I have flat, straight, fine, and thin hair, that falls flat no matter what I do. It’s long and has no volume whatsoever. How should I style my hair and how do I make curls stay? I also don’t want to damage my hair, and because it’s thin it gets damaged really easily.
Does anyone have any tips do deal with this?
I sure do! I reached out to a hair stylist friend of mine to see what tips he had to add some much-needed volume to your fine flat hair…
Get a good cut
The biggest tip that allowed me to curl my hair and have it stay for more than a nanosecond was to get a good haircut that brings up the length a bit and adds some body-building layers. You mention you had long hair and that’s often the biggest issue with flat hair: it’s weighed down by its own length.
Get thee to a solid stylist and see what cut they recommend to keep most of your length but reduce the bulk so it can retain some style and body.
Blow-dry upside down
If you’re one who blow-dries, you can use it to blow dry your hair in the opposite direction you want it to lay. This means either upside down or in the opposite direction of your part. This will add body, especially when paired with root-boosting products.
Pro tip: change up your part! If your hair is used to being parted in the same spot, changing the part can add volume using the same science as blow-drying upside down.
Use a root booster on wet hair
Root boosting products help build volume and thicken at the base of your hair. These usually come in liquid or mousse formulas. Here are a few favorites to try:
Use rollers or clips
Hot rollers and curling irons can totally add some life to flat hair. Hot rollers allow curls to heat up and then cool off, locking in body. And curling irons can be used in conjunction with clips for the same effect. Just heat up the curl, keep it wrapped in your hand, and clip it to let it cool.
Make sure you’re curling the hair from the root so that it’s lifted up. Otherwise the rollers are just pulling your hair down and making it flatter.
These rollers are amazing:
Utilize dry shampoo and hair powders
Dry shampoos and powders do more than de-oil your scalp. They can add texture, bulk, and body by reducing the oil on your scalp that can weigh it down. Flip your hair upside down and focus on the roots for maximum root boosting. Powders are a little more dry and are more precise in their application whereas spray powders can be used for an overall style refresh.
Some to try…
Clarify hair regularly
When it comes to weighing hair down, products can totally help, but they can also cause build-up, negating their effects. So make sure you’re clarifying your hair on the regular to keep it free of gunk and build-up.
If your hair is curly or drier, only use a clarifying shampoo a couple of times a month, max. For finer, more oily hair, use it up to once a week. Here are a few solid clarifying shampoos or give DIY a try!