If the idea of *not* shampooing every day makes you cringe, your hair air dries faster than you can even make it to the hairdryer and you laugh in the face of bangs, then you, my friend, probably have fine hair. The grass is always greener, and there are certainly benefits to having finer locks. (Your ponytail has never snapped an elastic, has it? See, silver lining.) But there are plenty of styling and care struggles to be faced every day that make that shampoo-free life a total non-option. Read on for tips on products that will help give your limp locks some extra oomph.
1. Bumble and bumble. Surf Foam Wash Shampoo ($25): Everyone’s favorite Surf Spray may not be yours, because its tacky texture can weigh down your type of hair. Get the power of sea botanicals through this shampoo instead; it cleanses and builds up body at the same time.
2. Living Proof Full Volume + Body Boosting Travel Kit ($29): Complete with a shampoo, conditioner, mousse, root-lifting spray and style extender, this kit will be a hair-saver when you’re traveling to places with soft water.
3. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray ($42): This cult favorite product is like a dry shampoo and texturizer in one, absorbing oils while making teasing a breeze. It’s a must if you need some grit to hold your hairstyle.
4. Bumble and bumble. Thickening Dryspun Finish ($30): Ever wish you could just fluff your hair with your hands and end up looking like a supermodel? Try this light spray, which adds raw silk powders with light-holding polymers to your strands, creating an airy silhouette.
5. LUSH Big Shampoo ($27): Flat, greasy hair that hopes to be voluminous one day needs salt, and lots of it. The salt washes away the dirt without stripping your hair of its natural oils, giving your roots that big boost you’re looking for.
6. Osis+ Dust It ($24): If you’re looking for big hair on a daily basis, teasing it will only hurt your strands in the long run. Tap in this texturizing silica powder instead and go about your day. Whenever it starts to flatten again, just give it another tousle to revive the roots.
7. Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo ($12): The tapered nozzle on this dry shampoo gives you way more control, so you can target the oiliest parts of your scalp (like, halfway through the day, because fine hair is fun like that!)
8. Toni + Guy Nourish Conditioner for Fine Hair ($15): We know what you’re thinking — conditioner?! LOL. Yeah, it normally weighs down fine strands like crazy, but it may be because of the way you’re using it. Try using a conditioner first (like this one that’s specifically formulated for your hair type), and then shampoo second.
9. Kevin Murphy Anti Gravity Spray ($40): A lot of volumizing products can mattify your hair, but if you want your big, new hair to have great shine, opt for this Australian brand, infused with organic lavender hydrosol.
10. Spornette Little Wonder ($8): Big updos are no match for the wilting power of fine tresses, so make sure you tease, tease, tease before attempting any bouffants.
11. Tangle Teezer ($20): When it’s time to undo all that teasing? You’re gonna need a bigger boat. And lots of flexible, detangling teeth.
12. Drybar Full Pint Medium Round Brush ($40): A round brush is essential for injecting some volume. This ceramic one uses a NanoIonic technology to help keep all that static frizz at bay.
13. Drybar Southern Comfort in a Box ($48): If you want to go whole hog with the blow-drying-for-volume technique, this is the kit for you. It comes with a volumizing mousse, hairspray, big self-grip rollers and hair clips for one big blowout.
14. Bumble and bumble. All-Style Blow Dry ($30): Overnight oil, you’ve been a ton of fun, but we think we’re just gonna hang out with All-Style from now on. Just comb it through wet hair before you blow dry and let the microfine oil-absorbing powders do their thing, so you’re stopping greasiness before it starts.
15. L’Oréal Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo ($4): Drugstore shoppers, there are solutions out there for you too. This shampoo got the Allure “Best of Beauty” stamp of approval for its lasting lushness.
16. Ban.do Flash Bobby Set ($10): All those wispy strays are gonna require some extra support, so you might as well pin them back in style.
17. Oribe Fiber Groom ($32): Short-haired shorties can style and restyle their coifs with ease using this elastic-y fiber paste that doesn’t harden.
18. Sebastian Shaper Zero-Gravity Hairspray ($10): You probably need helmet hair to wear a complex ‘do, right? Rethink traditional hairspray with this lighter, brushable variety, which gives you a flexible hold without all that crunchiness.
19. Pink Sea Salt Hair Texture + Volume Spray ($14): For casual, makeup-free days, spritz some of this Dead Sea and pink Himalayan salt spray to complete your au naturel look.
20. Conair Compact Hairsetter ($20): Even the simplest curled hairstyle is going to need some extra help to take hold. Make sure to always set your fine curls in rollers, like this heated set, to get the longest lasting waves.
21. John Frieda Luxurious Volume All-Out Hold Hairspray ($6): When you really, really don’t want your ‘do to budge, this hairspray will keep the style pumped up with volume.
22. Toppik Hair Perfecting Tool ($25): Fine hair and thinning hair are different, but you still may find that your mane reveals too much of your scalp, especially when pulled back. Target the areas where you want more coverage with these masking hair fibers, creating the illusion of thicker locks.
23. Blax Snag-Free Hair Elastics ($6): No matter how secure that ponytail looked at the start of the day, it’s gonna start to slip. Make sure to always tie it up with something that’s really going to hold on tight.
What keeps your fine hair looking fuller? Share your must-have products in the comments!