Best Techniques for Coloring Fine or Coarse Hair


Coloring your hair should be a piece of cake, but if you have fine hair or coarse hair you know that you need to pay a little extra attention to it. That’s because it absorbs hair color differently than average hair does.

But the good news is that it isn’t too difficult to get a picture-perfect hair color on fine hair or coarse hair. Just follow these expert tips on how to apply hair color to either hair type, and you’ll end up with the best results!

For fine hair…

  1. “Fine” hair means each individual hair shaft is thinner than average hair strands. These thin strands are more prone to breakage, so you should make sure to follow the hair coloring rules to prevent damage.
  2. Thin, fine hair absorbs color faster, so therefore when you apply hair color it may need less time than average hair does.
  3. The pores of thin or fine hair are smaller, so the hair color molecules don’t leak from the shaft as soon as with normal hair. This means the hair color shouldn’t fade out as fast.
  4. Because fine hair absorbs color so well, it is easier for you to get full gray hair coverage with a single hair color application.
  5. Fine hair absorbs hair dye faster, so the hair color may end up darker or more extreme if you leave it on for longer lengths of time. It’s a good idea to keep track of the time and not leave the hair dye on for longer than prescribed. This could damage your hair or result in an overly rich hair color.
  6. A good tip for coloring fine hair is to start by dividing it up into thin sections. Apply the hair color to small sections at a time. This will allow you to make an even and precise hair color application across fine hair.
  7. Did you know that coloring fine hair can make it look and feel fuller? Hair dye can give the hair more body, so this is one of the benefits of coloring your fine or thin hair.

For coarse hair…

  1. Thick or coarse hair tends to be more resistant to absorbing hair dye than average hair.
  2. To make your coarse hair fully absorb the hair color, you may need to use a darker, stronger hair dye for the color to soak in.
  3. Dark hair color shades are good at covering damage on your coarse hair, and even help to make it look healthier than it was before.
  4. High quality hair color pigments can work to smooth down the cuticle of coarse hair. When the cuticle is smoothed down with a fresh hair color, coarse hair appears more smooth and shiny.
  5. Coarse hair with grays mixed in may need a permanent hair dye (rather than demi permanent) for full coverage, because it will provide a stronger hair color. Darker hair colors generally provide better gray coverage as well.
  6. One tip for coloring coarse, gray hair is to apply the hair dye to the gray sections first. This will allow the gray hair to have more time to process the hair color while you continue on the rest of the head.
  7. Always read the hair coloring instructions carefully when coloring coarse or thick hair. Since coarse hair is more stubborn and resistant to hair dye, you may need to leave the dye on the hair longer to get the best color results.

For both fine hair and coarse hair, always remember to finish your hair color application with a good moisturizing conditioner to lock in the new color and leave your hair healthy and protected.