If you have fine hair, you know it can be both a blessing and a curse. On the bright side, you use less products and your hair is generally silky, smooth; and responds well to heat styling. The downside is that it tangles easily, has a lack of volume, and after blow drying with Singapore’s humidity it will be flat again in no time.
Everyone’s hair anatomy is similar. We have our hair bulb that determines how black, how thick and how long your hair grows and variates depending on your genes, how you live and how you take care of your scalp & hair.
Asian is round, naturally straight or wavy. Caucasian hair is oval shaped and maybe straight to curly. Afro is elliptical shaped and ranges from curly to coiled.
Hair texture is classified in terms of the width, diameter or circumference of the actual hair strands. If you have fine hair, your individual strands are smaller in diameter, while coarse hair has a thicker diameter.
Fun fact: The average person has approximately
2,200 strands of hair per square inch.
While hair thinness or thickness refers to the circumference of each strand, hair density refers to how close they are growing together. You could be having very fine hair but it is also very dense (meaning they have a lot of fine hairs per square inch), or you could have thick course hair, but low in density (meaning they have thick strands but not so many of them per square inch).
High-density hair has a tendency to look and feel a bit heavy, so you can ask your stylist to remove some excess weight (or debulk) your hair. Avoid blunt ends, which can create that pyramid effect, and for any cut that’s above your shoulders, make sure your stylist carefully thins out your ends to lighten things up and give your overall style some movement.
For low-density hair, you’ll want to steer clear of heavier creams and butters and instead opt for lightweight conditioners or natural products that won’t weigh your hair down, like leave-in sprays, dry shampoos or volumizing foams and/or mousses.
How do you know how dense your hair is?
To do this, tie your hair back and measure the circumference of your tail:
If it’s less than two inches, you have low-density hair
if it’s two to three inches, you have medium-density hair
if it’s four or more inches thick in circumference, you have high-density hair.
However, PHYTO can help even up the odds. Phyto has a range that promotes density. It’s none other than Phytodensia! This range ensures that your hair will grow out fuller and thicker than before, especially when you are suffering from hair thinning (not hair loss).
This range contains Vernonia and Arcacia flowers and grape polyphenols. Hair looks more beautiful and reveals a newfound volume, density, full of lightness and softness.
Now that we have affirmed our hair thickness and density. Those of us who have fine hair but with low and medium density, what can we do to make it look like we have thicker hair?
Hair Style Change. Some options are:
A good stylist can give you a nice layered cut with long bangs, no need for a lot of styling and will give you instant volume
You can also opt for short, blunt haircuts like these. Don’t do thinning or wispy hair. A Blunt cut gives the look of more body and is much easier to style.
HAIR COLOR: Slight variation in color creates the illusion of depth and dimension and therefore fullness. For fine haired girls, this is the key. You can go from Dark to light. Or add a highlight and lowlight that is one shade lighter and darker respectively, than your natural hue. It will not change the overall appearance of your color much, but will add tremendous variation to your palate, thus creating dimension and texture. Very pretty!
VOLUMIZER: To go big, you need double the amount of volumizers. The most important step in getting volume for fine hair starts in the shower. Use a lightweight volumizing shampoo and conditioner that also have some moisturizing ingredients. These types of shampoos tend to be more drying and can cause your scalp to overproduce oils to make up for it. Remember, never apply conditioner to your scalp.
Phytovolume Shampoo cleanses well, is light weight and gives you instant volume and bounce. Phytovolume Jelly Mask softens and hydrates hair but also gives it volume.
Start by prepping towel dried hair from roots to ends with a volumizing spray or a lightweight mousse. The roots need lift and hold, and the length needs bulk, which is hard to achieve with one product but we have it here with Phytovolume Spray. This lightweight spray launched in 1986 is a cult product! It instantly boosts volume at the roots, while offering hair bounce and hold. Its secret? Nasturtium extract and Pea proteins. This spray also protects hair from the heat of the dryer. The hair boasts a lightweight feel and a supple, fluid movement. Roots are lifted with no stiffness. The spray’s volumizing effect is maximized when combined with the mechanical blow-drying action.
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