Top 10 tips for fine hair
We quizzed four of the UK's leading hairdressers for their best tips for fine, flyaway hair.
1. Create texture
To create texture in fine hair ask your hairdresser to try adding layers, says one hair expert at Schwarzkopf Professional. 'Layers should always be in balance with the length of your hair. By that I mean that the longer your hair is, the longer your layers should be. Cut right they will put life into your hair, adding texture and shape.'[quote]
2. Easy on the products
The biggest mistake that people make with fine hair is using too much product, she says, which makes their hair look dull, lank and overdone immediately. She suggests using small amounts of light sprays or smoothing cream and avoiding strong-hold hairsprays or anything that weighs your hair down.
3. Add volume
An easy way to add volume to fine hair is to turn your head upside down and dry the hair freely with the hands or a vent brush. Finish with a small amount of serum from John Frieda's Frizz-Ease range, to tame flyaway hair and frizz (stockists www.boots.com).
4. Lift the roots
If you want volume at the root, simply lift the hair from the roots as you dry with a round or paddle brush. For volume and hold use hairspray and your hairdryer at the same time.
5. Use a diffuser
To give fine, curly hair some oomph, try drying your hair using a diffuser and then throwing your hair upside down, whilst scrunching some Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier (£12.20) by TIGI into the hair. This activates the curls and helps them keep their shape for longer.
6. A secret weapon!
A simple way to stop static and smooth flyaway hair is to lightly rub a sheet of Bounce (yes, the fabric-conditioning tumble-dryer sheet) over it, according to Steven Goldsworthy, who is a member of the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame.
7. Low temperature setting
Goldsworthy also recommends using lower temperatures on your hairdryer. Whilst your hair might take longer to dry, it reduces the static caused by fast, very hot drying. If you are blow-drying your hair with a brush, allowing the hair to cool into shape by removing the heat also helps to prevent flyaways.
8. Thickening shampoo
Try a thickening shampoo. Paul Mitchell's Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo, £10.65 (stockists www.hqhair.com) with lemon, sage, tea tree oil, peppermint and lavender, strengthens the hair and also contains lightweight conditioners to boost body, add shine and hydrate.
9. Invest in conditioner
Women often don't bother with conditioner if they have fine, straight hair, but as it can lack moisture a repair product is important. Try an intense treatment to lock moisture in, such as Kerastase Resistance Volumactive Masque, £20.40, from www.hqhair.com.
10. The finishing touches
Flyaway hairs are often the broken and dry shorter hairs along your parting that lift off from the rest of your hair, observes award-winning, über-hairdresser Charles Worthington. For a quick fix, he recommends simply spraying a comb with Charles Worthington Results Maximum Hold Hairspray, £4.49, (stockists www.boots.com) and gently running it through your hair, or rubbing one or two drops of serum between your palms and smoothing down the wispy strands around the hairline.