Every hair type has its own unique struggles when it comes to maintenance and styling — even if your hair is fine. Whether you're obsessively teasing limp strands to get volume, hoarding sea salt texture sprays for body, or fighting the good fight against an oily scalp, there is a process when it comes to making sure your fine hair looks its best. And sometimes for that selfie-worthy crown, you need to layer a few products.
If you're lost on how to work your strands, don't worry — I spoke to three fine-haired Allure staffers who have gotten their hair-care routine for maximum volume and body down pat. Read on to find out what products and methods they use in their everyday routine for amazing hair.
Kaleigh Fasanella, associate editor
I finally took the plunge and cut my hair into a blunt bob, which has drastically changed how full my hair looks and feels. But before my big chop, my chest-grazing strands would easily fall flat, leaving me to rely on volumizers for any form of thickness. Even with my new look, I’ve been loving the Aveda Volumizing Tonic, which I use on freshly-washed hair (always a generous amount).
Once my hair has air-dried most of the way, I spritz in some of Living Proof’s Instant Texture Mist, which adds additional volume as well as some grit to my lackluster strands. And that’s it. Considering I don’t blow-dry my hair, like ever, I’d say this duo serves me pretty damn well. And with the extra length gone, it’s been working even better.
Joelle Hyman, associate visuals editor
I have a lot of hair. It's dense, but it is fine and wavy. I wash it every day (even though I know I probably shouldn't), but there is a method to my madness. In the morning, I shampoo with Evo's Normal People shampoo. It makes my hair feel refreshed, plus it's a little tingly. If my hair hasn't gotten any face oil residue on it from sleeping, I'll do Evo's Normal People conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends. I walk out of my house with wet hair every single day.
For work, I'm okay with having flyaways and humidity-induced volume — it gives my hair character, which it lacks otherwise. After my hair air-dries at work, I'll spray some Kristin Ess dry shampoo at the root and scrunch it around a bit.
If I've been sweating excessively during the day, at night I use the Christophe Robin Volumizing Paste to do a nice, full cleanse. If I just need a light wash, I love Klorane Volume Shampoo With Flax Fiber or NatureLab Tokyo Volumizing Shampoo. I'll alternate those depending on what I used the day before.
When I style my hair to go out at night, I flip my head over and use Ouai's Air Dry Foam. Then, I'll lift my hair up a bit at the roots and spritz on the brand's volumizing spray as well. It gives my natural waves a little lift and more definition. I also like to use the original or Rose hair oil at my part. I am not sponsored by Ouai but would love to be. Jen, call me.
Brittany Theophilus, digital designer
My hair type is oily at the roots and dry at the ends. By 4 p.m., after my afternoon coffee and the NYC summer heat, my hair is in desperate need of some volume. I have very thin hair that generally needs a boost in the height department. After using a volumizing shampoo, (my go-to is Head & Shoulders Volume Boost Hair Shampoo,) I will blow-dry my hair upside down. If my ends are feeling a little dry after styling, I will use a drop of Blow Pro Smooth Weather Girl Pure Anti-Frizz Serum.
Around 4 p.m., the top of my hair can start to fall flat and look a little greasy. For this, I’ll add in some Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo. If I’m really trying to be extra, in addition to dry shampoo, I’ll tease in Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray at my crown.
Sophia Panych, deputy digital beauty director
I have very fine hair, but a lot of it, which according to hairstylists is a good thing, but according to when I look in the mirror, is still a recipe for flat roots, limp waves, and an all-around drowned rat look if I don't break out the heat tools or pump it up with products.
I start adding volume in the shower. I rotate between Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste, Kérastase Bain Densité Shampoo, and Apothecare The Booster Shampoo, followed by either the Apothecare The Booster Conditioner, Virtue Labs Full Conditioner, or Kérastase Fondant Densité Conditioner. Because my hair is pretty long and also highlighted, I find it needs some extra moisture from mid-lengths to ends, which I add in the form of Ouai Leave-In Conditioner.
After spraying in the leave-in conditioner, I comb through my hair and go do my makeup, letting it air dry for a little bit. Once my makeup is done, I start the styling process, which begins with a volumizing spray. I like either David Mallett Le Volume Spray No.2 or Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist with Rosewater, which I'll spray from roots to tips not just on the top layer of hair, but throughout as well. Then I blow-dry my hair using a paddle brush — I'm too lazy to give myself a true, round-brush blowout, although I know it would give me more volume if I did.
Sometimes I'll add waves in my hair with a curling iron, but most of the time I'll just leave it as is after blow-drying — which is pretty much straight in texture with a bit of a bend — and then douse it with a dry texturizing spray like Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray or Sam McKnight Cool Girl Texture Mist. These products both bulk up my hair and give it a bit of that mussed-up vibe that I like so much (I don't like when my hair looks too perfect).
The last step is to bulk up my roots, which I'll do with either Klorane Dry Shampoo or Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder. Lifting up the hair at my roots with my fingers, I add a few spritzes of either powder and then massage it in. Then I wash my hands (I hate the feeling of those powders on my skin) and I'm ready to go.
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