How to Add Volume to Thin Hair
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Fine or thin hair can be challenging to style, often appearing limp and lacking volume. To combat this, start with the right products and techniques. 

Volumizing Your Fine Thin Hair

Dealing with fine and thin hair might be troublesome if you don't know where to start. Here are some expert-recommended tips to help you add volume to your thin hair.

Tip 1 | Tease

Teasing your roots can be a game-changer for adding volume to fine or thin hair. Start by spritzing your roots with a volumizing spray or dry shampoo for texture. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, gently backcomb sections of hair at the roots. Focus on areas where you want extra lift, like the crown. Smooth over the teased sections with a comb, and finish with hairspray for hold. Just remember, tease sparingly to avoid damage.

Tip 2 | Blow Dry

When aiming for volume while blow-drying fine or thin hair, your technique and tools are key. Using a round brush can create a fuller appearance. For tools, experts recommend the GHD Helios Dryer with a Mason Pearson brush for shortcuts or the GHD Duet Style for sleek results. For added volume, try blow drying your hair upside down to lift the roots and create overall volume.

Tip 3 | Haircut

When looking to add volume to fine or thin hair, a good haircut can make all the difference. Discuss with your hairstylist which cut would suit your hair type best. 

The shag haircut, with its many layers, removes weight from hair, adding body and movement. This is ideal for curly or wavy fine hair. Long hair can weigh down roots, making them appear flat. A lob haircut keeps some length without the extra weight. Whether full or side-swept, bangs can make hair look thicker by pulling more hair towards the front to frame the face.

Layers can be beneficial for adding texture, depth, and movement to fine hair, but excessive layering should be avoided as it can lead to thinning. Opt for subtle face-framing layers and a blunt finish for best results. Additionally, consider mid-length or short cuts to avoid weighing down your hair and lightly layering the hair to enhance texture and volume.

Tip 4 | Shampoos, Conditioners, and Styling Products

To boost volume in fine or thin hair, start with the right shampoo and conditioner. Look for volumizing formulas like Living Proof Full Shampoo, which removes residue and buildup to prep hair for fullness. 

Follow with a lightweight conditioner like Living Proof Full Conditioner to add moisture without weighing hair down. 

For styling, use a root lifting spray and a thickening cream before blow drying. Finish with a texture spray for long-lasting volume and texture. 

Avoid heavy, moisturizing formulas, and shampoo every other day to prevent weighing down your hair. For added volume between washes, use a dry shampoo like Living Proof's Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo.