Limp hair? Try these 6 life-changing tips & tricks to help add body

Limp hair got you down? We can help!  

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. Now, keep scrolling to find out how to banish limp hair once and for all…

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Opting for a shorter hairstyle can make limp hair appear fuller.

Opt for a short hairstyle

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!

Ask your hairdresser to cut in layers

If your hair is super 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! For inspiration, just take a look at our round up of the best short layered cuts from Instagram, here.

Invest in 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 hair even further!

Try to avoid using anything on your mid-lengths and ends, and instead look to products that focus on plumping up your mane from the roots. We recommend the Dove Root Lift Spray, an oxygen-infused volumising spray which lifts hair from the root, for an instant boost.

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. Why not try washing with the TRESemmé Collagen+ Fullness Shampoo and Conditioner? It’s a targeted volumising shampoo that adds body by plumping the hair, while also gently cleansing it with micellar technology.

It’s especially important to wash your hair regularly if you have limp hair.

Condition before you shampoo

If you’ve got limp locks, step away from the masks and treatments. The 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 playing with 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 it becomes slightly 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 braid, so you’re less tempted to touch it.


Loved these tips for adding body to limp hair? Then head on over to our Dry & Damaged Hair page, for solutions to even more common hair bugbears, including how to stop frizzy hair! With our top tips and handy guides, you’ll never have a bad hair day again.