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How to Add Volume to Fine and Flat Hair

Updated on February 27, 2016
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As a 60-something female, Marisa Wright is well aware of the challenges facing women throughout their life in health, beauty and fashion

Is your hair flat and lifeless? Do you envy people with bounce and volume? Don't despair, it is possible to put more oomph in your hairstyle!

Tip #1 - Stop Weighing Down Your Hair!

A surprising number of people have good natural volume, but it's flattened by the invisible residue from the very products which are supposed to help!

Many shampoos and conditioners - even so-called "volumizing" products - contain silicone or polymers. They're plastic-like substances that stick to the surface of each strand of hair, to make it fatter. That works on naturally strong, bouncy hair - but on fine hair, the weight of the coating pulls the hair down, counteracting the extra "fatness", so your hair gets even flatter!

So before you can regain your volume, you must get rid of the build-up by using a good clarifying shampoo.

Volumizing products can weigh hair down
Volumizing products can weigh hair down

Whichever shampoo you choose, lather twice, rinse well and see if your hair recovers its bounce. Repeat the treatment every now and then, to prevent any future build-up. And don't buy any more plasticized shampoos!

Style and Shine Products

Styling products can weigh your hair down, even more than shampoo or conditioner.

Shine products are notorious for making your hair flat. If you can't live without one, use it sparingly and don't comb it through. A good tip is to spray it on a make-up brush (a big blush brush or powder brush is best), and sweep that lightly over your hair - you'll get the effect without the weight.

I'm not saying you have to live without styling products. The challenge is to find products that don't add weight to the hair, and that don't build up too much residue over time.

I'm still hunting for the perfect product, but I've had a couple of my fine-haired readers contact me to rave about Nak's "Done n Dusted" styling powder. I haven't tried it yet, but I do like their shampoo so I will definitely be giving it a try!

Sulfate-Free Shampoo?

Have you switched to a sulfate-free shampoo in the hope it will help boost your volume? Sorry to disappoint you, but it's quite likely it's making your problem worse!

As I said, product build-up is one of the biggest causes of flat, lifeless hair. Shampoo makers use sulfates because they're very efficient cleansers. Take them out, and you're left with a very mild shampoo that won't remove product build-up. It won't remove excess oils or deposits on the scalp either, so it's not a great choice if you have oily hair or dandruff.

If you've had your hair straightened, you must go sulfate-free. Otherwise, I honestly don't recommend it.

Tip #2 - Sleep On It

Are you using your hairdryer and products correctly? Using too much mousse or gel, and/or bad drying technique can make your hair as flat as a pancake. We'll work on your technique next - but first, try this experiment:

Wash your hair just before you go to bed, towel dry it thoroughly and leave your hair wrapped in a towel while you brush your teeth, then go to bed.  Yes, it's OK to sleep with your hair wet, you're not going to catch pneumonia whatever your Mom said!  

Next morning, take a look at your hair (it's a good idea to do this on a day when you don't have to rush out the door, just in case...).

Is it is looking fresher and bouncier than usual? If it is, it's time to review your drying method - because it looks like you're blow-drying the volume out rather than in!

I know some working mums who always wash their hair at night and let it dry on the pillow - it's a great timesaver and their hair looks great!

Tip #3 - Use Your Towel

One common blow-drying mistake is that we don't dry our hair for long enough. If you stop blow-drying while there's still moisture in the hair, it will flop - no matter how much volume you've blown into it.

If your arms are getting tired holding the hairdryer, you're more likely to give up too early - so the solution is to remove as much moisture as you can, before you even pick up the dryer.

Aquis Microfiber Body Towel, Lisse Crepe, White (29 x 55-Inches)
Aquis Microfiber Body Towel, Lisse Crepe, White (29 x 55-Inches)

A microfiber towel will draw a lot more moisture out of your hair than an ordinary cotton one. The trick is to buy a body-sized version, not a so-called "hair towel". Most hair towels are too small to wrap round your head, and you can't towel-dry your hair with a turban! The body towel is made of exactly the same material.


Blow Drying Technique

To get the most from your towel, roughly towel-dry your hair when you step out of the shower, then wrap the towel round your head while you get ready - brushing teeth, applying deodorant etc. By the time you take the towel off, your hair will be ready for the hairdryer.

Use the hairdryer to rough-dry all over your head, using your fingers to shake the moisture off the hair (you can hang your head forward if you like). When you feel it's almost dry, that's the time to add product and start styling.

For a little extra insurance, when you think you've finished styling, give your whole head a quick once-over on the cool setting, then run your fingers through the roots - any lingering moisture will be more obvious once your hair is cool.

The other fact most people don't know is - hot hair won't hold a style. You can blow in all the volume you like, but if you stop without cooling the hair down, it won't last. So before you release each tress, hit the cool-shot button for a few seconds to cool and set it - if you don't have a cool-shot, hold the curl for a moment to let it cool (or get a new hairdryer!). Some hairdressers use two brushes, so they can leave one with the hair curled around it to cool down thoroughly while they move on to the next tress.

Personally, I always seem to be in a rush, so I always play it safe: after blow-drying, I catch my hair up in a clip on top of my head, to keep the roots lifted while I do my make-up. That way, if I haven't dried it properly, it will dry and cool naturally with lift rather than without.

Tip #4 - Rollers

Rollers are a boon if you're lacking in volume, because you won't be tempted to take shortcuts due to tiredness and you won't do your hair any harm by leaving them in place for longer than you think you need. So you can leave them in place till you're absolutely positive you're "cooked", without any concerns.

As with blow-drying, always rough-dry first before using rollers, removing at least 50% of the moisture from your hair.

If you use plain velcro rollers, sweep over them with a hot dryer. If you're using hot rollers, make sure you get them up to temperature before you put them in. In both cases, leave them in until you think your hair is completely cool - then allow another ten or fifteen minutes, just in case!

Bed Head BH600 Light Me Up! 20pc. Hairsetter
Bed Head BH600 Light Me Up! 20pc. Hairsetter

Some hot rollers take forever to heat up - useless if you want to use them before going to work, or to refresh your hair before a date. This Tigi roller set heats fast, and works well on fine hair.


Tip #5 - Don't Wash Your Volume Down the Drain

Believe it or not, it is possible to wash your hair too much. Over-washing makes it flyaway and floppy (stylists prefer to do up-do's on hair that's been washed the day before, because it's too soft if it's just washed).

If you get a good lather on the first shampoo, don't lather again, whatever the bottle says - unless you are using a clarifying shampoo to clear build-up.

If you're currently washing your hair every day, try to cut back to every second day. On your non-shampoo day, don't just clamp a shower cap on your head in the shower - it'll flatten your hairdo totally! Instead, gather your hair up into a clip, comb or elastic band on top of your head before you shower (now you can put on that shower cap)! Leave the clip/band in place until you're ready to leave the bathroom, or the steam will undo your good work.

When choosing shampoo, be cautious about volumizing products. Volume is really about lift and bounce. If a volumizing product is going to coat your hair to make it thicker, it may also make it heavier, which means it will be harder to lift. If a volumizing shampoo doesn't make a big difference in the first few shampoos - toss it, use a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any residue, and try something else.

Tip # 6 - Colour or Curl

If all these tips fail - or if they don't quite get you there - it's time to wheel out remedies that will need more maintenance - and involve more cost.

Colour is your friend. Colour causes the hairshaft to swell, so you literally end up with thicker hair. Because it penetrates rather than leaving a plastic coating on the surface, colour doesn't cause the same heaviness as volumizing mousses or gels.

It doesn't matter whether you choose a semi, a tone-on-tone or a permanent, home or salon. They'll all work. A good hairdresser can also create the illusion of volume with clever use of highlights and foils. If you don't want to change your colour, simply choose a shade that matches your natural hue.

A perm or body wave will solve all your volume problems forever - or rather, for six to twelve weeks, when you'll need to have it done again! However, if you don't want curls, you'll have to face the laborious task of blow-drying it straight after every wash. Old-fashioned perms can be hard on your hair, too, so do your research before you take the plunge.

Now you'll have no excuse to hide under that headscarf!


All text copyright Marisa Wright. Photos courtesy of the photographers below.

© 2007 Marisa Wright


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  • mochirajackson profile image

    mochirajackson 2 years ago from Liverpool, United Kingdom

    Great hub. Thank for sharing the tip about volumising shampoos. I used quite an expensive one and it made my hair flat - now I know why! I find that dry shampoo makes my hair have more volume, so I use that, even if I've washed my hair!

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    torrilynn 3 years ago

    This was a great article on how to volumize your hair. I agree that volumizing products don't help and that you should have a good clarifying shampoo. Voted up.

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    oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

    Very valuable information. Thanks for debunking the myth that sleeping with your hair wet is bad.

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    Marisa Wright 3 years ago from Sydney

    I must admit, I haven't tried the new dry shampoos. They went through a vogue many years ago but at the time, the powder wasn't fine enough (it's white). On my very dark hair, the end result was cleaner hair,but I looked as though I'd dunked my head in a vat of talc no matter how hard I tried to brush it out.

    With the new micronisation techniques, it's likely they're much finer these days. There is also a difference between dry shampoo and volumizing powder. Dry shampoo is an absorbent which attracts oil and dirt so you can brush it out. Volumizing powder works like a hair gel without the stickiness that can weigh down fine hair.

    I've heard great things from friends in the US about the Nak Done'n'dusted powder but like you, I can't find it in the stores. I'm debating about whether I'm keen enough to go to the bother of ordering it off Amazon!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    Marisa, you're a wealth of information! I'm forwarding this to my mom, who is guilty of several of the offenses you suggest, and I'm guilty of washing my hair daily so I'll get myself a shower cap to go with the ad hoc up-do I'll implement.

    One question... I've been hearing a LOT about "Dry shampoo" sprays to add volume and texture during the styling process. What's the scoop on that? I haven't been able to find any in the stores, either, by the way.

    Voted up, awesome, useful!

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    cityalice 4 years ago

    Yes. Washing your hair doesn't do it any good. Usually I like my hair better if i haven't washed it for 24 hours.

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    Marisa Wright 4 years ago from Sydney

    Rusti, I'm afraid it's very difficult to get volume if you have long hair! The longer the hair, the heavier it is, and even the strongest hair can't bounce under that much weight. It's a trade-off - if you want long, flowing locks, you have to sacrifice volume. If you want volume, you have to live with shorter hair.

    You'll love the cruise, and they often have great hairdressers! I went on a Mediterranean cruise last year with my husband, had a ball and had the best haircut I've had in ages.

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    Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    I have hair down to my waist. I am always up for great volume tips.Wish I could take you as my hairdresser on my cruise a vow renewal for our 30th year of marriage.

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    Marisa Wright 4 years ago from Sydney

    You probably have split ends. If your hair always develops the same problem when it's long, you may have to accept the fact that you'll have to wear your hair shorter, I'm afraid.

  • sanchi singh 4 years ago from delhi

    awesome suggestions for everybody... Hope ill get few too.

    My hair are very thin, hair on the head r really straight but as they grow towards the length, they have curves n after the shoulder length they are very weak lyk 1/4th of the actual hair volume on ma head. N ya i have never seen my hair in length more than 8 inches in the back.... Plz if u have any gud sugg. 4 me.

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Mickey, if you've had your hair rebonded, there's not much you can do. Your hair has basically been chemically destroyed and put back together - it's now stuck the way it is. Sorry.

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  • Shraddha 5 years ago

    also there are a ton of products available like styling lotion, moulding souffle, extra body root lifting spray! Aren't they essentially the same thing?

    Thank you once again! x

  • Shraddha 5 years ago

    Thank you for such a prompt reply! But we don't get products by Nak here unfortunately! :( Could you maybe suggest something by Schwarzkopf, Paul Mitchell, Phyto

    Redken, Sebastian, Toni&Guy or TIGI please? I can get them here in India but I dunno which brand to go for? :/

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Shraddha, try the Naks range of products, if they're available in your area.

  • Shraddha Gupta 5 years ago

    Hello! Thank you so much for the post! It has been a treasure trove of information :)

    I have been struggling with fine volume-less hair and I never blow dried my hair completely which made it limp again and i would never understand why!? Thanks a lot!

    So these days I just use head and shoulders (suits my hair the best and keeps dandruff at bay) and blow dry my hair (by hanging my head forward) and it does give me some volume. However, I'd like to try to use a hair-mousse or something for parties, to give my hair an extra lift and some hold. Loreal products don't bode well with me. Could you please suggest me a product which I can use for this? I have this dusting powder which keeps my hair set till i wash it off but makes my hair extremely rough!

    Thanks a bunch!

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    M-Teen, you don't say how long your hair is or whether you wash it every morning. Try to cut down to every other day (use dry shampoo on the in-between day), blow dry your hair and make sure it's completely dry before you stop using the dryer.

  • M-Teen 5 years ago

    hey! my hair is oily but i don't have time to wash it @ nite so i wash it in the morning. do u know how 2 keep it voluminous within an hour and 15 minutes?

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Eva, what happens if yo don't use the jojoba mask? The jojoba is very moisturizing and will make your hair even softer - if you don't have damaged hair, you don't need it. It may be making things worse!

  • Eva 5 years ago

    I have shoulder length hair and I wash it every other day. I use clarifying shampoo once every other week and every week I put hot jojoba mask. My hair just are soft after every wash, even if I wash it in the evening and let it dry overnight it's still soft. I try to use natural products for coloring, like Natural Henna Coloring products and that makes it better just for a week, still styling is hard. My hair in touch feels like baby hair (way too soft). Any advice???

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Sneha, it sounds like you need to fix the problems with your hair before you go for rebonding.

  • sneha oberoi 5 years ago


    i have wavy dry and frizzy hair..and the bad thing is months before my hair had a good volume but now they are very thin..and its having dandruff as well..m thinking of going for rebonding..will rebonding look good on my thin hair..or should not go for rebonding..

    please help me out !!!


  • Trich 5 years ago

    I have straight hair that I don't color and I swear that Shielo's Volume Line gives me more swing to my hair when I use it. I also use Shielo's Volume Hairspray (its Flexible Hold) on my daughter sometimes and I notice that her flyaways are much neater after using the Shielo brand.

    The scent is AMAZING!

    I have also gotten compliments on the scent from people when my hair was dry. I recommend this shampoo to anyone who is looking to stretch out their haircut visits. Your hair stays healthy and smells great.

  • vidisha 5 years ago

    hey...m a college student from bangalore.the climate here is lovely but the problem is my hair...the day i wash my hair,it feels lovely at home...i get beautiful,silky manageable hair but after i rush for college it gets unmanageable and rough..!if i sit in an AC,it again becomes silky....this is what the problem is..please help me...i really love my hair....any natural solutions?

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Kelsey, the only kind of shampoo that will wash out color is dandruff shampoo.

    The only reason you use special shampoos on colored hair is because they need more moisture than non-colored hair.

  • Kelsey 5 years ago

    Is there a color safe clarifying shampoo that will also help with volume? I've heard of the Shielo brands but I've never tried any but I might start. thanks!

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Kelsey, get some clarifying shampoo and use it for a week or so, it may help. Like you say, you're choosing to have long hair which doesn't help.

    Straight doesn't have to mean flat. You could try the Shielo shampoo. I'm trying out the new Schwarzkopf one, which I quite like so far.

  • Kelsey 5 years ago

    Hi Marisa,

    I have VERYY straight flat hair and I also have bleached high lights which I like very much. I use suave which I read is not good on hair so I'm going to quit using it. Can you suggest a shampoo that's safe for color treated hair but also wont add more flatness to my hair. my hair is very long and I like it long which I know adds more flatness but I don't want short hair. I did wash my hair everyday but now I wash it every other day and rinse on the days I don't shampoo which is great on my hair. It's not very oily it has just the right amount even when I washed it everyday but it just has no volume whatsoever $6 and it's as straight as a bored and just lays on my shoulders. Is there anything you can recommend that will put life into my hair without damaging it because I color it? I am going into my senior year this year and I want to look great everyday and not just have straight, flat, damaged hair. help!! please and thank you :)

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    Freegoldman 5 years ago from Newyork

    Great Hub.Its really useful because I am losing a lot of hair

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    @HairHelp, I have the same problem as you - hairdressers always want to cut my hair in layers, on the principle that shorter hair has more bounce - but every time I've tried it, it just makes me look like I've got no hair at all.

    However, it's true that the longer your hair, the flatter it will be on top, especially if your hair's very fine. I know a blunt-cut, short bob sounds boring but it is often the best thing for very fine hair.

    Have you tried coloring your hair? Colorant adds body to most types of hair - even at "at home" semi-permanent, tone-on-tone or rinse will help, and they're very easy to use.

  • Hair Help? 5 years ago

    My hair is super flat, all the time, and has lot of breakage because it is so fine. I usually sleep with it wet and it will have very, very little volume in the wrong way(it pushes my hair in the wrong directions) and I have to basically get rid of it to style it the way I want in a very, very short time in the mornings. My hair is just long and naturally straight, nothing added, no dying or perms(past or present) and I wasn't planning on getting anything done except maybe a new haircut, the last time I got layers my hair looked 5 times thinner than it already is, but the style i want calls for a few layers. I thought volume might help. I don't know if my shampoo and conditioner is good or bad but i don't wash my hair every day either. How can I add a little volume so at least the tips of my ears don't peek out every day?

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    @Schaeff4prez, if your hair is very fine then you're much better off with a short cut, because long hair (below chin length) pulls your hair down. However, if (like me) you're attached to long hair, you can ask for a choppy "lob". That's a long bob but the lower part of the hair is chopped into.

  • Schaeff4prez 5 years ago

    Thanks for all of these tips!! By I was wondering if anyone knew what a girl with fine hair could do to make it different than the every day straight? Like what kin of hair cut can I get that I can still put it in a ponytail but also look great when down?

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    @wowowoo, hair below your shoulders is long. The weight of the ends is pulling your hair downwards.

    If you want bounce, you need to keep your hair no longer than chin-length - anything else is too heavy for fine hair.

    I'm pretty sure Suave shampoo has silicone in it to make your hair smooth - but it will also weigh your hair down and make it flatter, like Pantene. See if you can get Shielo from their website, it's cheaper and you don't need to use as much as ordinary shampoo.

  • Fettförbränning 5 years ago

    What a great guide for getting volume to your hair! will defieatly try the bed tip tonight and see if it helps me with my volume (:

  • wowowoo 5 years ago

    My hair is just past my shoulders- I got it cut just a couple of months ago. I'll see if I can switch my shampoo and conditioner- I know you listed some above. Also maybe trying that Shielo Volume stuff? Although most of the time I just use the dollar store shampoo because I don't have that much money to spend on my hair. (Suave) Is that stuff bad for your hair? Another question I have is would it hurt my hair if I dyed my hair back to its original color if I wanted to get rid my highlights? I heard you needed to do some filler thing first, but before I walk into some fancy salon I'd figure I'd check with the hair expert. :)

  • Tbaker 5 years ago

    I have color-treated hair and I needed a volumizing shampoo that would give great volume for my fine hair. I used to use this one, but I switched. I used the Shielo Volume shampoo and conditioner and it is very concentrated, so you won't need alot of product (ie. "goes a long way"). The salon I go to sells this for almost $9 more than Shielo's website online, so you won't find a better deal.

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    How long is your hair, wowowoo? If your hair is that fine, you may not be able to wear it long - long hair is heavy.

    The other culprit may be your shampoo and conditioner. If you have a lot of build-up that will be weighing your hair down. Get a clarifying shampoo and use it. Buy a new shampoo and avoid anything with silicones or polymers. Avoid anything that claims to be "smoothing", you want something that says it won't weigh your hair down.

  • wowowoo 5 years ago

    Well, I probably should wash my hair less. Summer is coming up so I normally do wash it once every couple of days. Normally I just towel dry my hair and hop into bed without doing anything to it. That is when I get my normal, flat hair. Thanks a ton!! :)

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Hi, wowowoo - do you really have to wash your hair every single night? Washing it so often will make it more greasy. Try to wash it every second night instead - use dry shampoo on the other night if you need to.

    If your hair is long enough, I mean put it up in a hair clip while it dries.

    How do you dry your hair now? Do you just go to bed with it wet? How does it look in the morning?

  • wowowoo 5 years ago

    Hey, Ms. Wright. I must shower every night before bed. I have younger siblings and cannot blow dry due to noise. How should I put volume in my thin, greasy hair? I also have highlights. You've been suggesting that clipping your hair on top of your head works- how do I do that? Also, I want volume and not curls. What kind of products should I use after my shower if I am not blow drying my hair? You seem to know what you are talking about! Thanks a ton!

  • deadlyking 5 years ago

    wonderfullllllllll!!! thanks for sharing.....

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    @Mommyof4, sensible coloring won't make your hair fall out!

    If you do a lot of bleaching with harsh chemicals, you can get to the point where your hair starts breaking off. Take it gently and you'll be OK.

  • Mommyof4 5 years ago

    Wonderful tips!! I have a question. I am. 35 year old caucasian woman and my hair is thinning on top and sides due to genes (female patterned hair-loss is hereditary in my family)and it's starting to get a little noticeable , anyway, I was wondering if you know if getting color would make my problem worse? I know you said coloring adds volume, but the last thing I want is it making my hair fall out. I do still have a decent amount of hair though. Any advice would be great! :)

  • WomanNYC 5 years ago

    I have tried dozens of different conditioners but the Hydrate Conditioner from Shielo Hair succeeds them all. I have found that many conditioners can leave your hair looking a little greasy and worn down, especially if you have thin hair like me. However, after using the Hydrate Vibrancy Conditioner I feel as though I have just stepped out of a hair salon to get my hair professionally treated. It always leaves my hair with more body & shine and it smells great too! You can truly tell the difference after using it just one time.

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    Thanks for sharing, eilujnager. The Nak product sounds like it's worth trying!

  • eilujnager 5 years ago

    Hi there, have been experimenting since I last logged in - I find the type of hairdryer you have makes a big difference to your 'finished hair'. A direct flow straight onto hair around your brush is better than those hairdryers that have a wide piece or no piece at all on the end. Without a good h/d I end up fly away and flat, no matter the product I use. Have also discovered 'done and dusted' by Nak. Good for blonde hair like mine as it thickens it up and lets me style it and it stays. Also a beach curl spray is good - Toni and Guy make one. I still have problems, but the type of cut and the length (I have short hair) but if it is just that 'bit' too long, it is worth getting it cut for the peace of mind. I find my hair will be great for a while and then 'blahhh' for a while. I just have to live with it! Thanks for a great hub.

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    @Wandajean, you sound like me! It's the weight of the long ends of your hair that pulls it down. I have quite a flat head, which makes it look worse.

    Using mousse and fluff drying won't work UNLESS you keep lifting it until the hair is totally, completely, absolutely dry AND totally, completely cool. Most people stop doing it far too soon. I like to make a topknot with a clip and leave it in my hair for some time after drying, to keep it lifted till it "sets".

    Layering it or cutting it even shorter will help but that sounds like it would be a shame! Have you tried the ideas I suggest - if you go to bed with it wet and loose, does it have some bounce on top?

  • WandaJean 5 years ago

    Hello all I am a new member and I was hoping someone could give me some advice, my hair is normailly long..anwhere between midback to mid butt area but now that I am 46 s greying I have it short, just above my shoulders,my hair has a mind of its own some times it is very curly and other times very wavy,depending on what I use, I normally use a mousse or a serum,I love the way my hair is and everyone else does too, my problem is it is soooo flat on the I have all this bounce,wave,curl,volume but the top lies as flat as a pancake, I have tried putting mousse on and fluff drying with my fingers but it still goes flat...anways I will stop yapping lol...just one more thing any ideas suggestions, etc, thank you in advance


  • Amelia 5 years ago

    Soooo.. I'm only 12 and all I have is hairspray and my moms mosse. I could go out and buy something for under like 5 bucks casue my mom makes me pay for everything. But my hair is just before the shoulder and in the back its only like 2 inches long and its bright red but it wont hold a curl for more than an hour, gets really oily in a day and is really flat and thin( I wanted it thin one day so i guess you could say i took a razor to it really stupid). But all my friends have this full of volume hair that just comes naturally help needed dance coming in a week.

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    Marisa Wright 5 years ago from Sydney

    @FineHair, I wonder if you're using too much shampoo? If you apply too much, it won't rinse out fully and will make your scalp itchy and oily. You only need a coin-sized dollop.

    Also, turn down the heat. Hot water stimulates the scalp to produce MORE oil, so have your showers as cool as you can stand them - warm water cleans just as well as hot.

    Look for a mild, sulfate-free shampoo that's specifically labelled as suitable for daily use.

    You could also try not using shampoo at all on alternate days - just rinse your hair well in warm water.

  • FineHair 5 years ago

    Hi Marisa. I go to the gym after work so I have to wash my hair when I get home, otherwise I get sticky stinky hair. I blow dry it sometimes and other times i just sleep with it wet. It looks good in the morning but by around 10am, its oily and flat. It almost looks like I rubbed oil in it so i usually end up tying it back. Oh and if I don't wash it for one day, my hair is so oily and my scalp gets really itchy. Any suggestions on how to manage this better? I will try clarifying shampoo every other day (just wash on the day after the gym).

  • Elizabeth 6 years ago

    Thanks Marisa for all you help and comments.

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Elizabeth, Everstrong is designed to smooth and strengthen your hair (i.e. make it less likely to break). So if split ends are your problem, Everstrong will help.

    However, in general, if a shampoo makes your hair smooth, it also makes it less bouncy. The best thing is to try it for a few weeks and see how your hair reacts.

  • Elizabeth  6 years ago

    Marisa...I am using L'Oreal Everstrong (Sulfate-Free Fortify System) Bodify Shampoo and Conditioner. Do you know if this is a good product or should I use a clarifying shampoo?

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    @Elizabeth, rinsing your hair is fine. Which L'Oreal product are you using? Some of the L'Oreal "volumizing" products are too heavy and weigh down the hair.

  • Elizabeth 6 years ago

    Marisa -

    My hair is long and straight. I have just recently switched to using a L'Oreal shampoo/conditioner volumnizer. I don't wash my hair with shampoo/conditioner daily but I do rinse it with water. Is that ok or should I try another option?

  • Andrea 6 years ago

    This hub was an absoulte help. Thank you. You have taught me things I never knew about!!

  • Ah-Taisa 6 years ago

    im African American im going 2 try this but i think this only applys to Caucasian hair rather than both

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Kathy, I'm assuming you're not prepared to let your hair curl naturally - which is a pity, because one very nice style is to have it cut bob-style at the front, then layered into a choppy, wavy style at the back.

    Otherwise, flat irons aren't that bad for your hair provided you don't have them too hot.

  • Kathy 6 years ago

    Marisa I need help I use to have long hair but got it cut to a bob style that is stacked in the back it has since grow a bit and I need to get it cut again, however i was wondering my hair is naturally curly and I am forced to flat iron my hair to keep it straight and also keep the fizz down. I heard that flat irons are bad for the hair. my hair is also thin and flat. I need a new way to style my hair so that it don't look flat or frizzy. I was hoping that you could help me


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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Glad I helped, Tracey! I like the Neutrogena products, too.

  • Tracey 6 years ago

    Thanks for the tips! Most of them I had heard before but had forgotten. The clarifying shampoo made a huge difference. I used Neutrogena and also purchase an everyday shampoo by Neutrogena that promises no build up. I stopped using conditioner and styling products of any sort. I also found that you were right about hot rollers. Now I am getting compliments about my new haircut! LOL I haven't gotten my hair cut for awhile, it's just behaving better. :-)

  • BrandyS 6 years ago

    My hair was flat and my ends used to be dead most of the time.

    I was referred Shielo Hair Products by a friend and I after trying it for a few weeks, I absolutely love it. Specifically, the Shielo Volume Conditioner. My hair looks more full and healthy. I used to lose two handfuls of hair in the shower and now I can barely fill up one hand. My hair is smoother and softer. It even still looks good after using the blow dryer and curling iron on it. I love the way that the conditioner leaves my hair feeling clean without stripping all of the natural oils out.

    My hair isn't frizzy anymore either. On top of the way this product makes my hair look and feel, the conditioner smells great. My hair smells fresh and clean all day long.

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Cool Cookie, as I said in the article - if you've been washing your hair every day, you've over-stimulated your oil glands so yes, your hair will get oily when you cut back. However if you stick with it, it will settle down and you'll be able to wash every other day. Use a good anti-dandruff shampoo like Neutrogena or Head and Shoulders - if they don't work, you need to see a specialist as something else is wrong.

  • Cool Cookie 6 years ago

    hey,i have recently got layers in my hair, but when it dries they go all wavy (in a bad way!) but it is also really flat on the top. i have to wash my hair every day as well because i will get oily hair and really bad dandruff if i don't wash it. i want volume at the roots.. help!:)

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Alexandra, I'm glad dry shampoo works for you. My hair is almost black, and I find it's too difficult to brush every trace of the shampoo out - result, powdery-looking hair! I may try the Tresseme product, thanks.

  • Alexandra 6 years ago

    Dry shampoo is a great way to keep hair looking fresh and clean without having to wash it often! You can skip washing for 2 or 3 days and dry shampoo will make it look shiny and not oily. I suggest Tresseme Fresh Start or really any dry shampoo you prefer. It also adds body without weighing your hair down.

  • Aya 6 years ago

    I personally wash my hair, usually every day.

    sometime's I wont shampoo it though, on wkend I usually wont wash it.

    Because for somebody who will use, hairspray, and many, MANY other products in their hair, its just not good to keep all of that gunk in there.

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Steffi, I don't know those two products. Some thickening products can be really heavy on your hair so they can make things worse! Towel dry your hair thoroughly before you put the mousse on, and try to put it just on the roots if you can.

  • steffirob0 6 years ago

    marisa, thanks for the reply! do you have any other tips that will help with volume? i just bought got2b thickening mousse and thickening hairspray, but don't really know how to use them. do u have any tips on how to make them work the best?

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Steffi, if your hair is thin it's unlikely anything will give you TOOO much volume!

  • steffirob0 6 years ago

    dear Marisa Wright, Im just going into highschool, and want volume in my hair. its flat and VERY thin. i read the clip on jclips and i liked them, but i don't want soo much volume. do you have any tips for me to get volume in my hair but not soo much that i look strange in school?

  • Hairstyles Selin 6 years ago

    Someone asked help about the greasy hair and how to shampoo it.

    Hair themselves cannot be oily, it is scalp oil that makes them look oily and dirty. Usually oily scalp appears during teen ages when oil glands start working extensively. Oily scalp can be recognized with tissue-paper – on the second day after shampooing put a piece of tissue-paper to your scalp. If your scalp is oily, the tissue-paper will have oily stain on it (you can easily recognize it by looking through the paper to the light). Sometimes the oily shine can appear on the hair after 5-6 hours after person shampooed. Most of the times if oily scalp, oily shine appears on the hair on the second day after person shampooed.

    The rest is kinda long to write all here, so if you would like to read the rest, please follow


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    Research Analyst 6 years ago

    Adding volume to fine hair can make a huge difference in ones overall appearance and it looks beautiful too!

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    KK05, different brands suit different people. I like Garnier Fructis on my hair but I know other people who hate it. Redken is an excellent brand with no plasticizers in its products.

  • KK05 6 years ago

    Can you rec. specific brands of shampoo? I see that you don't rec. Pantene, so I'm wondering what you DO rec.?

    Thanks :)

  • Lola 6 years ago

    Wow what an amazing hub, you touched on all things to help with volume, but the best way if you can afford it is to bypass all the coloring and damage to your hair by extensions. Not only can you get any color you ever want or need, but it can help with not only volume, length and style as well. Extensions are also a great way to grow out a style you may of gotten sick of or maybe you went to the wrong stylist...yikes. Any way this hub is excellent, good job.

  • Tin 6 years ago

    Hi! Can you kindly give tips on how to add volume to recently rebonded short hair? (pixie hairstyle, to be exact)

    I had my rebond yesterday and I cant wait to get rid of the flatness, plus the unwanted emphasis on my round face.

    Thank you very much for your time.

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    MsCookM 6 years ago

    Nice hub! I must say that this is really informative. I'm planning to try some of your tips tomorrow. :)

  • Nirwan Imam 6 years ago

    my hairs are dry and less in volume n wavy as well..!! what hsould i do...

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    Kathleen Lewis 6 years ago from Southern Michigan

    Great advice. I have thick, wavy / curly hair that I have fought with my entire life - until recently when I finally accepted it. A good cut, shampooing with a very mild shampoo, and air drying is the only thing that works for me.

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    lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

    This is great information also. I have thin and fine hair. I color my hair but can't do much about the thin part. I try and I do use get and moose and use volume products. Very good hub. Thanks for sharing.

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    gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

    Great hub, I'm going to try some of this!

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    moondive 6 years ago from Modena,Italy

    This is very nice hub!! Thanks for posting!

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    Rebecca Graf 6 years ago from Wisconsin

    I used to not have problem with volume. Now as I get older it is becoming increasingly flat. I'll have to try this.

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Thanks swenneberg. I do think Avon products are under-rated - I haven't tried their hair products but some of their skincare stuff is very good.

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    swenneberg 6 years ago

    Hi Marisa,

    I just wanted to say thank you for the advice,I really enjoyed the article. I have always had flat hair, the type that I can't really do much with it, although sometimes I don't mind. I stopped using mousse and hairsprays and gels years ago. Recently, I started selling Avon and found some really awesome hair care products to help with such problems you stated in your article. I carry stylers and treatments as well as body building shampoo and conditioners. There are many products to chose from. These products are mostly natural and undamaging to your hair. I have got a lot more life to my hair since I have started using some of these products.

    I am interested in hearing your opinion, please.

    Thank you for your time.

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    Katelin, I have the same problem, and I fix it by pulling all my hair up and putting it in a clip on top of my head. I leave it there while I shower, put my make-up on and get dressed.

    If you have very short hair, you might have to use two or three clips.

  • Katelin 6 years ago

    Hi! I have short hair, cut to about my ears, and when I wash it, it gives me volume. So I wash it every day, otherwise if I don't it gets flat. After I wash it, I blow dry my bangs completely, and blow dry my hair a little bit, but its still wet, and then I let it air dry. My hair is poofy afterwards, but then I sleep on it, and it goes completely flat. So its fine before I sleep on it, but not after. Is there anyway I can get my hair to stay somewhat puffy even when I sleep on it? I don't have time in the morning to fix it either, so if its something I have to do in the morning, It would have to be fast. Thanks for the help!

  • kate 6 years ago

    hot curlures look easy

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    Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

    @need help, teasing causes tiny breaks in the hair so it's not a good thing to do it daily. Try following some of the other tips instead - and get yourself a clarifying shampoo to make sure it's not weighed down with product. I hope you're not using Pantene or some other silicone shampoo!

  • need help 6 years ago

    my hairs just natrually flat. & i pretty much etase it everyday. because its has NOOOOOOOOOO volume. it jus lays on my head. is teasing it everyday ok?

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    rdelp 7 years ago

    My sister always complains about flat hair.

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    theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

    Great Hub! I agree with you about eliminating product. 'Root lifters' definitely make your hair heavier. I went through a phase where I tried every brand imaginable until I realized it was just making me more frustrated!

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Anonymous, no product will work if you use it wrongly. Some mistakes you might be making:

    1. Are you using too much? That will weigh your hair down.

    2. Are you putting it on when your hair's too wet? Remember, when you're at the hairdressers, they towel dry your hair, then spend half an hour cutting it, before they apply product - so your hair is already quite dry. At home, towel-dry well, then give your hair a light once-over with the blow-dryer before you apply product.

    3. Are you drying your hair thoroughly and setting it with cool air? No matter how much product you use, if you stop styling it while it's still damp, the volume will fall out.

  • Anonymous 7 years ago

    Hey, ive read your post and its really good

    However, do you know how to used the Aussie volume + conditioning mousse. because i use it, and it doesn't help my hair

    but all the celebs use it

    please help if you can


  • Winterhair 7 years ago

    I am looking for a good hair straightener that won't extremely damage my hair and will straighten well. I am currently using a cheap Durabrand one from WalMart and it makes my hair straight but really damages it and makes it frizzy. If anyone knows of a good hair straightener that I could get then that would be great :)

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    mistywild 7 years ago from Houston, TX (Proud Texan)

    great hub, love the tips. thanks for sharing.

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    MaryElena 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. It takes a lot for me to get any volume to my hair.

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    You can get dry shampoo in an aerosol - spray it on, leave it for a few minutes then brush out. I've heard some people suggest using talc or fine oatmeal, but if you have dark hair like me, it's very hard to brush it out.

    You could try washing your hair with plain water (no shampoo) every other day, so you can blow dry it. Just make sure you aren't using really hot water when you wash your hair, that will make it worse.

  • help 7 years ago

    what kind of dry shampoo?

    and i have school, so if it looks greesy people will notice.

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    You can try dry shampoo - however if you persist with the every other day habit, your hair will settle down.

  • help 7 years ago

    i try to wash it every other day. but it just leaves my hair looking greasy! any tips on getting rid of the greese when not washing hair?

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    sheryld30 7 years ago from California

    Thanks!~ I find these tips very helpful! :)

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Rhonda, once again the secret is in not washing and blow drying every day. Blow drying every day is very tough on hair, and even an "everday" shampoo or one for dry or colored hair will make dryness worse - especially combined with a curling iron!

    If you're blow drying every day, you should be using a protective balm or mousse, but that's going to make your hair flat too - so avoiding blowdrying at all is the best bet.

    Volume from a good blow dry should last more than a day, especially if you tie your hair up in the shower.

  • Rhonda 7 years ago

    My hair is fine and thin. I have it highlighted about every two months, which gives it body, and I wash, blow dry and use a hot curling iron every day. The ends are so dry, but if I condition the roots, it becomes flat and lifeless. If I don't use the hot curling iron daily, I'm left with the frizzies. What should I do?

  • Nisha shan 7 years ago

    Quite interesting.. Thank you for providing this post.

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Lalala, I'm not suggesting you skip a shower - just that you don't wash your hair every time you shower. Wear a shower cap to keep your hair dry. If you have a fringe, you could wash just the fringe.

    You really do need to give your hair a rest - if you keep washing it every day, you will stay in the same vicious circle: the more you wash it, the more it will need washing.

    If you're a girl, getting a hair color and/or a perm will give your hair more body and make the oiliness less obvious.

  • lalala 7 years ago

    i have oily thin hair && oily skin, so its embarrassing for me to skip a shower. I wash my hair everyday. Is there a way to help my oily hair (other than using dry shampoo?)

  • john 7 years ago

    Very well written hub .....

    very much informative ......

    Thank you very much for your great hub, for good advice, good wishes and support. Thanks for sharing your experience with all of us.

  • Cindy 7 years ago

    I love your tips "finelly" somebody that knows...and I have decided I am rushing when doing my hair. I can't wait to style it tomorrow..Thanks..Cindy

  • Joanna 7 years ago

    My hair is just naturaly volumized (: so whatever lol

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    creativeMind 7 years ago from Cochin

    good writing......thanks very much informative...why don't u write a hub on hair styles?

  • Jael 7 years ago

    OMG I'M SO HAPPY YOU RESPONDED!! i know that was like 3 months ago, but normally when i leave people comments on their articles or sites, they don't respond back. it's awesome that you make an effort to reply to each comment you receive. you're honestly a devoted and courteous person who is totally awesome!

  • human hair extensions 7 years ago

    I like the tip... and I wil use those tips


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    Priyanka Swamy 7 years ago from Concord, CA

    Washing your hair too often, even just everyday will strip the natural oils that you hair needs. Then pair that with straighteners and harch products and it's a wonder that most women's hari doesn't fall out. You did a great job on this hub!

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    marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

    Nice tips that really work here! Hair is so much apart of our self-esteem!! =)) loved this.

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Personal experience or research, Jael? I'd say a mixture of both. Thanks for your comment!

  • Jael 7 years ago

    wow, i have no idea how i got to this site. but i am very thankful. thank you so much for sharing your knowledge! did you gather this study from personal experience or research?

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Well, if you're showering before bed, you could wash your hair then too.  Depending on your hair, it may be enough just to towel dry it and go to sleep.  If it's long, you could put it in a ponytail (or plaits, if you want a wave).

    It may not sit exactly the way you want when you wake up, but it will be much quicker to wet small sections and re-dry them the right way than to wash your whole hair in the morning.

  • aurora 7 years ago

    Okay. what do you do to volumize and make my hair look healthy before I go to school. I only have an hour and 25 minutes to get to school and have to shower before bed. I want my hair to look REALLY good before school. Please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Privateye, I was dancing at a belly dance event on Saturday and one of the girls there was looking at the other women with envy as they wielded their hot rollers and curling tongs.  She has naturally curly hair and spent a fortune having it chemically straightened a few months ago.  Now, even if she would like to give it some volume or oomph on a special occasion, she can't.  It just hangs.  Straight. 

    Oh, and the daily washing for oily hair - it's a vicious circle. Washing your hair every day will make your hair even oilier.  The only thing to do is become a hermit for a week and NOT wash your hair at all.  That gives the sebaceous glands time to calm down so washing every other day becomes possible - which is much kinder to the hair.

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    privateye2500 7 years ago from Canada, USA, London


    I have never read a hub on hair before but I agree with everything you've said, because it's TRUE! lol

    Some ladies wash their hair EVERY day, THEN flat iron it and then wonder why it has more split ends than a straw broom!

    I think the ONLY reason one would was it everyday is if it is super tres' awful oily - then I don't see any way around it. With dry hair every 4 to 5 days is fine IMO so long as I'm not at a campfire or the like - it looks just fine - shiny and very healthy and guess what? No Split Ends! No straw broom for moi.

    Remember back in the day when CURLS were what were wanted, now those with those beautiful natural curls are wrecking their hair by making it straight.

    Don't you just detest *designers*??



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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Alexa, first of all make sure you're not rushing your hair drying - even a little moisture left in the hair will cause it to drop eventually - or if you're stopping while your hair is still hot,  the same will happen.

    However if you're dancing in a hot club, perspiration can undo all your good work whatever you do - if that's the case, your only option may be a perm.

  • alexa 7 years ago

    my hair NEVER volumimzes, no matter what i try.. and it sucks.. cause when i want to do something or go out somewhere ive teased it blow dried it EVERYTHING it always comes out by the end of the night.. WHAT SHOULD I DO!?!?! :)

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    Hub Love 7 years ago from United States

    This is an excellent hub post! I really like using Hot Sauce (not the condiment, it's a real hair product!) I have a hub about it up at

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    Eilujnager, that's true - personally I have very short hair. It still needs help with volume though!

  • eilujnager 7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. But we all don't have long hair

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    anitariley65 7 years ago from Little Town Ohio

    I can't believe this, I spent over 3 hrs. yesterday looking for cuts and tips, for shoulder length/thin or fine hair, and right here you were. Thanks for the fan mail which led me to you, you angel.

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    Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

    J Eds - if you have fine hair, colouring increases volume because it makes the hair shaft fatter. Unlike plasticised shampoos which make the shaft fatter by coating the outside, hair colours penetrate and fill the shaft - and for some reason, that doesn't weigh the hair down as much.

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    J_Eds 7 years ago from Blackpool

    Oh I am going to try this at the weekend, I've been after some more volume for a while. Is it true that colouring gets rid of the natural volume?

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    deccasandy 8 years ago from Belmont

    That was a real helpful hub on giving volume to hair. But I would request you to tell me how to remove frizz from my hairs,

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    JonnyH 8 years ago from London

    Love it, lots of help here if your hair's starting to thin :-)

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    greathub 8 years ago from Earth

    my hair are already too voluminous. So much so that I have problem in combing my hair. They just puff up after bath.

    any tips for me?

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    Betty Jo Petty 9 years ago from Arkansas, U.S.A.

    I'm going through trying to learn about Hub Pages! Marisa, you are so patient.

    Good tips on haircare. Too bad I cut mine shoulder length. I miss my longer hair. bjp

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    Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

    Great hubs deserve great comments! I got a lot of good tips from both, thanks!

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    Marisa Wright 9 years ago from Sydney

    Earth Angel - yes, I should have made that clearer. Steam is the enemy if your hair is hanging free, because it will make it flop. However it's an ally if you keep your hair up in rollers or a clip while you're in the steam, and leave it there till it's dry - because it will set the wave.

    I agree with your hairdresser. Be brave! Do it gradually - the first time, insist that the very shortest layer is at shoulder-length. To an onlooker, they'll be invisible but it will really lighten the load. Better for your scalp, too.

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Hi Marisa!! Thanks for the comments!! Yes, I keep my hair up in a bun, under a loose fitting shower cap, until after I shower and after my hair has had a chance to dry from whatever little moisture it picked up!! The steam really helps set the wave!! Alas, you are right, the weight is what defeats most products!! My hairdresser has encouraged me to cut in in layers many times but I have resisted!! If I didn't like the layers it would take another ten years to grow it out even again!! Soooooooo, I have invested in several really good wigs!! Thanks again for a GREAT Hub!! Blessings on your day and your hair-do's!! Earth Angel!!

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    Marisa Wright 9 years ago from Sydney

    Tips for oily hair - hot water and harsh chemicals stimulate the scalp, so always shampoo in warm to cool water with a mild shampoo. Wash your hair every other day, not daily, as that just stimulates the scalp to produce more oil. You can use a dry shampoo in between until your scalp settles down - which it will.

    Earth Angel, when you wake with those gorgeous waves, do you clip your hair up until after you've showered? Steam is the enemy of volume. Unfortunately, with hair so long, the sheer weight of it would defeat most product.

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    Earth Angel 9 years ago

    Another GREAT Hub Marisa!!

    Plain talk on a subject that each of us faces each day!! I am blessed with a full head of dark blonde hair that hangs well below "where the sun doesn't shine!!" It is very fine and very straight!! Getting any kind of volume has always been a problem!!

    I LOVE the feel of my hair when I lighten it because the lightener removes the build-up of product that shampooing does not as you noted above!! (Under Tip #5 I would add lighteners/highlighters as well!!)

    I too put my hair up most of the time, especially when sleeping, and by morning I have lovely volume and waves!! Unfortunately, they last about 5 minutes!! On special occasions I use lots of products to keep the look but the stiffness is embarrassing when so many people want to touch it!!

    If you have any suggestions about what products would produce BOTH volume-hold and softness, I am all ears!!

    Again, a GREAT Hub Marisa!! Thank you sooooooooooo much for sharing!! I am off to wash my hair this very minute!!

    Blessings, Earth Angel!!

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    Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Marisa! Great HUB as usual.

    regards Zsuzsy

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    Om Prakash Singh 9 years ago from New Delhi

    Nice Hub. any tips for oilly hair?

    Thumbs up.

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    Marisa Wright 9 years ago from Sydney

    G-Ma - if you use a semi or a tone-on-tone, the more you wash the faster it will disappear. No way round it. However, the longer you delay shampooing just after you've coloured your hair, the longer it will last. So, say you might colour your hair on Friday night if you're planning a quiet weekend, and not shampoo it again till Monday. And never, ever shampoo it straight after the colour.

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    Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    I color my hair each month to cover those old grays, I would love to go natural but my husband likes it colored. Very good information.

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    Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

    Ok Sweetie.. I color my hair ( it is grey after all I've been through...and of course my age) but I have fine hair and oily skin so I do wash  every other day...but seems to wash out the color soon..Do you have any ideas for this ?? G-Ma  ?? You are sooooo sweet.....

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