Real Help for Fine Hair
All woman with fine hair struggle to fine the perfect remedy to make their hair look as though it has volume. You follow what suggestions have been given to you and nothing works. Well try this, DO THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU'VE BEEN TOLD.
DO wash your hair often.
Curlier, thicker hair tends to be drier and therefore does best with fewer washes and benefits from the buildup of natural oils. But the minute my fine hair gets oily, it gets weighed down and screams out for a wash. More grease makes it limper.
DO NOT use conditioner on your roots.
Conditioner is used to improve the texture of your hair, smoothing down the hair cuticle so strands are glossy and soft. But some of the ingredients in conditioner, including oils and silicones, can weigh hair down. That’s the last thing your flat hair needs, particularly at the roots. So use conditioner sparingly — I just use it on the bottom of my hair, no higher than the nape of my neck.
DO blow dry your hair upside down.
Flipping your head over is the best way to get to the roots and really give hair that extra lift. Adding a little volumizing mousse to damp your hair — but just a little, see below! — for extra boost and sheen.
DO NOT use lots of products.
The biggest pitfall I encountered was using products — specifically the trendy products my friends were using, like mousse and spray and the early 2000s favorite, “scrunching gel.” The so-called scrunching gel literally slid off the hair into a gelatinous puddle of gook. Lesson learned: You can only scrunch, tousle and zhuzh your hair into beachy waves if it has some waves to begin with.
DO experiment with a light texturizing spray or root lifter.
While avoiding heavy mousse and gel, one product that can occasionally help is a texturizing spray or root lifter.
DO NOT use a plastic comb on dry hair.
Staticky hair happens when electrons, which are negatively-charged, fly off your hair, leaving your strands with positive charges that resist each other. Plastic will make your hair more staticky, whereas a metal comb won’t, since metal is conductive.
DO use hairspray if you’re going to attempt curls or an updo.
Lots and lots of spray. Otherwise, that Drybar blowout will be gone within the hour. Good luck.
DO NOT get bangs.
This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and there are plenty of thin-haired gals who will look lovely with a fringe. But in my own experience, if having enough voluminous hair on your head is already a concern for you, cutting a chunk of it off to make bangs won’t help. What’s more is that limp, oft-greasy hair makes for even limper, greasier bangs, as the thin layer of hair will rub right up against your forehead. The more you touch them and try to fluff them (which good luck, because thin hair just doesn’t “fluff”), the greasier and stringier they’ll get. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
DO let hairstylists backcomb your hair.
Yes, it looks like a surefire hair ruiner that will take you two years to untangle. But for a more complicated, long-lasting salon hairdo (think: what you get done when you’re a bridesmaid), backcombing can provide that extra lift that makes a professionally-done style look glamorous.
Just offering a little of my experience and knowledge.