When determining hair’s texture, it is in regards to the hair strand itself. Hair’s thickness, on the other hand, is referring to how much hair is on the head.
An example of texture is like comparing string to yarn. The string is fine and the yarn is coarse in texture. As for thickness, it is comparing a thick ponytail of the same hair type, say, the string. A ponytail of 100 strings will be much thinner than a ponytail of 1,000 strings. The amount of hair in that ponytail is referring to the thickness of the hair.
There is a major difference between fine and thin hair. They sometimes go hand in hand because thin hair is usually fine in texture, but there’s not much of it. Fine hair is determined by the texture of the hair itself not the amount of it. It is the opposite of coarse hair and can either be thin or very thick.
Below is an example of fine vs coarse and thin vs thick:
The strand types photos are showing the hair texture and pertains to curly hair as well. The fine hair example is the string, where the coarse hair example is the yarn.
The thickness photos are showing the hairs on a scalp. The more hairs per area, the thicker it is.
To learn more about coarse hair check out Hair Type: Coarse.
If there’s one thing a skinny-haired-girl wants it’s volume. For fine hair in particular, it is important to add some layering or keep it short and sweet. However, that can be a slippery slope, because if the hair is on the thinner side, it can take away from the perimeter. Meaning the bottom portion of the hair will look thinner because the layers take away hair from the bluntness of the length.
Keep layers long for a thicker look and don’t do too much texturizing. Too much texturizing (thinning or razoring), can make the hair thinner and finer yet. Fine hair needs as much bulk as it can get. Extensions are a good option for fine hair that is on the thinner side. They can fill in weak spots and even bulk up that perimeter for a fuller look.
For optimal volume and overall health, keeping the hair short will make fine hair look fuller and thicker. Thick, fine hair can be worn longer, but fine hair is weaker than coarse hair and is more vulnerable to heat styling and environmental factors.
1. I hear it every single day. I need more volume. Well, volume comes from the hair not being weighted down from styling products and too much moisture. Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner by Unite is a lightweight shampoo and conditioner that nourishes the hair but without adding unnecessary moisture that fine hair doesn’t need.
Fine hair tends to be oilier hair and in that case, there’s dry shampoo. A good dry shampoo will soak up extra oils at the scalp and even refreshen the mid shaft and ends.
2. Root Lifter is a must for fine hair. Because you don’t want too many short layers, a root lifter sprays in at the roots and when styled in with heat, will plump those roots and give the hair volume. Use throughout the crown for optimal lift.
3. To get a more permanent result, I like to use the Amped Up Teasing Brush. It is the perfect backcombing brush for adding a foundation of cushion for the rest of the hair to sit on.
4. Besides a root lifter, is a hair powder. Hair powders are made to sprinkle on dry hair at the roots and rubbed in for added texture at the roots. These are applied dry, where a root lifter is applied on wet hair and styled in. These powders soak up excess oil and give the hair a gritty feel to get it to stand up and stay that way. I like to refer to hair powders as backcombing in a bottle. Used before backcombing, it will allow the backcombing to stick better and hold the style all day long.