Fine hair is one of the most common hair types, and by its very nature is slightly more high maintenance that thicker, fuller locks. The good news is there are tools, products and techniques to fake that voluminous look.
Here’s our round-up of the best volume-boosting products that can give fine, limp locks some ‘oomph’…
A healthy hair treatment
This root and scalp treatment contains 18 active botanicals to not only give volume, but to also nourish hair to reduce and prevent shedding, and encourage healthy hair growth. Less is more with this tonic – simply part hair down the middle, and down each side, spray the complex into the partings, massage in and style as normal.
Swell Root Nutrient Complex, £32
The volume shampoo
Getting hair clean can often mean weighing it down, but this clever shampoo removes impurities while maintaining the hair’s lipid layer – making it bouncier at the root. Plus it’s silicone, paraben and colourant free so nothing shines through but your hair health.
Kerastase Cristalliste Bain Cristeal Cheveux Fins, £13.40
A boost from the roots
Getting that boost into fine roots can be a challenge, but spritz this generously into yours then blast with some heat – to activate the thickening proteins – for hair that’ll have a little more sturdiness and less flyaway.
Nanogen Root Boost Hair Thickening Spray, £12.95
For an instant uplift
Microscopic electrostatically charged fibres stick to your hair to give a fuller, thicker feel. Colour match to your nearest shade and the effect is instantly thicker-looking hair. And don’t worry about those fibres blowing away in a blustering wind, they won’t budge until you wash them out.
Viviscal Hair Thickening Fibres, £14.99
Volume in a can
When your hair is fine washing it too often can actually make the situation worse, as it can render it limp and lacklustre. Uses dry shampoo to extend hair between washes can give it the guts and grip that gives the appearance of hair that’s fuller and thicker. This dry shampoo adds real ‘oomph’ into the roots, and takes out the slip and smoothness of fine, thinning hair.
Batiste Stylist Oomph My Locks XXL Volume Spray, £4.29
Create a thicker looking hairline
Designed to cover any greys that may be creeping through between visits to the colourist, but by covering the roots with a solid colour you can give the illusion of a thicker hairline too. The trick with these is to not hold the nozzle too close to the scalp so the finish is natural and believable, not painted on.
L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray, £8.99
For volume & hold
Add grit, grip and thickness to your hair in the simplest way. Section off towel dried hair, spritz each section with a generous dose and style as normal. Wheat protein moisturises and repairs hair, while the spray also adds hold and volume so hair doesn’t fall fine and limp.
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray, £9.50