Hairstyles for Stringy Hair

Overview

Women who want rich, lusciously textured hair typically are not the least bit amused by stringy tresses. This is usually a huge beauty problem for gals with fine, straight hair, but the use of the wrong hair-care products sometimes can make other hair types take on a stringy appearance, too. A good hairstyle can make stringy-prone hair look cleaner, fuller and better maintained.

Hairstyles and Products

Gals with stringy hair have one golden rule when it comes to picking a hairstyle. Regardless of what length you ultimately decide on, go for styles that don't require a ton of product to maintain. As noted by Neha Gandhi of "Ladies' Home Journal," the more products you have to use to keep up your look, or the heavier those products are, the more you'll weigh down your hair and the stringier it will look. Look for styles that can work with volumizing shampoos and conditioners and lightweight spray styling products.

Length

When you have stringy hair, you generally look better with a hairstyle that is midlength or shorter. The reason is that extra length adds weight. The longer your hair is, the more it will look flat. Shorter styles mean your roots don't get quite so compressed and that your hair looks like it has more lift. It also makes it much less likely that your hair will tangle and get pulled together in clumps. Examples of trendy shorter styles to try are the A-line bob and a pixie cut. The caveat to the length debate is that length always is connected to your face shape. The goal is always to get your face and hair to create what cosmetologists and other beauty experts consider the ideal shape: the oval. That means not all ladies can address stringy hair using the same length of cut.

Curls and Waves

Stringy hair gives you the beauty blues in part because the strands sit so closely together and lack volume in most cases. An easy trick to keep this from happening is to try hairstyles with wave or curl in your hair. Using a set of rollers at home is the easiest way to do this, but you'll need to redo your curls any time you wash your hair, or every day or two. Other tools such as curling irons also work, but because they're heat based, they tend to be more drying to your tresses. The not-messing-around solution is to perm your hair, but perming damages your strands and thus isn't something to do lightly or when your hair isn't healthy. You don't need to go for ultra-tight curls to get some volume and look less stringy -- loose body or beach waves are chic and look natural.

Layering

Layering has the potential to give volume to stringy, limp hair because it creates the illusion that there are levels and more depth to the hair. If you go this route, though, don't go crazy with the amount of layers you get. Sebastian Scolarici of New York City's Serge Normant at John Frieda salon notes that although a few longer layers can give your locks some extra swing, too many layers can compound the stringiness problem.

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