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Best hair products for fine hair

Shampoos

If you have fine hair, you need a shampoo that adds thickness, and doesn’t weight down your roots.  Have a look at my post How to choose the shampoo: 2 principles  to find advice on how to choose the right shampoo according to your hair and scalp type. Here, I am going to review some of the best shampoos for fine hair, in  different price ranges.

1) Kerastase Resistance Bain Volumifique Thickening Effect Shampoo

Kerastase Resistance Bain Volumifique Thickening Effect Shampoo fine hair

Size of Container:  8.5 Oz
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • The cationic polymer technology works to target vulnerable zones in the hair and add thickness, lightness and a glossy finish;
  • Enhances texture and adds volume and fullness;
  • Works perfectly on  long hair  to give a texturised, long lasting shape.

2) Kiehl’s Rice and Wheat Volumizing Shampoo

Kiehl's Rice and Wheat Volumizing Shampoo fine hair

Size of Container: 8 Oz
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • Creates fullness and body without stripping hair of natural lipids;
  • Formulated with naturally-derived proteins and poly-sugar that revive and add body to thin and lifeless hair;
  •  Gives a healthy, thicker appearance, leaving no weighty residue.

3) PHYTO Phytovolume Volumizing Shampoo

PHYTO Phytovolume Volumizing Shampoo fine hair

Size of Container: 6.7 Oz
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • Antiseptic, sulfate-free formula that uses a blend of plant-based ingredients to thicken hair, purify the scalp, and regulate oil production;
  • Adds body to  even the finest hair;
  •  Good quality/price ratio.

dry shampoos  (for clean second day hair)

Dry shampoos are meant to absorb the sebum in hair, without the need for water. If your hair starts looking greasy on the next day, a good dose of dry shampoo can boost volume, and make your hair look fresher and less oily. Check out the best dry shampoo for greasy hair!

1)  Batiste Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original

Batiste 6.73 fl oz Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original fine hair

Size of Container: 6.73 Oz
My Rating: 8 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • Instant fix by removing excess oil at the roots;
  • The UK’s #1 dry shampoo;
  •  Parabens & sulfate free;
  • Good price/quality ratio.

2) Klorane Dry Shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo fine hair

Size of Container: 3.2 Oz
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • Ultra-gentle. Botanical based ingredients;
  • It absorbs oil, adds volume & texture,
  • Parabens & sulfate free;
  • Multi-award winner.

3) Kristin Ess Style Reviving Dry Shampoo

Kristin Ess dry shampoo fine hair

Size of Container: 4 Oz
My Rating: 9 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • Probably the best dry shampoo for very greasy hair;
  • Sops up any excess oil  sitting on your scalp;
  • Vitamin enriched to promote hair growth;
  • Parabens free.

 


texturizing POWDERs

Does your hair look flat a few of hours after a shower?  Here is a product that can absorb oil, and make your hair look instantaneously voluminous– texturizing hair powder! In my opinion, the best hair powder on the market  is “Matrix Style Link Height Volumizing Powder”: check it out!

1) Matrix Style Link Height Riser Volumizing Powder

Matrix Style Link Height Riser Volumizing Powder fine hair volume

Size of Container: 0.25 Oz
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Product Overview:

  • Gives instant volume & texture;
  • Adds extra lift  at the roots;
  • Loved by internationally renowned  hairstylists such as Adam Ciaccia (if you don’t know his work, take  a look at this fantastic Pixie cut !);
  • Very good quality/price ratio.

 

I hope this review will help you choose the right products for your fine hair! If you  have any question, send me an email at margherita@cuteclassycunning.com, and I’ll be more than happy to help you out!

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3 tips to prevent chlorine damage to hair

How does chlorine affect your hair?

Chlorine is used as a disinfectant to to reduce the growth of bacteria and viruses in the water.  Because of its chemical activity, chlorine also affects hair of swimmers: it strips out the natural oils that protect your hair from damage, resulting in loss of shine and flexibility, as well as making them more susceptible to mechanical damage.  An unprotected exposure to chlorine  will therefore make your hair drier, and cause the appearance of split ends.

Is it possible to have lustrous hair and go  swimming regularly?

Yes, it is 🙂 I am a regular swimmer (I go to the swimming pool 3 times a week), and I still manage to keep my fine, long hair, healthy. But it is important that you follow these 3 steps.

hair care swimmers chlorine damage

1) Apply coconut oil on your hair first

coconut oil hair swimmers chlorine damageApply this wonderful oil on your hair in order to prevent some of the chlorine from being absorbed. Being a  fatty acid, coconut oil  has a high affinity for hair proteins, and  is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. This means that not only it will help prevent chlorine from being absorbed, but will also moisturize your hair while swimming!  Run the oil through the lengths of your locks, then use a wide-tooth comb to spread it  from scalp to ends. This will ensure even coverage.

2) Wet your hair before getting in the poolhair care swimmers rinse

Take a quick shower! This is a very important, yet underrated step. If you get your hair wet before stepping in the pool, your hair will be less likely to absorb chlorinated water.  In fact, your hair is similar to a sponge, so it will take on less water when it’s already wet.

3) Wear a good quality swim cap

Wearing a swim cap to prevent chlorinated water from reaching your hair is a pretty obvious thing to do; however, it is important that you choose a swim cap that actually protects your hair!  Swim caps are made in different designs, shapes and quality, and this often confuses the customer.

After trying several different swim caps, I came to the conclusion that  The Friendly Swede Silicone Long Hair Swim Cap really does its job!

Designed in Sweden, this cap is made of 100% premium quality silicone, and its flexibility makes it easy for you to take it on and off without pulling your hair! It is suitable for male and female swimmers, as well as both adults and children. In order to protect your ear from water, the manufacturers added comfortable ergonomic ear pockets to these swim caps.  The design  is wrinkle-free, which allows you to swim faster and with less resistance!

What makes this swim cap stand out: 

  • COMFORTABLE FIT: Made of 100% premium quality silicone, The Friendly Swede’s silicone swim caps offer maximum flexibility. They are easy to take on and off without snagging or pulling long hair. 
  • DURABILITY: These swim caps are made from 100% premium quality silicone instead of latex, so they are much more durable and will last longer.
  • EAR PROTECTION: The comfortable and ergonomic ear flaps of the swim hats help minimize pressure in your ears and keep water out.
  • SWIM FASTER: The hydrodynamic, wrinkle-free design of our swim caps allows you to swim faster with less resistance and drag.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: This product is covered by The Friendly Swede’s Lifetime Warranty.

One more reason to opt for this product: The Friendly Swede’s costumer service is amazing!!

hair care swimmers swim cap

 

Enjoy your swim!

Margherita

 

 

 

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Hair care – my favourite minimalist routine

long hair care routineAs someone with long and fine hair, I’ve always struggled with finding a good hair care routine. Too heavy shampoos and conditioners would force me to wash my hair every other day, and too lightweight products would not nourish my hair enough, leaving my ends drier and drier.

After trying several products and  different hair care routines,  I discovered that we actually don’t need to buy super expensive products or follow 20-steps routines to have beautiful, healthy hair. The secret is to find a good shampoo specific for your scalp and hair type, and follow a simple but effective routine!

My minimalist routine consists of 4 steps and a few practical tricks. It can be applied to any hair type, provided that you use the right products for you.

 

1) Apply coconut oil before washing your hair

Research studies show that  coconut oil  treatments prevent combing damage of coconut oil hairvarious hair types.  In particular, a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science   clearly indicates the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils, which are  the most utilized base oils in the hair oil industry.  Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair!

The list of benefits of coconut oil for hair is very long. Being a  fatty acid, it has a high affinity for hair proteins, and  is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. It is also  rich in antioxidants, and has antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Regular application of coconut oil therefore prevents hair from breakage, repairs damaged hair, improves scalp health, fights infections and fungus, and supports hair growth. To date, it is the only known natural product that recovers the overall health of your hair!

My suggestion is to apply this wonderful oil as a pre-shampoo, in order to protect your hair from drying out while washing it.  Just apply it half an hour or so before stepping in the shower. Run the oil through the lengths of your locks, then use a wide-tooth comb to spread it  from scalp to ends.

2) Use  a shampoo specific for your scalp and hair type

shampoo hair type

Once you’ve picked a shampoo that is good for both your scalp & hair type (see my post on how to choose the right shampoo), gently wash your hair and rinse it with cold water.  Why cold water? Rinsing your hair with cold water will help close your cuticle after your hair is washed. Open cuticle is good while shampooing  your hair, but once you’re done, you want to seal the cuticle, so that your hair doesn’t get damaged too easily.

3) Apply a leave-in, multi-tasking treatment before blowdrying your hair

I love leave-in, multitasking conditioners! They have multiple benefits for your hair, and you don’t have to worry about how long you should leave them on your hair before rinsing! They serve many purposes: they nourish and moisturize the hair, prevent breakage and split ends, soften the hair, help correct roughness, aid in detangling, prime hair for styling, and… save your time!

Do not comb your hair when it is wet, as it is more likely to break or get damage! Just apply your leave-in conditioner on towel-dried hair, and proceed with drying your hair. Once your hair is dry, comb it and style as usual.

4) Apply a few drops of keratin oil from mid-lengths to ends whenever you feel that you hair is dry

The fortifying proteins of keratin oil will reinforce each strand of your hair. This oil helps hair resist breakage, and adds softness. It also prevents your hair from frizzing by eliminating static electricity. If you’re looking for a way to reverse a bad hair day, apply a few drops of this oil starting from the middle towards the ends. You will instantly get smoother and shinier hair! And a regular application of keratin oil will undoubtedly  repair your hair over time.

 

keratin oil

This hair care routine has changed dramatically my hair condition. I finally managed to grow my fine hair long, and dry and split ends are no longer a problem. I can’t remember the last time my hair looked that healthy – probably when I was very little 🙂

Let me know, in the comment section below, what aspect(s) of your hair you would like to improve. Till then, take care!

 

 

 

 

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How to choose the shampoo: 2 principles

Not every product is good for everyone! Before choosing your shampoo, you should answer the following questions.

1) What is your scalp type?

 

  • If you have an oily scalp, it’s important to select a shampoo that will remove excess  grease without stripping your hair of the natural oils it needs to stay healthy.  Avoid shampoos that are advertised as moisturizing, conditioning, or smoothing. Instead, look for labels that say volumizingsebum control, oil control, clarifying, or balancing.

 

  • A dry scalp isn’t producing enough of natural oil (sebum). Applying coconut oil before shampooing is especially good for those who have a dry scalp! Apply it directly to your scalp, and massage it with your fingers for 3-5 minutes. Then leave it for half an hour or so before hitting the shower, as mentioned in my favourite minimalist hair care routine . As for the shampoo, opt for a gentle formula made for dry hair that promote moisture and  hydration. Avoid products with alcohol, parabens and acrylates that will only irritate your scalp even more. If you scalp is also  itchy, inflamed, and flaky, consider visiting a dermatologist first, so that you can get the right treatment options for your condition.

2) What is your hair type?

 

  • long hairIf you have fine hair, you need a shampoo that adds thickness, and doesn’t weight down your roots. Avoid formulas that are packed with heavy silicones that weigh down roots and leave hair looking greasy after just a few hours. Instead, look for formulas that contain thickening ingredients, like panthenol and advanced polymers for increased volume.

 

  • Formulas containing sulfates are usually harsh on curly hair. If you have this hair type, the general recommendation is to look for anti-frizz, sulfate-free formulas that have conditioning ingredients such as coconut, jojoba, and olive oils.

 

  • Coarse and damaged hair  can sometimes look straw-like. Look for rich shampoos that contain the ultra-conditioning ingredients keratin and avocado oil for smooth, soft, and protected locks.

 

hair types

Once you are aware of your scalp & hair type, you’ll know what products you should be looking for!   Let me know, in the comments section below, what is your hair and scalp type, and how you normally choose your shampoo  🙂

 

 

 

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