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Help for Fine Hair

Big, bodacious, full-of-oomph hair seems like an impossible dream to the legions of straight- and fine-haired women. The curl-challenged know all too well the reality of limp, difficult-to-style locks. But I don't believe that fine hair has limited styling options, check out my tips to improve your limp locks.

When it comes to cutting and styling fine hair, I suggest seeking out a great stylist. Fine, straight hair shows every scissor mark, so precision is key. Here are the Dos and Don'ts that we follow at my salon:


  • Explore styles beyond the blunt cut. Layers and short dos are an option, but it depends on the cut.
  • Consider hair color and highlights. Color processes plump up the hair shaft, making hair appear thicker and fuller.
  • Opt for a shorter, heavier bang. They perform well on straight, fine hair and give the illusion of thicker hair.
  • Reconsider today's modernized perms. They add volume and shine without the crazy curls of perms past.


  • Let fine hair be razor-cut. This can take away precious volume.
  • View color and highlights as the only solution—fine hair can be too fragile for frequent highlights. Dark hair color can make the scalp seem more visible.
  • Wear hair too long—or it will look straggly. The shorter the hair, the thicker and fuller it will appear.
  • Perm color-processed or chemically treated hair. The combination can be downright lethal for locks.

In addition to a top stylist, fine hair's best ally is the careful selection and application of styling products. I suggest:

  • Exfoliating and massaging the scalp to increase circulation and release the tension which can restrict blood flow to hair follicles, making them weak and skimpy. A scalp massage can be done both in and out of the shower.
  • Shampoo with a volumizing shampoo. Conditioner should be used sparingly on the ends of the hair, never the scalp (in fact, I believe that processed hair is the only fine hair type that needs conditioner at all).
  • Before styling, direct a volumizing spray at just the hair's roots. This will help create a fuller look.


Mark Garrison

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