Having fine, flat hair might seem easy to style, after all, it doesn’t require as much blow-drying, and it’s effortlessly tied in a low slung bun or ponytail, and still looks chic. But those with this hair type will tell you how it can be difficult to create volume or hold curls, leaving it looking limp and droopy halfway through the day.
If you want to learn how to add luscious volume that stays all day, Glamour magazine has a few tips, but we’ve got plenty more styling tips and tricks for you here.
1. Use a lightweight volumising shampoo and conditioner to create a foundation
The most important step in getting that great volume in fine hair starts in the shower. Make sure you’re using a lightweight volumising shampoo and conditioner that also contain moisturising ingredients.
2. Never apply conditioner to your scalp
Any time you wet your hair you should use conditioner, but only from mid-length to the ends. Since you’re opening up your cuticle, your hair needs the nourishment. But glopping it on the roots will just make you look greasy and limp within a few hours.
3. Use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup
Product buildup leads to weight in your hair, which makes everything more droopy. Using a once-a-week clarifying shampoo will rid your hair of impurities and product buildup without stripping your colour.
4. Get over your fear of mousse
Unlike the mousse our mothers used that dried out hair and froze it in all its permed glory, mousse formulas today are more elegant and hydrating. Apply a volumising whip or mousse when hair is wet. Comb a small, palm-sized dollop of product through hair from root to ends. Be careful not to apply too much as this will only weigh your hair down
5. Blow-dry to activate volumising products
You may be tempted to skip the blow dryer, especially if your fine hair dries straight and smooth. But if you skip blow-drying, your volumising work will all be for nothing. With almost all volumisers you need to use a blow dryer with heat to activate them.
6. Skip the round brush until the very end
Flip your head upside-down and start by rough drying. In other words, use nothing but your hands. This will lift the roots and rough up the cuticle, maximising volume. When hair is 60 to 70 per cent dry, flip back over and start blow-drying using a ceramic brush to smooth ends and add softness to the style. But be careful not to pull too hard - that’ll just flatten everything out.
7. Get acquainted with a good dry shampoo
Dry shampoo is any woman with fine hair’s best friend. You may find you get a better hold and long-lasting volume using dry shampoo over hairspray. Instead of spraying and then brushing out like you would to absorb oil, leave it be.
8. Get highlights if you want to add lasting volume
Highlights are a great way to add texture and volume to fine hair. It roughs up the cuticle, making hair that is naturally limp and flat hold a voluminous style longer. Alas, this is the same reason highlights weaken hair and require extra TLC. As long as you’re not overdoing it (a.k.a going in for touch-ups every few weeks), it’ll plump up your strands a bit sans product.
9. Keep dry shampoo in your bag for on-the-go touch-ups
Even if you volumise your heart out in the morning, you might still need a midday refresher. Keep a travel-sized dry shampoo in your bag.
10. Backcomb hair at the crown to get more height
Lift hair in small sections, backcomb each section two or three times using a fine-tooth plastic comb, spray with dry shampoo, and then comb the hair down on top lightly to smooth it out and hide the teasing.
11. Shampoo less often
When you shampoo every day, volumising products are usually not the most moisturising, so your scalp will produce more oils to moisturise itself. Get on a cycle of shampooing only three or four times a week, and it will help in the volume department.
12. Use a soft-hold hairspray
Stay away from heavyweight products like pomades, oils, or waxes with thin hair, as they will weigh your hair down and make it look finer.
Get yourself an appointment with your Emsworth hairdressers today, if you’re looking for new styles for your fine hair!