Some people seem to be blessed with naturally voluminous hair that bounces effortlessly. Others may deal with limp locks, curls that won’t hold, and flat greasy strands. If you’re struggling to add more volume to your hair, read below for tips on how to enhance your hair with more volume.
1. Cut Your Hair
It may sound counterproductive, but cutting your hair could create more body. Long fine hair can become limp and lay flat. Just cutting a couple of inches off your hair, especially if you have fine or thin hair, can make it look more voluminous.
Layers are another way to add body to fine hair that struggles with volume. They can add dimension and movement but we recommend getting it done by a hair professional. Be careful to not over-layer your hair, as it can leave with a style that is too choppy. Layers should be placed inside the hair, not at the ends and not too close to the roots, to give maximum levels of volume. Bangs can also give the illusion of fullness and can add body to your hair. Consider cutting side-swept bangs, or blunt bangs for an instant boost.
2. Wash and Condition Correctly
Many women struggle to add volume to their hair because they are using the wrong shampoo. Fine hair can quickly look oily and this can only be made worse by badly formulated shampoo. Always choose a product that is formulated towards your hair type, for example, women with fine hair need to avoid creamy shampoos made for thick, coarse hair. Ingredients like vitamins B5, C, E, and sunflower, almond, soybean, and coconut oils are fantastic at adding volume to even the finest strands of hair.
Many women with fine hair experience greasy roots, while shampoo can reduce the oiliness, your ends will still likely need to stay conditioned. Every woman will experiment until they find the right washing routine for their hair. We recommend only conditioning the bottom two-thirds of your hair and not using shampoo on the ends. If you condition your scalp, you will only weigh and flatten the hair down even further.
Applying conditioner to your hair before shampooing may seem a little unorthodox, but it can help create voluminous hair. Although conditioner nourishes hair, it can also weigh it down. Shampooing after applying conditioner will remove any heavy residues and leave your hair feeling clean and bouncy.
3. Invest in Hair Quality Extensions
When applied correctly, hair extensions are a fantastic way of making your hair appear thicker. Celebrities have been using extensions for years to ensure their hair appears thick and voluminous. Many people just think of adding extensions for length, but they also can add volume to give the illusion of natural thick locks.
We advise never going more than 4 inches longer than your own hair, extensions should look natural when adding volume and not weigh too heavily on the head. Concealed within your own natural hair, extensions can be your go-to volume boosters.
4. Change Your Diet
Just like skin, the condition of your hair can be an outward sign of your inside health. Although a balanced diet should maintain hair growth, there are some foods that are especially beneficial to adding volume to your locks:
- Mango provides the mineral silica, a component of connective tissue that helps to strengthen hair and promote hair growth.
- Foods derived from soy are thought to mimic the formation of a hormone called dihydrotestosterone, an imbalance of which is thought to lead to hair loss.
- Eggs are full of protein and will boost collagen production. Your hair strands are surrounded by collagen, but as we age it breaks down and makes our hair more vulnerable to breaking.
- Kelp features nutrients like iron and the amino acid l-lysine, a deficiency in both can impact hair loss. Figs, dried fruit, and berries also are a fantastic source of iron and encourage shiny thick locks.
- Flax seeds are high in omega-3 and help nourish hair, preventing it from becoming weak and dry.
- Pumpkin seeds are rich in protein and zinc, which supports cellular reproduction and promotes hair growth.
- Avocados supply vitamin E, which increases oxygen uptake. This will promote circulation to the scalp.
- Experts also recommend cooking with coconut and olive oil; avoiding coffee, alcohol, and tobacco.
5. Style Your Hair For More Volume
How you style your hair is one of the main ways to get voluminous hair.
Adding a lift to your scalp can immediately create the illusion of thicker hair. Lightly blow-dry your hair until it’s slightly damp, before applying a volumizing product to the roots. This should set the lift created when drying it and prevent the hair from sticking to the scalp. You can also use a curling iron or roller set at the roots, but be sure to use a heat protector first.
Sometimes something as simple as moving your parting can immediately make your hair look more voluminous. After years of being flattened in the same direction, a quick flip can help lift your roots and give the illusion of more body and volume.
Modern volumizing products are a fantastic way of boosting your volume and helping your hairstyle stay looking great for longer. Volumizing products come in a range of formulas, choose lighter options like mousses, sprays, and gels over heavier creams and waxes.
In general, the less heat you use to style your hair, the better. Heat can make your hair feel brittle and dry, which will lead to breakage. Air dry your hair as much as possible or use a low temperature. When possible avoid using hot tools or use the low-temperature setting.
When it comes to using a hairbrush, skip those round metal brushes because they can heat up and damage your hair when blow-drying. Hard plastic bristles can also snag and break fine, thin strands of hair. We recommend choosing a brush made of flexible nylon or natural boar bristles as they will glide through your hair with ease.
If nature gave you thin hair, it can be hard work trying to give it volume and keep it styled throughout the day.