Don’t we all want to have those selfie-worthy voluminous celebrity hair? The ones flaunted by the likes of Kardashians, Jenners, and supermodels. Instead, most of the time, we are stuck with super-flat, limp hair with no body and no volume. The problem is worse in people with thin hair, who are always running to a salon to add some bounce to their deflated locks. But what if we told you that a few unexpected tricks – like changing your styling technique, getting a haircut, or changing your shampoo – could breathe fresh air into your limp hair. So, let’s get started!
1. Switch Your Shampoo
Using the right shampoo and conditioner is important to set the foundation right for healthy, voluminous hair. A deep cleansing/ purifying shampoo works best for people with fine, thin hair as it helps get rid of product build-up and gives you a squeaky, clean scalp. But remember to not shampoo daily as it can lead to dryness.
You can also try a volumizing shampoo as it will help boost your hair roots. These products contain special ingredients that thicken individual hair fiber and give an illusion of fuller hair. If you have greasy roots, pay extra attention to them. Massage the shampoo for a few extra minutes onto the scalp and rinse it thoroughly.
2. Condition Your Hair
People generally end up blaming conditioners for their limp, flat hair as these products are prone to leaving a greasy residue on the scalp. However, leaving the conditioner out of your hair care routine can make your hair extra dry, tangled, and frizzy. Instead, we recommend using a light, volumizing conditioner and applying it only to the lower strands leaving the scalp out. This will add texture and shine to your tresses.
Also, don’t forget weekly deep conditioning treatment (whether at home or salon). It helps improve the structure of your hair and makes them thicker and stronger.
3. Go for a Short Haircut
Get a short haircut (shoulder-length) and opt for a style that makes your hair look voluminous. Long fine hair ends up looking flat and thinner as the length weighs them down. Shorter fine hair looks thicker and voluminous. For example, a simple bob with subtle layers can give your fine tresses a wonderful texture. Else, go for a haircut with layers. They add dimension and body to your hair.
4. Color Your Hair
Highlight your limp hair to create an illusion of thicker locks. The explanation for this is that adding hair dyes to the hair shaft thickens it and makes it look more voluminous. All you need to do is pick a shade lighter than your natural one and apply it carefully to add texture and dimension to your hair. You can also go for highlights with a contrasting color to give an illusion of thicker hair.
5. Change Your Parting
This is an instant way to add volume as it adds fluffiness to the hair roots. Experts recommend changing your parting every alternate week as it also takes care of those baby hair protruding out from the crown area. To change the parting, follow this simple technique. First, shampoo your hair and try your new parting and then give them a good blow dry. You can use pins, hair clips, and styling gels too.
6. Try Back-Combing
Back-combing hair roots is a quick hack to pump some bounce into limp, flat tresses. But be careful with it and don’t overdo it as it may damage hair follicles, causing hair breakage. Instead, do it on the area where hair appears super flat and stick to short strokes to keep the frizz out.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse
Try rinsing your hair with a solution of water and apple cider vinegar at least twice every month. This will get rid of product build-up, excess oil, and dandruff from the scalp. At the same time, your hair will get a nice volume.
8. Chuck the Towel
Give that rough towel drying a miss. Avoid rubbing your wet hair with a towel as it can make them brittle. Instead, thin, fine hair should be allowed to air dry as much as possible. After hair wash, you can detangle with your fingers and use a brush only when your hair is 80% dry.
9. Use a Heat-Protectant Product
Before going for a blow-dry, apply a lightweight heat-protectant like a volumizing spray, leave-in conditioner, or a mousse to create fullness.
10. Tweak the Usual Blow-Dry
We all know that a good blow-dry can give you bouncy, fuller hair lasting for good three-four days. But you need to get it right else you will end up getting frizz and heat damage. So instead, try blow-drying your hair upside down and focus on the roots. Make sure that you brush (straight hair) or run your fingers (frizzy curls) through them while blow-drying upside down. This will add extra volume to the hair roots and prevent them from falling flat.
Before starting with a blow-dry, try air drying your hair as much as possible. Then go for a rough dry, which means using a dryer without a nozzle and concentrating on the roots.
11. Get the Right Brush
Use a round metal brush while blow-drying your tresses. These brushes not only help detangle your hair but add a ton of volume to them. Always pull your hair up with a brush and then start the dryer.
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12. Tie Your Hair in a Bun at Night
While sleeping, try tying your hair in a loose bun as it will stop them from getting crushed and save that bounce. In addition, it keeps the frizz away and prevents grease from getting transferred to hair from the skin.
13. Save the Day with a Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo not only helps you get rid of the dirty, greasy scalp but also brings life back into flat, limp hair. Just keep a bottle of dry shampoo handy all the time, and you’re good to go. Just refresh your flat hair with a few sprays of dry shampoo and flaunt voluminous tresses when in need.
14. Get those Rollers Working
Remember those old-fashioned velcro rollers that were a hit with the girls before heated styling tools made their way into our lives? It’s time to get them back. Hairdressers believe that they are the most easy-to-use, inexpensive hair tools that can still help you get the bouncy blow dry look. So put the rollers in and start with your make-up and dressing up. Then, open them up at last to have a good bouncy hair day.
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15. Hair Sprays on the Roots
Just a little bit of hair spray on the roots, along with gentle brushing, can bring life back into flat locks. Try to focus on the crown area. Remember to use a light hair spray as it will not weigh down your hair.
16. Amp up With Hair Extensions
Hair extensions may not be a quick fix, but if your goal is to get paparazzi-ready hair, they sure are a winner. Just get a couple of extension clips added to your hair that an experienced hairstylist has cut, and get ready to flaunt red-carpet-ready hair. Just remember to look for lightweight, invisible extensions. However, tread carefully as overuse of extensions can give you damaged hair.
Want to get red carpet-ready voluminous, bouncy hair just like celebrities but instead end up having flat tresses? The problem could be worse if you have thin, fine hair as it could turn limp in no time. Check out these unexpected tricks for transforming your lifeless hair into magical voluminous locks, including adding highlights, brushing upside down, getting a short haircut and embracing old-fashioned velcro rollers.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why does thin, fine hair become limp and flat so easily?
It is much easier for thin, fine hair to get covered by the sebum produced by the scalp. This sebum flattens out your hair, and if you have long hair, they get weighed further down.
What’s the best hairstyle to try out with thin hair without sacrificing length?
Keeping your length short (just above the collar bone) is a good way to add volume but if you still want to keep long hair, try bangs or fringe. These create an illusion of voluminous, bouncy hair.
I love the impact of a good blow dry on my fine hair, but I’m worried about the heat damage it is doing. What to do?
Try using good-quality heat protectant products like a spray or leave-in. It will not only control the damage but will also bring shine to your hair. However, still don’t go overboard on blow-drying.