Fine Hair Facts
Experts guide to healthy, fabulous fine hair.
A lot of people out there have fine hair, including many of you, our loyal clients. Some have LOTS of fine hair, while others not only have fine hair, but it is also thin. Either way, fine hair poses challenges for anyone who’s got it.
But anyone who has fine hair knows that it also has its advantages too – it dries quickly, curling/ straightening is much easier & faster, and less product is needed to achieve results. These pluses add up to saved money, time and energy that our fuller-haired friends do not share.
However, fine hair is uncompromisingly delicate, and must be treated with care & attention in order to look good & stay healthy. We asked our fine hair expert stylists to talk to us about what it takes to get great hair even if it is fine/ thin. Here are their four fine hair non-negotiables.
Four Fine Hair Musts
1. A great haircut: Fine/ thin hair cannot hide from a bad or grown-out haircut. Fine tresses tend to show cutting work more than full hair simply because there is less of it, so every snip shows. Make sure your stylist cuts face framing layers for added lift and dimension. Avoid too many layers at the ends, as this is a thinning technique used to reduce weight and bulk for full haired heads. Super short choppy layers in longer styles can also contribute to a major frizz out, so make sure medium to long styles have corresponding layer lengths.
2. The right products:
CLEANSE: Wash hair regularly – but not daily (more on this in a sec)– to avoid build up using a gentle shampoo specifically for fine hair. Try to avoid shampoos with sulfates which can be too harsh for delicate fine hair. Our stylists suggest our Signature Maximum Fullness Shampoo, a gentle formula which is free of additives and will not dry out fine hair. It is important to skip the daily shampoo if you have fine hair. This will allow the natural oils from your scalp protect fine tresses, while also reducing flatness associated with freshly cleaned hair. Try a powdered shampoo or styling product such as Aveda’s Pure Abundance Hair Potion in between shampoos and after work-outs to refresh scalp & hair (this also makes a great styling product, see below).
CONDITION: Follow with a weightless conditioner that contains protein to strengthen hair and silk protein to add much needed shine (silicone shine serums and sprays are often too heavy for fine hair. Instead, look to your conditioner to help in the shine department). Our Signature Maximum Fullness Conditioner pairs perfectly with the shampoo and contains both keratin & silk proteins, sunscreen and comes in a lightweight formula designed specifically for fine hair.
STYLE: Heavy products with silicone or too much hold will weigh hair down and cause unwanted build up. Also be cautious of super stiff gels and hairsprays that will matte fine hair into crunchy clumps when dry. Our stylists recommend a medium hold volumizing lotion or tonic for everyday styling, such as our Signature Volume Infusion. A multi-tasking product like this one is perfect for fine hair because it takes care of multiple needs in one product – like providing incredible volume, softness, shine & sunscreen, without the weight or stiffness of traditional products – (it’s also great for thinner textured curly hair). One product + Many solutions = eliminating the need for multiple products that will surely weigh fine hair down. For blow-out/ thermal iron days, add a volumizing foam to the mix for root lift, protection against humidity and long lasting smooth hold. Try our Signature Creative Volumizing Foam for a non-sticky solution to achieve lasting volume and easy styling.
3. Gentle color: Fine hair has less tolerance to extreme color processes. If you want to make a big change, be prepared to take baby steps to get there – multiple visits to the salon are in order. Opt for subtle enhancing for a low maintenance look without sacrificing your healthy hair. Steer clear of stylists who promise drastic results in one visit – this means they do not have healthy, strong hair in mind. Also insist on health conscious hair color. Look for low or no- ammonia hair professional hair color, high pigment (means longer lasting richer color = less product), and conditioning additives. Check out Artego haircolor, used exclusively by Barberia’s Board Certified Haircolor Specialists.
4. Make health your #1 priority: Fine hair is first of all hair types to show wear n tear. Maintaining health is your first directive to great looking hair. Along with regular maintenance with the right shampoo, conditioning and styling, consider greater measures if your hair is not in perfect health by giving it special treatment: Dry brittle hair needs moisture. However most intensive moisturizing conditioners are too heavy for fine hair on a daily basis. Instead, limit to a weekly moisture masque that promises to not weigh hair down. Try our Signature Indulge Masque to replenish moisture loss from color or heat styling. For damaged hair SOS visit us for monthly in-salon professional strength treatments to repair and restore your hair back to optimum health.
Fine Hair Trends – Forecast for 2012
Trends in 2012 are adaptable to fine hair. This year’s trends are versatile and can be adopted to work with fine hair types. The key is finding a look that also works with your face shape and life style.
Check out these trends to see which will work for you:
Lob: The Long Bob
It looks like she’s done it again. Well, actually Aniston’s hairdresser, Chris McMillan has. Not since the “Rachel” has another distinguished hairstyle brought so much attention to this A-Lister. Will it be poetic justice? Looks like it, since literally ‘lobbing’ off her long tresses this summer, JenAn has turned heads and brought enviable behinds into stylist’s chairs across the country proclaiming “lob it off!” Jen’s universally flattering lob works on everyone with its side part and piecey layers that are longer in the front. However, she is not the only status celeb to take to the scissors…
Jessica Alba’s easy cut is perfect for oval and oblong shaped faces. Along with an easy upkeep, this look works especially well for fine haired females and elongates the neck and highlights the collarbone with its shoulder grazing length. To get this look, request a blunt & uniform lob with no layers or minimal stacking in the back.
Rounder faces do well long layers and a generous side part. These give the structure needed to balance out the soft lines of a rounded face. Steer clear of shorter layers, which can add too much width to the sides. Another easy breezy look to maintain for everyday chic.
Best for heart or round shapes, this dramatic look features longer in the front layers with eye grazing, blunt cut bangs. While Naomi’s hair has been flattened into submission, fine haired heads can pull this off with volumizing spray and healthy shiny locks. For a less dramatic version, consider Naomi Watt’s side swept version.
Other hot trends for 2012
Stay on trend with these fine-hair approved looks:
Undoubtedly the classic pixie cut is taking over headlines. As if designed for fine hair, this cut imparts lift and texture by its very nature. Best of all, minimal upkeep means styling is simple and quick! Customize the look for your face by adding a bang style that works with your shape: long and piecey like Ginnifer Goodwin works with rounder faces while short and textured looks great on oval and heart shapes. For square faces, consider longer softer layers a la Katie Holmes (notes for pixies: upkeep includes visits to the salon every four weeks to keep the shape).
The Urban Wave
Long soft layers just a bit of bend were all over the spring catwalk. This is great news for fine haired ladies, not only due to reduced heat styling needed to achieve this look (read – less stress on delicate hair) but also takes advantage of minimal product. Dubbed the “urban wave”, you can tailor this look to your face shape by adding bangs – blunt like Emma Stone’s or side swept, your choice – or opt for long layers like Gisele.