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How to Wash Fine Hair

by
author image Ann Wolters
Ann Wolters has been a writer, consultant and writing coach since 2008. Her work has appeared in "The Saint Paul Almanac" and in magazines such as "Inventing Tomorrow" and "Frontiers." She earned a Master of Arts in English as a second language from the University of Minnesota.
How to Wash Fine Hair
Fine hair requires gentle treatment to keep it looking its best. Photo Credit natural blond hair. image by mdb from Fotolia.com

Fine hair also tends to be oily. There's more hair per square inch, and the base of each of those hair shafts has a sebaceous gland that produces oil. Thus, fine hair may require more frequent shampooing than other types of hair. People with fine hair may want to shampoo daily or every other day, especially during hot, humid weather.

Step 1

Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you shower. This helps reduce tangles, which are better managed when fine hair is dry. It's easier to avoid breaking hair shafts when they're dry.

Step 2

Wet your hair with warm water in the shower.

Step 3

Squeeze a small amount of shampoo onto your hand and work it into your hair by gently massaging your scalp with your fingertips. Work just a little of the shampoo down the length of your hair. Avoid bunching the hair up on the top of your head, which may cause too many tangles.

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Step 4

Rinse your hair thoroughly under the shower as you stroke your hair in a downward direction.

Step 5

Put conditioner only on the tips of fine hair, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends. By not conditioning the scalp or length of the hair cuticle, you can help keep your fine hair from looking limp.

Step 6

Leave the conditioner on your hair tips for about 2 minutes, while you finish showering. Rinse the conditioner out completely.

Step 7

Squeeze excess water out of your hair using your hands. Then blot your hair with a towel. Comb with a wide-toothed comb. Treat your wet hair as gently as possible, because fine wet hair is very weak and prone to damage.

Step 8

Allow your hair to dry naturally, or dry it with a blow dryer on the lowest speed and heat setting if you don’t have time to let it air dry.

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