While there are serious pros to having fine hair (faster drying time, less product use, and naturally smooth strands), it can be tough to get the right amount of volume. If your fine hair tends to look limp halfway through the day, you may not be doing the below styling tips to ensure body and volume in your hair. Not only will these techniques and products give your hair a boost, they’ll also provide lift and texture. Take a look at 24 fine flat hair tips for gorgeous volume.
24 Fine Flat Hair Tips and Tricks
1. Use the Right Shampoo(s)
Starting with a good foundation is key to hair health. For fine hair, stay away from moisturizing formulas, as these are often made to add moisture to thicker, coarser hair. They’re heavier products that can make your hair look oily and flat. Look for a volumizing, thickening shampoo, which will add body to your hair. You can also add a clarifying shampoo into your routine once a week. It will rid your hair of product buildup, which can weigh your hair down.
2. Don’t Be Scared of Mousse
While hearing the word “mousse” may bring you back to the crunchy, stiff hair of the 90s, rest assured that the mousse formulas of today are much more lightweight and elegant. Many of them also fight humidity, add shine, and provide heat protection. Add a small, palm-sized dollop of volumizing mousse like the Onesta Volume Mousse when your hair is damp, and comb it through from roots to ends. Be careful not to use too much as it will weigh down your hair.
3. Blow Dry for Volume
If you plan to use volumizing products (which you should), blow drying your hair is a must. Almost all volumizers need heat from a blow dryer to activate them, so if you’re not doing this, you might as well not use the product at all. To achieve more volume, flip your hair upside down and start rough drying, using nothing but your hands. This lifts the roots, maximizing volume. Once your hair is about 70 percent dry, flip it back over and start blow drying with a ceramic round brush to add softness.
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Who better to get advice from than the hair master himself, Jonathan Van Ness. Get ready, because he dishes out 11 amazing tips in this tutorial, including what products will work best for your fine hair. From creating more lift at your roots with velcro rollers to using a detangler spray to protect your hair from damage, you’re going to want to hear all his amazing tips!
5. Touch Up with Dry shampoo
If you have fine hair, it’s time to find your favourite dry shampoo. Dry shampoo provides a great hold and long lasting volume, which is what your type of hair needs. It will add body to hair that’s too slick, too soft, or too oily. Spritz dry shampoo along your hairline, let it dry, and then brush it out. It extends the time between washes, soaks up oils, and adds volume. You can also keep it in your bag for on-the-go touchups.
6. Add Face Framing Layers
Layers can work really well for fine, flat hair as they add depth, texture and movement. This makes the hair look fuller. However, you need to be strategic and avoid excessive layering. Too much layering can lead to thinning and further flatten the hair as there’s usually not enough density to support the layers. Opt for subtle face framing layers, keeping it blunt at the back.
7. Less is More
When it comes to hair products, including conditioner, you should live by the mantra of “less is more”. Fine hair can easily be weighed down, and applying too much or too many products can lead to unwanted build up. Mousses, sprays and balms can work wonders, but should be used minimally. As for conditioner, apply a small amount from the mid-section to the bottom of your hair when you shower.
8. Salt Spray for Texture
Sea salt spray can add texture to fine hair and create a beachy, tousled look. Salt sprays make styling easier as they add some grit to your locks. Look for a lightweight formula that will add life to your hair, but won’t weigh it down. The OGX Sea Salt Spray is perfect for oily to average hair types, and will give your hair hold, fullness, and shine.
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This is another tutorial packed with awesome tips to add volume to your fine hair. She shows you how to make your hair look thicker and also gives you advice if you have thinning, or naturally straight, flat hair. She talks about the products and hot tools you should use, and recommends favourites like the Kristin Ess Exfoliating Scalp Scrub, the Dry Bar Self-Grip Rollers, and the Schwarzkopf OSiS Dust It Mattifying Powder.
We hope these tips help our fine haired gals! Try them to add a boost of body and volume.
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