Fine hair can be frustrating. Too little product and hair looks limp, yet too much product and hair looks, well, limp. Thin hair is prone to looking flyaway but also a little, dare we say it, lank too. So we called on hairdressers in London and over in Los Angeles to share the mistakes to avoid and the styling tricks to employ. From the hair length to veto and the cut to try, to the products every fine-haired girl should own we've got you covered. Trust us, you'll never have an LHD again—that's "limp hair day," by the way.
Keep reading for the 11 tips that will transform your tresses.
#1: Pick the right products
#2: Double up on your shampoo
Meanwhile, Jen Atkin suggests using two shampoos: "A volumising one at the roots and a moisturising one on the ends. Avoid using conditioner at all on the scalp, and instead focus mostly on the ends."
#3: Play with your parting
"Don't comb your hair in a neat parting—try to keep the parting messier and directed back over the crown—and don't grow hair too long," says Scott Ade of Larry King salon. "Invest in a good haircut; you can't get away with a bad haircut on fine hair!"
#4: Opt for blunt ends
"Lots of layers will make hair look thinner. Try to keep the ends blunt with some slicing to give some texture—the shorter the hair the thicker is it," explains Jonny Long at Lockonego.
#5: Go slightly darker
"The lighter your hair, the thinner it can look. For blondes, one block colour can make hair look one dimensional and thin. Have darker blonde colour added through the hair, which acts as an optical illusion and gives a 3D colour effect," advises Jack Howard at Paul Edmonds London for L'Oréal Professionnel.
#6: Hack your blowdry
For fine hair, it's actually very simple: Less is more. Stick to volumising mists at the roots and a little hair spray for hold. Don't have the time, patience or know-how to try a salon-style blow-dry at home? Atkin recommends this instead: "Prior to styling, spray in a mist like Christophe Robin Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water (£32), and using your hands, blow-dry your hair upside down for maximum volume, or use a diffuser to bring out a natural wave pattern."
#7: Go steady with the brush
The thing is too much brushwork can make fine hair limp. Dry your hair at least 90% with your hands before going at it with your round brush if needed. "Lift your roots prior to styling with a brush," says Ade. "Using a comb or vent brush, lift the roots of your hair whilst drying to give a good voluminous foundation."
#8: Focus styling products on the roots
Use products just in the root area such as Redken Rootful & Thickening Lotion 09 (£13) so it doesn't weigh down the rest of the hair.
#9: Seal in the volume
"Once you have achieved the volume you want, it's important to seal it in. Finish every blow-dry with a cold blast of air. Use product to maintain the volume such as our Big Bold and Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray (£12). If you're tonging the hair, it is essential to let each section cool before running your hands or a brush through it so that the style can set; otherwise you'll undo all your good work, and your hair will look flat," says Paul Percival, co-founder of Percy & Reed.
#10: Avoid silicones
"Silicones in products tend to weigh the hair down; try a great silicon-free volumising range like Pureology Clean Volume," recommends Long. "It will swell the cuticle and make hair look thicker and voluminous."
#11: Apply hairspray with care
"Don't spray hair spray directly onto hair. Top tip: Spray L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium (£12) into a brush or comb, and brush in at the root outwards to give extra lift," says Reed.
Next up, how to make your curls last all day.
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