Limp Hair? 7 Life-Changing Tips to Add Body & Volume

From the best cuts to how to condition, revive limp hair with these tips.

Do you suffer with limp hair? If you answered yes, then you’re probably all too familiar with the daily struggle of doing your hair, only for it to fall flat and lifeless by lunchtime. Those with thin tresses tend to be more prone to this problem, as fine hair becomes oilier much more quickly than curly or coarse, thicker locks.

Luckily, we’ve discovered a few things that can be incorporated into your daily hair care routine, to help give your mane some oomph and inject much-needed volume back into lacklustre locks.

Opt for a Short Hairstyle

Woman with a brunette and blonde balayage wavy bob
Opting for a shorter hairstyle can make limp hair appear fuller. Credit: Rupert Laycock

When it comes to tackling limp hair, the hairstyle you choose is key. Obviously the longer your hair is, the heavier it becomes – this can weigh the hair down from the roots, leaving it looking flat and shapeless. Choosing a short hairstyle (ideally shoulder-length or shorter) significantly reduces this problem, as hair will be lighter and therefore less likely to drop. Plus, it’ll cut your styling time in half – bonus!

Get Layers

If your hair is naturally fine, why not try getting some choppy layers cut in, to liven up your style? Even if you’ve already got short hair, incorporating varying lengths into your ‘do will help to give the illusion of a fuller and more youthful mane that has plenty of natural-looking movement.

Use Root-Lifting Products

One common mistake that people make when trying to combat limp hair, is using too many products. While it’s tempting to pile on loads of mousse and hair spray to amp up volume, after a while the product build-up will simply weigh down your hair even more.

Try to avoid using too much product on your mid-lengths and ends, instead looking to products that focus on plumping up your mane from the roots. We recommend the TRESemmé Day 2 Volumising Dry Shampoo for pepping up your roots between washes. The lightweight formula absorbs any grease or oil to give your hair more bounce and lift.

Give Yourself a Scalp Massage

Not only does a good head or scalp massage help you release some stress, it’s also a great hack to lift the roots on limp hair. Curly or wavy hair types can benefit as well with this technique: All you have to do is gently massage the hair at the root section by section in an upward motion to force your roots to lift. You could even try using a scalp scrub to detox your scalp and make sure it’s free of any leftover product build-up – therefore making your locks more lifted and voluminous.

Look at Your Wash and Care Routine

If you have fine hair, you’ll know from experience that the smallest amount of oil can leave your scalp and tresses looking and feeling greasy, so it’s important that you cleanse it properly. The TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner combats limp locks by plumping the hair, while also gently cleansing it with micellar technology.


Condition Before You Shampoo

Woman with dark brunette hair applying conditioner to wet hair
It’s especially important to wash your hair regularly if you have limp hair. Credit: Rupert Laycock

If you’ve got limp locks, step away from the masks and treatments. These formulas can often be too heavy for fine strands and end up flattening them. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t condition at all. One clever way around this is to actually condition before you shampoo (a method knowing as pre-pooing!).

Stop Touching Your Hair

Do you find yourself playing with your hair when you’re bored or concentrating? It’s probably something you do without even realising, but our hands produce oil, so every time you touch your hair you’re making it more greasy. Pop a comb in your bag for touch-ups instead of using your fingers and if you really can’t break the habit, put your hair into a ponytail or a French braid, so you’re less tempted to touch it.



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