7. Set hair with velcro rollers to add extra lift.
Colette explains: after blow-drying, section off pieces of hair at the crown, roll up into velcro curlers, and use the cool setting on your dryer to set the style. Finish with a texturizing spray like Oribe Texturizing Spray, spraying at the root in sections. “That way when the style starts to fall throughout the day all you need to do is flip your head over, massage your scalp and fluff your hair up,” Colette adds.
8. Trade your hairspray for texturizing dry shampoo.
“Dry shampoo is any woman with fine hair’s best friend,” Townsend says. “I find I get a better hold and long-lasting volume using dry shampoo over hairspray.” Instead of spraying and then brushing out like you would to absorb oil, leave it be. “If you leave it in there, the powder and starch will literally build on each other.” He recommends Dove STYLE+care Volume Dry Shampoo. Jasmine Anna Galazka, Kérastase Artistic Director and stylist at Warren Tricomi Plaza Salon, agrees. She turns to Kérastase Volume in Powder spray instead of hairspray.
9. Get highlights if you want to add lasting volume.
Highlights are a great way to add texture and volume to fine hair. “It roughs up the cuticle, making hair that is naturally limp and flat hold a voluminous style longer,” Colette explains. This is the same reason they weaken hair and require extra TLC. As long as you’re not overdoing it (a.k.a going in every few weeks), it’ll plump up your strands a bit sans product. If you’re concerned about damage, Colette suggests asking your stylist to use henna, “a plant-based hair color that is often used to make hair feel fuller, healthier, and shiner without the added damage of highlights.”
10. Splurge on an in-salon volumizing treatment.
Kérastase offers a Fusio Dose Densifique treatment at its salons, specifically designed for women who struggle with fine hair but still want to keep hair healthy. “Densifique treatment will leave your hair full of revitalized texture, which lasts for four weeks depending on how frequently you shampoo,” explains Galazka. Find a Kérastase salon near you to book a treatment.
11. Spray products into your hands first to add extra texture.
“If want some pieceiness and your hair is very fine, put product in your hand first,” says Townsend. Try a waxy, grittier texturizing spray like Sally Hershberger 24K Supreme Stylist Voluminous Dry Shampoo. Spray it into the palm of your hand, dab fingers in it, and work it into your strands to add distinct texture.
12. Keep dry shampoo in your bag for on-the-go touchups.
Even if you volumize your heart out in the morning, you might still need a midday refresher. Keep a travel-sized dry shampoo (or volumizing powder like Unite Expanda Dust) in your bag. Oribe’s and Kérastase’s both come in miniature portions, as does Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo and Psst!.
13. Backcomb hair at the crown to get more height.
Townsend does this on almost every photo shoot and red carpet. Lift hair in small sections, backcomb each two or three times using a fine-tooth plastic comb, spray with dry shampoo, and then comb the hair down on top lightly to smooth it out and hide the teasing.
14. Shampoo less often—yes, really.
“I know it freaks out women with fine hair,” Townsend says, since fine-haired gals tend to get oily fast. “When you shampoo every day, volumizing products are usually not the most moisturizing, so your scalp will produce more oils to moisturize itself.” Get on a cycle of shampooing only three or four times a week, and he promises it will really help in the volume department.