Growing Your Hair Out?

Fine Hair

Adding layers to fine hair can often be intimidating. However, celebrity hairstylist Ric Pipino insists that you can get a "haircut that's layered in the right way so the cut is not taking out the weight of the hair, but is cut with the correct amount of layering and graduation to create more volume."

Be sure to go to a stylist who is comfortable working with fine hair, since it requires some special attention. If your long, fine hair feels limp, Pipino recommends using "products to enhance fullness and create volume and body without adding weight, including a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner." For styling, he recommends the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume 48-Hour Volume Spray, which he says "is fantastic for fine hair."

Thick Hair

Girls with long, thick locks can often leave an appointment with the feeling that their hair is just as heavy as it was when they walked in. Just as fine hair can be challenging to some stylists, working with thick hair can often be overwhelming. Prior to your appointment, make sure to inform the front desk that you have a thick mane, so they can ensure enough time is allotted to accommodate you.

Be sure to have a thorough consultation with your stylist and explain that you feel comfortable removing weight. To avoid leaving with your 'do looking shaggy or choppy, Pipino suggests a technique called pointing. "Pointing is for taking out a little weight without losing the core haircut," he explains. "Once the cut is finished, and there are some long layers and graduation throughout, I point the hair."

Curly Hair

Trimming curly hair can be a tricky endeavor, especially when it comes to adding layers. Just an inch too short and the hair can shrink up. We suggest keeping layers on the longer side to avoid winding up with an unwanted mullet, and asking the stylist to brick layer, a technique that alternates short and long pieces, for more random separation.