Should Fine Hair Get Highlights? A Guide to Enhancing Your Hair

It seems that no matter how much hair they give us, most of us spend far too much time wanting anything else. Those with curly hair will do their best to straighten it, just as natural brunettes spend hours in the colourists' chairs trying to achieve the perfect blonde. And while everyone has the right to express themselves with the haircut, color, or style they prefer, education about best practices for our own hair could make the difference between hating what comes out of our heads and adoring it. According to Erica Conan, director of education at ColorProof, this is especially true when it comes to choosing the best hair colors for fine hair.

For those with fine hair, highlights can be a great way to add dimension and volume. Light brown hair can be enhanced with a combination of highlights and lowlights. Lighter colors, such as golden blonde, can work wonders when applied around the face. Intense colors, such as chestnut or caramel brown, can create a shadow effect that simulates depth and thickness.

Some highlights are fine, but you should avoid doing anything too drastic. When it comes to bright colors, such as reds and blues, it can be difficult to choose the right shade for fine hair. The great depth of these colors can often make thinner hair look even thinner. To avoid this, opt for a pastel-colored version of your chosen tone.

The lighter color not only allows for greater depth of tones, but it also makes it easier to highlight the complexity of the tone that occurs naturally in the hair and that, at times, is lost in all bright colors. Balayage, baby lights and highlights that frame the face are ideal for dyeing fine hair. Root sprays are also a great way to cover roots and gray hair between appointments at the hairdresser. By adding a darker shade at the roots, this thinning hair color creates a fuller appearance.

This means that your hair will continue to look beautiful as it grows and you won't need to go to the hairdresser as often. To add volume that lasts until happy hour, turn your hair upside down and spray it through the hair to the roots for a simple “I just woke up like this” aesthetic. Experiment with different styles and consult with a stylist who specializes in working with fine hair to find the perfect haircut that fits your unique hair type and personality. Just as makeup enhances facial features, the contour of the hair can work wonders with fine hair.

When styling fine hair, use a nourishing foam or oil between washes and try to undo braids with a special tool when changing your hairstyle to protect your locks from breakage. Lift your hair in small sections, comb each section two or three times with a fine-toothed plastic comb, spray with dry shampoo, and then comb your hair lightly on top to soften it and hide teasing.