Ask a Stylist: How Do I Add Volume to Fine or Thin Hair?

When it comes to hair, the goal is healthy and gorgeous tresses. But for those of us with fine or thin hair, it may seem like getting the luscious locks usually found on hair advertisements and models is out of reach. With the right styling products, you might start your day with that voluminous style — but it certainly doesn’t last. What gives?

First, though, let’s get something clear: notice that we said fine or thin, since these descriptions actually have two different meanings. Hair can be one or the other, or even both.

Calling hair thin or thick refers to the density of hair follicles on your head. Having thinner hair means you have less hair follicles placed closely together, so fewer actual strands of hair growing. This explains why someone with thin hair would see more of their scalp while styling. Conversely, fine hair refers to the thickness of your strands of hair. If your hair tends to be both fine and thin, then it may be easily damaged, so it’s best to be gentle whenever washing and styling. Whether the cause is simply genetic, due to heat damage, or another reason, continue reading to learn a few tips to add volume to fine or thin hair.

It’s What’s on the Inside That Counts

Hair’s appearance has a lot to do with what’s going on inside. It’s important to eat healthy foods like spinach, beans, and kale which are all good sources of iron, biotin, and zinc. All three of these elements support healthy hair growth. Biotin in particular can be found in bananas, peanuts, salmon, and eggs. A protein-rich diet is also important to growing healthy locks. And just like many other reasons for staying hydrated, drinking water is also a crucial part of keeping your strands healthy.

Treat Your Hair – Restore and Repair

Need an excuse for a spa day? Scalp massages are a great way to increase circulation and nourish your hair follicles, encouraging hair growth. Even if you don’t get a full-on massage, indulge in at-home pampering by massaging It’s a 10 Miracle Oil Plus Keratin into your scalp before or after styling to add shine and strength. Simple, relaxing, and it leads to extra restoration for our hair? Sign us up.

Pick Your Products Wisely

Just like skin, everyone has their “hair type.” Is your hair dry and coarse? Fine and oily? Choosing the right products for your specific hair type will make a difference in the health of your hair as well achieving the style you desire. Perfect for adding volume to fine and thin hair, our lightweight, sulfate-free It's a 10 Miracle Volumizing Shampoo is designed to remove buildup, while also nourishing and strengthening hair to reveal its natural beauty and volume. Used in combination with our It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Lite, our volumizing line delivers fullness and shine without the heavy weighed-down feeling of other products.

Recreate the Salon Experience

There’s a reason your hair looks so good after visiting the salon. Professional stylists know how to boost the hair using the right products and styling techniques for every kind of texture. According to hair artist Kristen Mackoul, “The best way to add volume to fine or thin hair is by using a lightweight mousse. It's a 10 Miracle Styling Mousse is great for this!” Simply apply the product directly to your roots after shampooing; then, flip your head upside and down and blow dry your hair in the opposite direction of its growth. Make sure not to use heavy styling creams, waxes, molding muds, or thick serums, as they can make your hair heavy, rather than voluminous.

It doesn’t have to take long to add a bit of volume to your hair. Keep your mane healthy, start with the right hair care products, and keep these volumizing tips in mind, if you’re looking to give your hair that extra boost!