I hope you’re reading this post for the simple pleasure of enjoying my prose and not because you have thin hair and you are looking for tips to add volume to it. Oh, but you really do have thin hair? I’m sorry. Thin hair is one of the banes of my existence as well as that of every female in my family. Need proof?
This is my daughter last September. Yup, she’s got the same hair as the rest of us. Confession: when she was about a year and a half old, she had some hair that had grown in but it was a hot, stringy mess, so we actually shaved her head in hopes that it would give her a fresh start and grow in thicker. It didn’t work too well. I love her the same, I just feel bad that she, too, must carry this burden that is the awful family hair.
My solution in recent years has been to keep my hair short. But for those of you who don’t like that option, never fear, my sister is here to show you a few of the tricks that seem to be working for her. (And believe me, her hair is and was every bit as bad as my daughter’s—I have pictures to prove it if you don’t believe it!)
First, you need a good product to style your hair with. My sister says this one is great. So you style your hair as you normally would and then…
…use dry shampoo to tease the roots. I know, this sounds a little odd (particularly if you’re used to back-combing your roots and setting with hairspray), but apparently using dry shampoo works as well, and it doesn’t make your hair as ratty and tangled as hairspray would.
Just in case you’re not familiar with the technique, you hold some of your hair up so that the roots are exposed, spray with the dry shampoo, and then comb/brush the piece of hair you’re holding in a downward direction, near the roots. Repeat on other areas around your head until you’re satisfied with the overall look.
Another product you can use is a dry volumizing powder such as this one. (By the way, my sister isn’t loyal to the Batiste brand. It is a lower-cost brand and she said it works fine. But there are some more expensive brands that might work even better.)
Again, lift some of your hair up by the roots, sprinkle some powder on the roots, and rub in with your fingertips.
Voila! She styled her hair with the Redken Guts, but can you tell which side received the extra volumizing treatment? By the way, my sister uses these techniques conservatively—she is very afraid of having “big” hair. I think she got the amount just right, don’t you?