October 2, 2013
If you're dying for luxurious waves this fall but don't know how to get that extra boost in your hair, help is on the way. With the right styling methods and beauty products, you'll be able to revitalize your thin hair and amp up its volume to new heights.
Before you jump in the shower, you should give your hair some TLC with a gentle scalp massage using only the pads of your fingers.
"Palpating the scalp increases blood flow and kick-starts the exfoliation of pores that harbor excess sebum," trichologist Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips told Yahoo! Shine.
Once you're in the shower, try using a shampoo and conditioner with rice or wheat protein to expand the diameter of your hair shafts. If you can't find a product with those ingredients, then opt for a clear shampoo intended to give a volume boost, such as the Steiner Abundance Intense Volumizing Shampoo, instead of a creamy one.
A light conditioner should only be used on the ends of your hair - putting conditioner on your scalp will flatten thin strands.
Fine hair can look super oily after only one day without washing. When you don't have time for a shower, still make sure to degrease your hair with a dry shampoo or spray so that the oils don't weigh down the strands. Choose a product with a strong sebum-soaking ingredient, such as corn, rice or oat starches.
Need a quick, pick-me-up oil fix? Try blotting your hairline and front layers with portable blotting sheets or a simple paper towel to absorb the sweat.
If your hair keeps hanging limply, experiment with a full-body blow out. After leaving the shower, immediately comb a volumizing mousse through your wet hair. When your hair is only about 20 percent dry, flip your head upside down and begin to blow dry the hair with a boar-bristle brush, directing the warm air to your roots. Once your hair is three-quarters of the way dry, focus on your front layers. For an extra lift, set front sections of your hair in large hot rollers for about 10 minutes.
To spray or not to spray?
When it comes to styling fine hair, you need to be extra careful about the products you use. Instead of a sticky hairspray, try a clear, light volumizing spray, such as the Steiner Abundance Volumizing Spray for Fine Hair, that provides a long-lasting hold without the stiffness. Focus the spray on your dry roots and blow-dry for an extra lift.