What Does Fine Hair Mean?

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Ever wondered what is the texture of your hair or circumference or diameter of your hair strands? Yes, me neither. These are terms, I thought were irrelevant because firstly it is complicated to understand and secondly I was not sure how knowing these will help me.

However, we must agree that if you want something to be a certain way, we must know it in depth. There have been way too many times that a certain hair product or method has worked really well for someone else with almost the same hair type as mine, but when I tried it, it did not work that well. We judge what will suit our hair and what it needs merely by the most obvious physical aspect which is the type: straight, wavy or curly.


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What we should pay more attention to is the texture and the thickness of our hair as this will determine what kind of products and methods will work best for our hair.

This brings us to our key topic which is ‘fine hair ’. Fine and Coarse, these terms refer to the thickness of your strands. In more technical terms, it refers to the diameter or width of a hair strand.

To better understand fine hair, we need to know that it’s different from thin hair.

Thin hair

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Tells you how many hair strands you have or the density of your hair follicles.

Range: Thin-Medium-Thick

Fine hair

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Tells you the thickness of your hair strand or the width/diameter of your hair strand.

Range: Fine-Medium-Coarse.

How to know if you have fine hair?

To find the thickness of your hair, the method is simple. Take a single hair strand between your fingers. If you don’t feel anything, you have fine hair. If you feel the hair between your fingers, then it is medium and if you feel a thick strand of hair then it is coarse.

Now, if it is still confusing, you can try another method. Compare a single strand to a thread. If the thread is thicker, you have fine hair. If the thread and hair strand is of the same thickness, it is medium and if the hair strand is thicker, then it is coarse.

Major concerns of people with fine hair:

Flat Hair

Flat Hair

people with fine hair always have flat roots, which basically mean their hair falls flat on their scalp. Achieving a bombshell blowout is always a struggle and you usually end up with limp hair that ruins your look. When blow drying fine hair, use these following tips for maximum volume:

  • Using a volume boosting mouse all over wet hair including roots
  • Flip your hair down and blow dry upwards
  • Use clips to lift sections of hair on top with clips, when it’s 50 % dry.
  • Use a ceramic barrel brush and roll the hair up and dry in sections.
  • Always use low heat settings hair dryer.

Exposed Scalp

Since the hair strands are so thin, the scalp from many angles is usually exposed. This is a problem because usually, people don’t want to look like their balding when they are totally not. We all want a thick mane. To cover up the scalp you may use bronzing powder on the front edges.

Baby hairs are everywhere

Baby hairs

the short strands of hair always seem to stand up, making your hair look messy. Fine hair is fragile and so it is prone to breakage and so short strands of hair are always a problem. To tame down these baby hair, you can take hairspray in your hands and gently pat it on top of your hair.

Ponytails and braids are always sad-looking

There isn’t enough volume to make a thick, nice ponytail or a braid. It all ends up looking small, thin and sad. In this case, a little bit of teasing the hair and hairspray goes a long way.

Every type of hair has its pros and cons. What matters is to fully understand where the issues stem from in order to take steps to solve them. Depending on the thickness, hair should be treated differently. While thick hair would need to be smoothened and tamed, thin hair would need teasing and volume. Therefore it will also determine what products will work best for you.


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