Feeling Uninspired? These Are the Best Hairstyles for Fine Hair

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Having very thin and fine hair can pose a challenge if you like a voluminous updo or thick curls. It can be hard to create volume by yourself, without the help of a professional. But many people with thick hair envy you! There are a ton of hairstyles that are easier to create and that look better on someone with thin hair. We have a list of the best hairstyles for fine hair.

  • The Angled Cut

If you cut thick hair at an angle, especially if you have shorter hair, it tends to blend together in thick waves and it is hard to even see the shape that the hairdresser had in mind. If the hair is curly, the effect is even less visible. However, this is a perfect cut for those with finer hair, as every strand falls into place. An angled bob also creates an illusion of thicker hair, thanks to the different layers and lengths. If you also add some waves using a curling iron or rollers, it will definitely add more body to the look.

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Bangs and a Medium length.
  • Bangs and Medium Length

Having bangs with thick hair is kind of a challenge. Most of the time, they do the opposite of what they are supposed to and bend one way or the other. Many people with thick hair also have frizzy hair, which may not be the look you want when cutting bangs. But cutting bangs to a medium length hair, is one of the best hairstyles for fine hair. With thinner hair, the bangs will just fall down and create a relaxed and chill look. This will also make the hair around your face look fuller. You can make tousles in the rest of the hair using saltwater spray, or go the other direction and straighten it to the max. Either way looks good with well-behaved bangs.

  • A Feminine Ponytail

This is another hairstyle that is perfect for those with fine strands. Make the ponytail hight on your head and wrap a strand of hair around the hair tie to hide it. If you curl only the ends of the hair you will make them bouncy and achieve that retro look. If you want to add more volume, start off by using a dry shampoo close to your scalp and tousle your hair.

  • A Very Short Bob

A short bob cut – or if you are really brace, go even shorter an try a pixie – is definitely easier to pull off if you have thin hair. The hair is easier to shape and does not demand a lot of attention to look good. The angles and layers that it takes to cut this kind of hairstyle also makes your hair look fuller.

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A bob cut.
  • Blow-Dried Curls

The thing with thin and fine hair is that hairstyles – like curly ones – last longer because the hair is not heavy enough to weigh the curls down. Using a curling iron, or – better for your hair health – foam rollers or braids, to create waves will immediately create an illusion of more action. Blow-drying your hair after washing it while using a round brush to make waves will give it volume. Make sure to use a volumizing mousse and finish with a lightweight spray to fix the look.

  • If You Can’t Be Bothered to Style Your Hair

If you lack the time or energy for a lot of styling, be happy that thin hair can look good with minimal effort! Many of the best hairstyles for fine hair do not really demand much.

But – if you suspect that your hair is thin for some other reason than your genetics, looking over your health is a good idea.

Female hair loss is quite common, but most of the time it has an explanation and a solution. Hormonal changes, vitamin deficiencies, stress or pregnancy can all cause hair thinning in women. A healthy diet is important to fight this, as well as enough sleep and a checkup to make sure there is no medical reason. A natural hair supplement could also aid healthy hair growth.

Shiny and Straight? These are the Best Hairstyles for Asian Hair

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If you have that typical straight, shiny hair that refuses to stay in any hairdo, do not give up – we have listed some of the best Asian hairstyles for those of us who are about to do just that.

Asian hair is very slippery, and it rarely stays in place. On the other hand, it is pretty much always straight and shiny. According to Asian-American stylist Kayley Pak, it is because Asian hair normally has 10 layers of cuticles. The cuticle is the outer layer that protects the individual hair. The many layers on an Asian hair are also more dense and wider and thicker than on Caucasian hair. That gives the hair an illusion of being really shiny and silky.

However, if the hair is too silky, it can be hard to get even a ponytail to stay in shape. So to what you want to do to make your hair a little more textured is to use a special dry texture spray, alternatively a dry shampoo or a matte shape paste. These products will help to create a shape and make the hair behave like you want it to.

Here are the best Asian hairstyles to use on a too-ruly hair:

Crimping

Crimping the hair is back! The 90’s trend with tiny waves in a zig-zag pattern definitely gives the hair more volume and texture. If you do not have a crimper, you can simply prep your newly washed and dried hair with some hairspray. Then make some french braids, spray some more, and go to sleep with the braids. In the morning, carefully let the braids loose. You will have small waves or curls that look pretty natural and very nice.

Perm

Perms have actually also made a comeback, and nowadays they are nicer to your hair. They also look more natural and have less frizz. What is not to like! Making the hair curly is perfect for Asian hairstyles. You can choose the size of the curls, so whether you want the 80’s look of a lot of smaller curls or a modern beach hair with fuller waves and a laidback attitude, a perm could be for you. But experts recommend to only use a perm on natural hair that has not been dyed, to protect the hair quality.

Air-Dried Beach Waves

Apply a leave-in conditioner or any anti-frizz product in the hair after washing it. Then wrap your head in a towel to squeeze out any excess water without rubbing the strands together. Then remove the towel and let the hair air-dry. Twirl strands of the hair with your fingers to help shape it into curls that will stay in shape after it dries. This is much better for the hair than using heat to dry and style it.

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Shiny and Straight hair? – Use rollers and let the hair self dry for slight waves.

Tight Bun

Asian hair is perfect for a tight, shiny bun. Comb your hair, apply an anti-frizz serum or a shine spray, and make a high ponytail. Blogger Jean Wang has really good advice on how to make a bun that lasts. Make sure you use a product like mousse or texturizing spray or paste first. Then, collect the top hair with a claw clip and secure on your head, where you want the bun to be. Next, collect the rest of the hair in a tight ponytail right under the clip and secure with a hairband. Then take the ponytail and wrap it around the clip, secure it with another hairband and then screw in some spin pins – these are hair pins that have a spiral shape in order to prevent them from falling out all the time. Make sure all loose ends are kept in place, using regular bobby pins, and finish with a shower of hairspray.

Slight Waves Using Rollers

If you are not ready to take the step of getting a perm, but still want to avoid using heat styling every week, use rollers and let the hair self dry. There are a ton of different versions, and how you prep your hair will vary depending on which roller you use. Some require the hair to be damp and some work best on dry hair. The comfy foam ones you can sleep in, while classic Velcro ones probably are more comfortable to use while awake. Make sure you have some curling mousse and hairspray handy and let loose with the rollers.

A Bob

Cutting the hair into a bob can feel scary but is actually easy to maintain if your hair is straight and shiny, and it will grow out again. This classic look will require minimal styling and suits most people.

Straight Hair and Bangs

One of the best hairstyles for Asian hair is long hair with bangs. Combined with the straight sleekness of Asian hair, cutting bangs will give you an interesting and classic look. Long, thick bangs paired with straight hair has a timeless appeal and is also easy to style, if your hair is in fact straight and sleek. Just use a round brush when you blow-dry your hair to shape it the way you want and to give it a little lift.

So no matter which of the Asian hairstyles you prefer or which products you use to achieve it – embrace your straight, shiny hair. The grass is always greener on the other side, and a lot of people envy you!

What are protective hairstyles and how can they be applied to your hair?

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With great hair, comes great responsibilities and protective hairstyles are a must for keeping that greatness. So buckle up, take your supplements with a big glass of water and read carefully. Nutrafol gives you some insight into which hairstyles will do the most good for your mane.

What are protective hairstyles?

When tucking away your ends, your hair is in a protective hairstyle. Tucking it away is important because your ends are the oldest and most fragile part of the strand. Washing it frequently and on regular basis, conditioning, styling, and de-tangling requires constant tugging on your hair, leaving it weaker and more exposed to damages. As a result, it is normal to experience some hair fall each time you touch your hair.
Protective hairstyles include hairstyles such as twists, braids, updos and wigs.

Braids

Braids come in all shapes and sizes and serve well as one of the protective hairstyles. They effectively hide your ends from potentially harmful effects of regular styling, manipulation, and the environment. Wear then loosely or as sections of hair gathered together along the scalp, laying closely to the head with no room for movement.

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Tucking your hair away by making a braid is one protective hairstyle that will prevent the ends from getting damaged.

Twists

Many twists uses a two-strand braiding technique in which, like some braided styles, allow the hair to be separated in sections. Twists are versatile enough to be combined and pinned up, which also qualifies them as the third of the different protective hairstyles, the updo.

Updos

The updo – a hairstyle that calls for your loose hair to be tucked away, smoothed down, and out of your face. This look tends to be favorable during special occasions and formal events; nonetheless, it’s still protecting your ends from getting damaged.

Wigs

Cover your natural hair from root to tip with a wig and give your head and hair a much needed break from constant manipulation and styling. Do not forget to cover your hair with a satin or silk cap prior to placing the wig to prevent friction-based damage to your real hair. And do not forget to remove your wig every night to give your scalp a chance to breath.

French roll

The french roll is great to wear as a protective hairstyle since it is simple and elegant. The french roll can be done quick and easy and is suitable for any hair. Do not forget to vary the position of the hair pins, and do not pull to tightly on the nape or hairline when you create your french roll to prevent thinning and hair loss to this delicate regions.

Now that you know what protective hairstyle is and how you can apply it, Nutrafol can give you some insights on the benefits of protective hairstyles:

  • Protection from the elements;
  • Maintenance of moisture;
  • Length retention;
  • Stylish look.

Protective hairstyles are priceless in themselves. Besides a flawless elegant look, they keep your hair ends tucked and protected from aggressive damaging factors. But can you do more to boost the protective effect further? The answer is yes and this is how you can do it.

  • Nourish your hair and scalp with natural oils or apply hydrating balms before styling your hair;
  • Let your hair dry overnight;
  • Wear a hat to protect your hair from high or low temperatures;
  • Sleep with a satin scarf on your head.

Photo: suez92 by Flickr.

Hair Loss Causes: Could Your Hairstyle be to Blame?

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There are many different causes of hair loss, and also many misconceptions about them. How we wear our hair most often is based on what is most convenient or what looks good. This seemingly trivial task is something that we do not pay much attention to on a daily basis, and we only get to focus our attention on it when things start to change, like if we see the first signs of thinning or shedding hair.

We often attribute hair loss to internal factors such as our genes and the quality of our health but to many, it may come as a surprise to know that the choice of hairstyle can actually contribute to hair loss.

Baldness, another hair loss cause, scientifically referred to as alopecia, refers to partial or complete loss of hair on the scalp and in other areas of the body. This condition comes in many forms but the kind that is caused by wearing certain hairstyles is called traction alopecia, which is hair loss that results from styles that require the hair to be tugged or pulled, either gently or tightly for extended or frequent periods of time.

Hairstyles That Cause Traction Alopecia

Ponytails

The easiest way to keep hair from your face is to gather it toward the back or top of the head and hold it together with a tie. Although this hairstyle may be the most convenient to maintain, wearing the hair pulled backward or upward too tightly has its disadvantages. Its association with traction alopecia has been observed as early as in 1907. Women in Greenland were found to have receding hairlines due to prolonged wearing of tight ponytails.

Braids

Evidence of hair braiding or plaiting in history is shown on many archaeological findings, for example the statuette Venus of Willendorf that was dug up in a 1908 excavation near Willendorf, Austria, that was estimated to have been made between 28,000-25,000 BCE.

Through the years, interlacing strands of hair into braids has evolved from being a means to communicate a person’s status in society into a social art form among cultures that use the time to braid to socialize and teach their children.

Today, braids are used by both women and men with long hair and are popular among African-Americans. A total of 326 African-American women participated in a 2011 study. The study measured risk factors contributing to a common condition among them called central centrifugal cicatricial alopecia (CCCA) – hair loss that usually starts at the crown of the head and spreads out to the periphery. The study concluded that there is a higher risk of CCCA caused by hairstyles causing traction or pulling.

Cornrows

While they may seem similar, braids and cornrows have distinct characteristics that set them apart. Braids use three or more strands weaving and overlapping and are tied at the end by a rubber band or clip. They are easier and faster to do and are usually let loose after a short period of time.

Cornrows, on the other hand, are tighter plaits that are woven very closely to the scalp. Because they take more time and effort to create, people with cornrows often wear them for considerable periods of time. This makes maintenance more challenging as the hair gets washed less frequently to maintain its form, which can lead to bacterial infection and eventual hair loss.

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Tightly woven cornrows pulls on your scalp and can cause traction alopecia.

Dreadlocks

Commonly referred to as dreads, this become a permanent hairstyle by those who choose to wear it because of the time it takes to create. Dreads are teased, knotted and left to grow for weeks at a time. As hair grows and sheds through time, it gets tangled into more knots and results in a matted look. Dreads are washed less often – usually every three to seven days. Those who wear them sometimes use a bandana or scarf to absorb oil when they sleep.

Like cornrows, dreads bring a higher risk of hair thinning and hair loss because of increased tension. They also bring a higher risk infection from clogged pores due to oil build-up. Traction alopecia may appear to be non-cicatricial or without scars in the initial stages. However, a delayed tension and traction can cause the hair follicles to be permanently damaged.

 

Buns

 If you are wearing a bun, you might want to go easy on its tightness. Buns worn by ballerinas or librarians are usually pulled back very hard. This is not limited for women as some long-haired men nowadays opt to wear a man bun as a trend. When worn regularly, the scalp can appear to be red and itchy with multiple hairs breaking off. This is a result of constant tugging at the roots – all clinical signs of traction alopecia.

Weaves

An artificial way to make short or medium hair appear longer or thicker. This is achieved  through the use of hair extensions that are either woven, glued or taped. These are anchored either to the hair or scalp. Although they may provide a temporary boost to your confidence, they can make you a candidate for permanent alopecia. This is because it strains the hair, damages the scalp, and causes scarring.

Avoid the Common Hair Loss Causes

Hairstyles are worn to be functional and fashionable. But care should be exercised in making sure that they do not cause damage to our hair and scalp.

To avoid temporary or permanent alopecia, hairstyles should:

Be worn loosely and alternately in short periods of time to avoid the damage that constant tension and traction brings.

Allow the hair to be shampooed and washed regularly to avoid sebum build-up and infection. Also, avoid regular use of chemicals or heat that can dry or damage hair.

Text by Anne Sarte

Photo credits: Raíssa Ruschel via Flickr

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