Growing fine hair long

8:49 pm - 03/08/2010
Is it possible without it looking nasty? I love long hair but my hair is very fine so I never dared to grow my hair past shoulderlength... I am now, for the first time, attempting to grow it long. People with thin hair, what are your experiences with growing it long?
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
doinitforjohnny 8th-Mar-2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
There is a longhair community here on livejournal and they will most likely have the best answers for you.
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I saw it but I was afraid I had to already have long hair to join XD I'll check it out
katiekoneko 8th-Mar-2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
I was told for YEARS my baby fine hair would look stringy and gross long
by hairdressers and friends
I was even told not to try to grow my bangs out.
Then I just left it and let it grow and honestly I got way more compliments from ppl (not the same ppl..cuz Im not longer around any of them)
It took awhile at first to grow it long tho- only at first cuz I kept trimming it and getting it cut abit when it looked bad. But heres stages.

I say try it out! And in the inbetween growing stages you can pony tail it up!
Also I recently cut off my long hair cuz it got damaged from an overzealous hair stylist bleaching it to sh*t and I miss it terribly and Im trying to regrow it again.
katiekoneko 8th-Mar-2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
so many typos sorry!
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the encouragement! Did you do anything special? (vitamins, conditioner, shampoo)
queenjujubee 8th-Mar-2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
My hair is fine & I don't have a lot of it... plus, I've done a lot of coloring for my natural black hair in the past (including bleaching all the way to blonde) yet I still managed to reach waist length. So yeah, it can definitely be done! However, if you're growing it out from shoulder length.. avoid damaging it as much as you can. The trick with fine hair is to get trims whenever the ends start to look too wispy.
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice!
my_future_looks 8th-Mar-2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
It depends on how much fine hair you have, I'd assume! I have fine hair, but I have a decent amount of it. I've had a bunch of short and long haircuts over the years. It's long right now (to around the middle of my back), and almost everyone I know tells me they like it better long. I like it better long!
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
I am not sure.. My hair looked a lot fuller when I used to colour it. Now I don't colour it, it's softer and healthier, but it looks like I have less hair because it has lost its fullness. Well, I gues I'll give it a try and see!
evilyn1983 8th-Mar-2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I have thin hair and I've always loved it short. But my boyfriend won't let me get any more tahn a trim now, so it's in layers and past my shoulders. Never thought I'd say it, but I love how my hair looks! I just add a bunch of product to make it feel a bit thicker. ANd I think fine hair looks better long, when it's in layers. Unless you have alot of fine hair, it does look scraggly long and all one length, imo.
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the advice!
x_seashell_eyes 9th-Mar-2010 03:46 am (UTC)
I used to have really long fine, thin hair. It looked best when I curled it, because that gave it some texture and dimension. It's also a good idea to have a few layers (not too many, & I think square layers are best for making fine hair look thicker). You can also tease it at the crown, or use mousse or volumizing spray to get more volume. And having some kind of bangs or front layers will also give you more volume/dimension in front. Oh, and highlights can make your hair look thicker, too. : )
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
ohh highlights, that is a good idea. Thanks!
thesasquatch 9th-Mar-2010 03:56 am (UTC)
I have a lot of fine hair, but never had much luck growing it long. The longest I've ever had it was a couple of inches below my shoulders, and it always had split ends and got scraggly and tangled all the time. Trim it regularly and keep it as blunt-cut as possible - layers make fine hair look thinner.
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
That is my problem too :( When my layers grow out, my hair becomes scraggly. Maybe I should cut it all at one length... Thanks for your input!
rzeznikgirl35 9th-Mar-2010 05:41 am (UTC)
I have thin hair too.. and wavy to boot. It's currently about 4 inches past my shoulders. I find the best way to acheive length is to avoid heat damage. Even with heat defense crap (I tried sooo many products) it would still break and split. I used to blow dry/flat iron my hair every day-- it was awful.

Now, I use this combination on damp hair. It gives tons of volume and it's not stiff. I also condition with this on a daily basis when I wash my hair. When I do straighten my hair, I use a low heat setting and no flat irons. Best of luck!
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
ooh product recs, always nice. Thank you!
caliginous 9th-Mar-2010 06:41 am (UTC)
my hair is fine, thin, and straight. I'm talking a ponytail circumference of a penny, maybe a smidge larger. It's also waist length, and I obviously think it looks OK. I understand your concern though, there is not ok long thin hair. I need a trim pretty badly at the moment, I think a blunt cut instead of a V helps a lot with fine hair, it doesn't look as scraggly. It's a pain in the ass to take care of, I wear it up a lot because it tangles and catches in everything, and it's so fragile that I risk quite a lot of damage trying to brush it out. I do a lot of dusting, where I go through with hair scissors and snip all the split ends I see, and that helps a lot.
attentie 9th-Mar-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of a blunt cut, maybe the layers are the problem when I try to grow it out. Do you do anything besides trimming it? (vitamins, special shampoo, etc)
caliginous 10th-Mar-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
I'm super gentle with everything. I try to take vitamins because that's just a good idea generally, I use sulfate and -cone free products (trader joes moisture spa shampoo and conditioner), I finger comb as often as possible and brush rarely, I wash once or twice a week, no heat whatsoever, no bleach or chemical dyes, I braid at night to prevent tangles, I wear it up as much as possible, no alcohol, butyl, or butane in products, I oil the ends regularly, I boar bristle brush to help keep the oils distributed, no coated elastics, just the plastic ones with no metal or glued bits to snag, claw clips and hair sticks instead of bobby pins when possible, very carefully selected barrettes for minimal snagging, etc. longhair has a good list in their memories of care tips, I basically use all of them.
Olivia 'Jiffle' Hogger extensions7th-Jun-2011 11:15 am (UTC)
i have extrememly fine hair and not much of it so ive always had it cut into a bob to make it look thicker. the longest ive had it is just above my shoulders as i grew it for a play. it starts to look straggly if i grow it long and layers make it look thinner. i really want to try long hair as ive been told i look great with a long hair peice in. so im opting for extensions...synthetic ones first to try it out (bout 5-10 pounds to buy from ebay) then if they look good, get some real ones (starting about 30 pounds)...if that works well i might even try out have some glued in. x
Sherri Merrill Re: extensions26th-Jun-2013 03:23 pm (UTC)
Just advise from experience... I have extremely baby fine hair and using the tape in/glue in extensions reaked havoc on my hair. Baby fine hair isn't strong enough to endure the brushing, weight, etc and I'm even thinking the glue made it so brittle at the contact point... My hair fell out/broke at the glue/tape points... They would just drop from my head after a while. Not good. I stopped using them of course. And no... I wasn't rough on it, I tried to be as gentle as possible when brushing through it. Anyway... I'm now trying to grow it out. Seasons are the determining factor on what products I use, but anything that dries it out, I try to stay away from because it makes it more brittle and doll hair like. The best salon products so far are are Peurology products. In the winter I use hydrating versions for sure, otherwise smoothing and/or volumizing and my life saver has been the Miracle Filler. The in-between length isn't fun, but it's growing... slowly... but it's growing. Funny enough, I can't wait until it gets long enough to start having some weight to it so it has some movement instead of the doll hair affect. lol
If you can't afford salong products, the best store bought product I've used is Herbal Essance's - Hello Hydration (at least in the winter time). It makes hair amazingly soft & shiny... Also.. try not to wash every day if possible (I know, I thought that was crazy too!) but really... washing it so much when you have fine hair strips it even more of it's natural oils which dry it out even more and make it brittle. Just opinions of mine. :)
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