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BYRG
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Mon May 12, 2008 7:50 pm      Reply with quote
I've been unlucky with my genes in many areas, one of them is my hair. It is just so fine and so thin. Lately it feels like it's even thinner. I don't know if it's getting thinner or if it's just my shampoo or something.

Anyways, hair cuts and styles are very difficult for me because of the way my hair is. There just isn't enough of it. So if it gets too long it looks horrible and has no shape or movement. If I cut layers into it to give it movement and more body on top, it feels even thinner and doesn't leave enough hair for the bottom ends. If I also put my hair forward on both sides framing both sides of my face, there is no hair left to lay in back. Also with it being so thin and fine and my ears seeming to stick out more then I would like, if I pull it forward and cover my ears, I can see the shape of my ears sticking out. It also sometimes comes through, seeing my ear as I move around and my hair moves. I hate that. I would have to really puff up the sides with a lot of mousse or something and then that always looks light and puffy, not thick and fully of healthy body.

What I usually end up doing is putting all my hair to one side of my shoulder with a side part on the other side, or I keep most of it on my back with some on one side. I don't like that either since I don't like my ears either and it makes at least one ear show. I've been doing the same haircut for a long time, just med/long with long layered bangs just around the front, no layers in the back or anywhere else. I never know how to style it though and always end up moving it around all day and never really liking the way it falls and goes in any one place. I'm tired of this cut and look, but so often whenever I find any cut or style I like and want I am told that it wouldn't work and would not look like how I would want it to look on my hair.

Anyone have similar hair to mine? What did you find works best for you or doesn't work for you? Or if you are a hairstylist and know or have any tips, please share. Thank you!
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Mon May 12, 2008 8:17 pm      Reply with quote
I'm with you girl...fine/thin medium long hair with layers around face. Somewhat of a side part. I look forward to some answers to your question...ooh and pictures would be good too!!!

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Mon May 12, 2008 8:20 pm      Reply with quote
Hi
I don't have hair like yours, but my best friend does. She wears her hair and little less than shoulder length, all one length except a layer shorter on the top (and of course bags) She sort of teases the shorter layer on top, you can not see the teasing, sprays that layer underneath and then leaves the length with no spray. She says she does not use heavy lotions or gels, because it weighs down her fine hair and makes it even limper. (blow dry with your head upside down and also when you bend back over, blow your hair from the back, over the front of your face. When it falls back it will be very puffy and full. Very Happy

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Mon May 12, 2008 8:30 pm      Reply with quote
I think that a blunt cut at around shoulder length should work for you. Blunt cuts make hair look heavier than it is, which is what you want. A short haircut that I really like that looks great with straight hair is a graduated bob, kinda like that spice girl.
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well, you have also described me pretty well. I have trheatened to wear a wig because now the top of my head burns if I spend even a little time outdoors.

I have found a couple of things that work for me- on eis Prawducts super Volumizing Tonic- I've tried a lot and this is the best, not sticky, and lots of volume. Because of the issues with the top of my head I ahve taken to wearing my hair in a loose bun. This way I can comb hair over the top instead of having a part. I do not do a tight bun and try not to pull much as these are things I am told add to hair loss. My hair is just below shoulder length, and my bun is a tiny little thing, but I have gotten more complements from my friends since I started wearing my hair this way- oh and it also was thinning a good bit at the back and this does an excellent job of covering that up. An added benefit where I live is that it still looks good when the wind is blowing, which is almost always.

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Mon May 12, 2008 9:18 pm      Reply with quote
How about addressing some of your texture problems with a good shampoo? I have found Rene Furterer Volumizing(I use Forticea Shampooing stimulant) shampoo (available at Sephora) and especially Senscience Volume Shampoo for fine/limp hair (available at Ulta) really helps. I go between them to keep them working. The Senscience is cheaper, though not drugstore cheap, and works very well.
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Tue May 13, 2008 12:57 pm      Reply with quote
Or try henna in your hair. I use it on my hair which is really textured because I go to a Japanese salon. The Japanese technique is to layer and undercut lots of hair in bits and pieces to give a foundation and volume. The idea is to end up using very little product. Its best for Asian hair as some stylists are not familiar with non-Asian hair. However, many go for additional training because the salons cater to ESL students.

I find with the henna my hair has lots of volume and texture. I dont bother to use any product because of the style and technique. I guess you can describe my hair as a modified Rod Stewart without the extreme rooster look.

Try some henna from www.lush.com to start. There are sites that also have mixes you can make yourself but you should start off easy first.
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Tue May 13, 2008 1:07 pm      Reply with quote
Have tried the henna route and found it to be very drying. I just did not like the look it left me with, but I know a lot of ladies who love it.

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Tue May 13, 2008 2:42 pm      Reply with quote
Here are some tips that may help you:

* An asymmetric style makes it look as if you have more hair. The cut stacks up on the heavy side and the lighter side is suppose to look like less. Tuck the lighter side behind your ear and all that fullness on the heavier side stands out even more.

*Wear your hair smooth and close to the head with the ends flipped up or under. Try cuts that were intended to be worn behind your ears. This naturally makes it look like you've got more hair.

*One of the simplest ways to get fuller-looking hair, root lift, and volume is to let your hair air dry on top of your head. (pulled up with large hair clips or a scrunchie) Because the roots will dry upward, the lift lasts and lasts. The only drawback: this at home-trick requires that you have enough time to allow your hair to air dry without assistance. You can wash your hair in the evening, clip it up to air dry overnight while you sleep. (If necessary you can cheat in the AM by blow drying any sections that are still damp - you have to blow dry with your hair pinned up but you can re-wrap sections of hair to expose different sections to the blow dryer) In the morning, use a wide tooth comb and comb through a small amount of volumizer (Phytovolume Actif is very good) - your finished!

Fine hair's worst enemy is humidity - using a little mousse or hair spray will help combat humidity and help hold your style.

*For special occasions you can always try human hair extensions or the new clip-on extensions. Garland Drake has created a line of clip-on extensions for Victoria's Secret runway models. Getting all that extra hair no longer takes hours or costs a fortune. I personally have never tried extensions but my friend uses them just for fun for special occasions and I have to admit they look Fab on her. She claims there is a trick to it and that her hair stylist showed her how to put them on correctly - so just a caution that a tutorial may be necessary to get the natural look.

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Tue May 13, 2008 3:27 pm      Reply with quote
Those are great tips fairlady- I have done the one with the hairclip several times and it is amazing how that helps...like you said you have to have time, but that is one thing about thin fine hair, it dries rather quickly even up in a clip.

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Tue May 13, 2008 4:03 pm      Reply with quote
tuningmyheart wrote:
Have tried the henna route and found it to be very drying. I just did not like the look it left me with, but I know a lot of ladies who love it.


I just hennaed my hair but I melted it with shea butter. My hair isnt dry at all. I think next time I will use coconut butter though as its softer than shea and wont take as long to mix.

The Lush one leaves my hair really thick and full.

You can also try www.hennapage.com for a real through overview of it. Some folks I know have a mix they perfected that covers gray and leaves the hair soft.
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Tue May 13, 2008 4:35 pm      Reply with quote
I have the exact same hair. I highlight my hair which gives me a little more volume. Otherwise I have to keep my hair around shoulder length and slightly layered. Not to much or like you said, it makes me look like I have even less hair. I've wanted a new hairstyle for such a long time but I don't think anything else would look good on me, plus I'm afraid I won't like it. The only other thing I do is I change my part pretty often. Some days a side part makes my hair fuller, other days a middle part. I do have the front top of my hair layered and using a curling iron makes my hair look much fuller than it is. I wish I could help more.
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Tue May 13, 2008 4:51 pm      Reply with quote
I guess you have my sister's hair. My suggestion, shoulder length with layers or short with layers. Put some gel on and style it accordingly. If you have a good hair stylist all you need is a few minutes and your done.
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Tue May 13, 2008 6:57 pm      Reply with quote
fine ,limp, hair- thats me too ! Sad
I have tried Henna years ago. But now that I am older it is too much.
I do low and high lights and try different Shampoos,Conditioners,Mousse,Gels.
I recently got a little bun wig. I am getting addicted to it. So easy. The color matches really well.
I try to keep up on my Hair,Skin & Nails vitamins too.


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