Fed up of fine, flat hair? Do you dream of having a big bouncy barnet like Adele? I feel your pain, sister. I too have been afflicted with the curse of naturally limp locks. It doesn’t have to be this way however.
Over the years I’ve picked up loads of great tips from stylists, magazines and from personal experimentation, all in the quest for fuller, thicker hair, and I’d like to share them with you here. All it takes is a little knowhow and you can boost your fine hair in ways that might surprise you.
1. Dye your hair – Although it might not be the first thing you’d think of, dying your hair actually does provide a temporary lift to the hair. This is because the chemicals in the dye swell the root shaft of your hair to up to three times its original size. This only works with permanent hair dye however, and it does only have a temporary effect. Another, more permanent way that dye can make your hair appear fuller is if you opt for a multi-tonal effect – highlights and lowlights will create the illusion of depth in your hair.
2. Volumising products – you know the ones – you’ve probably seen them advertised on TV. But do they actually work? Well, yes, but the effect may not last all day, and you may find that nature will take its course and a few hours later your hair will be flat again. To get the most out of your products, combine them with a good blow-dry. Which leads me on to the next point.
3. Blow it right – a good blow-dry is one of the best things you can do to volumise your hair. To give your hair some mighty oomph, try this. First, use a volumising product on the hair, such as a mousse or root-boosting spray. Now, tip your head forwards and blast your hair upside down. When your hair is about 70% dry, get out a big round barrel brush and dry your hair in sections from the roots to the tips, curling it around the brush. This will give your hair a full look. Make sure you ‘set’ the look by finishing off with a blast of cold air from your hairdryer and some hairspray. If you want a more ‘undone’ look or wavy look, a diffuser is a good option. Scrunch dry your hair as you dry it from beneath to give it a little lift.
4. Get it cut – The right cut can really help in your quest for thicker hair. Have a chat with your stylist to see what would work for you. But generally, getting your hair cut shorter will give it more lift. This is because the hair will have less of its own weight pulling it down. If you want to keep your long hair try having some layers cut in as these will add body and movement to your hair.
5. Wave it baby – Waves and curls are not only bang-on in the fashion stakes, they’re also a good way to give your hair more body. Use a curling wand or crimping irons to get the waves or curls you crave. If you fancy a beachy, effortless look, try spraying your wet hair with salt spray and then leave it to dry naturally. This will add volume, bring out your natural wave and give your hair a textured look perfect for summer!
6. Extensions – If all else fails, you can always cheat. Extensions are a well-known way of making fine hair thicker, and are popular with celebrities, such as Cheryl Cole. Make sure you do your research and go for good quality natural hair extensions at a reputable salon. Good hair extensions can be expensive with prices ranging anywhere from £100 to £1000, but are well worth it if you’re serious about having seriously big hair.