Hair Share — Tips for Short Bobs

Do you have super fine hair? Here are some excellent tips from Tracey of Sweetney.


My hair is very, very fine and very, very straight. I’ve had numerous stylists over the years remark in a tone of amazement that my hair is the most baby-fine hair they’ve ever seen, and though there’s a whole lot of it, it sure doesn’t amount to much. Were I to allow my hair to air-dry, it would comprise a thin, helmet-like golden layer of fuzz that would tightly hug the contours of my skull. And yeah, sure, THAT would be attractive.

Over the years I’ve tried many products. In the 80s and early 90s, when I had a bob as I do now, it was all about mousse. I don’t know that I was even aware of any other product. Then, in the mid-to-late 90s, I had of those odd Pixie In The Back, Long In The Front cuts (think Kate Gosselin but not totally sucky, and also 10 years ago, when it was actually fashionable), which introduced me to Bumble & Bumble Styling Creme and a variety of different kinds of fiber goop, which I would use to spike and mold my locks into submission. Ahh, memories.

Now back to the bob cut in the 00s, I rely on three things to take the suck out of my fine, thin hair. 1) A powerful blow dryer; 2) Gravity; and 3) TIGI Bed Head Superstar Thermal Blow-Dry Hair Lotion.

Step one: Wash hair, towel dry slightly

Step two: While still significantly wet, apply a dime-to-quarter-sized amount of the Superstar lotion,  concentrating as much as possible on getting the stuff on your roots. I focus on the top and back of my head, where the scourge of generalized flatification tends to begin.

Step three: Bend at the waist, so your hair is dangling down and blow your hair completely dry on a high-heat setting.

Step four: When you go back to being upright your hair will look very Bride Of Frankenstein-ish. This is where a good round brush comes into play.

Step five: Turn the blowdryer down to a non-completely-scalp-searing heat, and with a medium-sized round brush begin taking sections of hair and  rolling it under, pulling the ends in the direction of your face as you curl them.

Step six: Brush, fluff, and hairspray into submission. VOILA!

Note: Truth be told, the fact that I dye my hair doesn’t hurt in terms of increasing body. Damaged hair has more volume (I have no idea how that actually works on a microscopic level, but it does), and after I dye my hair it’s always noticeably fuller. The more you know!

Thanks, Tracey! Now, what about you? If you have a great hair tip or two, email me with the details. Share the hair love!

  1. Darcey

    August 7, 2009 at 7:18 am

    I have fine hair, but longer, and can also attest to having to defy gravity at every opportunity – the biggest being the hair coloring.
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  2. Carrisa

    August 7, 2009 at 7:52 am

    I can absolutely agree with the Bed Head Superstar Lotion. I also have super fine hair and if I’m not using Aveda Phomollient, then I’m using Superstar.

    I just wish I didn’t have supid cowlicks in my bangs so that I could pull off bangs like Sweetney’s.

  3. All Women Stalker

    August 7, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Tracey’s hair looks amazing in the photos.

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