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Pump up Fine Hair

When you have fine hair, you are constantly on the lookout for ways to pump it up. I know, because I have clients that are always asking... so, I have been on the lookout for the best ways to pump up fine hair. And although I haven’t found the perfect prescription to get the exact amount of volume I dream of for my ladies, I have discovered some pretty great tricks along the way. You can’t change the thickness or texture of your hair, but you can do the best you can with what you have got. These are some ways to make the most of your fine hair.


One of the best ways to pump up fine hair is to start with the right shampoo and conditioner. When you are shopping for shampoo and conditioner, choose a formula that is formulated to add body or volume to your hair. These shampoos and conditioners are formulated to not weigh your hair down and be a light product. You especially want to avoid anything that says it will moisturize your hair. Products that moisturize your hair will weigh it down. When you can, go for salon brands; it really makes a difference.


Start out Right

Aveda Invati Advanced Exfoliating Shampo


This is your miracle product, ladies. If you have fine hair, a root lifter will make a lot of difference in styling your hair.


Go For a Shorter Cut

Work with what you have. If you have fine hair, you can’t wish yourself a head of full, thick hair. Sometimes, the best thing you can do is embrace what you have and choose a cut and style that works best with your hair. Shorter cuts will make your hair appear fuller and thicker. If you have a good hairdresser, no-one will be the wiser.

Give Your Hair a Day Off

Fine hair is more fragile than other hair types and you need to treat it gently to avoid the breakage that makes it look even finer. I have learned that one of the best ways to do this is to give your hair the day off when you can. Give your hair the day off once a week. Skip washing your hair or styling it with any styling tools the day you are giving your hair the day off. If your hair gets oily when you skip washing it, try adding some Dry Shampoo to get you through.


Consider Taking Biotin

Biotin is known for making your hair grow faster and make it thicker. While you and I can’t ever change the texture of our fine hair, we can take Biotin which really pumps up the volume. I know clients that have been taking Biotin for a couple of months and I have noticed the difference.  Of course, you should always talk to your physician before taking any new supplement.

Biotin occurs naturally in many foods. Wheat germ, whole-grain cereals, whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy products, nuts, Swiss chard, salmon, and chicken are all sources of biotin. The biotin in food is usually attached to protein and has relatively poor absorption.

Blow Your Hair Upside down

Okay, ladies, when you blow dry your hair, you need to dry in the direction you want your hair to go. When you have fine hair that you are trying to add volume to, you want your hair to go farther away from your head, and blow-drying your hair upside down is drying it away from your scalp to add volume. Another option is to hold your hair up and away from your face while you dry it. Either way will give you the desired result.


I cannot bring myself to say the word tease but essentially that is what backcombing is. Teasing makes me think of the early ‘90s. But backcombing or teasing can be very beneficial in pumping up the volume of your hair when done correctly. What you want to do is raise a section of your hair up and tease under it and then put the smooth section down on top of it. This strategy usually works best when used at the crown of the head.


Valcro Rollers

Add valcro rollers to the top layer just above your crown area. Put them in then warm with just your blow dryer. Spray a light hairspray. Leave in for 10 min to cool.

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