Raise your hand if your hair falls flat an hour after you style it! My hair has been baby fine and thin my entire life and while complaining about it is easy, it’s not going to magically give me thick luscious locks. Over the years I’ve tried a million and one hair products to give my limp hair a boost and today I’m sharing some of my tried and true picks for fine hair.
For me the difference between a good hair product and a bad one is if it weighs my hair down. Fine hair plus a heavy product equals oily, stuck to your head hair that isn’t a good look for anyone. (With the obvious exception of Ponyboy and the rest of the Greasers am I right?)
The first thing I use after I wash my hair is the Ouai Hair Oil. It may seem counter productive to add oil to your thin locks but just like oils for your skin it actually helps to balance your hair. Just make sure to avoid your scalp since your scalp produces its own oils naturally. The benefits of using an oil include: heat protection, detangling and adding a glossy shine to lackluster hair. I find it so easy to comb through my wet hair after using this oil and it also seems to help my hair dry faster.
Fine hair is so susceptible to heat damage so I like to spray a heat protectant on top of my hair oil to prevent as much damage as possible. The Gisou heat protecting spray is lightweight and contains propolis which is actually produced by bees and helps to strengthen your hair. Bonus: it smells amazing!
I find the key to keeping my hair from looking limp is texture. Which is why you will rarely see me with straight hair. After I’ve curled my hair and combed it out I religiously spray some kind of texturizing spray in my hair. At the moment I’m loving the Ouai Wave Spray. It adds subtle texture and helps my hair keep its curl all day. (For my tips on how to get your curls to last all day check out this post).
Last but not least I couldn’t live without my dry shampoo. Fine hair means your hair gets oily much quicker and I find it particularly bad in the colder months because its so dry outside and my scalp is overcompensating. I can honestly say I have tried pretty much every dry shampoo out there. Everything from drugstore brands under ten bucks up to $40 dollar versions from Sephora. Right now I am obsessed with the Klorane dry shampoo. It soaks up the oil, smells neutral and doesn’t leave that white residue in my hair. My best tip for using dry shampoo? Spray it in your hair before you go to bed. By morning it will have absorbed seamlessly and will even add some extra volume to your hair! I always tend to have a few dry shampoos kicking around (you know, in case of emergency) and the one from Verb is my runner up right now. I like that you just shake it on your hair instead of spraying but I do find it leaves a bit of that white residue so you really have to brush it through.
PS Don’t forget to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to help get rid of any product buildup. If you don’t have one a great DIY version is to just add a bit of baking soda to your normal shampoo.