Help for Fine Hair

Easy ways to add life to limp hair.
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Fine-Hair Dos and Don'ts

Big, bodacious, full-of-oomph hair seems like an impossible dream to the legions of straight- and fine-haired women. The curl-challenged know all too well the reality of limp, difficult-to-style locks. But I don't believe that fine hair has limited styling options.

When it comes to cutting and styling fine hair, I suggest seeking out a great stylist. Fine, straight hair shows every scissor mark, so precision is key. Here are the Dos and Don'ts that we follow at my salon:


  • Explore styles beyond the blunt cut. Layers and short dos are an option, but it depends on the cut.
  • Consider hair color and highlights. Color processes plump up the hair shaft, making hair appear thicker and fuller.
  • Opt for a shorter, heavier bang. They perform well on straight, fine hair and give the illusion of thicker hair.
  • Reconsider today's modernized perms. They add volume and shine without the crazy curls of perms past.


  • Let fine hair be razor-cut. This can take away precious volume.
  • View color and highlights as the only solution -- fine hair can be too fragile for frequent highlights. Dark hair color can make the scalp seem more visible.
  • Wear hair too long -- or it will look straggly. The shorter the hair, the thicker and fuller it will appear.
  • Perm color-processed or chemically treated hair. The combination can be downright lethal for locks.

Continued on page 2:  Styling Fine Hair


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