Big, bouncy beautiful hair. All the Disney princesses had it and every little girl wanted it, especially me! Unfortunately for yours truly, those cartoon genes are far from reality. In fact, due to some unfair joke by DNA, I am the one person in my family to suffer from FFH – fine, flyaway hair. The
ultimate First World Problem, with my hair the struggle is real and if you’re reading this the feeling is probably mutual so here are my top tips for how to make the best of your Fine, Flyaway, Dainty hair!
1. Brush from the bottom up!
When your hair is this thin, every strand is sacred. Brushing can easily break your hair and if you’re trying to grow it, this will really affect it’s length and overall health! A top tip Steph taught me is to brush your hair from the bottom up, teasing out any knots and tangles without ragging the brush through your hair.
2. Invest in your shampoo and conditioner
Using shampoo and conditioner from the supermarket is one of the worst things you can do for your hair. Many of these products contain quite harmful and damaging ingredients to your hair that are used for car washes and paint stripper! In particular shampoos and conditioners which claim to ‘boost volume’ and make hair ‘appear thicker’ achieve this by layering each strand with a thin coat of silicone. Over time, this dries out your hair and it snaps off, strand by strand. The multinational companies then of course have the perfect remedy for you – shampoo and conditioner for dry/damaged hair, and so the cycle continues. They may be more expensive but silicone-free products such as Kiehl’s will really improve the condition of your hair. In fact, for the first time in my life, my hair has grown past my shoulders since I made the switch!
3. Use Mane and Tail shampoo!
If you have fine hair like me, we must face the facts. The cold hard truth is, we’ll never suddenly start growing thick and bouncy hair. For this to happen, they’d need to figure out how to genetically engineer DNA and let’s be honest, if someone does do that, they should be focusing on curing cancer, not us vain fine-haired folk. Thank god therefore, for Mane and Tail shampoo which, although originally intended for horses has now been adopted by girlkind all over the world hoping to also benefit from the quality ingredients that have so helped their neigh-bours (sorry) grow their incredible manes and tails (see name). It’s also really cheap! I’ve bought a big bottle for £3.50 on amazon and it has lasted for 6 months – which equates to 5p per shampoo! Bargain.
4. Sleep with your hair in a loose plait
Avoid dreadlocks, static and breakages the easy way! Sleeping with your hair in a plait/braid/ponytail is the best way to preserve your precious locks.
5. Eat well
Eating clean means embracing foods like vegetables, fruits and whole grains, plus healthy proteins and fats. It also means cutting back on refined grains, added sugars, salt and unhealthy fats. It will not only improve your hair, but your skin, mood, waistline – nourish your mind and body! Eating clean does not mean no treats however – check out my recipe for clean and healthy ‘Twix’ bars here
6. Take Biotin supplements.
I was recommended Biotin by a friend and have been taking it for the past 6 months. I can honestly say that my hair condition has improved, which I believe to be a result of the Biotin, although I have also improved my diet and shampooing habits too. Did you know that diets low in biotin impair the production of insulin, a key hormone in the balancing of blood sugar? Researchers have recently discovered that deficiency of biotin also affects the way insulin acts on cells, meaning you can’t metabolise sugar and fats properly. See here for further details of this research.
7. Get a fine hair friendly hair cut!
To make your long fine hair appear thicker and healthier, grow all layers out and wear it at a uniform length. If you wear your hair short however, such as a bob, get a lot of layers chopped in to boost volume. I think that your hair cut completely depends on your commitment to styling it, so be careful of anything that requires a lot of time and effort if you love to lie in on a morning!
8. Put down your hairdryer/straighteners/tongs
Try to keep heat styling to an absolute minimum as it will play havoc with your delicate locks! When you do use heat stylers, use a good quality protectant spray /leave in treatment such as Morrocan Oil or Kerastase Ciment Thermique.
9. Use salt spray/dry shampoo for volume
But not too much! The aim of the game for fine hair is to NOT dry your hair out as this makes it prone to snapping. Like with your nails, hair strands are made up lots of cuticles. Fine haired gals have less cuticles per strand and this is why our hair isn’t as strong. Using salt spray and dry shampoo however can really boost your roots – think our thick your hair goes after being in the sea!
10. Never brush wet hair
Hair is at its most vulnerable when it is wet. Brush it, break it. As a final thought, remember to appreciate what you have and don’t spend too long envying those long haired girls on Facebook. Be thankful that your hair only takes 10 minutes to dry on a morning and can easily be scooped up and out of your face when you knuckle down to concentrate on real problems in life ha! Also remember that you can always use hair extensions to boost length and volume! In fact, I will be trying out the new Nano hair extensions which are the tiniest and most lightweight bonds available. Keep your eyes peeled for my next post which will show you the results! Do you have any tips for thin, fine hair? Please post them in the comments below!