Here’s How to Add Volume to Hair for Easy, Everyday Glam

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It’s been a running frustration for most of us, especially as we get older, that thinning hair is sadly a reality we’ve all got to face. Most of us have tried all sorts of hairdos for fine hair, sometimes with disastrous results; we’re here to say that not all volumizing looks have to entail a super big change. Sometimes even the smallest of tweaks can make a huge difference!

Achieving thicker-looking hair can be a difficult task for fine hair types, but selecting the right hairstyle (and products!) are key to avoiding that flat and dull look. Read on to check out how to volumize hair, some hairdos for fine hair and the volumizing products that we love:

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Curl up your hair for a feathered look.

1. Start with clean hair.

Especially for gals with thin hair, it’s important to start off with a clean slate. That means freshly washed and conditioned hair. If you have particularly thin, fine hair, oils from your scalp can weigh down this flirty style.

2. Lightly dry your locks.

Fine hair can be a little bit fragile, so we suggest you take the extra minute to lightly dry your hair. It makes a big difference in making sure you aren’t damaging your hair or roughing up the cuticle. Also, try not to whip your hair up into the towel, which can cause tearing or breakage.

3. Add in some mousse.

When your hair is damp, it’s time to give it a little boost. Apply a golf-ball sized amount of Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse onto your hair. This mousse will plump create body and movement to your hair while also taming frizz or flyaways.

4. Dry hair.

Before your hair starts to dry, apply a heat protectant throughout your hair. This will help ensure that you don’t dry out the ends of your hair. We like how Nexxus Promend Heat Protecting Mist helps protect strands while providing a shiny finish.

5. Curl strands.

When your hair is dry, you can get to curling! This is how you can get that feathered hair look. All that prep work helps in making sure hair looks full and fluffy after you’re done. To get a good effect on your feathered hair, you’ll need to use hot rollers. These set your hair in a way a curling iron can’t quite achieve. Roll all of your hair upwards, all over your head. Make sure the hair on the sides of your face is rolled outwards for that iconic feathery look.

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Let your hair set after you add volume.

6. Let your hair set.

Let the hot rollers sit in your hair as long as you can. You need to, at minimum, let the curlers cool all the way down. It’s a good idea to do your hair first so you can move on to doing your makeup and getting dressed! By the time you’re done your hair should be cool. Once you’re ready, take out all the curlers.

7. Brush your hair.

To get that feathered look, you need to brush out those curls. Yes! Brush out your curls! Choose a boar bristle brush and brush your hair from your roots downwards. This gives that big fluffy look and has the curls near your face feather out. Finish this style by sealing in that volume with hairspray. We like Suave Professionals Firm Control Finishing Hairspray because it keeps that volume in place all day long.

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Adding volume to dyed hair. Photo credit: Matthew Hunt, Cogent Video & Media

1. Be careful with hot tools.

It’s no secret that hot tools can be damaging to your hair and can lead to splitting and breakage. While this isn’t good in general, it’s particularly not stellar for those with fine hair since this hair type is more vulnerable to damage. When you have to heat-style, be sure to use a heat protectant, like TIGI Copyright Custom Create Heat Protection Sprayto help combat against the harsh stressors under high temps.

2. Use hair oils sparingly.

Sure, oil sounds nice, but at the end of the day, the formulation will simply build up on your fine strands and lend to an overall limp appearance, which can make your hair appear greasy. If you need some oil to smooth out your hair, make sure to use a little bit so that your hair won’t be weighed down.

3. Minimize touch-ups.

As much as we love a recently-dyed head of hair, it’s a well-known fact that the more you process your locks, the more brittle they can become. While this is okay for some people, for people with fine dyed hair it means that your hair could break off easier, making it even thinner. Now, keep in mind, to an extent getting your hair dyed has the wonderful ability to create a fuller effect simply due to the texture of the dye on your strands, so it’s essential to find the happy medium. Ask your stylist for their opinion and you’ll be on the right track to a headful of luscious locks in no time.

4. Mousse is your BFF!

One of our favorite ways to add instant volume is by using mousse. With as little as two pumps, your hair will be able to achieve next level va-va-voom. Need a recommendation? We love Dove Style+Care Volume Amplifier Mousse. Not only does it have great lifting power; it smells great too!