Causes and elegance

Filamentary hair is usually long, fine hair that becomes greasy or has excess product in it, causing the strands to clump together at the ends.

Filamentary hair can look greasy and lifeless even when it is actually clean. Here we talk about what causes filamentary hair and how to style your hair to make it look fuller and healthier.

Filamentary hair is usually fine hair that becomes oily and ends up clumped into clumps that look like pieces of thread. Sometimes curly or wavy hair also looks threadlike when brushed, dry, or damaged by heat styling.

All hair types with damaged ends can look thread-like, as split ends can cause the strands of hair to separate instead of lying straight together.

Most often, threadlike hair is caused by excess product or oil in the hair. Hair loss can make hair look thinner and therefore more stringy.

The styling options for filiform hair depend on your hair type. Below are some ideas on how to style thread-like hair.

Long hair

Long hair can benefit from a cut that improves the look of split ends and makes the hair look less stringy. You can also blow-dry your hair with your head upside down to make your hair look more voluminous.

Curly hair

Brush curly hair before you shower whenever possible. Try not to brush or comb it when it’s wet or after it has dried, as this can break the curls apart and make it look stringy. You can also wait until the hair is about half dry to apply products.

Wavy hair

Use light styling products for wavy hair. Heavy gels and creams can weigh the hair down, making it clumpy and looking more stringy at the ends. Try a brush with wider bristles.

Only in the end

You can use a light oil to smooth out split ends, which will make the hair look less frizzy and thread-like at the bottom. You can also try a side part and gather hair to one side or wear it in a side braid.

The good news is that there are ways to fix the look of thread-like hair.

  • Since it’s usually caused by excess oil, washing your hair regularly and using a clarifying shampoo can help reduce the oil.
  • Sometimes, oily hair can also be caused by certain skin conditions, such as psoriasis or eczema. So speak to your dermatologist if you suspect this is the problem.
  • Using argan oil or castor oil can help repair split ends, which can make hair look healthier.
  • A haircut can keep hair looking healthy and full.
  • Avoid heat styling regularly.
  • Use conditioner on the ends but not the scalp, which will make the hair oilier.
  • Try a silk pillowcase to protect the hair.

The easiest way to stop thread-like hair is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Here are a few ways you can prevent thread-like hair:

If your hair still feels greasy and thread-like after washing regularly and switching to a clarifying shampoo, talk to a hairdresser about ways to improve the look of your hair. They may recommend a different line of products or have tips on washing or styling your hair.

If you suspect that your hair is affected by a skin condition such as psoriasis or eczema, you should speak to your dermatologist. Always consult your doctor if your threadlike hair is accompanied by drastic hair loss.

Filiform hair can occur in all hair types, although it most commonly affects people with long, thin, or fine hair. Often times, the appearance of thread-like hair is improved with a haircut or switching to a clarifying shampoo.

Talk to your doctor if you suspect that your threadlike hair is caused by a skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, or if you are experiencing hair loss.

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