Use a lightweight volumizing shampoo and conditioner but shampoo less often.
Make sure you’re using a good, lightweight volumizing shampoo and conditioner that also have some moisturizing ingredients. Too much volumizing shampoo tends to be too drying and can cause your scalp to overproduce oils to make up for it making it even more oily. Shampooing every other day will help eliminate extra oil production.
Use a clarifying shampoo once a week.
Product buildup leads to weight in your hair, which makes everything droopier. Using clarifying shampoo once a week will rid your hair of impurities and product buildup without stripping your color.
DON’T apply conditioner to your scalp.
Since washing your hair opens up your cuticle, your hair needs the nourishment from conditioner. But only apply it to the mid and ends of the hair. Applying it on the roots will just make you look greasy and lifeless within a few hours.
Use a volumizing mousse.
Apply a volumizing mousse or root lifter while hair is still wet. Work a small, palm-sized dollop of product through your hair. Be careful not to apply too much as this will only weigh your hair down. I also apply a conditioning blow-dry mist to my ends for protection against the blow-dry heat.
DON’T skip the blow-dryer.
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 nothing. Most if not all volumizing products need heat to activate them.
Set hair with Velcro rollers to add extra lift.
Section off pieces of hair at the crown, roll them up into Velcro curlers to add volume at the root.
Dry shampoo is your best friend.
Dry shampoo is any woman with fine hair’s best friend. I find I get a better hold and long-lasting volume by using dry shampoo. Spray it on the root area and leave it. Don’t comb through it! I use dry shampoo even on the days I wash my hair for extra texture.
Highlights are a great way to add texture and volume to fine hair because it roughs up the cuticle, making hair that is naturally limp and flat hold a voluminous style longer when not overdone! This is the one and ONLY reason I ever get highlights!
Tease hair at the crown to get more height.
Lift hair in small sections, backcomb each section two or three times using a fine-tooth plastic comb, spray with dry shampoo, and then comb the hair down on top lightly to smooth it out and hide the teasing.
Use a soft-hold hairspray.
Stay away from heavyweight products like pomades, oils, or waxes with thin hair. They will weigh your hair down and make it look finer.
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