How to Care for Fine, Curly Hair

Caring for fine curly hair can be one of the most difficult challenges for hairdressers and those who live with it. Hair products can easily wear the hair down to make it even harder to manage. At the same time, leaving hair natural without any products usually results in flyaway wisps. Using the right products and best hair styles is essential to effectively care for fine, curly hair.

Smiling young girl with fine, curly hair. (Image: Bec Parsons/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Step 1

Keep your hair short or no longer than shoulder length. The weight of long hair pulls hair down, making it more difficult to manage. Get a cut that is shorter underneath, with longer hair on top to add body.

Step 2

Color your hair. Hair color adds volume to each hair shaft as it toughens up the cuticles. Dark colors are especially effective for fine curly hair because blonds and lighter colors can make the hair look transparent.

Step 3

Wash your hair at least every other day to prevent product build-up. The massage you get when washing your hair also can invigorate and plump up the hair cuticles. Massage your head throughout the day to keep blood circulating to the hair shafts.

Step 4

Use a very small amount of a light conditioner, or stick to a detangler if conditioner weights your hair down too much. Distribute hair products evenly over your head so that you don't get too much buildup in one area. Section your hair into three or four parts to add conditioner, mouse or styling gels.

Step 5

Focus your hair dryer on the roots when styling your hair. Use a root boost or apply mousse to the roots to add volume without weighing down the rest of your hair. Point the dryer directly on the roots on your entire head. Keep dryer at least 6 to 8 inches away from the area to prevent over-drying, though.

Things You'll Need

  • Short haircut

  • Hair color

  • Light conditioner

  • Body perm


Fluff your hair with your fingertips. While people with coarser hair have to refrain from fluffing their hair thought the day to avoid kinky, wild hair, people with fine curly hair can get a boost from finger fluffing.


A body perm can be a great way to add volume to fine curly hair. Make sure you have a talented hairdresser experienced in working with fine hair, however. Fine hair tends to process faster than heavier hair and takes to the chemicals quickly. Don't leave chemicals on your head too long or you will end up with fine, frizzy hair. Fine hair also can be burned more quickly than coarser hair and should be checked every 5 minutes while it's processing, report hair stylist advisors at Fine Hair.

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