Having fine, straight hair as a teenager in the 90s was a blessing. Alicia Silverstone as Cher in Clueless, Christina Aguilera’s bleached blonde look, and of course the mighty All Saints, all set the trend of straight, sleek locks.
Fast forward 25 years (how are the 90s that long ago already?!) and the advent of Essex glamour has meant hair is now all about VOLUME, with salon and DIY extensions soaring in popularity.
Trying to get volume into my hair is like trying to convince my four year old son that dessert should be eaten after his main course…time-consuming, frustrating and ultimately, unsuccessful.
In this blog, I have rounded up the products I have found best for injecting some oomph into silky, straight, fine locks like mine.
Firstly, shampoo and conditioner. I need a shampoo that can deal with greasy roots without drying out the ends of my hair. Fortunately Saach Organics Basil, Hibiscus & Peppermint Shampoo ~ £10.95 for 200ml ~ www.lovelula.com is just the job. It’s been a while since I’ve used a natural shampoo as I got fed up with feeling like they just didn’t get my hair clean enough, leaving it flat. This shampoo is great, giving a thorough cleanse without drying my hair. It’s also strengthening – useful for lightened hair like mine. The packaging is pretty and the scent is really unusual, it reminds me of cough candy (not for everyone but I really liked it).
Despite my greasy roots, I have dry ends and need a rich conditioner to keep my hair tangle-free. John Masters Organics Honey & Hibiscus Hair Reconstructor ~ £28 for 118ml ~ www.lovelula.com ~ is amazing. The first time I used it I thought it felt quite a thin formula for a reconstructor but don’t let this put you off – it delivers seriously intense moisture, using the same acids naturally found in young hair to reconstruct each strand. If you suffer from psoriasis or a dry scalp the cupuacu butter within this product is likely to be very beneficial. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is reported to be a big fan of this brand so if you want to treat yourself it is definitely worth trying this out.
After washing and towel drying, I like to smooth a very small amount of Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil ~ £14.95 for 92 ml ~ www.beautybay.com ~ onto the ends of my hair while it’s still damp. This helps to stop any tangles and flyaways but unlike a lot of serums doesn’t weigh down or add any oiliness to my fine hair. If I’m going to be using straighteners or tongs on my hair I also spritz on some Matrix Heat Buffer ~£10.95 for 250ml ~ www.beautybay.com. This can be used on slightly damp or dry hair and protects against heat up to 230C. It isn’t sticky and provides surprisingly good hold which lasts. I think I am on my fourth bottle of this now (this product was previously known as Design Pulse Iron In Thermal Styling Mist) and I’m never even tempted to try anything else.
For styling, I think the got2b range by Schwarzkopf is great for injecting volume into fine hair. I have three favourites from this range; the 2 sexy volumizing spray mousse, the rise ‘n shine hairspray & the powder’ful volumizing styling powder.
The spray mousse is much easier to distribute through your hair than traditional mousses, although it is messy so spray it in your bathroom or put a towel over your carpet. It smells really sweet, which I love but might not be for everyone. I like to spray it through my hair while it’s ever so slightly damp, then plait it overnight for waves the next day. The mousse means my waves last all day which is hard to achieve with my poker straight hair.
The rise ‘n shine hairspray is a great all round hairspray. I use it for finishing off most styles, although it is also good to spray on my hair while tonging it as it really helps the curl to hold. The mist is nice and fine which avoids the dreaded crunchy hair look.
A friend introduced me to the powder’ful volumizing style powder, for which I am very grateful! Backcombing is essential for most volume looks but I struggle to backcomb my hair as it is very silky and slippery. This powder helps to give grip to your hair, exaggerating the results of backcombing and providing amazing volume. I shake a little bit straight into the roots (the tube has a top like talcum powder to help apply the powder) and use my backcomb brush. The texture of the powder is hard to describe…it’s sort of sticky but not in an unpleasant way. The powder will stay in your hair until you next wash it – you can’t brush it out as you would with hairspray. Make sure you have a decent clarifying shampoo and massage your scalp well to remove the powder. Because of the close contact this product has with the scalp I wouldn’t use it every day, just days when my hair needs a bit of extra oomph.
Me & my skinny (pink) hair
I’d love to know if any of you are fans of the products above and how you use them – it will save me looking up new YouTube tutorials for inspiration 🙂
Beauty Geek x
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