After having fine, flat hair it seems easy to style. After all, fine hair does not require much blow-dry and you can effortlessly tie it in a low-lying knot or ponytail while still looking smart. But many people with this type of hair will tell you that it can be difficult to curl or add a natural volume – and no one wants the hair to be limp, limp hair half the day.
To Learn How to Add Great Volume That Remains Until Happy Hour, SELF talked to some top hairstylists about their best tips and favorite hairstyles for people with fine, flat hair.
Tips and tricks for styling
. Use a light, volumizing shampoo and conditioner to create a foundation.
"The most important step to gaining fine hair for volume begins in the shower," explains Brianna Colette, stylist at NINE NULL ONE in Los Angeles. Make sure you use a light, voluminous shampoo and conditioner that also contains moisturizing ingredients. These types of shampoos tend to dry more and may cause your scalp to overproduce with oils, explains celebrity hairdresser Mark Townsend . We suggest Dove Nutritive Solutions Oxygen Moisture Shampoo $ 5 and Conditioner $ 5
2. Never apply a conditioner to your scalp.
"Every time you wet your hair, you should use the conditioner," says Townsend. "But only of medium length to the ends." Since you open your cuticles, your hair needs the food. But if you throw it on the roots, you'll look greasy and flabby within hours.
. 3 But you can ruffle your hair with the conditioner in the shower.
Jen Atkin, prominent hairstylist and founder of OUAI, says wet hair in the shower with conditioner is a good foundation for air drying. She recommends US $ 28 for the OUAI Repair Conditioner as it adds plenty of moisture for frizz-free air drying.
. 4 Use a clarifying shampoo to remove deposits.
Collections of products lead to weight in the hair, which makes everything hanging out. "Using a cleaning shampoo once a week will clear your hair of impurities and product build-up without removing your color," says Colette. We recommend OUAI Clean Shampoo $ 28, which is formulated with Keratin to smooth and repair damage.
. 5 Overcome your fear of the mousse.
Unlike the mousse our mothers used, the hair dried out and froze it in all its perm. Mousse formulas are more elegant and moisturizing today. "Apply a volumizing whip or mousse when the hair is wet," recommends Colette. "Brush a small, palm-sized drop through the hair from root to tip. Take care not to apply too much as this will only put strain on your hair. "We recommend the Oribe Grandiose Hair Plumping Mousse $ 39, which is great for a blowout.
. 5 To activate volumifying products, blow dry.
You may be tempted to skip the hair dryer, especially if your fine hair dries straight and smooth. However, if you skip blow-drying, your volumizing work will be in vain. "[With] almost all volume plates you need to use a hair dryer with heat to activate them," says Townsend. He uses Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray $ 10 before blowing and air drying customers like Mary-Kate Olsen, who does not like a perfectly polished, inflated look.
6 Skip the round brush to the end.
"Turn your head over and start drying," explains Colette. In other words, just use your hands. "This raises the roots and roughened the cuticle, maximizing volume. When the hair is dry to 60-70 percent, turn it back and blow-dry it with a ceramic brush to smooth the ends and give the style suppleness. "But be careful not to pull too tight – this will smooth things out. 19659020] 7. Tighten the hair with Velcro rolls to get more buoyancy.
Colette explains that after blow-drying, the hairpieces on the crown are cut off, rolled into hook-and-loopers, and the cool setting of the dryer is used to set the style. Finish it with a texturing spray such as Oribe Texturizing Spray $ 22 or OUAI's Wave Spray $ 26 and spray at sections root. "This way, when the style starts to fall all day long, all you have to do is turn your head around, massaging the scalp and loosening up your hair," adds Colette.
. 8 Get to know a good dry shampoo.
"Dry shampoo is a woman with best hair," says Townsend. "I think I get a better hold and long-lasting volume with dry shampoo over hair spray." Instead of spraying and then brushing off as if you were absorbing oil, let it be. He explains, "If you leave it there, powder and starch literally build on each other." He recommends Dove STYLE + Care Volume Dry Shampoo $ 5
9. Get highlights if you want to add lasting volume.
Highlights are a great way to add texture and volume to fine hair. "The skin is roughened, so hair that is naturally limp and flat will last a voluminous style," says Colette. Unfortunately, this is the same reason why the hair is weakened and additional TLC is required. As long as you do not overdo it (a.k.a every few weeks for rework), your strands will be a little sans-product. If you are worried about damage, Colette recommends asking your stylist to use henna, "a herbal hair color that is commonly used to make hair fuller, healthier, and brighter without causing the highlights."  10. Exciting treatment in the salon.
Kérastase offers in its salons a treatment called Fusio Dose Densifique specially developed for women who struggle with fine hair but still want to keep hair healthy. "Treating with Densifique will make your hair full of revitalized texture that lasts four weeks, depending on the frequency of the shampoo," explains Jasmine Anna Galazka, Kérastase pedagogue and senior stylist at the Warren Tricomi Plaza Salon.
. 11 First, spray products into your hands for added texture.
"If you have a bit of chunkiness and your hair is very fine, put the product in the hand first," says Townsend. Try a texturing spray such as Sally Hershberger 24K Supreme Stylist Voluminous Dry Shampoo $ 32. Spray it into the palm of your hand, dab your fingers in and work it in your strands to create a distinct texture , For added hydration, Atkin recommends OUAI Finishing Cream ($ 24), which is like a lotion for your hair. By applying a dime size you can tame all Flyaways.
12th Keep a dry shampoo in your bag while on the go.
Even if you rinse your heart in the morning, you may need a refresher session at noon. Keep a dry travel size shampoo (or bulky powder like Unite Expanda Dust $ 26) in your bag. Oribes and Kérastases are both available in miniature portions, as are Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo $ 13 and Psst! $ 3
13. Backcomb hair on the crown to get more height.
Townsend does this on almost every photo shoot and on the red carpet. Lift the hair in small sections, wrap each section two or three times with a fine-toothed plastic comb, spray with dry shampoo and then comb the hair upwards slightly to smooth it and hide the teasing. Less frequently shampoo – yes, really.
"I know that women are fooled with fine hair," Townsend says, as fine-haired women tend to get greasy fast. "When you use shampoo daily, volumizing products are usually not particularly moisturizing, so your scalp will produce more oils to moisturize themselves." Just take a shampoo program three to four times a week and he promises that it will really help the band department.
15th Use a soft-hold hair spray.
Stay away from heavy products such as pomades, oils, or waxes with thin hair, as they strain your hair and make the hair look finer. John D. TRESemmé celebrity stylist tells SELF.
sixteenth Fill in a finer hairstyle with a fibrous hair powder.
Inject hair fibers into your roots for a more natural look. Hair fibers are suitable for all hair types and textures and are ideal for filling in partial lines, covering extension tracks or reworking the roots between hair color appointments. John D. recommends the Toppik Hair Building Fibers $ 25, which is made from keratin protein to give thin hair an instant boost, and is available in nine shades to match your color. Alternatively, try Klorane's Leave-In Spray with Flax Fiber $ 18, which is formulated from organically grown flax fiber for a mobile styling and texturing treatment.
17th Add clip-in extensions to make the hair look voluminous.
Extensions are not only useful for adding length – they can also be strategically clipped to create thicker, fuller hair. They are ideal for special occasions, such as weddings, when you want to play around with a more dramatic hairstyle. The trick, if extensions are to look seamless and natural, is to bring them to your barber to help with trimming and color, explains John D.
Haircut Styles for Fine, Flat Hair
1. Consider your chin and face shape when selecting hair length and layers.
Regardless of your hair type, Joel Warren, founder of The Salon Project tells SELF that layering for your hair type and face shape is essential for a flattering look. For thin, flat hair, he suggests something shoulder length, because it creates a full look.
. 2 If you have fine, curly hair …
Try a style that's superimposed and has a top cut, says John D. Point Cut is a technique that professionals use to remove dead weight from the ends for texture and movement in the hair. "The split cut creates softness at the ends, while the layering makes the curls feel bulkier, making the fine hair look much thicker and fuller." However, remember to cut too many layers, Adam Livermore Hairdresser and international pedagogue for Oribe Haircare, says SELF. "Because [this type of hair] has a very low dead weight, if it is cut with too many layers, it can quickly become too chaotic." For fine, curly hair, Livermore likes a medium-length cut with very light layers to encourage the fullness while avoiding a floor-heavy appearance.
. 3 If you have fine, straight hair …
For fine, straight hair, Livermore recommends clean, straight, long cuts like Bob, Lobs or long, single-haired hair with some facial framing. "Layers can make fine straight hair look very thready," he adds. Lightweight volumizing products like the Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray $ 19, are great when blowing out your hair as it offers volume with the added benefit of thermal protection from heat styling. The PHYTO Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray $ 30, can help thicken.
. 4 If you have fine, wavy hair …
Fine, wavy hair does not usually have enough thickness in the fiber to keep its natural waves. Therefore, shorter lengths and more layers are better, says Livermore. Shag haircuts are making a comeback this year, and Atkin recommends a layer with many layers to bring out the natural waves. It says it's a simple cut, whether you weigh your natural texture or add bends with a flat iron or curling iron.
. 5 If your hair is dry or greasy …
For greasy hair and dry hair, no special haircuts are required, says John D. Instead, they can best benefit from a dry shampoo or a light hair mask that repairs damage and the health of your hair restores. If you apply the mask on fine hair, you want to stroke the hair from the middle to the end and let it act for a few minutes before shampooing. He recommends the TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Instant Recovery Mask sachet $ 3. For dry shampoo, we recommend the cult favorite Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk $ 20.