I have often wondered why I was born with fine hair. I look at those gals with thick, 'heavy' hair, and I just sigh a little inside. Not in a jealous way. Rather in a longing way.
But I have learned that being thankful for what I have gives me inner peace. And so I stay in the thankful lane. Using the best products, keeping a good routine, and blessing myself with the right hair equipment also helps me to stay in that thankful zone.
The upside to having fine hair is that it doesn't take as much time to curl once you get the hang of it. Let's look at ways for you to create that perfect curl you deserve and learn the best way to curl fine straight hair.
When we talk about fine hair, we actually mean the texture of the hair. This is calculated by looking at the width, circumference, or diameter of the actual hair strand.
Fine hair does not automatically equate to thin hair.
You can have fine individual strands and have many of them. Just run your hand through your hair and feel the thickness of the hair follicles on your scalp. If they are packed closely together, then you don't have thin hair. Just fine individual strands.
Fine hair also comes in various shapes and forms. You can have fine straight hair, or it can have a bit of a kink in it, or it can be curly, or coily. When gliding your fingers over the strands, fine hair feels silky, almost like satin.
Getting into a good routine when it comes to your hair will help to maintain a healthy head of hair.
Use a shampoo that doesn't strip the strands. They are fine enough already and extra care is needed to protect them. The shampoo needs to be gentle, yet strong enough to remove any residue product. It might be a good idea to invest in a trusted deep cleansing shampoo that you can use when your hair feels dull and lifeless.
The next step is to find a lightweight conditioner that works for you. This can be tricky and you might have to try a few out to find the perfect one for your hair. Conditioner can weigh the hair down, making it look like a cow licked it. Most experts recommend applying it to the ends only. This will protect the hair and give that shine we all desire whilst keeping the volume at the roots.
A heat protectant spray or cream is a must. It has to be applied before using any heat on your hair. This protects the individual strands from losing too much moisture. Moisture loss causes dry, kinky, and difficult to work with hair. Even if you air-dry your hair, don't forget this step because it acts as a sunscreen for your hair.
One of the major complaints from us fine-haired ladies is that our curls fall flat after an hour or two. Here are a few tips and tricks that will help make those curls last longer.
Firstly, decide which curling gadget you are going to use. You can choose from a curling iron, curlers, a straightener, steam rollers, Flexi rods, etc.
For this piece, I am going to focus on the curling iron and curlers option. If time is of the essence, use a curling iron. If you have more time to spare for that special night, go for the curler option.
As discussed before, wash, condition, prep your hair with mousse. Blow-dry or air-dry your hair.
Wait until your hair is completely cooled before you brush or run your fingers through your hair.
This will avoid undoing the curls. Spray with hairspray that won't weigh down your curls. Check out this great video by Kristi for voluminous waves that lasts all day.
When curling fine hair, it's best to get a ceramic curling iron vs titanium, as the latter can get really hot fast and end up damaging your hair.
Follow steps 1 to 3 above. (But instead of switching on your curling iron, switch on your hot rollers).
There you have it folks. Two ways to curl your fine straight hair. As a side note, these options work best for shoulder length and long hair. So, choose which one is the best way for you and go for it, because you can do it and you deserve to feel like a million dollars.