Dreaming of big bouncy hair? The struggle is real when you have fine strands. Styling products will only get you so far when it comes to hair goals but the best haircut for fine hair is where the magic really happens.
Fine hair simply means the diameters of each strand is smaller than our follically blessed friends. That doesn't mean that fine hair has to hang limp, though, says Adam Reed, editorial ambassador for L'Oreal Professionnel: "If you have fine hair, ask your stylist to twist it when cutting. The different lengths will be so slight and yet they create an invisible layer. You'll maintain a heavy line on the ends - just with way more volume."
Regular trims every eight weeks thereafter are also key. To be clear, a trim doesn't actually help your hair to grow any faster but instead of whispy, tapered ends, a fresh trim creates a sharp finish - so it immediately looks and feels thicker.
Styling fine hair starts with a blowout but be sure to remove the nozzle attachment first - it concentrates the heat in one area and actually flattens the hair. Instead, keep the blow-dryer on a medium heat and use a vent brush (also check our the best brushes for curly hair (opens in new tab)) to lift the roots.
Reed says: "Once your hair is dry, the secret is to blast your entire head with cool air. This helps to lock in the voluminous style you've just created."
Another tried and trusted hairdresser trick is to wear your hair in a deep side part. By lumping all your hair together on one side like Gwynnie, you create the illusion of volume.
Another bonus: finer hair types don't have worry about flattening any hairs that stick out of an ear-tucked style. Silver linings and all that...
Fiona Embleton is a multi-award-winning beauty editor who has tested over 10,000 products in her 10 years + of writing and shooting beauty stories. For the past four years, she was the Senior Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, having previously worked in the role of Beauty Editor at both Stylist and Cosmopolitan. She has recently gone freelance and alongside My Imperfect Life, she has written for titles including ELLE UK, ELLE Canada, Buro 247, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Vogue Scandinavia, and ES Magazine. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first-class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography, and catwalk trends. She loves jumping on the latest internet-breaking beauty news, dissecting the best red carpet looks, and having the crème de la crème of dermatologists, make-up artists, and hairstylists on speed dial so she can tap them for the best advice. She’s a discerning beauty shopper and knows it can be confusing trying to navigate what’s hype and what really works. So if she really likes something, you can trust that she has reached that opinion by vetting it against everything else she’s ever tried. Her career highs? Interviewing Cate Blanchett and winning a Jasmine Award for the deeply personal feature Cancer Stole My Mother’s Scent.