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The Difference Between Fine And Thin Hair

Determining if you have thin or fine hair can actually be quite confusing. The first thing you need to know is; thin and fine hair are not the same thing.

Quite often people refer to their hair as fine or thin and get confused as to what type of hair they actually have. Man For Himself is going to clear that up for you.

Once you know exactly the type of hair you have, the easier it will be to find the appropriate products and deal with it in the right way.

Definition Of Fine Hair

The word ‘fine‘, in terms of hair, refers to the thickness, width and/or diameter of the individual hair strand. This is one of the main differences between fine and thin hair, as when looking at fine hair, you are looking at the physical size of the hair.

It’s important to note, you can have fine hair, and have a lot of it!

Other Characteristics Of Fine Hair

  • It is naturally quite soft and silky. 
  • Fine hair can be more easily straightened.
  • Each strand is lightweight. 
  • Fine hair can be fragile and prone to breakage, due to the small diameter of each strand. 
  • It tends to be more difficult to style, due to a lack of volume. 
  • Fine hair can become greasy more easily.

Definition of Thin Hair

Thin hair refers to the actual density of the hair and the follicles. This means, looking at how many individual strands you have on your head and how close/far apart they are from each other.

Characteristics Of Thin Hair

  • Fewer hairs on your head.
  • Patchy hair, uneven growth; you might be able to see the scalp.
  • Thin hair can be due to genetics, hormones or natural hair loss due to ageing. 
  • Usually, hair is limp – lack of volume.

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How To Deal With Your Hair Type

Fine Hair

There are plenty of products out there that can help with fine hair. Here are a few tips:

  • Use products that help swell the cuticles and will help increase the diameter of the hair strand.  This will give the illusion of coarser hair. 
  • Use a volumising shampoo & conditioner – this will temporarily increase volume in the individual hairs. 
  • A hair mousse or protective prepping spray can help prevent fine hair from breaking.
  • Try not to use heat instruments, i.e hair dryer, every day. 
  • When blow-drying hair, use a low heat so it won’t damage the hair.
  • Don’t use heavy styling products, like a thick wax, especially on the roots. 
  • Don’t use too much conditioner, after washing your hair, as it can over moisturise the hair and lie flat.
  • For greasy hair, use conditioner on the roots.
  • For styling, you will only need to use a small amount of product

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Thin Hair

Thin hair tends to be due to the natural ageing process and can be difficult to prevent. It can become thin overtime and unavoidable, unfortunately. Saying that, there are a few things you can try:

  • You might need to delve a bit deeper to find the cause of your thinning hair – stress, a sudden change in your life – so consult with a doctor or specialist, if possible.
  • Hair supplements have been suggested to help with hair re-growth. It’s always best to research these. 
  • Hair fibres can help camouflage hair loss. 
  • Try a hair styling product that helps add texture to the hair – will prevent it from looking too flat. 
  • Other more drastic measures such as a hair transplant or laser technology are options, but should be spoken about with a doctor
  • Don’t forget to speak to your barber, they will be able to suggest an appropriate haircut!

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  • Dennis says:

    Good lord, it’s infuriating searching the web and finding 95% use fine and thin hair as the same thing = less hair. Thanks for making it clear what you mean when discussing one or the other.