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How to get thicker looking hair

Updated on January 28, 2011

I have been blessed with the curse of fine hair. I don't have extremely thin hair, but the fact that the actual pieces of my hair are small hinders my ability to make it look really thick. I envy people with full, thick beautiful hair. However, through my sheer frustration at trying to make my hair not look flat and sad everyday, I've found some really amazing tips and tricks as well as products for almost any price range (since I'm a college student, price is important.)

1. Hair cuts.The actual cut of the hair is as important as the products you use. I keep my hair short and choppy with LOTS of layers. The back is actually stacked as well, giving my hair a fuller look. I also have found that growing out my hair is extremely difficult and painful because my hair knots up quickly. I have enough issues getting tangles out right now. (Side note: if you do have fine hair and choose to keep it long, i recommend Back to Basics Leave-in-Conditioner. It smells like sunflowers and works really well.)

2. Products. I have tried many products in my attempt to have fuller looking hair. I used Tresemme 24 hour volume mousse for the longest time before blow-drying but I recently switched to John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Lavish Lift Root Booster. It's a spray that I use right before blow-drying that seems to add a lot of lift and make the hair fuller. Do be warned that if you use too much of this product your hair will look greasy, but that goes for almost anything really. As far as hairspray, I'm an avid fan of Garnier Fructis Volumizing Anti-Humidity Hairspray in the aerosol. If you can afford it, I recommend Fekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray, which is possibly the best hairspray I have ever used but is rather pricey for a college student. As far as shampoo and conditioner, I dye my hair quite regularly so I choose Loreil's Everpure shampoo and conditioner in Volumizing. I also use their smoothing deep conditioner on rainy days, it seems to keep my hair from going all over the place. The best part about the Everpure products is they are Sulfate free so they help retain color and health in your hair and also are 100% vegan so they are good for the animals too!

3. The Blow-dryer is your friend! I worship my blow-dryer like a little god. I use it every day. My best suggestion is to wait until your hair isn't soaking wet then use a big round brush to blow-dry your hair in sections, pulling away from the scalp. If you're in a rush like I am most of the time, simply flipping your head upside down will do the trick. Be sure to freeze it with some cold air once your hair is dry to retain volume and spray with a little hairspray and you should be good to go!

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