When you have flat hair, you want to give hair volume at the sides, not at the top, according to Allure beauty editor, Jolene Edgar, who makes the good point that volume at top will make you look like a beauty queen (oops!). Edgar suggests this Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spra, which should be sprayed at the roots while hair is damp. If you lay off the blowdryer and let hair airdry, you'll notice your hair has much more volume than it does when dried straight. Scrunch hair with your hands as hair dries for added volume.
This mousse will give your fine hair volume without the crunchy effect of cheaper mousses. Comb the foam through damp hair from roots to ends and massage in with your hands (for some reason I believe this helps and I do it this way myself). Flip hair upside down and blow dry hair with a round brush or scrunch hair dry for quick, beachy waves. According to the company, this mousse is "enriched with Japanese Cedar Bud, a giant sacred tree known for its fortifying properties." Ok, whatever, I love it.
When you have fine, limp hair but want curls or waves or just plain body, a texturizing spray can be a godsend. Texturizing spray adds body, shine and hold to hair. Ann Colville Somma, the blogger behind, Cult of Beauty
, swears by Privé Finishing Texture Spray for giving her fine, limp hair life. To use, spray over every inch of hair.
See also How to Create Beachy Waves.
You know how amazing your hair feels after you've been in the ocean all day? This is the sort of texture this product is after. Made with sea salt (which can be drying to hair, so watch out), this spray will give your flat hair lots of volume. Great for creating tousled waves.
By far the best shampoo on the market, Kerastase is consistently rated by the pros and can be found in the top salons in the country. I have fine hair and Kerastase's Volumactive is the shampoo I have in my bathroom. I buy the biggest jug I can find and it lasts me more than a year. It's a pricey shampoo, but worth it. It leaves no residue, smells amazing and keeps my fine hair from falling flat. $28 on up. For more shampoo options, check out my list of Best Shampoos, Conditioners for Fine Hair
A great alternative to fancy volume shampoos is Garnier Fructis. Try the shampoo and the conditioner
. Another great inexpensive shampoo is Pantene Sheer Volume. Where to buy: Your local drugstore.
Quick tip for extra body:
If hair is flat and greasy, add instant lift with baby powder at the roots and crown. When you apply, avoid the hairline and the part, massage in and watch your greasiness disappear.
InStyle Magazine named Paul Mitchell's Teas Tree Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo as their top pick in the 2009 issue. Priced well at about $11, this shampoo adds volume at the roots.
Elle Magazine dubbed Danilo - the guy who gives Gwen Stefani big hair - "The Body Builder." A celeb stylist for the past 15 years, Danilo is known for creating voluminous red carpet hair. According to Danilo (in Elle), up to 40% of hair's total volume can be achieved in the shower and Phyto is his shampoo choice. For best results pair a volume shampoo with a volume conditioner. Danilo says they build on top of each other.
Another excellent volume shampoo is Bumble & Bumble Thickening Shampoo
Molly Sims said in Marie Claire magazine that she loves this dry shampoo for building body and disguising dark roots. Dry shampoos (a cheaper version is baby powder) are great for building body.
Another great dry volumizer: Stila hair refresher
This inexpensive mousse works great to add volume to fine hair. Apply a tennis-ball sized amount to roots and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. The volumizer is activated by the heat from your blowdryer.