How To Add Volume To Fine Hair In 4 Steps

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Fine hair is seemingly easy to maintain and style. However, without the proper technique and products, it can look a bit lacklustre and flat. If you have tried everything from teasing to spritzing and spraying to achieve enviable hair volume with no success, then you’ve come to the right place. 

Below we’ve solved your demanding fine hair problems, so put your teasing comb down and keep reading to discover four easy steps to add long-lasting volume to your locks with our hair volume products and techniques.


Step 1: Prepare your fine hair

Don’t underestimate the amplifying power of a good volumising shampoo and conditioner. Fine hair has a tendency to go greasy quicker, however you don’t want to use products that strip your hair of its natural oils.

That’s why it’s important to find the right hair volume products that don’t sacrifice hydration. Cleanse and moisturise your hair with our Lightweight Shampoo and Conditioner to help create a fuller looking style. This pairing acts as a volume enhancer, helping to gently cleanse and detangle fine hair, whilst creating the perfect foundation for volumised hair. 

When it comes to the conditioner, make sure you apply the product to the middle and ends of your hair. Using conditioner on the scalp and roots can lead to over-conditioning and greasier looking hair.For more information on all things shampoo, be sure to check out our article on the best shampoos.

Step 2: Strengthen fine hair with a treatment

Finer and thinner hair is delicate and often prone to breakage, so you will need to find a strengthening product that both acts as a volumiser and a treatment. So, if you want to set the foundations to build your voluminous hair style, try our Core Restore Volumiser.  

After washing your hair, apply this throughout towel-dried hair and blow-dry to activate the volumising Protein-Strength Complex. The best volumising hair products for finer hair can be used in moderation; less is more! Start with a pea sized amount and then add in more product as needed, otherwise you may overwhelm your fine hair with product.

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Step 3: Use the right blow dry products and technique

It’s easy to reach for every volumising product you can find when you have fine hair, but it’s more important to grab the right ones. If your long and layered style is bringing your volume down, spritz our Root Booster onto towel-dried hair before blow drying. 

This will give you 48 hours of instant root volume as well as providing heat protection. If you have a slightly shorter style or want voluminous curls, we recommend styling with our Thickening Mousse. Simply spread evenly through towel-dried hair before blow drying. And if you want truly voluminous hair, try generously spraying our Fine To Full Spray from root to tip before drying. Our top tip for getting the most out of this product? Apply a few more sprays onto almost-dry hair for instantly fuller looking locks. 

If you are wondering how to blow-dry your hair for volume, it’s not just about the products themselves. Simply switching up your blow-dry technique can help you add extra root volume. If you want to give yourself a salon-esque blow-dry, flip your head upside down and dry your hair in that position. When your hair is almost dry, you can start gently brushing your hair whilst drying with a round, bristled brush. This technique is super flattering and will leave you with perfectly voluminous locks. 

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Step 4: Achieve ultimate hair volume with styling products

Now that you’ve got your fine hair care routine down, you’ve got to set it in place. The key is to avoid oil-based products and go for “hold products”, as oil-based products only make fine hair look greasier!  

All of our Volume Lift styling products are heat activated, so take your pick! When it comes to finishing products, you want to find a hairspray that keeps your locks looking volumised for longer, without making them feel sticky and weighed down by lots of product. To shape your style and transform thin hair, try our Volume Lift Hairspray. Paired with our blow-dry products, this ultra-fine mist gives your locks the highest level of hold and brushability. Simply spray onto your hair, paying extra attention to the crown of your head, and voila!

If you’re looking for inspiration once your hair is dry, be sure to check out our list of hairstyles for fine hair.

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Whether you have short and fine or long and limp hair, or something in between, there’s a volumising regime for you. Check out our full Volume Lift range to transform your hair from fine to full! You can also check out our best products for fine hair for a full breakdown of our product recommendations. 

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