Fine hair is one of those hair types that demands extra attention during care and styling. But when it comes to styling specifically, it's extremely difficult. Among the most polarizing issues concerning fine hair is whether it should be layered. Some believe that layering can help add volume, movement, and texture to flat, lifeless hair. Others believe the exact opposite. So, who's right? Let's take a closer look.
The Choice to Layer Fine Hair Should Be Individualized
The main thing to remember when considering whether to layer your fine hair is that the choice should be individualized. This means you should consider your hair type, texture, length, and style preferences before making a decision.
As a general rule of thumb, those with very fine hair will benefit most from layering. It’s 100% true that layering can give the illusion of volume and add character to otherwise flat, dull strands. Layering can also help to create a more flattering hair silhouette.
Don't Overdo the Layers
All things in moderation - that's what they say, right? The same goes for layering fine hair. You don't want to overdo it with the layers, or you'll end up with hair that looks even flatter than before.
The best way to avoid this is to enlist the help of a professional stylist who knows how to cut and layer fine hair. This way, you can be sure that the layering will be done in a way that benefits your hair type.
Fine Hair Should Be Cut More Often
This is another general rule of thumb regarding fine hair care: because this hair type is so delicate, it should be cut more often than other hair types.
How often, exactly? Well, that depends on how quickly your hair grows and how well you take care of it at home. But as a general guide, those with fine hair should get a trim every 4-6 weeks. Whereas those with normal to coarse hair can get away with a trim every 6-12 weeks.
Other Styling Tips for People with Fine Hair
With that understood, let's get into some tips that can take your styling skills up by several notches.
- Avoid over-styling. This means using heat styling tools sparingly, if at all, and keeping your hands out of your head. Too much manipulation will only lead to breakage and damage.
- Use the right products. When you have fine hair, you should be using products that are specifically designed for this hair type - lightweight, volumizing products that won't weigh your hair down.
- Use leave-in treatments and/or serums to add moisture and fight frizz.
- Use product sparingly - a little goes a long way with fine hair!
- Try different hairstyles. Fine hair can be styled in many ways. You just have to experiment to find what works best for you.
At the end of the day, whether or not you layer your fine hair is entirely up to you. But we hope this article has given you some food for thought - and maybe even inspired you to try something new!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.