When choosing a hairstyle, it is best to first determine your hair type and texture. Your hair texture and density will not only help you decide which hairstyles best fit you, but they will also help you determine your ideal hair length and how you should cut your hair. Additionally, by knowing your hair type and texture, you will be better equipped to pick the right products and tools that are best suited for you.
There are six basic types of hair textures: fine, straight, wavy, coarse, frizzy and curly. You can have one of these textures, or you can have a combination of a few. So, how do you determine what hair type you have - fine or thick hair? Well let’s break it down:
- Fine hair normally is distinguished by thin strands. If your hair lies straight, flat or at times limp, you may have fine hair. Those with fair/lighter colored hair, are more likely to have finer hair.
- Thick textured hair is often characterized by their thicker coarser hair strands. Does your hair get poofy and voluminous? If so, you likely have thick hair. Fun Fact: Thicker hair is also associated with those who have darker colored hair.
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Tips for Fine Hair:
Fine hair tends to look and feel better with shorter hairstyles because it maintains body and bounce. The longer the strands, the flatter fine hair tends to lay. Those with long fine hair may find it hard to achieve and sustain a voluminous look due to the tendency for thin strands to become weighted down. By cutting even a few inches off of your hair, you can reach a new level of volume, bounce. With shorter hair, comes a new sense of freedom to create the looks you want and to bring a new life to the hair you love and care for. Let’s take a look at a few top hairstyles, products, and tools best suited for fine hair.
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Best Hairstyles for Fine Hair:
If you’re looking for your hair to appear thicker, short hair is the way to go. Shorter hair can create the illusion of thicker, stronger hair for those who have a finer texture. One easy way to achieve this is to opt for a one-length classic bob. Having a uniform length hairstyle with a classic bob can enhance the appearance of your hair volume. Plus, short hair is always in style! Here’s a look at some other hairstyles that suit fine hair:
- Shoulder-length blunt cut: To pull off a shoulder-length hairstyle, make it a blunt cut. Blunt cuts with layers will make your fine hair appear thicker.
- Deep side part: If you absolutely love your long strands and don’t want to cut them, you can try a deep side part. By pulling most of your hair together on one side, you create the illusion of volume.
- Choppy pixie-cut: Regardless of your hair type, shorter hair is stronger than longer because shorter strands typically tend to be healthier. An easy way to style a pixie cut is to use a wave spray to rock a beachy look.
- Angled bob: Bobs are timeless and this angled style creates a beautiful shape for fine hair and nicely frames your face. Adding layers will simply create more movement. This hairstyle suits most face shapes.
- Just add bangs: No matter what style or cut you have, adding bangs is an instant bump up for fine hair. Maintaining your bangs with the right hairbrush (a smaller round brush) and your AER Dryer can help you sustain a thicker look bringing the body to the front and center.
Best Products for Fine Hair:
For this hair type, look for mild shampoos and conditioners that won’t weigh your hair down. If you have dry, fine hair, consider using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner a few times a week.
A volumizing product like mousse or root spray is best to use before styling your hair. If you are rocking a pixie cut, reach for a pomade or wax-based hair product to create more shape and texture.
If you have any kind of product buildup, try using a homemade vinegar rinse. A vinegar rinse is helpful as it restores your hair’s natural pH, helps prevent tangles in longer hair, and can prevent an itchy scalp.
Best Tools for Fine Hair:
Invest in a quality round boar brush or a paddle brush. It is also worth investing in a high-quality hair dryer, such as the AER Dryer. A good hair dryer will reduce the time it takes to dry your hair, which minimizes damage and frizz.
Hair dryer tip: Starting at the root, blow dry your hair against the direction it will lay. This will cause the root to stand up straight rather than falling directly against the scalp, giving the appearance of more volume. And when it comes to fine hair, it is best to dry your hair on low heat at medium speed.
By using the right hair care products and hair dryer, you will be able to achieve body and volume for fine, straight, flat or wavy hair. And as we listed above, the right haircut will make all the difference! After that, adding a volumizing spray or sea salt spray will instantly create more body for this type of hair texture and style.
Tips for Medium, Thick, and Coarse Hair:
While fine textures do better with shorter lengths, medium to coarse textures tends to do better with longer lengths. These hair textures need length to weigh it down, otherwise it may give an unwanted poof/fizz that could be hard to manage. This is especially true for anyone with curly hair. Below are a few hairstyles best suited for thick/coarse hair.
Best Hairstyles for Medium, Thick, and Coarse Hair:
- Long layers: Layers do wonders for those with medium or coarse textures. It creates shape for this texture and bounce for curly hair.
- Undercut or razor cut for high-density hair: If your hair is very thick and coarse, consider asking your stylist for an undercut or a razor cut. An undercut, or a razor cut, is when your hairstylist cuts or shaves the bottom layers of your hair. This technique will help lighten the weight of your hairstyle, while allowing you to maintain your length. This is best for anyone with straight and thick hair
- Angled medium-cut: This style helps maintain the longer length of your hair while also making your haircare a little more manageable. The angled cut will give you shoulder-length hair in the back and longer layers at the front.
- Amp up the curls!: Rock those curls if you got them!
- Sleek and straight: Thick textures tend to look polished when sleek and straight. For an alternative style, you can opt for an edgy ponytail. Once pulled up, add in a pomade or texturizing product through your hair. Tousle the ends finish off the look with hairspray.
- Pixie cut: If you have coarse hair, you can pull off a pixie cut with ease! This is a great cut, especially if you are constantly on the go.
Best Products for Medium, Thick and Coarse Hair:
Moisture is key for these textures. Look for moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, and when washing your hair, try not to wash it too often. These textures need the natural oils from the scalp, and over-washing can strip those oils away, causing your hair to become frizzy. To combat frizz, look for a smoothing shine serum or leave-in conditioners.
Best Tools for Medium, Thick and Coarse Hair:
Reach for a good round brush, especially if you are constantly getting blowouts. A good brush can cut down your dry time and reduce frizziness. And speaking of blowouts, it is incredibly important to invest in a quality hair dryer. It is necessary to have a hair dryer that comes with smart dry technology and is ionic, such as the AER dryer. By using a good quality hair dryer, drying time should be cut down along with hair damage and frizziness resolved.
Hair dryer tip: Start on high speed and a higher temperature. As your hair begins to dry, gradually reduce the heat. This will help you avoid over-drying and damaging your hair. When your hair is almost dry, turn down the heat and reduce the speed of your dryer to a medium speed. Ideally, it is best for your hair if you leave it slightly damp (unless you are trying to achieve a sleek look).
If you have curly hair and want to rock your curls, reach for a wide-tooth comb and the diffuser attachment that comes with your AER Dryer. To use your diffuser, section your hair into one inch pieces. Then drop each section into the diffuser and push towards your roots on medium heat and speed. Continue this until the desired look is achieved.
Now that you have a better idea of how your hair type and texture plays a part in your overall hairstyle, you are ready to create your best looks!