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Fine hair, it can feel like a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you don’t have to sit drying your hair for what seems like hours and it’s pretty low maintenance, but on the other hand, it can feel pretty limp and lifeless.
Thankfully, there are many ways to inject some life into thin hair. Are you ready? Here are some of our favourite tips on how to add volume to fine hair.
In this article, we’ll run through:
This is most likely down to your hair type. Unless styled in a particular way, people with fine hair may find that it can look flat, limp and lifeless. This basically means that each single strand of hair has a smaller diameter and therefore looks flatter on the head.
In addition to this, as people have more strands of fine hair, there’s more oil produced. This not only means that fine hair can be oily at the roots but it is also said to transport sebum very well which can lead to a heavy, limp look.1
Fortunately, all is not lost. There are a variety of ways you can add volume to hair like this, from using particular products to blow-drying techniques.
Find out how to add volume to fine hair below:
We’re sure you’ve already been acquainted with the life-saver that is dry shampoo, but did you know it could pump up the volume in your hair as well as soak up all that grease?
The ‘build up’ will create volume in your hair, just make sure you’re using the right colour for your hair.
You can make your own dry shampoo and use natural ingredients to match it up to your natural colour, too!
Pro tip: Instead of spraying it on your roots and brushing it out straight away, leave it for a few minutes and then gently massage it in without brushing it away.
One of the beauties of fine hair is that it doesn’t usually end up in a giant mess if you let it dry naturally.
On the contrary, it normally dries straight and smooth, but ultimately quite flat. That’s where blow-drying comes in to save the day – just make sure you’re doing it right.
Pro tip: We recommend putting down the round brush and ‘rough drying’ your hair using your hands and tipping your hair forward for the majority of your blow dry. Then use a brush for the last few seconds to smooth the ends and soften the style.
No matter what you do to some styles (hello straight partings!) they will end up emphasising how fine your hair is. So to avoid making your hair look flatter, here are some pointers:
Got 5 minutes spare to add some volume to your hair? A spot of backcombing could be just the ticket if you’ve woken up with flat, lifeless hair. Here’s a quick guide on how to backcomb like a boss:
Pro tip: Start with hair you washed at least one day before for best results as a little more oil will make it easier to style.
An unfortunately common companion to fine hair is excess oil. It’s only logical to think that washing your hair every day is good for greasy hair, when in fact, it’s likely to be contributing to your oily locks!
Try reducing the amount of times you wash your hair (dry shampoo will help) and you will hopefully find your hair gradually gets less greasy and has a thicker appearance.2
Pro tip: Remember to only condition the ends of your hair too as your roots require less moisture!
What you lather onto your hair in the shower can have a huge impact on the condition and appearance of your hair.
To get the volume you want for your fine hair, it’s important that you choose a lightweight volumising shampoo that adds moisture without weighing your hair down.
We have lots to choose from here at H&B, including the highly-rated volumising Sea Magik Pink Salt Shampoo. Take a look at our full natural shampoo range to find the perfect volumising shampoo for you!
Whether you go for a short cut or just a trim, cutting your hair will may help it to weigh less which can help to add body and bounce.3
Not sure which style to go for? If you have fine hair, asking for a blunt cut is best as it helps to give off the impression of thickness.
While you may think that curly hair is naturally volumised, if you have fine hair this may not be the case.
But do not fear, as we have some top tips for volumising different hair types – including curls!
We’ve already run through a lot of ways to volumise hair in this article, but we’ve got an extra tip for you if have particularly fine hair and you’re wondering how to get root volume.
The key to adding volume is to focus on the roots, so it may be worth using a root boosting product to add some structure and keep your style in place for longer.
Pro tip: If you do want to try a root booster, look for one that is lightweight so that it doesn’t do the opposite and weigh your hair down!
While thick hair is often lusted after, sometimes it can be tricky to lift some of that weight and add volume. So here’s some ways you can add volume to thick hair:
Struggle to add volume to your oily hair? Don’t worry there are a variety of ways you can give your locks a boost, try out some of these techniques for added volume:
While men can apply some of the tips and techniques we’ve mentioned already, there are some additional ways you can add volume. These include:7
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If you’re tired of having limp, lifeless hair, there are a range of different techniques you can try to give your locks the boost of volume they need.
Whether you decide to go for the chop or try using some root booster, we hope this has given you some inspiration on how to add volume to fine hair.
Your hair will be feeling its bouncy best in no time!
Last updated: 18 June 2021
Joined Holland & Barrett: May 2019
BSc Hons in Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Science
Manisha started her career at a Cosmetics distributor as a Regulatory Technologist followed by a Regulatory Affairs Officer, ensuring the regulatory compliance of cosmetic products from colour cosmetics to skincare.
After 3 and half years in this role, Manisha joined Holland & Barrett as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Associate in 2019.
Manisha specialises in Cosmetic products, both own-label and branded lines, ensuring that these products and all relating marketing material comply to the EU Cosmetics Regulation.