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Which mask should be used for fine hair?

Individuals with fine hair sometimes resist using a hair mask for fear that it may weigh down their hair. This apprehension is justified if the mask used is not suitable for this hair type or if the application time is too long.

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Published February 15, 2024, by Sandrine, Scientific Editor — 5 min read

Why do some people have fine hair?

Several factors can contribute to this type of hair: genetics, ageing, excessively long hair (gravity), the use of unsuitable hair products, the accumulation of sebum or dirt on the scalp (weighing down), and the dehydration of hair fibres. Fine hair gives a flat appearance, lacking in texture. The hair appears to be "stuck" to the roots.

Which mask for fine hair?

Several ingredients should be prioritised in a hair mask to restore volume. We recommend you to favour natural ingredients to care for the hair without damaging it, but to avoid overly rich fatty substances such as certain vegetable oils (coconut, castor, avocado...), which may weigh it down. Opt for a mask containing one or more of the following compounds.

  • Plant-based proteins

A supply of plant proteins, derived for instance from almonds, helps to strengthen the hair fibre specifically in the damaged areas of its structure. The proteins assist in filling the gaps on the fibre's surface, encasing the hair in a protective film, and smoothing the cuticle. Thin and fragile hair regains substance and shine.

The hair fibre is composed of 95% keratin, a fibrous protein that gives it its structure. It is thanks to the organisation of keratin in the cortex that hair has the property of being resilient. If the scalp were resilient enough, a normal head of 120,000 hairs could support a weight of 12 tonnes! Phytokeratin is a common ingredient in hair care, derived from wheat or soy proteins. It helps to fill the gaps in the hair fibre and rebuild its architecture.

  • Hydrating active ingredients

It is typically sugar-derived molecules that provide the most hydration to hair. For instance, we can mention the aloe vera gel which is particularly rich in polysaccharides (mannose-6-phosphate, aloeverose, acemannan). These long-chain sugar molecules contain hydroxyl groups (-OH) that create a hydrophilic environment. The gel thus retains water molecules, limiting their natural evaporation from the hair fibre. Thehyaluronic acid is also an interesting compound to find in hair masks intended for fine hair. This glycosaminoglycan has a significant water retention power and limits the dehydration of hair fibres.

  • About Biotin

Also known as vitamin B8, biotin is essential to our metabolism. In terms of hair, it stimulates the production of essential amino acids such as keratin, one of the main constituents of hair, and thus helps to improve the texture of the hair as well as its elasticity. It also stimulates hair follicles to promote hair growth while making them stronger and radiantly healthy.

  • Of panthenol

This compound adheres to the surface of keratin, where it acts like a cement to ensure better cohesion between the hair scales. The fibre is as if sheathed. Less porous, it becomes more resilient, more flexible, shinier, and also easier to style.

How to use a mask for fine hair?

If you have this type of hair, only apply the hair mask to the mid-lengths and ends to avoid enhancing the flat appearance of the hair. Adhere to a relatively short application time, of two to three minutes.

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