8 Tips for Adding Volume to Fine and Thin Hair — No Extensions Necessary

February 19, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
8 Tips for Adding Volume to Fine and Thin Hair — No Extensions Necessary

If you have thin and fine hair, we understand the struggle of trying to recreate those voluminous, bouncy waves that we see on nearly every hair commercial. While it can definitely be a challenge, it certainly isn’t impossible. With the right volumizing hair products and a little advice from the experts, you can easily transform your thin hair from flat to fab in no time. Here, we’re sharing eight easy tips to help you get voluminous hair with the help of professional hairstylists from Mizu Louis Licari Hair Salon, Judy McGuinness and Breno Miranda. 

Thin Hair Tip #1: Get a Short Haircut According to McGuinness, haircuts that are shorter make the hair appear thicker and more dense. Miranda adds that hair that is very long tends to weigh itself down, which is why he loves bobs and pixie haircuts for thin hair. If you’re not ready to take the short hair plunge, though, don’t worry. McGuinness says, ultimately if the ends of your hair have a blunt cut and fall together, your hair will look thicker.

Thin Hair Tip #2: Dry Shampoo Is Your Best Friend Time is of the essence, which is why we totally get going a couple of days without washing your hair to make things a little bit easier. Unfortunately, if you have thin hair, the dirt and oils that accumulate on your scalp might weigh down your strands making them look more flat and lifeless. What’s one to do when they need a boost but don’t have time to wash? Dry shampoo, of course. We recommend trying the Garnier Fructis Invisible Dry Shampoo in Melon-tini because not only is it formulated to absorb excess oils but it also works to volumize your hair in between washes.


Thin Hair Tip #3: Condition Only the Ends of Your Hair  While you’ve probably heard this tip being given to people with all different hair types, it is especially important for those with fine and thin hair. When applying conditioner, only apply a small quarter-size amount to the ends of your strands to avoid weighing the hair down at the roots. 

Thin Hair Tip #4: Let Your Hair Air Dry Before Brushing It  When you brush your wet strands after getting out of the shower, it tends to flatten your hair, making it dry flat and straight. For the most volume, Miranda recommends letting your hair fully air dry before using a brush. 

Thin Hair Tip #5: Blow Dry Your Roots for the Most Lift  When blow drying your hair to get a voluminous style, McGuinness says it’s important to dry at the root for the most lift. “If your hair isn’t prone to frizz, you can flip your head over and freely blow dry your roots while upside down. If you have a frizzier texture, then use your hands or a brush to hold your hair steady while focusing the dryer on your roots.” 

Thin Hair Tip #6: Use Velcro Rollers  To get the most out of your blowout, McGuinness recommends using a few big velcro rollers throughout the crown of your head once you’re done blow drying and leaving them in for ten to 15 minutes. This will add lift to the roots, offering a more voluminous finish. 

Thin Hair Tip #7: Never Run Out of Volumizing Spray  Miranda says, “volumizing sprays are best when styling fine hair.” If you’re looking for a spray that works wonders with minimal effort, we love the Carol’s Daughter Cactus Rose Water Volume Spray. Simply spray it on damp strands for voluminous lift and lasting hydration. You can either let it air dry or use it before a blowout as it works double-duty as a heat protectant. 



Thin Hair Tip #8: Try a Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner When it is time to wash your strands, try using a shampoo and conditioner duo that’s formulated for your hair type and works to give you the volume you’re looking for, like the Garnier Fructis Full and Plush Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s a lightweight combination made specifically for fine, flat hair and works to volumize your strands for a healthy-looking thickness and a super soft feel. 



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