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Tricks for Women with Straight and Fine Hair

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You may complain about your fine, straight hair being difficult to style and sometimes sticking out like straw or getting too limp. Well, things happen, so the choice of the right haircut and hairstyles for straight and fine hair can’t be underestimated.

As anyone with fine, limp hair knows, the easy fixes that work for wavy or curly hair do not work on volume-less hair. Getting fullness takes a careful strategy as well as things to avoid. Here are some great tricks for women with straight and fine hair.

Your straight, fine hair strategy should include:

  1. Let your hairstylist show you how to back-brush your hair. Yes, it looks like it will tangle your hair and will take you two years to untangle. But if you use a brush with a French-lacing technique it will give you more intricate, long-lasting salon hairdo. Back-brushing can provide that extra lift that makes your at-home job look like a professionally-done style and is easy to brush out.
  2. Wash your hair daily. Curlier, thicker hair tends to be drier and therefore does best with fewer washes and benefits from the buildup of natural oils. But the minute your fine hair gets oily, it gets weighed down and screams out for a wash. More grease makes it limper. Just don’t go overboard and wash too much, which means more than once per day.
  3. Let your hair dry completely before leaving the house. This should be common sense, but your hair will achieve maximum bounce when you are able to fully brush it out once it’s dry. When you leave the house with it wet and let it air-dry without a good brush-through afterwards, it will be limp.  And more lifeless and not to mention a little filmy-looking is never good. Being able to give hair a good brush, particularly at different angles and tip your head over for volume. You will be able to inject some life into it.
  4. Blow dry your hair upside down. Flipping your head over is the best way to get to the roots and really give hair that extra lift. Adding a little voluminous mousse to your damp hair is good  but just a little is enough, too much will make it difficult.
  5. Experiment with a light texturing spray. Avoid heavy mousse and gel that go on the ends of your hair, one product that can occasionally help is a texturing sea-salt spray.
  6. Use hairspray if you’re going to attempt curls or an up-do. Don’t be afraid to layer upon layer with hairspray. Otherwise, that beautiful blowout will be gone within the hour.

You should try to avoid:

  1. DO NOT use conditioner at the roots of your hair. Conditioner is used to improve the texture of your hair, smoothing down the hair cuticle so strands are glossy and soft. But some of the ingredients in conditioner like oil and silicone, can weigh your hair down. That’s the last thing your flat hair needs, especially at the roots. So use conditioner sparingly on the ends only.
  2. DO NOT go to bed with wet hair. Straight, fine hair doesn’t bounce back into shape like thicker hair, mainly because there is not much  bounce in it. Sleeping on wet hair leaves your hair with weird kinks and cowlicks in the morning that you will not be able to get rid of without a flat-iron or wetting it back down. Which totally defeats your purpose. You can braid your wet hair and sleep on it. You’ll end up with some waves, but nothing close to the beachy waves that those Pinterest pics have.
  3. DO NOT use too many products. The biggest pitfall you may have is that you use multiple hair products.  Specifically, the trendy products that find their way into the billboard ads and Pinterest. You can only create so much with a hair product, so moderation is the key.
  4. DO NOT use plastic on dry hair. Staticky hair happens when electrons, which are negatively-charged, fly off your hair, leaving your strands with positive charges that resist each other. Plastic will make your hair more staticky.  A metal comb or brush is conductive so it will not create static.
  5. DO NOT get baby bangs. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and there are plenty of fine-haired women that look great with a soft fringe.  If having enough volume on your head is already a concern for you, cutting a chunk of your hair off to make bangs may not help your cause.
  6. DO NOT work against it. When your hair has gotten stringy and there’s no shower in sight, just put it in a ponytail. Fine hair looks great in a pony. When it comes to being able to tie hair back, we fine-haired girls actually have it the best.

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