Limp locks are nobody's idea of a great hairstyle, so if you have fine hair, it's tempting to backcomb the roots within an inch of their life or apply 1,001 volumising products. The trouble is, constant backcombing can damage the hair and the wrong-kind of products can weight it down, thus adding to the limp effect. So what's a girl to do? Give yourself a boost with these top tips for fine hair.
- Look for lightweight shampoos and conditioners. People with fine hair need to look for products that won't weigh the hair down, but instead fill it out. Aveda's Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner ($29.95 each) are great because they boost the volume of the hair using a plant-based blend formula complete with certified organic acacia gum.
- Make sure you use a root booster. If you're heading out after work, chances are your bouncy blow-dry that you sported for your 9am will have fallen a little flat by now. John Frieda Luxurious Volume Anytime Volume Refresher ($15.99) is a great one to carry around as it doubles as a dry shampoo and root lift.
- Always blow-dry your hair. If you've got naturally fine and flat hair, you'll need the volume at the roots that you get with a blow-dry versus air-drying your hair. Another trick is to remove the nozzle as that's actually a great tool for smoothing and flattening hair. Good for coarse, unruly hair — not so great for you!
- Wear your hair wavy and texturised — it'll give the illusion of more body.
- Don't weigh the hair down with a heavy-hold hairspray. Instead look for a lightweight option such as Aveda Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray ($34.95). Especially designed for those lacking volume, it offers firm hold but the micro-mist spray won't weigh your strands down.
- Lastly, be realistic. As Jennifer Lopez's stylist, Oribe, says: "Stay in your world." It's possible to boost volume with these tips but your hair won't magically transform into something it's not. Instead, try looking to celebrities with fine hair — such as Kate Bosworth — and emulate their style.
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