How to use volumising spray for fine, flat or thin hair

All Things Hair | 10 July 2018

How to use a volumising spray: because we can all agree that when it comes to hair, bigger is always better.

Have you got hair that’s always flat? If it’s any consolation, it’s a lot more common than you’d think – and it’s not just a problem for those with fine hair, either.

Of course, if your hair is naturally thin it’s more prone to looking limp but equally, thick-haired girls have to deal with it looking weighed down too. A good volumising spray can be the difference between an okay hair day and a great hair day, so it’s essential you know how to use it right!

Not sure how a volumising spray would slot into your hair routine? Read on for all you need to know about how to use a volumising spray (the right way) for a fuller looking hair.

How to use volumising spray properly


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Find out how to use volumising spray for the best results. Credit: Verity Jane Smith

So, how do I use a volumising spray?

Most volumising sprays come in aerosol format, so you use them much like you would a regular hairspray. Instead of spraying it everywhere though, we recommend applying in short bursts where you need the extra volume most, (which for most of us is usually the roots).

The great thing about most volumising sprays is that you can use them on both dry and wet tresses, but if you really want to get the most out of your hair, you can do both for a dual action approach. First apply to damp hair right after washing, then go in again for round 2 with another spritz once it’s dry.

If you’re applying to damp hair, we recommend following up by blow-drying with a hairdryer and a round brush. You will still get a boost if you let it air dry, but using a hairdryer can help create the desired extra lift. The outcome? Big, beautiful, fuller-bodied hair- and this is all before you’ve even styled it!

On dry hair, you’ll want to lift up your hair and spray the under layers, before massaging into your scalp to zhuzh it up. Remember not to spray too close to the hair or it could be too concentrated and go clumpy.

When should I use it?

Whenever your hair needs a boost! Volumising sprays are an everyday essential for many and once you’ve tried it and seen the difference it can make, the results are addictive.

Even if your hair is usually quite textured all by itself, it’s also useful for when you want to give your hair a little extra boost when creating hairstyles that require lots of volume, like a ’60s-inspired bouffant ‘do or a beehive.


Best hair products for flat, fine or thin hair


VO5 Dry Texturising Spray

1. VO5 Dry Texturising Spray

Have super straight hair? Sometimes all it needs is a little bit of added texture to stop it looking so straight. The VO5 Dry Texturising Spray gives hair a messier, more choppy look, without actually changing your style. So whether you’re wearing your hair down or in a ponytail or bun, it’ll just make your normal style look a bit wispier and more bed-head-like.

Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray

2. Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray

The Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray gets right to the root (excuse the pun) of your flat hair woes by adding lift exactly where you need it – at the roots. Containing clever Oxyfusion technology, the formula – which has ultra-lightweight oxygen-fused conditioning ingredients – can help moisturise flat, fine hair and also add up to 95% more volume! As the name suggests, the spray specifically works on lifting the roots to give your hair a bouncy, hair advert worthy look instantly.

TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray

3. TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray

If you’re only using hairspray at the end of your hair routine, you’re missing a trick! Look out for hairsprays like the TONI&GUY Body Amplify Creation Hairspray that help you create your style instead of just setting it in place. Divide your hair into sections before curling or straightening and spray each section individually beforehand to build up volume. Then you can give it once last spritz when you’re done to set it all in place.

TIGI Bed Head Full Of It Volume Finishing Hairspray

4. TIGI Bed Head Full Of It Volume Finishing Hairspray

Hairspray is hairspray and they all do the same thing, don’t they? Well, no actually. The TIGI Bed Head Full Of It Volume Finishing Hairspray aims to preserve not just your braids or curls, but actually the volume too. It gives your hair that last bit of extra oomph to ensure you’re totally protected against the dreaded flatness.



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