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I always wanted to have thinner and more delicate hair, but the thick hair problem is that it bristles quickly, is unruly to comb, and challenging to manage. Here is what I know after many years:

The main tip to have thinner hair is to decrease its volume using specific products. The ideal is to use a serum with wet hair to soften the hair follicle so that the hair doesn’t get frizzy. Another factor is not to touch the hair when it’s air drying because you will produce more frizz.

Thick hair can’t change its natural texture, but there are many tricks to thinning hair and making it look thinner. To achieve this, follow the tips below to get the fine hair you want.

How to make your thinner hair naturally

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Thick hair has volume, making it difficult to control and requires a lot of care to maintain its texture and shine; the hair follicle is thicker, and this type of hair tends to get tangled easily. To make your hair thinner, follow these tips:

Wash your hair with colder water

Wash the hair with cold water to get a thinner mane. The ideal is to wash it with cold water instead of hot because cold temperatures fix the hair follicles and reduce frizz. With cold water, you manage to seal the cuticle, giving it more shine and reducing the hair volume.

Use shampoo and conditioner for thick hair.

Wash and condition your hair with products that are special for thick, anti-slicked hair. These products are specially made to improve the texture of thick hair and make it thinner and more manageable.

Thin your hair with scissors

Tell your stylist that you want to remove the thickness of the hair, then use a pair of tuning scissors to cut off the heavier parts of the hair so that you get some volume. She will also use a blade that will take more weight off the back of your hair.

Sculptor’s scissors are the most used in beauty salons. They have a top blade that cuts about 15% of the hair between the blades. With this type of scissors, the haircut is not drastic. You will still maintain the same length, shape, and style, but with less volume and density.

Use a good flat iron.

An excellent option to make your hair look much more delicate, softer, and more manageable can be the use of the straightening iron. It’s best to use a flat iron, and the sections you’re going to take shouldn’t be too thick to get a smooth texture with less volume.

To do this, first, wash your hair, then towel dries it and applies any hair product.

Then dry the hair with the dryer dividing it into sections. To protect the hair apply a heat protector, now if you pass the iron through the hair divided into sections when you have finished ironing, blow-dry the hair.

Use hair serum

To reduce hair volume, apply a serum to wet hair. When you do this, you soften the hair follicle, minimize frizz, and make the hair smoother. Remember not to apply too much of the product because the hair will weigh more and become greasy and lifeless.

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Dry your hair perfectly

To reduce hair volume, apply a serum to wet hair. When you do this, you soften the hair follicle, minimize frizz, and make the hair smoother. Remember not to apply too much of the product because the hair will weigh more and become greasy and lifeless.

Use hair products to reduce the volume.

Many serums, gels, and creams on sale are specially elaborated to straighten or control the hair’s frizz. These products are made to make your hair look thinner. Always look for the right product for your hair texture, following the instructions on the packaging.

Many of these products can be applied to wet hair and others to dry hair. There are also products you can use with a blow dryer or straightening iron after application.

Make an undercut

This haircut type consists of shaving or cutting your hair a lot in the side or nape sessions. That is an easy and effective solution to make your hair thinner. If your hair is long, no one will notice you have this cut, but if you want to show off your hairstyle, then make a chignon or a tail.

Cut your hair in long layers.

This type of haircut makes your thick hair look thinner. The long layers refine and mark the face, making thick hair more manageable.

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Use a new hairstyle

  • To use a new hairstyle, divide your hair into two parts as if you were doing a half ponytail.
  • It would be best if you held the top section in place with a rubber band.
  • Then take some hair from the middle of the bottom section, leaving some hair at the bottom. 
  • With the handful you took from the middle, you will divide it into two sections from side to side. You will braid these two sections and fix each one with a rubber band.
  •  Then intertwine the two braids with each other on the scalp, considering that you will make a braided circle on the head; you will fix this with a hook.
  •  Now let go of the top of the hair that you grabbed at first.

As usual, comb your hair, and now it will look thinner without using any products or cutting the hair.

Pay attention to the way you style your hair.

Every time you comb your hair, you tend to give it more volume because you separate its strands, making the hair more voluminous. If you want to be thin, then don’t comb your hair as often. By brushing your hair less often, you make the natural oils from the hair’s roots run down to the ends.

When you dry your hair, make sure you try to:

  • Use a small round ionic brush and always point the dryer downwards. 
  • Don’t leave any moisture in the roots because you’ll end up with a bristle later.
  • Finally, apply an anti-frizz oil to the hair to remove it from the scalp.

Straightening treatments to fine-tune thick hair

The texture of the hair, color, and composition are related to genetics, which cannot be changed. The only way to alter it is by applying chemical treatments to the hair to be tuned up using straightening treatments such as Brazilian straightening, keratin, or exoplasty. These treatments remove the thickness of the hair strand and reduce its volume.

Keratin

Keratin is a treatment that rebuilds the hair fiber to reduce frizz and control volume. Keratin treatments do not contain formaldehyde or other harmful components. On the contrary, they leave hair very moisturized and shiny.

The Brazilian straightening

This is a hair treatment to repair the hair in-depth. The Brazilian straightening uses pure keratin, oils, proteins, and clay, which give back to the hair its smoothness, silkiness, and less volume.

This type of straightening does not change the hair structure, is compatible with other chemical processes, restructures the hair strand, and eliminates frizz. To maintain the results, you will only need to straighten the hair twice a year, and in healthier hair, it can be used up to 3 times.

The care you need to take with your hair after straightening is to use salt-free products and avoid repair products because the hair is healthy and doesn’t need more protein; you only need a moisturizing and nourishing effect. If you want to get your hair back to the way it was before, it’s easy to do.

Exoplasty

Exoplasty is a non-toxic treatment for hair. It is composed of protein that strengthens cationic polymers and the cuticle. You have to accompany this treatment with iron. That seals each hair fiber keeping the cuticle scales aligned and creating a crystalline polymer film on each hair.

Exoplasty is a treatment used to smooth the hair and lower the volume; it is similar to keratin but improved. Its composition is a mixture of collagen proteins, which goes through a nanoparticulation and cationization process. That makes a more natural treatment without chemical problems.

It differs from keratin because the hair structure is not altered, and the straightening achieved with it is much more natural.

The result can last approximately 3 to 5 months, depending on the type of hair.

How do I style my hair to look thinner?

You can do two tricks to thin the hair, and you have to do them after drying it. 

If the hair is straight when it’s wet, apply a little serum and when you’ve finished drying it with a hairdryer. Please pick it up with a low ponytail without the rubber being too tight so that it’s loose enough not to leave a mark on the hair. 

If your hair is curly after drying, make a gown out of it and roll it up in the opposite direction to the parting or pick it up in two simple sessions at the nape of the neck. You will notice when you let your hair down that your hair volume has decreased a lot.

Home remedies to fine-tune your hair at home.

how to get a delicate mane

Banana and avocado mask

 Ingredients:

  • One banana.
  • 1/2 avocado.

Preparation:

  • With a fork, make a puree with the banana and the pulp of the half avocado.
  • Once obtained, the homogeneous paste applies it by all the scalp, leaving it to act for 20 minutes approximately.
  • Then remove it with abundant warm water.
  • To finish, wash the hair as usual.

Argan oil

Apply a few drops of argan oil on wet hair, from the middle to the ends. Another option is to apply some of this oil when the hair is dry so that the hair is much more manageable and more comfortable to comb.

Olive oil and coconut mask

 Ingredients.

  • Two spoonfuls of olive oil. 
  • Two spoonfuls of coconut oil.

Preparation:

  • Mix the olive oil spoonfuls with the two coconut oil spoonfuls until you get a compact mixture. 
  • Then apply this mask on the wet hair, leaving it on for 20 minutes, and then remove it.

Beer

That is another natural trick that has positive effects on hair. Although there is no evidence, they use it to obtain more shine and silkiness in the hair, according to popular culture. This product contains alcohol, which is essential to keep in mind because it can dehydrate the hair. Therefore, to combine the treatment with beer, I advise you to buy other hair products to hydrate it.

How to use it:

  • Combine equal parts of beer and water.
  • Then spray all over the hair; leave it on for 10 minutes, and then rinse. 
  • It would be best if you repeated this twice a week.

Egg yolk

The egg yolk is an element that contains essential fatty acids, minerals such as iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B, D, and E; therefore, it is very nutritious for the hair.

If you want to refine your hair, we recommend you mix the shampoo with egg yolk; your hair will be cleaner, more nourished, and without the frizz. We recommend this mask for people with normal or dry hair.

Honey

Bee honey is a widely used ingredient in cosmetic products, thanks to its regenerating, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It is also commonly used in the manufacture of hair conditioners. To make the home treatment with bee honey, you will use

  • Two tablespoons of liquid bee honey (50 grams).
  • 1/2 glass of water (100 ML).

Method of preparation:

  • In a container, mix the bee honey with the water.
  • Then put this liquid in a spray bottle. 
  • In your dry hair, apply the mixture half an hour before washing it.
  • Then massage the scalp a little bit so that the benefits of this mixture penetrate the hair.
  • Finally, wash your hair as you usually do; you can use it every day.

Tips to combat excess volume.

  • When you’re washing your hair, try to get the water jet directly onto your scalp, don’t tilt your head forward.
  • When you are doing the last rinse, try to use cold water to seal the cuticle and give it more shine, reducing the hair’s volume.
  • If you air-dry your hair, do not touch it with your hands.
  • Another trick to make your hair look less voluminous is to use dark shades. Lighter shades and highlights tend to increase and add volume to the hair.

Conclusion

If your hair is thick, with patience, and practicing the solutions we have given you, you can improve your hair’s texture for a finer one. Be patient, and you will start to see results.