Not every appointment is going to be like the thick-locked mannequins that got us through beauty school. Fine hair will always make up a generous portion of our clientele, but it’s hard to know how to approach coloring, cutting (anything!) unless you know what you’re working with. Keep scrolling to learn the ins and outs of caring for fine hair—and how to send these clients off feeling their very best.
1. Know the difference between fine and thin hair.
“Fine” and “thin” are sometimes used interchangeably but the two are actually very different:
Fine hair is all about the thickness of each individual hair follicle—not the exact number of hairs on a client’s head. When a client’s hair is fine, it’s fine for life.
Thin hair is often attributed to overall hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia, stress, pregnancy or tight hairstyling. Thinning can be reversed or treated with specialized products.
2. When lightening fine hair, create more solid pieces for the brightest result.
Regular highlights don’t cut it on fine hair because it can easily appear over-foiled. Instead, take larger, more solid pieces to make the end result appear brighter. Prep the hair with a protective shampoo and conditioner to ensure the fine hair isn’t damaged. Take larger weaves when sectioning for thicker-looking highlights. Thoroughly saturate each weave for the strongest POP of brightness.
3. Use a texturizing spray to add body and volume to hair of any length.
A dry finishing spray adds instant volume PLUS the perfectly imperfect texture we’re crazy about. Just puff onto roots for on-the-spot lift and texture, then evenly distribute throughout.