Is there a difference between fine hair and thin hair?

'Thin' and 'fine' are often used interchangeably when it comes to hair. However, they don't mean the same thing. Find out whether you have thin hair, fine hair, or both.

Understanding your hair type helps you diagnose your hair concerns and use the appropriate products to achieve luscious and healthy locks. 'Thin' and 'fine' are often used interchangeably when it comes to hair. However, they don't mean the same thing. Find out whether you have thin hair, fine hair, or both.

What is fine hair?

'Fine' is the opposite of 'coarse'. Both terms refer to the thickness of individual hair strands. If you have coarse hair, each strand is almost as fat as thread and very pliable. If you have fine hair, each strand is lightweight and prone to breakage. On the upside, fine hair tends to be shinier than coarse hair.

What is thin hair?

'Thin' refers to the density of your hair—that is, how many hair strands are on your head. If you have thin hair, you have fewer hairs due to genetics, hair loss, or breakage. The opposite of fine hair is thick hair, where there's a high density of hair. Thick hair can be unruly and hard to manage, whereas thin hair is limp.

Can you have fine hair that isn’t thin and vice versa?


Absolutely. You can have a lot of fine hair, or you can have fewer coarse hairs. Of course, you can also have hair that's both fine and thin.


How do I care for fine or thin hair?

Part of the reason the terms 'fine' and 'thin' are confused is because the hair concerns and goals can often be the same. Both fine and thin hair can lie flat, and you likely wish for volumised, bouncy locks instead. However, it’s important to know if your hair is fine, thin or both to create maximum volume.

I have fine hair. What now?

If you have fine hair, use products that help swell the cuticles for the illusion of coarser hair. A volumising shampoo and conditioner, such as MoroccanOil Extra Volume Shampoo and Christophe Robin Volumising Conditioner, will temporarily plump the individual hair strands for greater volume.

Fine hair is prone to breakage, so it’s particularly important to protect your hair from any damage. A volumising mousse coats the hair to both protect and strengthen the hair cuticle. We recommend GHD Total Volume Foam, which doubles as a heat protectant.

I have thin hair. What’s best for me?

Whilst you can have naturally thin hair, your hair can also thin over time. It’s important to understand the cause of your thinning hair. If you have sudden, drastic, or upsetting hair loss, it's recommended you consult a doctor.

Hair supplements provide essential nutrients to encourage hair regrowth and help reverse thinning hair. Alternatively, coloured products such as Viviscal Conceal & Densify Volumising Fibres will help mask any visible scalp.

If you have naturally thin hair, a good blow-dry can help make your hairstyle look denser and fuller. You can also use products to give your hair texture and prevent it from lying flat. Kérastaste VIP Volume in Powder works well to freshen unwashed hair.

Whilst you likely want your fine or thin locks to be fuller, it’s important to know the difference to ensure you're going about body-building in the right way. You can then say goodbye to lacklustre, limp hair and be well on your way to bouncy, luscious hairdos.