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Is It A Good Idea To Get Your Red Hair Thinned? Here’s The Good + The Bad

Are You Damaging Your Hair?

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Redheads might have fewer strands than blondes and brunettes, but those strands are thick, and often leave redheads with lots of heavy hair. Thick red hair can be a lot of maintenance, which is why lots of redheads will opt to have their hair thinned out when they go to the salon.

Is thinning bad for your hair? The answer is it can be if done incorrectly. Here’s what you need to know: 

The good: 

Having your hair thinned out can help with heaviness and feeling weighed down and it can also help to define the shape of your hair. Thinning hair can be done using various techniques, but it’s crucial to be cautious and seek professional help to avoid damaging your hair. Some common techniques include:

1. Point cutting: Using scissors to cut into the hair at an angle, creating texture and removing bulk without altering the hair’s length significantly.

2. Thinning shears: Special scissors with notched blades used to cut some strands shorter than others, reducing volume. Hair is often thinned with the use of thinning shears which help to remove some of the density without altering the shape of the cut.

3. Razor cutting: Using a razor to create softer, textured ends and reduce density.

4. Layering: Gradually cutting layers into the hair to reduce weight and add dimension.

5. Texturizing sprays or powders: Adding products to create texture and decrease the appearance of thickness.

In our opinion, thinning shears are the best way to go because they cause the least amount of damage when used correctly. Razoring on the other hand can leave you with split ends, compromised strands, and frizz. So if you want to get your hair thinned, make sure you have it done by a trusted stylist and ask if they can use thinning shears to get the job done. If you want to avoid traditional thinning you can also have layers added to lighten your hair without risking end damage. 

The bad: 

However, excessive thinning or improper techniques can damage hair and lead to breakage. Other concerns are:

1. Split ends: Razor cutting may lead to split ends, as the razor can create uneven and jagged cuts along the hair shaft.

2. Hair damage: Excessive razor cutting can weaken the hair shaft and make it more prone to breakage.

3. Frizziness: Razor cutting can cause frizziness, especially for those with naturally curly or wavy hair, as it disrupts the hair’s natural texture.

4. Uneven hair: If not executed skillfully, razor cutting can result in uneven lengths and inconsistencies in the hair’s appearance.

5. Scalp irritation: Improper use of a razor can irritate the scalp, leading to redness, itching, or discomfort.

To minimize these risks, it’s essential to have razor cutting done by a professional stylist with experience in this technique. A skilled stylist will know how to use the razor correctly and consider your hair type and texture to achieve the desired look while maintaining hair health.

Rock it like a Redhead! 


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