Having fine, flat hair might seem easy to style. After all, fine hair requires little blow-drying and you can effortlessly tie it in a low-slung bun or ponytail on your way out while still looking chic. But many people with this hair type will tell you that it can be difficult to hold curls or add natural-looking volume—and no one wants droopy, limp hair halfway through the day. Here's our best tips for fine hair.
Make sure you're using a lightweight volumizing shampoo and conditioner that also have some moisturizing ingredients. These types of shampoos tend to be more drying and can cause your scalp to overproduce oils to make up for it.
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.
Use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of buildup.
Using a once-a-week clarifying shampoo will rid your hair of impurities and product buildup that weighs hair down without stripping your color.
Blow-dry to activate volumizing 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 volumizing work will all be for naught. Almost all volumizers are activated by heat so you need to use a blow dryer.
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 volumizing 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.
Get acquainted with a good dry shampoo.
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. Even if you volumize your heart out in the morning, you might still need a midday refresher. Keep a travel-sized dry shampoo or volumizing powder in your bag
Shampoo less often—yes, really.
This freaks out women with fine hairs, since fine-hair tend to get oily fast. When you shampoo every day, volumizing products are usually not the most moisturizing, so your scalp will produce more oils to moisturize itself. Get on a cycle of shampooing only three or four times a week and we promise it will really help in the volume department.
Change your part.
If you have been wearing the same part since hair started growing on your head then it is probably time to switch your part. When you part your hair in the same way for a very long time, your hair starts to fall flat. When you change your part this helps in giving a lift to your roots making your hair look more voluminous.
Get a volumizing haircut.
When talking about the perfect haircut for fine hair the two things that really matters is are- length and layers. If you have fine hair, then a one length cut will make your fine hair appear even finer. Apart from this the longer your hair the more they will weigh down making them appear very flat on the scalp. So if you have fine hair then the best way to add volume to your hair is by going for a volumizing haircut. Add a lot of layers to your hair and limit the length of your hair to below your shoulders but not passing over your back. This will make your hair appear bouncier and voluminous. But make sure not to go for very short layers.