The exquisite Erika from Makeup Bag (the greatest beauty blog EVER) sent in some incredible tips for dealing with fine hair.
I have super fine, limp hair and am always looking for ways to add volume. For fine hair like mine, the BEST TRICK EVER is you must apply product (my favorite is the Amplify Volumizing System by Matrix) and blow-dry hair while it’s sopping wet. After I get out of the shower, I only let my hair air-dry for MAX five minutes otherwise it will be flat and sad and likely require a pony tail. With shower-wet hair, I’m able to create a style with my blow-dryer that is full of volume and stays all day.
Another quick way to achieve volume is with a waver. If my morning is crazy and my hair ends up air-drying before I can get to the blow-dryer, I’ll just use a waver to create fast, easy waves. I’ll even crimp a few strands before throwing my hair in a ponytail to add a little glamour to my boring style.
Fine hair is easily weighed down so steer clear of too-rich deep conditioners and super long layers. I find that two inches below the collarbone is as long as I can go without the weight of my hair leaving me limp and flat. Also, use product sparingly. You’ll need to play around to find the right amount for your hair but too much product is as bad as no product at all for us fine-haired friends.
Thanks, Erika! I’m sure these tips will come in handy for many tress-obsessed ladies.
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ShawnaJuly 17, 2009 at 7:45 am
I have fine hair too, and I totally agree that it has to be blown dry from a sopping wet state. I always regret it if I let it air dry too long.
I NEVER even THOUGHT about using a waver, assuming that it would only really be effective on thicker, longer, more texturized hair (3 things which my hair is way NOT). I’ll definitely have to try it!
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kristenJuly 17, 2009 at 8:07 am
I have super fine hair and I can’t wait to try this product!
ChiadaJuly 17, 2009 at 9:45 am
My hair is a weird combo of fine, limp, and straight in the front and thicker/wavy in the back. When I want to just wash & go and wear my hair a bit wavy and natural, I like to whip out my waver (the same one that is linked) and just quickly wave the top front sections that are baby fine and straight. That way all my hair looks wavy. Plus, the longer my hair gets, the more that is straight from the scalp down. What I mean is that the first 6 inches or so are pretty straight, but then the rest of it down to the bottom is wavy. Very annoying! So I just wave the top section and blend it with the bottom. This gives me overall wave and more bounce & body on top.
katJuly 17, 2009 at 10:51 am
How does a hair waver work?
ChiadaJuly 17, 2009 at 5:35 pm
It’s like a crimping iron except it has 3 barrells that create a wave pattern.
bristaJuly 18, 2009 at 9:52 pm
I was about to ask the same quesiton, Kat!
LindseyJuly 21, 2009 at 8:12 am
This was so helpful and I’m interested in the waver as well….what does the end result look like when you use it?
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LiMei76April 4, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Ever since I was a little kid I have suffered with fine hair. I really hate it. It is hard for me to hold a curl and mousse does not really make a difference, but a good shampoo can make that difference. I found that with the Volume products from Shielo Haircare.
I initially liked Shielos Volume Shampoo because it smells absolutely wonderful! Then I saw the price and I was sold.
That is when I get the best results. I have tried other shampoos that are comparable to this one and they do not add up. I can honestly tell a difference with this shampoo. It is also great for little kids. Sometimes when I am out of my daughters shampoo I let her use this. Although it is not tear free it is four year old friendly. I will continue to purchase this in the future and would suggest it to others.