Is your thin hair lacking the extra oomph that thick-haired girls take for granted? Unfortunate, but understandable. Haircare is not a one-size-fits-all application, and the tips and tricks your full-haired sisters swear by may not deliver the same results on your finer hair. In fact, Matrix celebrity stylist George Papanikolas says there’s one major mistake women with thin hair make, and it’s undoing all of your best efforts for beautiful, voluminous hair. We're certain you will want to know what it is.
The blunder? You’re likely using too much product.
“A little root lifter or volumizer like Matrix Biolage Volumebloom Rootlift Volumizer Spray (£13) can go a long way with fine hair,” Papanikolas says. When applying a product, start by cutting the recommended amount in half. It’s always easier to add more if you need it. “But using too much just weighs it all down.” And this mistake doesn’t apply to styling products alone—you can go overboard with your haircare too. Papanikolas says with thin hair, you can either skip conditioner or use just a tiny bit on the ends—just don’t go any higher. “Using conditioner on your roots adds weight and makes hair flat.”
Your styling technique isn't helping either
Another culprit to keep in mind? Watch out for your blow-drying technique or you could end up counteracting everything you just fixed. “You need to round brush your roots away from your head to get extra lift,” Papanikolas says. If you don’t use the right tools to blow it out, you will get flat hair.
Your haircut could be working against you too
Lastly, Papanikolas added that even if you’re doing everything right, your actual haircut could be setting you up for a letdown. “Thin hair should be kept at shoulder-length or shorter with very little layering to maintain bounce and shape,” Papanikolas says. “Keeping it too long looks ratty, and having too many layers can make it look stringy.”
So where do we go from here? Keep scrolling to discover five root-lifting products your fine hair will love.
Don't worry—it's not too late to amend your mistakes. Switch up your styling and your fine hair will reap the benefits shortly.