I’ve always had a complicated relationship with my hair. Since I decided to dye my hair ginger in 2012 (yup, the secret’s out – I’m not a natural redhead guys!) I’ve always received lots of compliments. But my hair is very fine, and this has been the cause of much frustration for me over the years.
I’ve toyed with hair extensions, both clip-ins and micro-loops. I loved having long, thick locks but back in December I decided it was time to embrace my natural look and make the most of my own hair.
It’s easy to dismiss us gals’ stresses over our follicles as pure vanity, but hair is important. Legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon is quoted as saying: “For me the working of hair is architecture with a human element” – it’s an art form, it’s look-defining, and most importantly, it’s personal.
I’m sure many of you understand my struggle, and would also like ideas on how to make the most of fine hair whilst protecting it from damage (especially if you dye it). I’ve compiled my tips for healthy and bouncy hair below, as well as the products I can’t live without right now.
New Nordic Hair Volume Gummies: £19.95
The importance of good nutrition for healthy hair
Let’s start at the beginning of good hair hair: what goes into our bodies. We can put all the expensive lotions and potions in the world onto our follicles, but without good nutrition your hair will end up brittle and weak. Sorry ’bout it.
Essential vitamins and minerals for healthy hair include:
Biotin – also known as B7, low levels of biotin can cause hair thinning. You’ll find biotin naturally in egg yolks, salmon, dairy, and various nuts and seeds.
Iron – lots of us ladies can suffer from low levels of iron, which can cause hair loss. Red meat is known for its iron content, but leafy green vegetables are also a very rich source.
Zinc – your body doesn’t store zinc, so it’s important to regularly ingest this essential nutrient. Meat, legumes and seeds are all great sources.
Of course, the best way to obtain vitamins and minerals is from whole foods. But sometimes it can be difficult to tick all the essential boxes, and this is where supplements can come in handy. However, bare in mind some nutrients are only absorbed with other foods, so you should take supplements alongside a meal.
How to make curls last in fine hair
If you have fine hair like I do then you’ll know the struggle is REAL trying to make it hold any sort of curl! Unlike our thick-haired counterparts (who have their own hair struggles; it’s not all sparkles and rainbows) we have to do some serious planning if we want to style our hair.
If your hair is fine then curling it straight after you’ve washed it is a definite no as it will be far too soft to offer any kind of hold. Second day or older hair is best, and dry shampoo actually helps to add some grip and texture.
My best tip for curling fine hair is to use pin curls. This means that once you’ve curled each section with tongs, wrap the individual curl up into itself then pin to your head. Allowing the hair to cool into these curl forms will make your look last much longer. Don’t worry if your spirals resemble a china doll’s when you first unravel them! The curls will drop, and you can use your fingers or light brush strokes to loosen into waves.
The best products for fine, coloured hair
When you have fine, coloured hair the whole hair washing thing poses a bit of a conundrum. Fine hair gets greasy more quickly than thicker locks, but too much washing and your coloured tresses will look dried out and faded. I only wash my hair once every three to six days (yes really!) and I would advise you to try and resist the urge to lather up daily.
Some friends of mine with fine hair swear by the Nioxin System to boost thickness and growth, though it is expensive. However, if you do colour your hair salon quality shampoo and conditioner is essential, as cheaper options usually contain sulphites that can make fine, dyed hair flyaway, dry and frizzy. No thank you! Personally, I like the Bedhead Tween sets as they are affordable (and smell amazing!) as well as Wella Brilliance Shampoo as there is a specific formula for fine hair.
It’s tempting when you have coloured hair to spritz on every hair product you can find to preserve the shade and condition, but with fine hair this isn’t a good idea. Look for formulas designed for fine hair or products with multiple benefits in one, as this will prevent your hair becoming bogged down. I love Moroccanoil Light as it offers the same hydrating as the original formula without coming out too greasy on my fine hair. I’m also a fan right now of Bedhead Smalltalk because of its three-in-one benefits.
Finally, if you have fine hair then a decent hair spray is essential! I’ve tried them all, from pound shop’s own formulas to salon brands. Currently I’m using Schwarzkopf got2b Glued – it really does offer a strong hold without making hair ‘crunchy’.
I hope if you have fine, coloured hair like me then you’ll find these tips useful. Remember: you don’t need thick, waist-length locks to have ‘good hair’. Work with what you’ve got, ladies! Look after your hair and it will thank you.
Do you have any other miracle products you think I should know about? Let me know in the comments below!
I was gifted New Nordic Hair Gummies to review. However, all thoughts (and daily hair stresses!) are my own.