|Shelly asks: |
My hair started thinning out a little over a year ago and my hair is now about half the thickness it once was. Blood tests showed my hormones and vitamin levels were normal. I’m starting to see some regrowth, but as my hair is very fine naturally, the ends are now looking very thin and transparent. I don’t use heated products on it or dye it. Would monthly micro trims be my best bet to thicken the ends up? It’s currently sitting a few inches below my shoulders and I really don’t want to go much shorter.
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Hair thinning can be caused by a number of factors, from genetics to stress, and some of these won’t be determined from a standard blood test, so speaking to a qualified Trichologist at a clinic such as ’Unlimited Hairloss Solutions’ can help you to determine the cause of your thinning. If you’re confident that the thinning has stopped and your hair is starting to return, the fine ends are most likely to be the thinner hairs that grew during that phase. Avoiding damaging and thinning these ends further is important, so avoiding heated appliances is a good start, and using products that will strengthen and fortify your strands will also help. Regular micro trims will also help, by preventing these finer, weaker ends from splitting, without compromising the length of your hair. Don’t be put off because you’re concerned about losing length: blunt, freshly chopped ends will create the appearance of fuller, thicker locks. ...More >
To create the appearance of more fullness in your hair, you need to invest in products that contain thickening formulas and ingredients designed to add density and lift. Try L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner, followed by a texturising product.
To give an instant, more noticeable boost to your hair’s thickness and length, speak to an experienced stylist about hair extensions. There are so many different types available – from clip-in temporary extensions to longer lasting varieties – that you might find this is the best solution for you, while you wait for your hair to return to its usual thickness.
|Riley asks: |
Which is the best hair texturizer for long fine straight hair? I want to try out an up-do for my prom but my hair is so silky and thin, it won’t hold. Please let me know if you have any recommendations?
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At Westrow we’re big fans of layering products to create body and hold in fine hair, before styling into an up-do or a style that requires extra hold. We use thickening sprays to create the foundation of fuller hair, which are perfect for clients who require extra body in finer locks. You can also use a mousse that will add body, weight and texture and use on damp hair before blow-drying.
A great tip for added oomph and lift is to use a little mousse on dry hair – rather than wet – before blow-drying, to seal in the product. This is a pro tip that many hairstylists use for creating serious volume. Texturizing products that create a little bit of ‘grit’ in the hair are also ideal for building texture into fine limp locks that don’t hold a style easily. Don’t work on freshly washed hair – leave at least a day or two after washing – and spray hair with a strong-hold hairspray before and after styling, making sure you distribute the spray evenly through the hair – not forgetting to spray the underneath sections.
|JEN asks: |
I have very fine straight longer hair and am looking for a suitable conditioner. I have a lot of trouble with static and the only product I have found that completely eliminates this issue is Thermasilk Heat Activated Conditioner, which is no longer available. Is there a product that is comparable, or that can help to prevent static building in my hair? Where I live it is snowy and cold during winter, but I don’t use any styling products, and avoid blow-drying my hair, as this makes the static worse. Please advise!
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Unfortunately fine hair is more prone to becoming static, particularly during the winter when there is a lack of moisture in the air, and when we spend lots of time in centrally heated rooms. Plus, as you’ve experienced already, applying heat to the hair can often exacerbate the problem. You need to adopt a multi-pronged approach to tackling the issue. Firstly, as you’ve already realised, you need to boost moisture levels: dry hair attracts the positive electric charges from the atmosphere and this causes your strands to resist each other. Wash hair less frequently, using a shampoo and conditioner that contain proteins and conditioning ingredients and finish with a rinse of cold water.
Fine hair is more prone to static than thicker hair, but as you can’t change your hair type, add body to your hair temporarily with a thickening product. Look for a multi-purpose product that thickens the hair, giving it lift, volume and guts. Finally, when styling your hair, avoid brushes with synthetic bristles, such as nylon and polyester, which can cause friction in the hair, and use a wooden, rather than a plastic comb. When blow-drying finish with a blast of cold air and finally, spritz the bristles of your brush with hairspray, then run through your strands, to create a protective barrier that should help prevent a static attack.
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