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Female jellies: how do you deal with fine hair?

Asked by borderline_blonde (1676points) January 10th, 2010

My super-fine hair is the bane of my female existence. It won’t do anything! If you’ve got fine hair, how do you manage it? Any products that work well? How do you style it? Tips or tricks?

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kheredia's avatar

Hair Dryer, shampoo that provides more volume, mouse to fluff it up a bit. Also, you should try cutting it in layers.

Facade's avatar

Try washing it with Dr. Bronner’s soap Dilute it a lot. It’s safe and gets your hair and scalp very clean and free from excess oils which can weigh down hair.
Using a very light conditioner. Suave is good.
A light mousse. This should do the trick.
Blow dry with a round brush and as little heat as possible.
And a good cut with layers as @kheredia said is always a good way to go.

marinelife's avatar

Cutting it in layers.
Using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner.
Using a styling gel.
Taking biotin.

rooeytoo's avatar

I hate using mousse and gel, I don’t like getting it all over my hands. I know silly, but it is the way I am. What kind of spray on and leave in stuff is there?

borderline_blonde's avatar

@Facade – I’ve actually seen that mousse in stores and will definitely pick it up and try it! Will also have to try low-heat… I’m so impatient with my blow dryer that I turn the thing up full blast.

As far as layers go… I’m always told that keeping hair one length helps it to look its thickest – and my hairdresser is super controlling and never lets me have much input. Note to self: find new hairdresser who will let me have layers.

rooeytoo's avatar

@borderline_blonde – I have gone back and forth between the layers and all one length business forever. I have come to the conclusion that one or two long layers is better than short layers all over. That is what I do now and it is easier to style and stays pouffy, until I put my motorcycle helmet on, it’s hard to find something that will hold up to that test!

adinaa's avatar

I have fine hair as well, and I’ve realized that it only looks decent when it’s curly. Usually I shower before I go to sleep, so I french braid my damp hair and sleep with it in. When I wake up, I undo it and use hairspray to keep the curls. That’s pretty much the only way I can get any volume :\

Aethelwine's avatar

I have very fine, long hair. I’ve noticed that layers do help, as others have suggested. I also like to braid my hair like @adinaa. Aussie products work best for my hair, and my hair usually looks its fullest if I have the time to let it air dry.

fundevogel's avatar

My hair is fine and wavy, I’ve found that I get the most fullness out of it when I let it air dry and work in some leave in conditioner or apply a smoothing spray to kill the frizzies.

Trillian's avatar

My hair is like baby hair. It always has been. I layer it and use a volumizing shampoo. I also spray while foofing if that makes any sense.

syz's avatar

I have extremely fine, straight hair. I keep it cut short and use a styling gel before blow drying.

juniper's avatar

I have fine hair, and I feel your pain. I hate it! The only way I can make it look decent is to use Big Sexy Hair mousse and blow dry it upside down. I’ve tried tons of other kinds of mousse and this is the only one that gives me any body without being crunchy or greasy. I can’t live without it.

Shampoo makes a huge difference, too. I rotate, but I always use some kind of volumizing shampoo and only a small amount of conditioner on the ends of my hair.

I also have layers and I keep my hair at shoulder length.

Oh, and if you have time: hot rollers. They work very differently than curling irons, and they are amazing for my fine hair. Time consuming and old-school dorky, though.

borderline_blonde's avatar

@adinaa I’ve also noticed that curls make my hair look much better and “normal” lol. It’s just keeping the curls that I have a problem with – maybe I need a different hairspray/mousse combo.

@juniper I don’t think that’s dorky at all. How much time does it take?

La_chica_gomela's avatar

Stop complaining! My thick hair is a nightmare! It literally takes 24 hours to dry!

borderline_blonde's avatar

@La_chica_gomela yes, but I’m sure once it does dry it looks great :)

rooeytoo's avatar

@La_chica_gomela – You could get it thinned if it is bothersome.

lonelydragon's avatar

Here are some shampoo brands that have worked for me:

1. Loreal Vive Pro, the volumizing variety
2. John Frieda frizz-ease shampoo with the matching hair spray—Believe it or not, it actually made my hair fuller.
3. Tresemme 24 Hour Volume shampoo and conditioner. I find that the products are most effective if I do the old lather, rinse, repeat and use just a dab of conditioner afterwards.

Once you’re out of the shower, blow dry your hair as quickly as possible before it can fall flat. Blow dry your hair upside down. This will give it a little lift.

rooeytoo's avatar

@lonelydragon – That is interesting that anti-frizz give body, maybe whatever it is that has the strength to keep the hair from frizzing, gives it lift as well. I am going to try some today. Thanks for the idea.

I also usually let my hair dry partially before I style it, but what you said about blowing it dry (upside down) makes sense and on the occasions when I have done that I think I noticed that it was fuller. Thanks again and ga

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