Happy Friday Eve from Tennessee! Today’s post is a little more detailed than normal, and I’m sure you’re going to love it. This post is for all of my girls with fine hair – I understand your struggle on wanting those thick tresses, but I’ve slowly come to embrace my fine hair and let it work for me, not against me. It just takes a little extra effort and a lot of practice!
Fine Hair 101
I get a lot of questions about what hair products I use, and how I get those waves shown above. I might brave the world of video and post an easy 10-minute tutorial soon, showing just how I get tossed, faux beach waves! But for now, let’s talk products for fine hair.
It’s important you understand your hair, just like your skin. I know personally, my hair produces a lot of oil, so I have to be cautious about what I use to not weigh it down. If you’re like me with fine hair, you understand this too. I’m a product junkie by nature, so trying new things doesn’t scare me. I love having options for whatever my mood is that morning, and that’s exactly what my goal was with this post. I wanted to give you options that you can use! If you’re not a product junkie, have no fear, I pulled my must-haves below and linked them directly!
For ease of reading – I’ve categorized my products by the following order, so you can easily scroll to the section you want to learn about more specific products! Here’s the specific order:
Shampoos and Conditioners
Prep and Heat Protectants
Sea Salt Sprays
Dry Shampoos and Texturizers
Let’s dive into my favorite fine hair products!
Shampoos and Conditioners
It took me a while to understand that paying for high-end shampoos and conditioners is actually worth the investment. Sure it’s crazy to pay over $20 for a bottle you’ll use up quickly, but keep an eye out for places like Ulta who constantly run specials on their products. Like the Matrix Biolage products, I listed above. I typically only use their line of shampoo and conditioner, because it makes my hair healthy, doesn’t weigh it down and adds benefits. Fiber Strong (shampoo and conditioner) is hands down my favorite. It’s super lightweight and smells so good.
I also get my hair highlighted roughly 3-4 times a year, so I let my roots grow and let a lot of natural blonde lowlights come through. Matrix Color Obsessed (shampoo and conditioner) is a ridiculously deep purple that works SO well for blondes. Trust me, I’ve used shimmer lights and other purple shampoos and conditioners, and nothing works like this stuff. Depending on long I’ve gone without color treatment, depends on how long I let it sit. It instantly neutralizes brass and yellow tones and brings back my neutral blonde color.
The last product I’ll point out is this Matrix cleansing conditioner. At first, I didn’t believe my hair could handle a cleansing conditioner with it being fine. Then I came across this product and it’s been a game changer. I try to use at least once a week to really cleanse my scalp of product build-up. Sometimes after using it makes my hair a little oiler, however, that means it’s working. If I decide to use the next day, to finish cleansing, my hair is light and bouncy!
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Prep & Heat Protectants
I can’t stress enough how important this step is. A few months ago my hair was starting to break underneath because I was skipping this step. My hairdresser (shout out to Ashlee at Mirror, Mirror in Chattanooga!) recommend I begin using heat protectants before blow drying and after. I thought it was excessive, but my girl knows her hair! I bought Kenra’s Blow Dry Spray and immediately began sharing the product with friends and family. This stuff rocks! I use it everyday and if I miss a day, my hair isn’t the same! If you don’t listen to anything in this post, listen to this – within 6 months my hair had new growth and it doesn’t break. I contribute that success to this spray!
I was still concerned about how tangled my hair was getting, though, after showering. I decided to go with my trusted brand, Drybar, and get their Prep Rally. I really love this stuff too, and let it soak in for a few seconds. My hair brushes with minimal stress now!
Lastly, Ashlee also recommends I use an additional heat protectant before styling. I bought Kenra Hot Spray and really enjoy using it. However, I think I’m going to try Kenra’s other heat spray after this one, only because it seems to “stiffen” my hair a little more than I’d like some days.
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Sea Salt Sprays
Sometimes, depending on the day, I’ll whip out Drybar’s Mai Tai Spritzer for added thickness. I love using sea salt to “dirty” my hair, especially if I’m going to create some faux beach waves. I’ve used both Ouidad and Not Your Mother’s in years’ past, both at different price points, but keep coming back to the Mai Tai. Something about it makes my hair feel soft and natural, without weighing it down!
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Using a product for good volume is super important to me. My hair has a tendency to lay flat, and if I wear my hair down the middle with its natural part, I have to put forth more of an effort to lift it at the roots. I use two volumizers on a daily basis, but change out what combinations I use. I love dry shots like Living Proof or Kenra to add an extra kick, but Drybar’s Triple Sec is a multi-purpose product and excellent for dirtying hair or lifting.
I also like using mousse on most days and tend to use Drybar’s Southern Belle – it’s just light enough to not overdo it and gives me enough volume to even wear alone if I choose to not use a dry shot.
**Pro-tip: Use a dry shot spray, like Kenra’s, while your hair is damp along the roots. Then finishing drying with warm air and switch to cool hair while lifting at the roots. It’s guaranteed volume!**
This step is a little tricky for fine hair ladies, but I’m still including it nonetheless. It seems redundant to add volume and texture to your hair, then run your fingers through It (very lightly) with oil to smooth it, right? Wrong. I love using a smoothing product to tame those crazy flyaways after drying and styling. You can still have volume and a fierce look while adding some “smooth” to it. Depending on how I style my hair I use the following:
Drybar 100 Proof is used on days when I do faux waves. I never use this product if I straightener or blow out.
Living Proof blowout is, you guessed it, on days I wear a blowout. They also have a more concentrated product that works well, too.
Sebastian Potion 9 is for days that I wear it naturally wavy (like true waves/curls) to tame some serious flyaways! They also make a Lite Potion 9 that works just as good. This product is a cult favorite for good reason!
I don’t wear my naturally wavy often, just because by the end of the day it’s a hot mess. But, if I do go without blow drying and let it air dry, I always make sure to be on my game with a trusty wave/curl product. I’ve used Living Proof a few times, but keep coming back to Miss Jessie’s Jelly Soft Curls. It’s super inexpensive and smells like fresh laundry. I love love it! I also really like using Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It. I wouldn’t recommend using a lot of any of these products, but they are all extremely good to use depending on your budget.
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I love a good hair mask especially when I’m masking my skin. It’s a perfect combination with a bath bomb! Carol’s Daughter is a great, inexpensive mask that really adds a lot of restoration and hydration to your hair. On a different price scale, Drybar’s Bay Breeze shots give you intense hydration that lasts for days. Either product is excellent depending on your budget!
Every now and again if I haven’t hair masked in a while, I like using Living Proof Night Cap. You can use it on dry hair and just run it through before going to sleep. It adds an extra pep the next day, however, I wouldn’t recommend using all the time.
I’m only going to point out my two most used products in this section: my Coast Pro straightener and Beach Waver. I love them both equally. I seem to use my Coast Pro straighter more since it comes with the blow out attachments to fake it. I also use it to make my beach waves. The Beach Waver gained popularity after being used on Victoria Secret Angels – no joke, it’s a good hot tool!
Dry Shampoos and Texturizers
This section is where I falter a little. I’m not a religious user of dry shampoo, mostly because my hair doesn’t last through the next day. I’ve tried tons of techniques to get it to work, but it just doesn’t! However, I am a pro with texturizes. I’ve already talked about Triple Sec, but let’s also mention Living Proof’s amp instant texture cream. This stuff rocks for tossed waves and added volume at your roots. You can also add text with any of the sea salt sprays mentioned above.
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Lastly,hairspray is crucial to top off your look! I love Sebastian Shaper and have used it for several years a light-medium hold. I also have been using TRESemme for a weeks now and have really like it, since I ran out of Sebastian. I’ll also mention Drybar Texas Tea. It’s a bit more liquid and isn’t a dry spray, however if you need serious hold to get this. Lastly, If you want a drier, firmer hold, get Kenra!
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