Beauty tips | How to add more body and volume to thin and fine hair: six tips for better and bigger hair

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This is what the hair of my dreams looks like: thick, full, shiny and with lots of volume.

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My celebrity hair crush: Kate Beckinsale

And this is what my own hair looks like: fine, thin and lifeless.

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Picture from January 2013

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never have an impressive head of hair like Kate Beckinsale. I mean, you can’t bake a pile of pancakes with just one egg either. But you can bake a delicious sunny-side up egg with it, and with the right seasoning and a few extra ingredients it can taste just as good as a big fat pancake. I had a sunny-side up egg this morning while I was actually craving pancakes, hence the comparison ;-) Anyway, back to the hair! I have learned that there is a hope for unlucky birds with fine and thin hair like me. Not that I have found a magic way to suddenly turn thin hair into full locks, but I did discover that there are a few things that people with hair like me can do (or shouldn’t do) to make their hair look better and fuller. Today I am giving you my six best tips to add more body and volume to fine and thin hair. Ready? Here we go!

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Click to enlarge | From left to right: Syoss Silicone-Free Repair & Fullness Shampoo – L’Oreal Pro-Keratin Refill mask – L’Oreal Elsève Volume Collagen rootlifter spray

1. Switch shampoos

Get rid of your ultra-nourishing shampoos and conditioners, because the intensely hydrating ingredients in them all stick to your hair. This will weigh thin and fine hair down, and as a result will make it look flat and will take away its volume. Instead look for light-weight shampoos that contain proteins like keratin and that have volumizing ingredients that can penetrate the hair. This can really make the hair thicker from the inside out and can make it look fuller.

Shampoo tip: Syoss Silicone-Free Repair & Fullness shampoo

2. Use clarifying shampoo

Over time, shampoo, styling products, dirt and oil all build up on your scalp and around your roots. This will make your hair heavier and will make it look flat and without volume. That’s why it is a good idea to use a special clarifying shampoo every once in a while to remove all that build up. If you don’t want to invest in yet another hair product, then you can just shampoo your hair twice instead of just once, while really focusing on massaging the product into your scalp. This will make your scalp and roots clean and light, and will give your hair more volume.

3. Don’t go too crazy with conditioner

Conditioning your hair is important and it’s okay to use an intensely nourishing conditioner, but if you have thin and fine hair it’s important that you only use it on the ends. So try to stay away from the lengths and especially from the roots. And don’t go near your roots with hair masks either, because that is exactly where the volume of your hair is created.

Hair mask tip: L’Oreal Pro-Keratin Refill masker

4. Know how to use your styling products

Styling products can weigh down your hair and can make it look glued to your head. And I assume that that is not exactly the look you are going for. That’s why it is important to only use styling products on your roots and not the on the lengths and the ends. Also, most styling products don’t do much good (on the contrary even) unless you activate them with heat, so if you’d rather let your hair air dry, then I suggest you don’t use any styling products at all. Remember, the idea is to keep your hair as light as possible.

Styling tip: L’Oreal Elsève Volume Collagen Rootlifter spray

5. Stop touching your hair

This will transfer oil, dirt and whatever else is on your hands (for example hand cream) onto your hair which will – say it all together now – weigh it down. So try not to run your fingers through your hair all the time and just stop touching it. I know habits like these are hard to get rid of, but it will pay off in the end.

6. Experiment with different hair styles

A mid section, straight bangs, sweepy bangs, a side parting on the left or on the right, using hair clips,… All these things can really influence how full your hair looks. So experiment with different styles and try to find out what makes your hair look the fullest.

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My hair now.

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By changing my hair care routine a bit and by taking these six tips in consideration I have managed to make my sad-looking fine thin hair look a lot better. Look, that is, because of course I could never actually really make it fuller. I can’t magically increase the number of hairs on my head. It’s just the way I treat and style them that makes the difference. If you really want a fuller head of hair, then you will have to resort to using extensions. But I promise you that if you just follow these six tips you will already see a considerable improvement. Good luck!

What kind of hair type do you have? What is your best tip to add volume to thin and fine hair?

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