How to add volume to thin, flat hair
Thick, lustrous hair — some women have it naturally. Fortunately, you don’t have to let nature leave you longing for lovely locks. Knowledge is a great equalizer. Get gorgeous hair with a few simple tricks.
"C's" the day: cut and coloring are crucial
Add more bang to your look with bangs. They make your hair appear fuller and thicker. This is especially true if you have full hair in front and thin hair up top. Color the hair beneath your bangs two shades darker to make your hair look even fuller. Keep the bottom layer of your hair — from the middle of your head down to your nape — slightly darker than the rest can help you create depth and the illusion of thickness.
If you want more than an effect of fullness, highlights are your solution. The bleach swells hair shafts, making your hair fuller. Plus, a mix of shades gives an appearance of density.
If coloring is not in the cards, layers can deliver fullness. Keep your hair’s lower layers one inch shorter than its top layers to create the effect.
There’s a shorter route to fullness. To get there, keep you hair shoulder-length. This will make it easier to style and volumize it.
Styling helps you pump up the volume
While creams and heavy gels weigh hair down, a thickening mousse can deliver fullness. Squirt a golf ball-size amount of mousse into your palm, then rake the mousse through your roots. Comb through until it’s evenly distributed.
Once you’ve applied mousse, let your hair air-dry nearly all the way. Then blow dry as you use a round brush to lift your hair’s roots and create volume. Flip your head to either side as you rough-dry your hair with your hands. Then style with a round brush, pulling each section out to the side and drying at a 90-degree angle.
Hair care with flair
The right hair style and color is only half the battle. The other half is choosing the right styling products. Here are some great hair care products that can bring volume to your hair:
Ouai Volumizing Spray
This lightweight body-building mist that adds long-lasting volume to fine, flat hair.
VERB Volume Texture Powder
This texturizing powder that "puffs" to deliver instant, concentrated volume at the root, making it perfect for fine, thin, or flat hair to create lifted, full styles.
Moroccanoil Volumizing Mist
This lightweight mist that builds long-lasting volume and bounce with no tacky after feel while strengthening and lifting hair from the root.
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
This concentrated formula is designed to support hair health so that it looks thicker, denser, fuller, and healthier.
Keratin Complex Lift Off Root Amplifying Styling Gel
This formula gives you voluminous waves and smooths out frizz.
TRESemmé Max Volume Styling Cream
Perfect if you have fine hair, the amazingly affordable formula is infused with wheat amino acids. These help to plump up your strands on contact.
Eufora Full Effect Dry Texturizing Spray
Infused with chamomile, aloe vera, and essential oils, this spray hydrates your hair while volumizing it.
Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Hair Volumizing Spray
Made with 98 percent naturally derived ingredients, this styling spray enhances volume and fullness without dulling, sticky, or stiff after effects.
Nothing "locks" in full, sexy hair like the right style–product combo
As you can see, thick, lustrous hair is all about finding the right style and product combination that works for you. After all, great hair is like greatness itself. If you weren't born with it, you can work to achieve it. Follow these tips for voluminous locks, on demand.