Clients with fine or thin hair desire one thing when they visit your chair – VOLUME! They want to leave the salon with styles that make their hair appear thicker, bouncy, and full of body. Make their next visit a salon success with these 4 volumizing tips:
Tip #1: Know The Difference Between Fine Hair and Thin Hair To Better Service The Client
Understanding the common characteristics of fine hair vs. thin hair is key when servicing clients with these hair types. The term fine refers to hair texture (the thickness or diameter of the individual hair strand). While the term thin refers to hair density (the number of individual hair strands on 1 square inch of scalp).
Characteristics of Fine and Thin Hair:
- Often appears flat or limp, lacks volume, and is resistant to holding styles.
- Very fragile and prone to breakage during (high temperature) thermal styling.
- Easily weighed down with heavy products, causing the hair to look oily or stringy.
- Fine hair isn’t always thin. For example, a client can have fine hair and medium or thick density.
- If your client has a fine texture and thin density, you’ll often see a lot of scalp during the styling process.
Tip #2: Always Use A Volumizing Hair Collection
When servicing clients with fine or thin hair always use a volumizing hair collection – we suggest Design Essentials Platinum Volume Collection. Volumizing shampoos and conditioners work best for fine or thin hair types because they increase the intake of moisture around the hair shaft and plump the hair roots for instant body and thickness.
Product recommendations: Design Essentials Platinum Volumizing Shampoo, Design Essentials Platinum Extra Body Conditioner, and Design Essentials Weightless Leave-In Conditioner.
Tip #3: Choose The Right Volumizing Stylers
Since we know that fine and thin hair is easily weighed down by (overusing) product, choosing the appropriate volumizing stylers will help combat the hair from falling flat or limp. Here’s a few Do’s and Don’ts to follow when selecting your favorite volumizing stylers:
- When servicing a new client or if you’re in doubt on whether your client’s hair is easily weighed down by product, skip using the Platinum Weightless Leave-In Conditioner after cleansing and conditioning. Again, you don’t want to weigh the hair down before styling.
- To avoid damage and breakage, do use Design Essentials Platinum Weightless Thermal Serum to prep the hair prior to blow-drying and thermal styling.
- Do not use the Platinum Weightless Thermal Serum if your client prefers a wash and go or wet-set styling. It isn’t necessary as it’s designed specifically for thermal styling.
Tip #4: Round Brush & Pin Curl For Long-Lasting Volume
This might be the most crucial step of all when servicing clients with fine or thin hair because the hair is resistant to volume and hold. So, go BIG with a round brush and pin-curl technique to achieve a long-lasting full-body look!
Begin by blow-drying your client’s hair using a low heat setting. Hold the blow-dryer away from the client’s hair to avoid direct heat and to prevent over-straightening which can damage and flatten the hair. For maximum volume, blow-dry your client’s hair in an upward motion using a round brush technique to get a voluminous finish.
If you round brush efficiently there’s no need to silken or silk-press the client’s hair prior to curling. Silk pressing the hair will cause it to appear sleek and flat.
After round brushing, take 1″ sections curling your client’s hair with a curling iron or wand in the desired pattern, pin-curling as you go while the hair is still warm. Thermal tools should not exceed 375 degrees. Complete your client’s entire head, then allow the hair to cool completely while the pin-curls are in place to set the curl.
Remove the pin-curls then finger style curls into desired style. For looser styles comb through the hair with a wide-tooth comb to relax the curl pattern. Use a light-to-medium hold spray to finish the style. If volume is still desired at the roots after styling, use a teasing brush or comb to create additional volume as needed!
Finish the service by educating your client on how to preserve volume once they leave the salon. They should know how to pin-curl their curls, secure their mane with a satin bonnet at night, and how to restyle their hair in the morning to recreate fullness and body!