"thin" your hair is a hair cutting term that simply means to remove bulk or thickness from the hair but to retain the length
of the hair during cutting. It is mainly used to create more texture as in curl or exaggerate pieces of hair and to thin out (lessen the bulk of) very thick hair. You would not do this if your hair was very fine generally as this would make the hair finer (fine or thin hair is normally blunt cut to make it appear thicker). This phrase is often used by hairdressers but
as a client it is a scary idea as it gives me a vision of thin hair or even hair loss and often results in
a complete misunderstanding of what is about to happen to our
So as always
here at VirtualHairCare, we will attempt to explain what this
term in more detail:
is different for each hair cut depending on the requirements of
the style and the density of hair of each individual.
It is often
referred to as 'personalising' a cut by hairdressers, as firstly
they put in the basic shape, and then when hair has been blow-dried
and styled, they go back over the cut and 'thin it' to make it
sit better and add shape and style.
thinning scissors are used in some cases or the points or tips
of ordinary hairdressing scissors are used in a particular way
giving a more individual effect.
of thinning out the hair can be many and varied and here are just
- it removes
thickness or bulk if you have very thick hair.
- helps the
hair to sit better as the style demands.
- adds shape
without loosing length.
- can create
a wispy or separated effect.
- adds height
and volume, when really short pieces are used to support longer
lengths of hair.
- can create
a textured effect.
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