Stringy, lifeless hair is a drag. In the morning, it looks great, but as the day progresses, it begins to look stringy, oily and straggly. Stringy hair is caused by two main factors: fine hair and oily hair. Fine hair becomes easily tangled and separated resulting in a stringy appearance. Excessive oils coat the individual hair strands furthering the appearance of separateness and sparseness. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to cure stringy hair.
One of the best things that you can do to cure stringy hair is to get a haircut. Short and medium-length haircuts work best and get rid of any split ends you may have. Choose a cut that gives you the hair look you desire, but prevents dry hair and flatters your hair type.
Length is not the only consideration when choosing a haircut to cure stringy hair. You need to choose a cut that is full of bounce, movement and interest. Considering what hairstyles will be an option to you with a cut is important too. Basic one-length haircuts do not offer any of these traits. Choose a cut that has plenty of layers and bounce. If you prefer a one-length look, a lightly layered bob that is stacked in the back will give you the look you prefer and the volume and bounce that your hair needs to look its best.
Hair care is extremely important when it comes to curing stringy, thin hair. The same way your face needs skincare, your tresses need products to get healthy hair. Avoid shampoos and conditioners that are described as hydrating or moisturizing. These will weigh down your hair and intensify its stringy appearance. Choose, instead, cleansing agents that are formulated for fine, stringy hair. Look for products described as volumizing and bodifying.
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Hair products for styling can also weigh down the hair and cause problems. Heavy gels and mousses should be avoided. A root lifter applied to the roots only is all that is needed to breathe life into lifeless locks. Heavy hair sprays should be avoided as well. If you must use hairspray, use a light aerosol spray. Texture sprays may also build-up in certain areas of your hair and cause tangles, which then lead to breakage. Product build-up is not easy to detangle, so be aware of how many styling products you use.
Fine, limp hair needs to be blow dried every day to look its best. Apply root booster to the roots only immediately after towel drying. Blow dry the hair at the roots first while holding the hair up and away from the scalp. Finish out the style using a round brush and dryer. Direct the hair where you want it to go, and spray in place.
Fine hair is hard to curl. Flat irons may help lend some control to stubborn areas, but curling irons are often a waste of time. Simple style routines often work best. Instead of trying to fix your stringy hair by doing more, do less. Get a great haircut, and say goodbye to your stringy hair.
When it comes to wanting less stringy, healthy hair, many things must be considered. First off, take care of your natural hair by sleeping on a silk pillowcase, avoiding heat styling your hair every day and not using shampoo with sulfate in it. Pay attention to the kind of hair you have, whether it is thick hair or thin, long hair or short. All of these tips will help you avoid stringy hair.
- "Milady's Standard Textbook of Cosmetology;" Milady, Diane Carol Bailey, Margrit Attenburg; 2008
Kathy Mayse began her writing career as a reporter for "The Jackson-County Times Journal" in 2001. She was promoted to assistant editor shortly after. Since 2005, she has been busy as a successful freelancer specializing in Web content. Mayse is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 17 years of salon experience; most of her writing projects reflect this experience.