Fine hair is a great concern for many people. Sometimes caused by poor metabolism and other times a result of bad hair-care practices, taking care of fine hair is a task. If you want to know the shampoo routine to remedy this problem, here are some tips:
For starters, find out why your hair is thin and fine
Some people are born with fine hair. Other people experience less volume due to thinning. Some people have less hair on their head, but each hair shaft is thick. These are all different things that need to be treated differently, despite them broadly coming under the category of “fine” hair in need of some volume.
So, ask yourself what the root cause of the problem is (pun intended). Is your hair falling because of scalp issues like dandruff? If yes, then treat the dandruff. Are your strands thinner now that you’ve changed your shampoo or coloured your hair? If yes, then you need to nourish your locks and get oil massages regularly to stimulate circulation and hydrate your strands. Are you over-shampooing and stripping off all the protective oils on the shaft? Is your hair fine towards the end because of split-ends or poor conditioning? All of these problems have different solutions.
Never use hot water to rinse your scalp
Hot water is bad for the hair because it can be really damaging, yes. But, it is also guilty of heating up the scalp so much so that it gets imbalanced and oily easily. This is really bad for those with flat hair, because it is going to make your scalp so greasy that your freshly-shampooed hair will soon look flat.
Use a scalp brush to massage your shampoo in
Scalp brushes are great for fine hair as are scalp massages, since they stimulate circulation and draw blood to hair follicles. This helps improve hair growth, leading to thicker hair.
Condition before shampooing for extra volume
When we oil our hair and then shampoo, the result is lustrous, full-bodied, yet shiny hair. You can get similar results by using a conditioner instead of oil. All you have to do is massage conditioner into your hair nicely, leave it in for five minutes so that it gets time to get absorbed, and then rinse it out with shampoo as you normally would. This technique ensures your hair isn’t stripped dry but is still relatively clean. The protection of the conditioner ensures hair doesn’t get dry and frizzy, while the reversal of technique gently cleans hair, too.
Don’t condition the top of your head, save a light-handed touch to pat down frizz
Unless your scalp is really dry, there’s no need to weigh it down with more product. The hair near our scalp gets plenty of moisture from the oil glands nearby, so it is the ends that actually need conditioner. If you avoid conditioning the top of your hair, then it won’t get too flat. However, should your crown look frizzy, trying applying a small amount of conditioner on the top (perhaps the residue from the rest of your hair on your hands), by softly patting it on instead of massaging it close to the scalp.
Use a mild shampoo if you’re going to wash your hair frequently
Many people with fine hair tend to dislike the flat look that comes with second-day hair, be it due to humidity, an oily scalp, or a general lack of volume. So, we try to remedy that by washing hair and making it fluffy. This, however, is a vicious cycle.
You see, hair needs to be nourished and strong to grow. If you shampoo too much, the moisture and protective natural oils on your scalp are gone, making hair brittle and rough. This just worsens the volume problem. So, you should either use dry shampoo to give your hair a pick-me-up, or try a diluted, gentle shampoo on the scalp.
Don’t use shampoos for coloured, oily, or dry hair
Shampoos for dry or coloured hair are nourishing and therefore are likely to make hair greasy; while the ones for oily hair will damage your already-thin shaft by stripping it dry and over-cleaning. So, when it comes to buying shampoos, it’s best to get what specifically treats your concern–not something that claims to nourish your hair, remove dandruff, give you volume and colour-protection, walk your dog, and change your baby’s diaper. Use a product formulated for the problem at hand.
Try these shampoos for fine hair:
OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
If you want decent hair growth and fullness, this is the product to try. This shampoo might seem expensive, but it is extremely thick and best used diluted.
L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Salicylic Shampoo
Ideal for falling hair caused by boils or oiliness of the scalp, this heals the root of the hair while giving volume.
Wella Professionals SP Volumize Shampoo For Fine Hair
Despite being on the pricier side, this one is worth it because it leaves hair sleek enough to not need conditioning while also giving volume.
St. Botanica Biotin & Collagen Volumizing Shampoo
If you don’t like chemicals in your beauty products, a natural option such as this one can go a long way in keeping your routine safe and green.
TRESemme Beauty Full Volume Shampoo
A great OTC product for those looking for a budget-friendly way to bring volume and body to their hair, this also smells great!
Biotique Bio Kelp Protein Shampoo For Falling Hair Intensive Hair Growth Treatment
Ideal for thinning hair, this buy is especially good for long hair that lacks volume towards the tips.