom-straight.
  • Use Avocado AndvYogurt: Avocado and yogurt are rich in protein, good fats, and vitamins essential for reducing fine hair breakage. Mix half of a medium avocado with two tablespoons of organic yogurt. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair. Wait for 20 minutes before washing. Do this once a week.
  • Detangle Gently: Fine hair can also become tangled if not brushed regularly. To detangle, use coconut oil and add a slip to the knot. Use a fine-toothed comb to get the tightest knots. Next, use a wide-toothed comb and brush your hair down-up to get rid of tangles.
  • Wrap A Scarf: Wrapping your hair in a satin or silk scarf before going to bed helps reduce friction. This, in turn, helps reduce hair breakage.

These are the quickest and easiest ways to reduce fine hair breakage. But why wait for breakage to happen in the first place. Isn’t prevention always better? Here are a few hair care tips for fine hair that help with the same.

More Hair Care Tips For Fine Hair

  • Do Not Over Moisturize: Fine hair tends to look limp and weighed down. More hydration would only do more harm than good. Use a good conditioner, but do not use it in excess or leave it in for too long. Wash your hair thoroughly with water.
  • Do Not Rub To Dry The Hair: Use a towel to dry your hair. Do not rub your hair strands. Rubbing causes friction and can weaken the hair strands, making them prone to breakage. Instead, wrap your hair in the towel and pat your hair to ensure the towel soaks the water.
  • Use A Protein Mask: A protein mask will help strengthen your hair strands. You may use egg white or yogurt or mix the two and apply it to your hair. Wait for 20 minutes before washing.
  • Get A Spa Treatment: Spa treatments (once a month) help hydrate the strands without weighing them down. They also help strengthen the hair roots and keep your hair healthy and soft.
  • Brush Hair Twice A Day: Brushing your hair boosts blood circulation and allows the scalp natural oils to coat the hair strands. Brush your hair for at least a minute, twice a day, to strengthen your fine hair.
  • Protect Your Hair: Sun, dust, pollution, and friction can cause serious hair damage. Protect your hair by wearing a scarf while stepping out. You can also use a satin pillowcase to reduce friction while sleeping.
  • Consume Protein: Protein promotes hair health. Consume fish, chicken breast, ground turkey/beef, eggs, soy, edamame, pulses, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, mushrooms, nuts, and seeds.
  • Consume Veggies And Fruits: Veggies and fruits are a great source of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals essential for hair health. Consume dark leafy greens, carrots, beetroot, tomato, okra, bell peppers, scallions, apple, dates, apricot, oranges, papaya, etc.
  • Take Supplements: If you cannot get an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats from food sources, talk to your doctor and start taking supplements. Omega-3, iron, zinc, and biotin supplements can help improve hair strength.

These are the ways you can take care of fine hair. Now let’s get to the fun part – hair cuts and hairstyles most flattering for fine hair. Scroll down for pictures and style ideas.

10 Best Hair Cuts And Styles For Fine Hair

Fine hair is suitable for many trendy hairstyles. With the right haircut and hairstyle, you can add volume to your hair effortlessly. Here are the 10 best hair cuts and styles you can try.

1. Keep It Short And Simple


Short hair is easy to manage and maintain. Having fine hair makes it easier to style, and you don’t have to spend hours in front of the mirror to style it. Just brush it and part your hair on the side or middle.

2. Keep Your Head And Ponytail High


A high ponytail with casual waves at the hair ends is perfect for work, gym, and the club. Tease your hair roots a bit to add volume. If you are not a fan of teasing your hair, use a dry shampoo to zoosh up your hair roots.

3. Keep It French And Classy


A short, blunt hairstyle with French bangs has a Parisian supermodel essence to it. If you have an oval or long face, this hairstyle will make you look classy, whether you wear a biker jacket or an evening gown.

4. Go Bandanas!


Redefine your everyday look with a hair bandana or a scarf. Wear a ponytail or leave your hair open, tie a hair bandana the 50s style, wing your eyeliner, pop a red lipstick, and you are ready to drive the whole town crazy!

5. Keep It Easy And Beachy


Short hair or long, beach wave hairstyle was made for fine-haired girls. All you have to do is flip your damp hair down, spray a hair texturizing or salt spray, shake your hair roots, and flip your hair up.

6. Who Bun The World?


On days your hair refuses to listen to you, go for ballerina buns or loose low buns. These will save you time and make you look effortlessly cool.

7. Turn Up The Volume!


Short or long, if you have fine hair that has medium to low density, adding volume can be a game-changer. Use a hair curler to add loose curls to your hair. Shake your hair up and enjoy the mirror’s silent awe!

8. Keep It Curly And Flirty


Curls flatter every hair type and hair cut. They also add volume, bounce, and shine. But remember to use a hair setting spray to keep your curls last longer.

9. Lights And Highlights


Highlighting your hair could be the next best thing after curling. The depth and definition it adds can transform your hair from bland to badass! Ready to metamorphose?

10. Bohemian Dream Girl


Who said you cannot wear braids? Side braid with loose locs in the front, with a flower accessory or a forehead band,are all you need to look at braids in a new, Bohemian light.

Final Thoughts

Now you know what fine hair is, how to take care of it, and the hair cuts and styles that suit fine hair the most. These should be enough to help you revive your hair and put a stop to your hair problems. What are you waiting for? Change your hair care routine and reveal your beautiful mane for the world to behold.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should fine, thin hair be washed?

If you have fine, thin hair, you can wash it twice a week with a sulfate-and paraben-free shampoo. Use a goodquality shampoo and avoid over-moisturizing your hair. Do not comb your hair when wet. Air dry your hair or use a cool setting.

Why is my fine hair so greasy?

Grease comes from the natural oils your scalp’s sebaceous glands secrete to keep your hair moisturized. However, a poor diet or hormonal imbalances can lead to excessive oil production that makes hair greasy. Do not over-shampoo your hair, as that will only make your hair greasier. Use a dry shampoo if you need to add volume and style it. You may also tie your hair into a trendy bun. Here’s what more you can do to reduce the grease in your hair.

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Arshiya Syeda is an editor and certified counselor. Ever the lover of the written word, she served on the editorial boards of her school and college newsletters. Writing articles on hairstyles, hair care, and nutrition helped her combine her love for reading, writing, and research. As an editor, she helps her team members deliver polished and meticulously researched content. Arshiya is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and aims to become a multilinguist by learning German and teaching herself American Sign Language (ASL).