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The top 5 biggest no-nos for women with fine hair

25 July 2018
The top 5 biggest no-nos for women with fine hair
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When it comes to caring for fine hair, the type of product you use is important. Equally important, however, is treating your hair correctly to not cause further thinning. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the biggest mistakes women make when it comes to their natural fine hair.

Say NO to relaxers

There are two types of relaxers: sodium hydroxide (containing lye) and guanidine hydroxide (no lye), both of which are equally damaging to your hair. “Irrelevant of which one you choose, the job of a relaxer is to permanently alter the natural pH balance and chemical composition of your hair,” says Mizani Brand Educator Rocky Bukasa. “Hair breakage and an irritated scalp are very common side effects of this drastic process.” He adds, “You’re already dealing with fine hair. The last thing you need is to use a product that takes even more body out of it.”

Say NO to the wrong shampoo

Unfortunately, when it comes to fine hair, choosing a shampoo isn’t as simple as picking up any old product off the shelf. There are careful considerations to be made to find a product best suited for your hair type. “If you have fine hair, you should choose a shampoo formula that plumps up hair without stripping the finer strands,” advises Redken and Pureology Education Manager Richard Nienaber. We recommend Redken’s High Rise Volume Lifting Shampoo that’s developed with a blend of Filloxane. This technology expands individual hair strands, resulting in thicker-looking hair wash after wash. This shampoo is exclusive to salons, so pick it up during your next styling session.

Say NO to heating tools that aren’t adjustable

Styling fine hair is difficult enough without having to worry about breakage. When it comes to straightening your hair, opt for a straightener with an adjustable heat setting. Styling your strands using a warm to cool heat setting will do just as good a job as hotter temps, but without the damage – and without it resulting in flat, lifeless hair. “Thankfully, nowadays we also have heat protection sprays, serums and creams that will aid in protecting your hair when you use a straightener or curling iron,” adds Rocky. “Speak to your stylist and they’ll be able to advise what product is best for your hair.”

Say NO to growing your hair too long

The truth of the matter is that fine hair looks a lot better when it’s short. Now, we’re not saying a full-on pixie cut is the way to go, but keeping your hair in a bob or at shoulder length is ideal. “As soon as your fine hair grows too long, the ends begin to appear wispy and lose even more volume, so your hair not only appears thin, but lifeless too,” explains Richard. A shorter cut also takes far less effort to style and is much easier to maintain.

Say NO to pulling your hair back

The last thing you want to do if you have fine hair is to pull it back too tightly. Not only does it create added stress on your already thin hair but it becomes obvious that your hair isn’t thick. This applies to tight ponytails, as well as braids. “The constant pull weakens your hair considerably, causing it to break and sometimes even fall out,” says Rocky. For those with already fine hair, the last thing you want is threatening baldness.

While it may seem like there’s not a lot you can do with fine hair, this isn’t the case at all. By avoiding the above mistakes and missteps, your hair will remain at its best – looking and feeling as it should. If you feel you’re consistently making one of these common errors, it may be time to visit your stylist to find alternative solutions.

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