Help for baby-fine hair

Baby fine hair needs a little extra care. Here's how to look after your thin tresses.

26 August 2014
by Anien Botha

If your hair has been labelled as “fine,” you’ll understand the frustration that comes with flatness, lack of volume and heat damage. Fine hair is typically hair that consists of thin strands. Each of these strands has a small diameter (in comparison to “normal” hair) and it is generally very delicate.

Fine hair is known for reacting strongly to heat and chemicals, and is therefore more vulnerable to damage and breakage. But, all is not lost – with the right diet, good hair care products and healthy habits, your fine hair needn’t be a worry!

How to look after your fine hair

Follow these tips and tricks to ensure you take good care of your fine strands:

  • Avoid using hair care products that are rich in chemicals, and try not to colour or perm your hair.

  • If you heat style your hair (this includes blow-drying, straightening and curling), be sure to always use a heat protecting spray to coat your strands and limit the amount of damage done. 

  • Use shampoos and conditioners that contain keratin, silicone or coconut oil – these ingredients help thicken strands, add volume, and increase strength. 

  • Trim your hair regularly. Not only will this get rid of split ends, but it will leave your hair looking fuller at the ends, which in turn creates the illusion of fullness throughout.

  • Don’t towel dry your hair – rubbing and tugging at wet hair causes breakage, especially when the hair is thin. Instead, gently pat your hair with a soft towel after you’ve washed it and let it dry naturally, or blow dry it on a light setting.

  • Try not to use gels or hairsprays, as they can leave a greasy residue on the hair that weighs it down and makes it look limp.

  • Eat plenty of protein on a daily basis – meat, beans, fish and dairy are all good options. Protein helps strengthen your hair from the inside, ensuring it looks its best.