Fine hair can be unpredictable: at times soft and light in ideal temperatures and humidity, it tends to lose its volume quickly, and quickly becomes charged with static electricity. Between lack of volume and a tendency to frizz, styling fine hair requires special attention and the right tools. How do I get curls to last on fine hair? Which hairdryer is suitable for fine hair? A quick hairdressing and drying guide for fine hair, with advice from our expert hairdresser, Élodie Comtesse.
How do I get curls to last on fine hair? A few secrets you should know
Fine hair has certain characteristics that distinguish it from normal, thick hair. Generally speaking, people with fine hair - whether it is straight, curly, or wavy (fine hair is less likely to be curly or frizzy) - agree that it often lacks volume, quickly becomes brittle and is particularly susceptible to static electricity, which tends to create frizz, but not necessarily volume. As such, it is sometimes difficult to create long-lasting volume and waves. How do I get curls to last on fine hair? Here are some tips to help you in your daily life!
Sculpting natural curls
If your fine hair is naturally curly or even wavy, it's easy to boost its natural shape and get soft curls that last all day. All you need to do is follow a few tips:
- Before drying, apply a styling product to your hair, making sure to choose a product with thermo-protective properties: the idea is to facilitate the shaping of the curls without weighing the hair down, and protecting it from the heat of the hairdryer.
- Use a diffuser attachment on your hairdryer: choose one that fits your hairdryer well and make sure that it distributes heat efficiently and evenly. To find out everything you need to know about blow-drying curly hair, read Céline Laramy's valuable advice in our article, "How to use a hairdryer diffuser".
- And of course, how do you get curls to hold in fine hair, if not by using tried and tested techniques? Rollers and other types of curlers aren't just for grandmothers: use these accessories to sculpt your curls, working with their natural wave. Read on to find out how to use rollers properly.
- For a special occasion, apply a little hairspray once you've finished drying your hair: it helps set the curls for the day.
- If your hair is long, plait it whilst damp and simply go to bed: in the morning, your hair will have dried and taken on the shape of the plaits.
- Finally - and this is probably the best advice you'll read today - don't touch your hair during the day! Fiddling with your curls will only make them drop out faster. You’ll also make the roots greasy, which will guarantee a loss of volume. To check how well your curls are holding up, just look in the mirror! This will tell you just as much without causing any damaging side effects.
Here's how to make curls last longer in fine hair, especially if it's already naturally wavy. If your hair is smooth, or even dead straight, using rollers is essential: here is our step-by-step guide to achieving perfect curls!
Rollers are your best friends, if you want to curl fine hair
It’s the best way to set your hairstyle. This technique is particularly effective on fine hair, as fine hair reacts very well to the mechanical action of styling, and generally dries faster than normal or thick hair. Here's how to make curls last longer on fine hair, using rollers.
How do I use rollers to create lasting curls on fine hair? Styling secrets
First of all, choose rollers with the right diameter for the desired wave. The rollers are then used on wet/damp hair, after applying a styling product. Strand by strand, wrap your hair around each roller, from the ends to the roots, and secure the rollers according to the manufacturer’s instructions. How can I make curls hold for longer on fine hair? The key is in how you dry your hair.
Drying your hair with rollers in: two methods to choose from
Rollers existed well before the hairdryer became a common household appliance. What was the secret to setting hair back in the day? Put rollers into damp hair before going to bed, keep them in overnight and remove them in the morning when the hair is dry. But maybe you don't fancy spending the night with your curlers in. How do you get curls to hold on fine hair, without having to wear rollers while you sleep? You can also use a hairdryer to speed up the drying time: use the lowest speed and temperature settings, blow the air in the direction of hair growth, and you're done!
Which hairdryer is the best for fine hair? Advice from the experts
Are you looking for a professional hairdryer so that you can blow-dry your hair at home or at the salon? Here are some tips from our expert hairdresser Élodie Comtesse on how to choose the best hairdryer for fine hair:
- Choose a hairdryer with moderate power, which allows you to adjust the temperature and speed: power is not the most important criterion for fine hair;
- Use a diffuser to spread the heat evenly over your hair.
- Be sure to follow all the drying tips in our article "How to dry your hair - tips from Velecta® Paris".
- Opt for an ionic hairdryer: the ionic function removes static electricity, thereby preventing frizz.