If you have about a hundred strands on your head, you know how hard it is to create body and still maintain softness and hydration—seriously, the struggle is so real. Then come winter, those dry ends can get even well, drier. Due to its fragile nature, “fine hair can’t hold up against aggressors like weather, heat styling, and products the way thick hair can—the cortex isn’t as strong,” says hairstylist Bridget Brager who works with Kate Bosworth. So what’s a girl to do?
Keep It Cool
“Fine hair can dry out easily from heat damage,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Lacy Redway who works with Olivia Palermo. Always use a thermal protector, Redway likes TreSemme Heat Tamer Spray ($6; ulta.com). Avoid daily heat styling and when you do reach for a tool, dial down the temperature, says Redway. Just like you wouldn’t put a sizzling iron on silk, stick to a lower range of 300 to 350 degrees so you don’t scorch strands. After heat styling, use a repairing serum that contains ceramides, like Kerastase Fiber Architect ($43; birchbox.com) on tips to prevent split ends.
Don’t Skip Oils
Oils and fine hair may not be a likely pair but since they’re ultra hydrating, consider using them strategically. While we don’t advise applying oil right before a blowout, try using it overnight as a deep conditioning treatment and then wash hair come morning. Or use sleek properties of oils to work for a style like a top knot: “It’ll work double duty as both a styling product and conditioning treatment," says Brager. She suggests using her favorite MoroccanOil Tretament Light ($44; moroccanoil.com)
Make sure to apply a deep conditioning product monthly to add in elasticty and moisture. We like Philip B's deep conditioner (Light-Weight Deep Conditioning Creme Rinse, $26; philipb.com), which doesn't weight strands down with its featherweight blend of shea butter and soy proteins to help hydrate and repair frazzled ends. Comb it through strands but avoid the scalp since it can weigh roots down. Then, "wrap Saran Wrap around your hair to seal in moisture when giving yourself a deep conditioner treatment," says Redway.