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If you have fine hair, you know the struggle is real. No matter how much product you use or how much blow drying you do, it’s near impossible to transform your limp locks into a thick mane.
There are a few reasons for your skinny strands — genes, hormones or too much styling — and though your situation might seem helpless, the good news is that it’s still possible to achieve bombshell volume to your hair.
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1. Eat Your Greens
Healthy hair starts from the inside, out. Just like your body, your hair needs vitamins, minerals and protein to stay healthy. Nosh on foods rich in iron, biotin and zinc, like lean meats, fish, nuts and tofu, as well as dark leafy greens and beans, which all promote healthy hair growth.
2. Massage Your Scalp
Massaging your scalp not only feels soooooo good, but it’s also super good for hair growth. Hair follicles need circulation to help grow, and taking the time to massage your scalp while in the shower is the perfect — and most relaxing — way to do it. Rub your scalp with a hair treatment oil for a few minutes before you shampoo, and enjoy!
3. Don’t Brush Too Much
Brushing your hair too much can actually make your locks more limp than usual. Which is why you want to use mostly your fingers while blow drying before you reach for your round brush. Also, adding a diffuser to your dryer will help plump up your tresses, too.
4. Choose the Right Products
A girl with fine hair needs to make sure she’s using the perfect products. Definitely use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner (we like Organix Thick & Full Biotin and Collagen Shampoo and Conditioner), as well as a root lift spray, like Living Proof’s Full Root Lift, and a volumizing finisher, like Bed Head’s Motor Mouth Mega Volumizer with Gloss.
5. Apply Products Properly
It might make sense to apply hair products at the root of your hair, but that’s not the case for fine hair girls. Beauty experts advice that, except for root lift spray, you should never apply products to the root first. Instead, start from the bottom of your strands and work your way up. This way the product will be absorbed more at the bottom and won’t weigh your hair down.
6. Layer it Up
In terms of the best haircut for your strands, adding layers will basically change your life. Long, one-length hair will make fine hair look finer and flatter, while layers add texture and volume. Going short, or at least lob-length, is also super flattering because it won’t drag your hair down.