Do you ever wake up in the morning and wish your fine and straight hair would just cooperate? Maybe it lays too flat, looks dull and sad, gets oily in a day or is just so fine that its totally unmanageable? Trust me, we totally understand. So, we've called in some help, and the lovely Jenny from Margo And Me is here to share some of her go-to tips and holy grail products to help revive and add some life to your straight, fine hair. Check out the full video of her hair routine below or keep on reading.
When washing your hair, less is more!
Washing your hair is almost a science when it comes to getting your locks to a healthy, manageable state. Wash too much, and you strip the hair of its natural oils, resulting in dry hair. Wash too little, and your hair is just an oily mess. If you have straight and fine hair, your biggest problem could be that your hair is just too silky to style (what a great problem to have!) According to Jenny, second or even third day hair is your best friend when styling, because the hair has more oil buildup, adding grip to the hair, allowing you to style it with ease before your next wash.
Also, using the proper shampoo and conditioner for your hair type can help alleviate some common problem areas such as frizz, dryness or lack of volume. After finding the right product, it's up to you to determine how often you need to wash your hair. Listen to it, experiment with time, and you'll soon figure out how much time between each wash works best for you.
Add life to your straight hair with texturizing spray
A common complaint about freshly washed hair is that it is almost too soft and loose to properly style. It can be difficult to get really clean hair to hold a proper curl, or volume without piling on the products, which can leave your hair feeling sticky or crunchy (especially with hairspray) and weigh it down - the complete opposite of what you're trying to achieve. Enter...texturizing spray! Texturizing spray is a great product to use on dry hair before styling, as it gives the hair that "second day hair" feel, while maintaining a volumized, texturized, free-flowing look without the stickiness of hairspray.
Combat oil with dry shampoo
Okay, ladies. If you've been following our blog posts and videos, you'll know that we are obsessed with dry shampoo!
By the second day after washing it, your hair will probably be looking a little bit oilier, but that does not mean it's time to hit the shower! Dry shampoo has become a favorite for so many people because it can prolong a great hairstyle, as well as bring some life back into your locks. Remember, when using dry shampoo, it works better if you apply it throughout all of your hair, not just to your roots. Beginning with the bottom layers, gently spray or sprinkle it (if you're using the powder kind) throughout sections of your hair to really help boost volume, and revive your style. Don’t be afraid to use dry shampoo if you already have a product like texturing spray in your hair from the day before, it will only help your style hold and remove some of the oil build up. Need more ways to battle oily hair? Check out these additional tips, or embrace the look and check out our favourite hairstyles for oily hair below.
Don't skip out on conditioner
While shampoo is super important to getting all of the product and oil build up out of your hair, conditioner is one step that you should not skip. It is essential to keeping your hair silky smooth, and there are a few ingredients to keep an eye out for when looking for the perfect conditioner. Look for a product that has some sort of essential oil, whether it is coconut oil, jojoba oil or argan oil. These ingredients are what hydrate, and nourish your hair leaving it soft and sleek. One thing to keep in mind is if you struggle with oily hair, try applying your conditioner from the nape of your neck down, and focusing on the ends of your hair. Skipping your roots will keep those added oils from building up, keeping your hair fresher for longer.
Deep condition with a hair mask
Sometimes a simple conditioner is not enough, and your hair can be left still feeling a little dull, dry, and lifeless. If this is the case, try out a hair mask! There are so many types of hair masks that address a number of problems, so look for ones that again have essential oils, and that may carry other ingredients like a bamboo strengthener. The best part is this is not something you need to do every time you wash your hair, but instead only once per week. There are even hair masks you can make at home with ingredients found in your fridge! Check out our favourite DIY hair masks or try out the Coconut Oil Repairing Mask below to restore moisture, smoothness, and shine to your hair. Oh, and this tip is not just for our fine haired ladies - hair masks work wonders on all hair types!
Finish off your 'do with a calming and smoothening hair oil
While we talk a lot about avoiding oily hair, beneficial oils are not something you should shy away from! Finishing oils are great for calming that annoying frizz, and they actually keep your hair looking fresh and flowing instead of heavy and weighed down with product. After you finish styling your hair, whether it is curled or straight, you can apply just a small amount of oil throughout the ends to finish off the look, reduce flyaways and frizz, and boost shine.
Do you have any go-to tricks for styling your straight or fine hair? Comment below and let us know.
Written by: Lisa Thibodeau