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How To Give Your Hair Volume

For fine hair that's gone flat we have some great fixes, shampoos, gels, mousses. Find out why these products are the best one for fine hair and watch as your flat hair gets big, bouncy and voluminous.

The Hairstylist's Favorite Volumizer:

When you have flat hair, you want to give hair volume at the sides, not at the top, according to Allure beauty editor, Jolene Edgar, who makes the good point that volume at top will make you look like a beauty queen (oops!). Edgar suggests this Phytovolume Actif Maximizing Volume Spray, which should be sprayed at the roots while hair is damp. If you lay off the blowdryer and let hair airdry, you'll notice your hair has much more volume than it does when dried straight. Scrunch hair with your hands as hair dries for added volume.

The Shu Uemura Volumizing Light Foam will give your fine hair volume without the crunchy effect of cheaper mousses. Comb the foam through damp hair from roots to ends and massage in with your hands (for some reason I believe this helps and I do it this way myself). Flip hair upside down and blow dry hair with a round brush or scrunch hair dry for quick, beachy waves. According to the company, this mousse is "enriched with Japanese Cedar Bud, a giant sacred tree known for its fortifying properties." Ok, whatever, I love it.

Best Texturizing Spray:

When you have fine, limp hair but want curls or waves or just plain body, a texturizing spray can be a godsend. Texturizing spray adds body, shine and hold to hair. Ann Colville Somma, the blogger behind, Cult of Beauty, swears by Privé Finishing Texture Spray for giving her fine, limp hair life. To use, spray over every inch of hair.

A Great Salt Spray:

You know how amazing your hair feels after you've been in the ocean all day? The Fekkai 'Marine Summer Hair' Beach Waves is the sort of texture this product is after. Made with sea salt (which can be drying to hair, so watch out), this spray will give your flat hair lots of volume. Great for creating tousled waves.

Overall Best Shampoo for Fine Hair:

By far the best shampoo on the market, Kerastase is consistently rated by the pros and can be found in the top salons in the country. I have fine hair and Kerastase's Volumactive is the shampoo I have in my bathroom. I buy the biggest jug I can find and it lasts me more than a year. It's a pricey shampoo, but worth it. It leaves no residue, smells amazing and keeps my fine hair from falling flat. $28 on up.

Best Root Booster:

Molly Sims said in Marie Claire magazine that she loves the Rene Furterer Klorane Dry Shampoo for building body and disguising dark roots. Dry shampoos (a cheaper version is baby powder) are great for building body.

Best Mousse for Fine Hair:

This inexpensive mousse "Pantene Pro-V Volumizing Mousse" works great to add volume to fine hair. Apply a tennis-ball sized amount to roots and comb through with a wide-tooth comb. The volumizer is activated by the heat from your blowdryer.

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