Having flat, fine hair might seem easy to style. After all, fine hair requires little blow drying and less time with a curling iron. But many people with this hair type will tell you that it can be difficult to hold curls and add natural-looking volume—and no one wants droopy, limp hair throughout the day. The following are various tips and tricks to keep fine hair looking more alive.
The most important step to solving flat, thin hair starts in the shower. Make sure you’re using a lightweight shampoo that has moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin and shea butter. Otherwise, when you use drying shampoo, your scalp may overproduce oils to make up for it. Another important tip centers around the conditioner. While conditioner is usually good for your hair, it’s important to not apply it directly to the scalp if you want volume for your thin strands. Next time you’re in the shower, try only conditioning from the mid-length to the end tips. Moreover, you can also use clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup since product buildup leads to weight in the hair makes everything more droopy. Scrunching wet hair is also something you can do in the shower to provide a great foundation for air drying.
Aside from tips and tricks to do in the shower, these next two products can be lifesavers when it comes to maintaining and volumizing thin hair. First, use dry shampoo to get a better hold and more long-lasting volume than hairspray. Instead of spraying and then brushing out like you would to absorb oil, leave it be. Second, although mousse seems to have a negative association since it’s associated with stiff and dry hairstyles, there are many formulas today that are elegant and hydrating which help with thin hair.
What else can I do?
When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put into your body, too. With that being said here is a list of foods that help with hair growth and healthiness!
Eggs: Your hair is made up of protein, therefore it is important to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet. Protein is the building block of hair and eggs are one of the richest natural sources of protein.
Avocado: The vitamin E in avocado improves blood circulation and helps the follicles work more efficiently to promote hair growth. It also maintains the oil and pH balance which if exceeds can clog the hair follicles and stop hair growth. Avocado is great source of vitamin E and it is also rich in the heart healthy monounsaturated fats. You can add it to your breakfast or blend it into a green smoothie.
Seeds/Nuts: Omega-3 fatty acids in seeds and nuts also nourish the hair and support thickening. Since your body cannot produce these healthy fats, you need to derive them from your diet. Almonds and walnuts are really high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Similarly, flaxseeds can serve as a mid-meal healthy snack while also supplying the essential fats for your hair.
Dark Green Vegetables: Iron is an essential mineral that your hair cells require. In fact, a deficiency of iron in the body may cause hair loss. When your body is running low on iron, oxygen and other nutrients are not getting transported to the hair roots and follicles adequately, which can inhibit growth and make your strands weak.