Tips abound for dry, voluminous and curly hair care, but fine, soft strands require a completely different routine. Natural oils tend to build up quickly on fine tresses, which means limp, flat strands often materialize in the middle of a long day. Lightweight products and regular, gentle hair care keep your tresses looking full, healthy and refreshed.
Daily hair care begins in the shower. Wash your hair daily with a lightweight, clarifying shampoo with natural moisturizers. Since fine hair allows natural oils to travel down the hair shaft quickly, washing every day helps remove the oil and keep your hair buoyant and refreshed.
Once a week wash with a scalp revitalizing deep clean shampoo and gently massage your scalp for an extra few minutes to stimulate hair follicles and encourage volume at the roots. Alternatively, apply a deep conditioning and cleansing hair mask designed for fine hair to your strands. Let it sit in place for about five minutes and rinse out.
Follow up the shampoo with a lightweight conditioner and only apply to the lower half of your tresses, where hair is dry and needs a boost of moisture. Avoid applying conditioner on the roots, which weighs hair down and produces that oily, heavy effect much more quickly. Rinse out after a couple of minutes with warm water.
If you can't wash your hair every day or you need a quick refresher without a full shower, invest in a dry shampoo. These products soak up unwanted oils, refresh roots and provide a boost of volume.
Blow Dry Boost
Healthy, pulled together hair means taking control when those strands change from damp to dry. Always dry your hair before you fall asleep to avoid morning cowlicks and unwanted bumps. Avoid heavy mousses and hairsprays, which tend to leave thin strands dry and frazzled without staying in place. Instead, spritz your damp hair with a lightweight, natural sea salt spray for a boost of volume.
To blow dry your hair for volume, remove the diffuser attachment on your blow dryer. Lean forward and bring your hair over your head. Blow dry your locks with low air flow and low heat, focusing the direction of the air from root to tip. This process encourages volume at the roots and also produces shiny strands. However, heat and forced air styling should be reserved for special occasions to minimize breakage and stress. Avoid using heavy smoothing serums on soft, fine tresses after drying -- they weigh down your hair strands.
Avoid plastic combs on strands that have dried completely -- they can cause static electricity. Invest in a metal comb that smooths hair without the positive electric charge.
Style It Right
While stylists recommend you keep heat styling to a minimum, since it causes dryness and damage, sometimes it's a necessity. Prepare your hair with a lightweight heat protectant so those soft strands don't get fried.
Separate a 1-inch section of hair, open up the clamp on your curling iron and wrap the hair around the iron. Wrap from the roots to the tips and keep the iron clamp open. Hold onto the tips of the hair and keep the strands in place for about 10 seconds. Release and repeat with the rest of your hair.
Tousle your strands to produce volume at the roots and loosen up the curls. Don't brush or comb your hair, which will flatten the curl immediately. Spritz with a lightweight hairspray for all-day hold.