Thin Hair Vs Fine Hair

The word “fine” and “thin” comes hand in hand when we talk about different types of hair. They are often used as interchangeable words as we understand fine and thin to be the same type of hair. However, if you study a bit then you would understand that the words “fine” and “thin” has completely different meanings when it comes to hair. And in this article, we would talk discuss fine hair, thin hair, their differences and how to determine that so that after reading this, you would become an expert about these hair types.

So, without further ado, let’s start.

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When we are talking about fine hair, we are referring to the “thickness” of individual hair strands; the lesser the thickness of the strand, the finer it is. These hair strands have a smaller diameter (approx. less than 70 microns) and circumference and hence, they are very delicate and sensitive. The fewer cuticle layers also add to the sensitivity by allowing hair products, oils and even heat to penetrate through the tresses easily. When heat can enter so easily, it exposes your delicate tresses to severe burns and damages which eventually lead to hair breakage and untimely hair fall.

Additionally, because of fewer cuticle layers, fine tresses are not as strong and tough as any other type of hair. And because of their weak and delicate nature, fine hair locks can easily get impaired due to any here and there.

On the other hand, the term thin hair does not describe any specific characteristics of your hair strands. When hair experts use the word “thin hair”, what they mean is the density of the tresses on the head; how many hair strands you have, how close they are from one another and the number of hair strand per inch of your scalp- everything is represented by the term thin hair.

Thin hair means that you have fewer hair strands placed closely together. Each hair strand is placed far from each other which makes your hair look flat and lackluster. And because of such “not so closely packed” hair locks, it is quite natural that you can see a lot of your scalp when you brush your tresses or try to style them. Also, as there is less hair, hairstyling becomes quite difficult and you have to adopt many tricks and tactics to cover the gaps on the scalp.

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You have to remember that a head full of fine hair doesn’t mean that you have thin hair. Thin hair is not always identified as fine hair. Even when you have coarse manes, you still can have thin hair because of the density of the hair strands on your head.

Now let’s also discuss what causes the fineness and thinness of your precious tresses.

While “fine hair” is the type of hair you are born with, thin hair is caused by several factors. For starters, if you have a family history of thin hair or have hormonal issues, your hair can lose density rapidly. Other causes of hair thinning are:

  • Using the wrong hair care products
  • Aging
  • Due to pregnancy
  • Overdoing chemical treatments
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Stress

After knowing the causes of such hair conditions, now let’s talk about how to determine fine hair and thin hair.

If you don’t know your hair type and texture, pluck a single strand of hair from your head and see if you can feel the strand in between your fingers. If you don’t feel anything, it means that you have fine hair.

Similarly, to determine your tresses’ density level, take a front section of your hair and pull it to any side. If you can see your scalp through the tresses, then understand that you have fewer hair strands and therefore, your tresses are thin.

What if You Have Both Fine and Thin Hair? Would It Be a Problem?

Having fine thin tresses is not necessarily a problem if you take proper care of them. But because of their sensitive nature and limited density, you have to pay a lot of attention to your hair care routine to keep them healthy and intact in place.

To clean such tresses with the utmost care and also maintain their appearance, use a mild yet volumizing shampoo. A shampoo like this Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Bodifying Shampoo would not only clean your thinning tresses thoroughly but also provide them the required boost of volume and body so that your tresses never look flat and dull again.

Also, to keep them well-moisturized, smooth and silky throughout the day, never forget to apply a suitable conditioner. Smear a nourishing conditioner from the down middle of your hair strands and not from the scalp to make sure that the hair gets the required dose of moisture without weighing down roots. The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Thickening Conditioner would be an excellent choice as it, aside from moisturizing and nourishing your fine thin tresses, also adds volume and body to the hair locks and provides them with a fuller, more bouncy outlook.

Hairstyling product is the same if you have either fine or thin hair or both. You have to be very careful while styling them with heat styling products. For fine hair, Use a flat iron that comes with ceramic construction and low heat settings because a relatively high amount of heat can burn such sensitive tresses beyond repair. Additionally, never skip onto a heat protectant (like this HSI PROFESSIONAL Argan Oil Heat Protector) to keep your delicate hair even safer from getting burnt and damage.

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  1. Hi there,

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  2. Wow, wow, wow

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