Here at Makeup.com, we are lucky enough to have a panel of experts to sound off on those topics that leave the everyday girl scratching her head. Today, for example, we asked hair guru Craig Wcislo of LuxeLab Salon in Santa Monica, California to give us the scoop on the common mistakes made with thin or fine hair.
We all are on a constant quest for that thick, luxurious hair we see on our fave celebrities. But let’s face it: most of these celebrities have hair extensions and personal stylists to style their locks before stepping in front of a camera. In the meantime, thin-haired ladies are killing themselves (and their hair) trying to create voluptuous locks. Check out the top 5 common mistakes you fine-haired girls are making on a regular basis.
Thin hair can be fragile and easily roughed up. As great as a thorough scalp scrub feels in the moment, make sure you are using gentle movements to avoid the tangling and breakage that can happen. And, whether you’re using a clarifying or bodifying shampoo (like Kérastase Bain Volumifique), the cleansing agents will do the majority of the work for you. So go easy on that scalp.
Also, always remember that volume comes from the scalp! So, when you’re applying those volumizing conditioners and shampoos, work the formula from the scalp out. When working with volumizing or restorative masques (such as Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Masque), apply product from mid-shaft to the ends.
Over-washing hair is a common mistake. Thin-haired clients often think scalp oils are going to flatten their tresses down. After washing your hair, make sure you apply a body-building mousse or spray directly to your scalp. This gives you a nice boost to start with. On day two or three (of not washing your hair), you can re-apply some volumizing mousse (try L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni Art Volume Envy Extra) directly to the scalp and hit it with a blow dryer for 30 seconds to renew the lift and body in your hair, without having to restyle your whole head. Pro tip: If you have a very oily scalp, a cool trick to try is applying a dry shampoo (like Powder Bluff by Kérastase) directly to the scalp on damp hair right after shampooing. It’ll give you lift and absorb your scalp oils for the next few days!
Long, single-length hair cascading down your back may seem good in theory, but it’s not a great option for thin-haired ladies. Soft layers are essential for creating fullness and movement. Layers (no longer than your collarbone) will also frame the face better than long wispy strands that hang haphazardly past your shoulder blades.
Trust me when I say this: Don’t leave you hair all one color! It’s hard to detect any movement or definition when there’s no reflection. So talk to your hairstylist about highlights, balayage or anything that would add some dimension and get some contrast going.
Just because your curling iron can hit 450 degrees doesn’t mean your hair should! Use your blowdryer on low velocity with a high heat setting — your fine hair will dry just fine without tornado speed! Curling irons and flat irons should be set at 350 degrees, and ALWAYS make sure you prime your hair with a heat protectant product. Products like Kérastase Ciment Thermique will build up strength and volume and give you complete heat protection.
About the Author: Craig Wcislo is a Los Angeles-based hair stylist, Kérastase educator and mentor stylist for Luxelab salon in Santa Monica, California.