You can't change the hair you were born with, but there are plenty of stylist-endorsed hair hacks to give the illusion of fuller, more textured hair. Not only do these hacks require minimal time and effort — they might even save time in your morning routine — we'd bet Tami Taylor's wine collection that you haven't heard them before.
Here are eight supersmart hair hacks to create volume and texture in thin, fine hair.
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Fine Hair Hack No. 1: "Dirty" Spray + Braids
But IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray, $29, is a surprisingly effective volumizer, particularly for fine hair that's been damaged by coloring or heat-styling. Zeolite, a volcanic mineral, creates "dirty" texture and fullness while coconut and castor oils condition hair, making it easy to brush and restyle. Sprayed on the mid-length and ends of hair, it gives a sexy, piece-y look without making hair feel crunchy, stiff or dry. Chase Kusero, co-founder of IGK Hair Care, recommends that women with fine or thinning hair "lightly pulse" the micro-fine mist on the mid-lengths and ends of their hair, then use their hands to "rough up" the hair and create body. Another easy tip? "Spray on damp hair, twist or braid, and then air-dry to create volumized texture and wave," he suggests.
Fine Hair Hack No. 2: Liquid Volumizing Powder + Blow-Dryer + Round Brush
Add fullness to freshly washed hair by "concentrating on the areas you want volume: at the roots, on the ends or in between," says KMS Global Style Council member Lori Panarello. "Then, blow dry hair using a round brush for ultimate volume."
If you're using the stuff on dry hair, "simply emulsify [the product] until it has a powder feel in your hands," Panarello suggests. "Then, use your hands to reshape hair by concentrating on the areas where you want additional fullness."
Fine Hair Hack No. 3: Foam Dry Shampoo + Scrunching
The dry shampoo foam creates lift and soaks up oil at hair's roots in a matter of minutes, but that's not all. "It can also be tousled and scrunched throughout hair to create volume and bounce," says Drybar founder Alli Webb. "My girls with fine hair are telling me how much they are loving it."
Fine Hair Hack No. 4: Space-Age Spray Volumizer + Upside-Down Styling
"I tell my clients to shake to activate, and I mean shake your head and the can at the same time," explains Living Proof Global Creative Director Michael Shaun Colby. That's because the product's patented volumizing and texturizing molecules (expandable textured aero-spheres, ETAS for short) are so light that they float in the can; shaking activates them.
"Hold your head upside down, shake the can, hold eight to 10 inches away from your head and spray the under-layers of your hair," he recommends. "Then, flip your hair back and spray through the top and sides." He promises this will give thin, fine hair "big volume, movement and texture."