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Fine Hair Vs Thin Hair: What's The Difference?

21 March 2019
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Alexandra Lazic

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As a hair and beauty journalist, Alex is committed to equipping readers with all there is to know about the latest trends, tips, and tricks in order to make sure you get your next haircut, colour, or style just right.

There are many ways to describe your hair, but do you know the difference between fine and thin hair? If you think these two terms are one and the same, think again! India Miller - Artistic & Creative Director, Charlie Miller clarifies everything you need to know, in order to make sure you’re treating your hair type right.

What’s The Difference Between Fine And Thin Hair?

To get technical, these two hair definitions differ in terms of width and density. Diameter or width of the hair is described using terms like fine and coarse, whereas density is described as thin or thick hair.

“Fine hair is really a shortage of hair strands covering the scalp and is defined by how close each hair strand is to one another. Fine hair can still have different textures and can be fine and curly or fine and coarse/ wiry.”

India Miller Artistic & Creative Director, Charlie Miller

And what of thin hair?

“Thin hair – not to be confused with thinning hair - on the other hand, describes the actual dimension/density of individual hair strands and can also be described as skinny hair. It’s more of a hair type. People can have thin hair and still have lots of it!”

India Miller Artistic & Creative Director, Charlie Miller

Fine hair just means that the strand of hair itself is thin – “And yes, a person can have both fine and thin hair.”

Thin hair refers to the amount of hair you actually have per square inch on your scalp, or simply how much hair you have on your head. So, it’s possible to have thin, but coarse hair.

How To Tell If You Have Fine Or Thin Hair

The easiest way to determine if your hair is fine or thin is to look at the width. Compare a piece of hair to a piece of thread, and if you find that the hair is smaller than the thread, chances are your hair is fine. The way your hair feels can also be an identifier, as fine hair often feels silkier, and may not hold up so easily in a ponytail.

Can You Prevent Hair From Becoming Thin or Fine?

Prevention is key, something we have learnt from all elements of our lives. So does this golden rule apply to hair?

“You can’t prevent thin hair; it’s a texture and genetic but neither can you prevent fine hair because you can’t make new hair follicles.”

India Miller Artistic & Creative Director, Charlie Miller

Ok, so it’s not something we can control but we can ensure we prevent conditioning, nevertheless, is paramount so buying the correct shampoo and conditioner is essential.

"I love Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique as a styling treatment especially for thin hair and I would recommend the Kérastase Chronologiste range."

India Miller Artistic & Creative Director, Charlie Miller

How To Make Thin Hair Look Thicker In 3 Ways

1. Update Your Haircare Routine

If you have fine, thin hair, it’s recommended that you pay close attention to your hair care routine. Fine hair holds onto moisture better than medium or coarse hair, but because of its makeup, it can be weaker and more easily damaged. As a result, fine hair needs strengthening products to minimize breakage. This in-salon hair strengthening treatment is the best way to pack in all the nutrients your hair needs to protect it from damage. At home, the L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer range, which includes shampoo, conditioner and a strengthening mask is the damage-proof treatment your hair needs!

2. Choose The Right Haircut

If your hair is on the thin side of life, you may notice that your scalp is sometimes visible. This is because the hair follicles are more widely spread out. It’s therefore a good idea to choose a haircut that is suited for thin hair, while still looking stylish in the process!

3. Style It Right

The right hair care and styling products can also help to create the illusion of thick hair, while giving your thin hair what it needs to remain healthy and happy. Try L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Volumetry Shampoo and Conditioner for unbeatable volume, while L'Oréal Professionnel Full Volume Extra can be used during hair styling to give your hair the volume it needs.

Know the difference between fine and thin hair and treat your hair right.

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