All about Fine, Limp Hair
If you have fine hair, you know it can be both a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, you use less products and your hair is generally silky and smooth and responds well to heat styling. The downside is that it tangles easily, it has a lack of volume, after blow drying with Singapore’s humidity and fine limp hair, it will be flat again in no time.
Everyone’s hair anatomy is similar. We have our hair bulb that determines how black, how thick and how long your hair grows depending on your genes and how you live and how you take care of your scalp & hair.
Did you know that we have 3 types of hair follicles? Asian, Caucasian or Afro.
Asian is round, naturally straight to wavy. Caucasian hair is oval shapes and is straight to curly. Afro is elliptical shape and ranges from curly to coiled.
What is Fine Hair?
Fine hair describes your hair’s texture, which is classified in terms of the width, diameter or circumference of the actual hair strands. If you have fine hair, your individual strands are smaller in diameter, while coarse hair has a thicker diameter. Do you know what is yours?
Fun fact: The average person has approximately 2,200 strands of hair per square inch on their head.
While hair thinness or thickness refers to the circumference of each strand, hair density refers to how close they are growing together. You could be having very fine hair but it is also very dense (meaning they have a lot of fine hairs per square inch), or you could have thick course hair, but low in density (meaning they have thick strands but not so many of them per square inch).
High-density hair has a tendency to look and feel a bit heavy, so you can ask your stylist to remove some excess weight (or debulk) your hair. Avoid blunt ends, which can create that pyramid effect, and for any cut that’s above your shoulders, make sure your stylist carefully thins out your ends to lighten things up and give your overall style some movement.
For low-density hair, you’ll want to steer clear of heavier creams and butters and instead opt for lightweight conditioners or natural products that won’t weigh your hair down, like leave-in sprays, dry shampoos or volumizing foams and/or mousses.
How do you know how dense your hair is?
To do this, tie your hair back and measure the circumference of your tail. If it’s less than two inches, you have low-density hair, if it’s two to three inches, you have medium-density hair and if it’s four or more inches thick in circumference, you have high-density hair.
However, PHYTO can help even up the odds. Phyto has a range that promotes density. It’s none other than Phytodensia! This range ensures that your hair will grow out fuller and thicker than before, especially when you are suffering from hair thinning (not hair loss).
This range contains Vernonia and Arcacia flowers and grape polyphenols. Hair looks more beautiful and reveals a newfound volume, density, full of lightness and softness.
Now that we have affirmed our hair thickness and density. Those of us who are have fine hair and with low and medium density, what can we do to make it look like we have thicker hair?
- Change our Hair Style. A good stylist can give you a nice layered cut with long bangs, no need much styling and you have instant volume
- You can also opt for a short, blunt haircuts like these. Don’t do thinning or wispy hair. A Blunt cut gives the look of more body and is much easier to style.
- Slight variation in color creates the illusion of depth and dimension and therefore fullness. For us fine haired girls, this is key. You can go from Dark to light. Or add a highlight and lowlight that is one shade lighter and darker respectively, than your natural hue, will not change the overall appearance of your color much, but will add tremendous variation to your palate, thus creating dimension, gives it texture. Very pretty!
- To go big, you need double the amount of volumizers. The most important step in getting volume for fine hair starts in the shower. Use a lightweight volumizing shampoo and conditioner that also have some moisturizing ingredients. These types of shampoos tend to be more drying and can cause your scalp to overproduce oils to make up for it. Remember, never apply conditioner to your scalp.
Phytovolume Shampoo cleanses well light weight and gives you instant volume and bounce. Phytovolume Jelly Mask softens and hydrates hair but also gives it volume.
Start by prepping towel dried hair from roots to ends with a volumizing spray or a lightweight mousse.
The roots need lift and hold, and the length needs bulk, which is hard to achieve with one product but we have it here with Phytovolume Spray. This lightweight spray launched in 1986 is a cult product! It instantly boosts volume at the roots, while offering hair bounce and hold. Its secret? Nasturtium extract and Pea proteins.
This spray also protects hair from the heat of the dryer. The hair boasts a lightweight feel and a supple, fluid movement. Roots are lifted with no stiffness. The spray’s volumizing effect is maximized when combined with the mechanical blow-drying action.
What else can you do? Find out in our next article where we share tips & tricks to have more density!
Watch the full episode of PHYTO Hair Talk here.