Pump Up The Volume: Dealing With Thin/Fine Hair

Having thin or fine hair can be frustrating. Most women with this hair type have to deal with limp, lifeless hair and if your tresses are thinning or sparse, that can make matters even worse. Just short of adding extensions, there are some ways you can get more life and volume into your hair and work with what you have instead of wishing for what you don’t have.

One of the easiest ways to get more volume into your hair is by purchasing the right products. With the advancement of technology and hair care know-how, there are tons of hair products on the market that are designed specifically for pumping hair up and giving off the appearance of volume. These items are known as hair thickeners. There are whole lines of hair thickening products available, such as shampoos, conditioners, and styling sprays. When using hair thickening products opt for lightweight formulas that won’t weigh your hair down like gels do. Also, avoid hair products that contain silicone for shine – all it will do is flatten your hair over time. Any hair product that is considered a polisher, wax or molding mud will give your hair a limp, greasy and matted down appearance, making your fine hair even more noticeable. A good quality root volumizer and lightweight mousse are great additions to your hair care arsenal.

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Aside from hair products you can make your fine or thin hair work in your favor with the right haircut and style. If you’re feeling daring, you can pull off a cropped cut, which is a short, tapered style. This particular haircut is great for drawing attention to the eyes. Bob hairstyles are ideal for making thin or fine hair appear more voluminous. Long bobs work for heart-shaped faces, while short bobs look good on oval face shapes. Layers can add some volume to thin hair and work well with virtually any hair length. Chop cuts are the same as a bob except that the ends are irregular. This change serves to add dimension. Asymmetric hairstyles also have the ability to create the illusion of more hair.

The way you style your hair is also important to add much-needed volume. Humidity is one quick way to ruin thin hair. After washing your hair, dry your tresses as best as you can and then add your favorite hairspray or lightweight mousse and apply it to your hair. While blow drying uses a round brush to lift and dry the roots first and work your way down to the ends. Once your hair is completely dry, use the same mousse or lightweight hairspray and apply it to your fingers and rub onto your ends. This will act as a holding spray that will ward off any humidity and keep your hair in top condition. Blow drying your hair from the roots while brushing it straight up creates a natural lift in volume to make this a common practice after washing and conditioning. Another hair care secret for thin hair types is to make sure your tresses are as dry as possible before applying style products. This will help it look fuller and hold your favorite style.

Natural Conditioner Recipes

You treat your mouth in the kitchen, why not your hair? An easy, fun, and healthy way to pamper and nourish your hair is to use home remedies that can be thrown together in the kitchen with very little fuss. With all of the harmful chemical additives made in labs these days permeating a large number of popular products, these recipes are a great choice if you feel like you shouldn’t be putting a science experiment on your hair! Nature provides everything we need to slather on our hair to make it more shiny, soft, and luxurious.

The next time you are going through your cabinets and your fridge thinking about what to do with your frizz, consider implementing one of these tempting treatments:

Sage Pre-Wash Conditioning Treatment

Steep 9 crushed sage leaves in water, tightly covered, for 30 minutes. Strain and reserve the water. Add 1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil and 1 tablespoon of lavender oil. Mix and put in a dark colored bottle.
Before washing and when hair is damp, apply a small amount on your hair and scalp. Wrap with a towel and leave on for 45 minutes to an hour. Shampoo & condition as usual.

Sage is known for its conditioning effect on hair, and it is a powerful tonic making it a smart choice for thinning or graying hair. If your hair is suffering from severe split ends, rub some of the wash into the ends of your hair directly after your shower before towel drying.

Molasses Moisture Hair Wrap

An easy molasses treatment may be messy but will add shine and moisture to damaged hair. Apply ½ cup molasses directly onto damp hair and work into the scalp. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let it work for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, and shampoo and condition as usual.

Avocado Dry Hair Treatment

This recipe combines the moisturizing effects of avocado with the hydrating and conditioning powers of egg yolk and olive oil to provide luxurious locks.

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Mash one peeled and pitted avocado with 1 cup of olive oil and 2 egg yolks. Massage gently into scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and let it work for at least 20 minutes. Shampoo and condition as usual.

Yogurt & Henna Conditioner for Brittle Hair

Combine ¼ cup of colorless henna powder with ½ cup plain yogurt. Apply the mixture to hair after shampooing, and leave on covered with a shower cap or plastic wrap for at least 20 minutes. Rinse, dry, and style as usual.

Be sure to use colorless henna for this treatment unless you want to dye it the color of the henna you use. Other than neutral henna, henna is commonly used in natural hair dye treatments for dark brown hair. Henna is a great conditioner, it evenly coats the hair follicle with a seal that helps lock in the hair’s natural oils and moisture. The hair’s cuticles are also tightened, giving the hair more shine. This treatment should not be used if your hair is colored or chemically treated in any way.