For those of us with thin, fine strands getting plump, voluminous hair is a challenge. Our delicate fibers are susceptible to heat damage, easily weighed down by styling products, and prone to collapsing in inclement weather. Despite these challenges it is possible to get full, fluffy strands with even the finest of hair textures. Learn the secrets in the style notes. –– Laura Martin
1. Keep length above the shoulders. Longer hair is finer at the ends, and harder to keep healthy. Cutting off a few inches can have a dramatic effect.
2. Forgo layers. For those with thick, heavy strands, layers are the perfect way to add volume, but for those of us with fine hair they just remove weight where we need it, making ends look thinner and encouraging flyaways.
3. Add bangs. A blunt fringe will give your fine strands a thick edge, making your entire head look thicker and fuller.
4. Use protective thickening lotion. This product is my go-to. It plumps individual strands, prevents damage, protects hair from sun and humidity, and adds shine. Best of all, it’s almost impossible to over-use.
5. Go for medium tones. Bright blondes are damaging and make hair look thinner. Dark browns can create an unflattering contrast with the scalp. Light brown and dark blond hues are best for adding visual fullness.
6. Keep color dimensional. Adding a few highlights or lowlights will create depth, making strands look fuller.
7. Use less heat. This isn’t an instant fix, but the less heat styling you subject your hair too, the less breakage you’ll have, resulting in thicker, fuller locks.
Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA. Follow her inspirations on twitter.