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10 Ways to Add Volume to Limp or Fine Hair

Over half the women in the U.S. think their hair is fine, limp or lacks body. No wonder there’s a new slew of hair thickeners and growth-enhancers popping up on retail shelves. But using the right products for adding volume is just one of the ways you can fatten up fine hair. Try these top ten suggestions, and see what happens!

  1. Get a great haircut from a specialist ~~ You’ll want to start by looking for a fine-hair specialist. Not all hair salons have them, but chances are, older hairdressers or those who have fine hair themselves will be better at handling your hair. If you’re unsure, call hair salons ahead of time, and ask them who is best at cutting fine hair. It’s really that easy! Another simple solution is to ask your friends with thin hair where they go (as long as they have a flattering hair cut of course!).

    Once you locate a good hairdresser, talk to him or her about how to achieve more volume. Usually short, blunt hairstyles above the shoulders provide the maximum impact. If you’re looking to boost the movement and life of your hair, try a few, long layers, but be careful. Too many can make fine hair fall flat. And remember, whatever you do, don’t try to cut your own hair or have a friend do it; fine, thin hair has special needs and can look great with the right haircut.

  2. Get regular trims ~~ The hallmark of a great haircut is how long it holds its shape, falls into place while styling, and suits your facial shape and lifestyle. Usually, a haircut can last six to eight weeks, but if your hair is thin or fine, expect six weeks to be the high side, unless your hair grows slowly. If  you feather your ends a bit, you can go a little longer—as long as you style your hair daily, flipping ends up or turning them under.

  3. Don’t shampoo every day ~~ Hairstyles will look fuller the second day if you don’t shampoo every morning. However, this only works if you don’t overdo the use of hair-sprays and gels.

  4. Use conditioner on ends only ~~ Add conditioner to the ends only, and rinse thoroughly. If your hair is dry, use a deep conditioning treatment once a week, all over. Experiment to find products that rinse out well and don’t leave hair overly limp. Your best bet is to choose ones formulated for fine hair.

  5. Dry your hair for root lift ~~ When blow-drying, direct heat at the roots first as you lift them straight up with a brush or wide-toothed comb. This works better than bending at your waist as you lift roots with your fingers—doing that only adds a subtle lift.

  6. Use hair thickeners ~~ There are several hair thickeners on the market; most are crème or liquid formulations. These products are formulated with wheat proteins and amino acids that actually plump up every strand. They are not stylers, but they can be used alone when you blow-dry your hair or let it dry naturally, pinned up on top of your head. Start with a dime-sized amount and make certain you distribute the product evenly using a wide-toothed comb. If you don’t distribute these products well, you’ll get sticky or flaky areas. Also, if you use too much, your hair might look greasy the next morning, creating the need to shampoo daily.
    “Over half the women
    in the U.S. think their
    hair lacks body”

  7. Check out volumizers ~~ Dozens of mousses, gels and sprays are formulated to add volume to fine thin hair, and the trick is to learn how to combine them with thickeners. Apply the thickener first, and dry your hair on high heat, since these products usually heat-activated. Once hair is nearly dry, thoroughly comb in a small amount of volumizer mousse, gel or spray. Then begin styling using a brush and your hair dryer on medium heat.

  8. Don’t overuse styling products ~~ Experiment with products until you find one or two that work great for you. Remember a little goes a long way. Avoid hairsprays that coat the surface of your hair and weigh it down. Also, very few pomades, waxes or shine sprays work well with fine or thin hair, for they also tend to weigh down hair and create build up. If you want to try a spray, look for one that says it’s good for thin hair (like Paul Mitchell’s), and use a very small amount.

  9. Beat flyaways ~~ Flyaways often happen when the air is dry. You’re likely to experience this effect in winter or when you’re in an office or an airplane. Humidifiers, moisturizing conditioners, and thermal protectors while styling with heat can help. If you’re looking to get rid of flyaways fast, simply mist a bit of water on unruly and wayward strands.

  10. Get Set ~~ Don’t just blow-dry hair; check out all the other ways style it. Roller sets are a perfect way to create volume, movement, and body. The larger the diameter of the roller, the more body and volume you’ll get. You can even use hot rollers to save time! Like the look? Try out a body perm if your hair isn’t colored. (Two chemical treatments on fine thin hair is just too much.)

For more thin hair ideas check out our Pinterest Thin Hair Board.

 

  





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