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

January 11, 2021
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, fine hair, we understand the struggle of trying to recreate those voluminous, bouncy waves seen in 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 experts, you can easily transform your flat hair to fab hair in no time. Here, we’re sharing eight easy tips to help you get voluminous hair with the help of Judy McGuinness and Breno Miranda, professional hairstylists from Mizu Hair Salon in New York City.

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 cuts for thin hair. If you’re not ready to take the short hair plunge, go for a blunt cut.

Dry Shampoo Is Your Best Friend 

The dirt and oils that accumulate on your scalp can weigh down your hair, making it look flat and lifeless. To refresh your hair in between washes, use a dry shampoo. We like the Garnier Fructis Invisible Dry Shampoo in Coco Colada because it helps absorb excess oils and volumize, plus it smells like vacation. 
8 Tips for Adding Volume to Fine and Thin Hair — No Extensions Necessary

Condition the Ends of Your Hair Only

When applying conditioner, only work a quarter-size amount into the ends of your strands. This will help you avoid weighing hair down and greasy roots. 

Let Your Hair Air Dry Before Brushing It  

When you brush your hair when it’s wet, it can flatten out your strands. For the most volume, Miranda recommends letting your hair fully air dry before using a brush. 

Blow Dry Your Roots for the Most Lift  

When blow drying your hair, 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,” she says. “To avoid frizz, use your hands or a brush to hold your hair steady while focusing the dryer on your roots.” 

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. Apply them after blow-drying and leave them in for ten to 15 minutes. This will add lift to the roots for a more voluminous finish. 

Use a Volumizing Spray 

 “Volumizing sprays are best when styling fine hair,” says Miranda. 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 lift and lasting hydration. You can either let it air dry or use it before a blowout (it protects hair against heat damage too). 
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