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What is Fine Hair? How To Style & Care for Fine Hair | Philip Kingsley

Fine Hair

This guide explains all about the composition of fine hair and how you should look after it to add body, volume and bounce. Written by our trichology experts.

Author: Anabel Kingsley, Brand President 

Last Reviewed: October 2021

What is fine hair and can you tell if you have it?

If you have fine hair, the diameter of each individual strand will be thin, but you will most likely have an abundance of hairs on your head. What may surprise you, is that people with fine hair actually have more strands per square centimetre on their scalp than other hair types — each hair takes up less space, so there is room for more of them. This means that fine hair has the tendency to become oily and limp quickly, since each hair has its own individual oil gland attached (and there is a smaller surface area for which any oil can spread.)

If you have fine hair, it may feel light, and lack natural body and bounce. It may either be straight, wavy or curly, and is typical of Caucasian hair types.

Fine hair vs thin hair

The difference between fine hair and thin hair is to do with the density of your hair and the thickness of the strands. With fine hair, you have lots of hairs with a small diameter. With thin hair, you can have thick hair strands but fewer of them.

Shampooing and Conditioning Fine Hair

Daily shampooing helps grant bounce and shine to all hair types, and particularly to finer tresses. This is because your hair accumulates dirt, dust, oil and grime every day, (just like your skin does!) which can really weigh it down. Daily shampooing also helps keep your scalp healthy and clear of flakes and skin cell build-up.

If you have fine hair, don’t be afraid to use a conditioner — the right one will leave your locks feeling smooth and shiny without any limpness. Furthermore, some conditioners are especially formulated to help add bulk to individual strands. Never apply conditioner to your roots, only to your mid-lengths and ends where moisture is needed most.

Choose a shampoo formulated for your hair texture (like our Body Building range for fine hair) and pair this with a conditioner suited to your hair’s length and level of heat damage or chemical processing.

Vitamin C Jelly Detoxifying Hair & Scalp Treatment: Perfect for Fine Hair

Fine hair has the tendency to become oily and limp quickly, so it’s a good idea to get into the habit of using a detoxing, pre-shampoo treatment like our Vitamin C Jelly Detoxifying Hair and Scalp Treatment, to thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp. Our innovative, powder-to-jelly formula dissolves away hard water minerals, pollution and product build-up that can leave hair feeling limp and heavy. It effectively cleanses and purifies, revealing strands that feel super clean, soft and weightless, with reflective shine, making it a must-have for fine hair textures! The results from our Instrumental Tests speak for themselves — Vitamin C Jelly removes 11% more pollution, 31% more mineral build-up from hard water and 38% more product build-up than shampoo alone.

Products we recommend for washing fine hair:

Styling Fine Hair

Our clients who have fine hair often say that it lacks body and bounce. You can combat this with styling products that add root lift and fullness throughout the lengths.

Styling products we recommend for fine hair:

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