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TRUTH – Approximately 60% of women in North America have fine hair.
DARE – Become an expert in fine hair!
Let’s separate fine hair into two categories; low density and high density.
Fine hair is limp and more often than not lays flat to the head, yet all fine hair can be easily transformed to give the illusion of fullness and movement with great cutting and styling techniques!
Low density fine hair: hair shaft is thin and grows far apart. Think of a forest where
trees have a lot of space between them.
High density fine hair: hair shaft is thin and grows close together. Think of a forest where trees are close together.
Our fine as well as thinning hair clients deserve a cut that will bring out their best facial features; after all, her face is what she is going to see in the mirror everyday. If we can bring the look of density to the facial frame of the cut we know our clients are going to love what they see in the mirror as an end result as well as every day at home.
We may tend to elevate up and cut certain lines around the face resulting in layers that fall away from the face. Our end result? The hair is less dense and the ends are light and wispy. Our fine and thinning haired clients are looking for more definition and blunt lines that give the appearance of thicker hair.
Instead of elevating, we can create defined pieces by free hand – selecting pieces at random but with a purpose to accentuate features of the face for a better visual end result.
Be sure to discuss the technique with your client in the consultation; why the technique will add definition and density. Compare the cut side frame to the opposite uncut side. Give the cut side some movement with your hand – she will immediately be able to see the difference and LOVE IT!
This framing technique is perfect for the client who has a naturally fine hairline and/or for the client who is experiencing thinning around the hairline. The technique is also great for the client who comes in for a cut that was over layered or over texturized from the last cut. The pieces you choose to cut will add needed definition to the frame and make the hair look denser.
Tools of choice:
Finishing product of choice:
Our model in the video already has a cut that is face framing but the ends are light and wispy. We want to simply add definition to her cheekbones and jawline:
At this point, from the jawline, we approach longer length and have no facial features to accentuate so we will free hand – visually choose piece by piece – determine the pieces you want to define in the rest of the frame and blunt them off to create a strong frame as opposed to light wispy ends of the frame.
For the finish:
It doesn’t get any better than a classic side-sweeping fringe to flatter any face shape! The variations would include the length your guest desires, the consideration of the density of the hair and the desired amount of texture within the end result. As more and more guests inquire about fringe it’s important to own these three simple techniques to offer this timeless look.
We utilize the Sam Villa Signature Series Reversible Blending Shear for all the three techniques. This shear is the perfect choice for removing length, all while maintaining a soft perimeter edge. The 42 radial teeth will remove a good amount of hair and eliminates blunt lines. The “V” indents at the end of each tooth catch and hold the hair as well as add to the diffused line.
Fine hair needs weight to move and supporting our sections at a low elevation will ensure less removal of weight.
Round thermal brushes are considered the brushes of choice for adding volume and movement to fine hair. The Sam Villa Signature Series Thermal Brushes have 30% boar bristles and 70% nylon bristles.
Tourmaline Complex has been added to the nylon bristles for smoothing the cuticle and reducing static.
They are designed with hollow and slightly concave barrel cores to speed drying time by directing the hair away from the scalp so that the warm air from the blow dryer can be directed at the root area. Using the cold shot button on your blow dryer locks in solid volume especially on fine hair. The end result is smooth and shiny hair!
Nozzles are included with both the Sam Villa professional ionic blow dryer for concentrated airflow. They allow us to work smarter, not harder!
If you are serious about your finishing, you should understand the advantages of using a nozzle:
Directing the airflow from the dryer with an attached nozzle from scalp to ends on a lower speed with a higher temperature will actually dry the hair faster without blowing the hair all over exposing the cuticle. End result is shiny hair with less frizz.
HOT TIP – If you are going for a more organic look with a little more volume, dry the hair 75-80% without the nozzle to rough up the cuticle then go back in and finish with thermal brushes.
Don’t suffocate the dryer by making direct contact with the nozzle and the brush. Keep the nozzle at least ½-1 inch away from the brush so you don't a) melt the bristles on your brush and b) damage the motor on your hair dryer causing it to overheat.
For more tips on why and how you should use a concentrator nozzle when blow drying hair, check out this video.
Many fine hair clients shy away from product because they have been applying it incorrectly; to the surface of the hair, which makes the hair go flat. Good communication is the ace in your pocket and that's what keeps clients coming back for more!
Communication builds wealth… help the client get what they want and we get what we want.
It is not enough to simply apply the product throughout the hair without the specific objective in mind.
How many times have you heard “my hair never ends up looking as good when I do it than when I do it”. Your response - “are you working with the product I recommended as product is not an option but a necessity to achieve the best result?"
We, the professional have to understand the fabric… hair texture, and the end result to recommend the proper product for the right reason.
Successful finishing first and foremost depends on our own ability to continually analyze our work at each stage of the finishing process and on our ability to remain open minded as our work progresses… discipline your vision.
What separates the good from great is usually not specific technical skills but rather visual perceptive skills. While the haircut remains the foundation for any look, technical styling procedures and the actual finish are the true ‘means’ to creating todays organic finishes.
Product application is key as most often, it is misapplication of a product as to why a client may dislike a product. Simple thought is to always focus on the product where you want the hair to be most responsive to the beautiful cut you just executed.