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The golden rules of fine hair

You know and I know that no two hair types are the same. Each comes with its own set of issues and quirks but if you follow a few rules, you’ll find your day to day hair life will be a breeze.

Let’s explore the golden rules of fine hair to start you off:

1: Shampoo

If you have fine hair then you will know this by now; fine hair gets greasy easily. Fine hair tends to be smoother and less porous than coarser hair types, so the oils sit visibly on top of the hair, appearing greasier. The secret to good looking fine hair isn’t how often you shampoo though…it’s where you shampoo that makes the difference. I would always suggest that with fine hair, you shampoo the top area where you feel it’s greasy and avoid the bottom half where it isn’t. Then do the opposite with your conditioner, to avoid a flat look.

In terms of the amount of product you should use, this will depend on your desired look. If you’re after volume, use less conditioner, more shampoo. If you want a softer look…do the opposite. The rule is…the more conditioner you use, the softer your hair and the flatter. Simple.

My top picks for shampoo and conditioner for fine hair have to be Redken Beach Envy Volume Texturizing Shampoo 300ml and Redken High Rise Volume Conditioner 250ml

2: Cutting

Fine hair tends to be a bit more sensitive to the way that it’s cut. With fine hair all the finer details show up when you get a cut. The key here is subtle layers. A good stylist will be aware of this and will suggest appropriate styles for your hair type. The key is good communication here. Let them know what’s worked for you and what hasn’t. Give them examples of the look you want to achieve, how long you’re willing to spend styling it and how you like to wear your hair day to day. The more information your stylist has, the more likely you are to walk away with a cut you love. Communication is key.

3: Styling

The secret here is with the type of products you go for. Finer hair types should opt for ‘hold’ product over ‘oil’ based products (oils, creams or serums). Oil based products will weigh your hair down and make it appear greasy.

When I say hold products I’m talking salt sprays, dry shampoo, mousse, texturising mists. These won’t weigh your hair down. With fine hair – golden rule is use less of the greasy stuff and more of the sticky stuff. My favourites are L’oreal Professional Beach Waves Texturising Salt Spray 150ml and OSiS+ Refresh Dust Bodyfying Dry Shampoo 100ml

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