For women with fine or thinning hair, a trip to the salon for a routine cut, color or blowout can be a daunting prospect. Many stylists, in chic salons from Seattle to Chicago to Sarasota, Florida, are unaware of the special needs that women with fine or thin hair have. As a result, these well-intentioned stylists may inadvertently treat their thin-haired clients as they would women with normal or thick hair, leading to plenty of unnecessary pain and discomfort – and an unsuccessfully executed haircut or style to boot. In addition to the millions who were simply born with fine hair, many more women find themselves with thinning hair due to age or medical treatment, adding up to a substantial segment of any salon's client base. If you have fine hair and you're looking for ways to make your next trip to the salon more enjoyable, here are a few guidelines:
After your shampoo, don't forget to ask for conditioner. Many salons will skip this crucial step unless you specifically ask to have it applied. Conditioner will go a long way towards sealing moisture into your hair's cuticles, making the combing and styling process much easier and less painful, and giving your hair a fuller appearance overall.
If your stylist is too rough with the comb, speak up! For those ladies with thin, soft or fine hair, an overzealous stylist armed with a comb is an intimidating prospect indeed. If your hair is breaking and falling due to your stylist's methods, or you're simply uncomfortable with the amount of force being used, ask him or her to comb more gently. If all else fails, explain the situation and ask if you can comb your hair yourself; a good stylist shouldn't object.
Ask for fewer styling products to be added to your hair. Stylists love using products, whether they're for shine, hold, volume, body or texture – but unfortunately, product is often the enemy of fine hair. Apart from shampoo and conditioner, most products are little more than icing on the cake, and if your hair is already thin to begin with, they're likely to do little more than saturate your locks and weigh them down, leaving them limp and lifeless.
Turn off the blow dryer. The blow drying process can lead to a great deal of pain and breakage for women with weak or thinning hair, so unless your stylist has a very light touch and experience in dealing with your specific hair type, you might want to dry your hair at home after your cut is complete.
Of course, these tips are not “one size fits all.” When it comes to your specific needs at the hair salon, listen to what your body is telling you – and if you feel uncomfortable with any part of your stylist's routine, simply ask if there is any way around that step. Remember, your trip to the salon should be a pleasure, not a pain! Follow these guidelines and you can ensure that you'll stay gorgeous and stylish without compromising your hair along the way.