Struggling with flat, lifeless dull hair can be a point of frustration for many women – especially when hair products claiming to “pump up” your hair’s volume only weigh down your tresses further. To make matters worse, hair seems to only flatten more throughout the day – save for those high humidity situations when your locks twist themselves into a heap of frizz. Luckily, there are a few easy methods to add height and shape to thin, finely textured hair.
Shampoo less. If your first reaction is “Eww!” then you’re definitely not alone. We’re conditioned (no pun intended) to believe we must wash our hair every single day. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Shampooing too often strips your hair of natural oils and leaves it flat and dry. Instead, shampoo every other day. If you really feel that your hair needs some clarifying in between washes, wash with conditioner. This will give your hair a soft, touchable feeling without that dreaded product build-up.
Use a tourmaline round bush to blow dry. Blowing out your hair immediately after you shower will add instant body, and tourmaline brushes like the iTech Magnetic Bristle Brush ($12 – $22) add additional shine. For best results, attach a diffuser to the end of your blow dryer. Clip all of your hair on top of your head and blow dry in small sections starting with the bottom layers.
Tease lightly. Many people instantly recoil at the mere mention of teasing, but it’s actually extremely effective and will not necessarily cause any damage as long as you condition regularly. Pull up sections of your hair around the crown of your head and backcomb underneath using a teasing comb or small brush. Then, use a soft-bristled brush to smooth out the layer on top. For added staying power, spray a mist of hairspray at the roots and blow dry for 15 to 20 seconds. This simple trick should provide you with sexy volume that lasts all day.