Got thin hair? The wrong setting on your hairdryer could be flattening it more

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Every hair type has its own struggles. And if you’ve got fine hair, its worst offence is probably falling flat by midday.

Luckily there are styling tricks and products galore to help with that, enabling you to lift and thicken the skinny strands you were born with.

The secret? You need to layer the right products together, starting in the shower, and know how to get max results when you dry them in.

Consider this your ultimate guide to taking your hair from barely there to va-va-voom volume…

Volumising shampoo + conditioner

When we talk about fine hair, what we actually mean is that the diameter of each individual hair is slim. This is why oily roots are more of a struggle if you have skinny strands.

“Those with fine hair have more strands per square centimetre on their scalp than other hair types — each hair takes up less space, so there is room for more of them,” explains trichologist Anabel Kingsley.

“Each of those hairs has its own oil gland. The more hairs you have, the more oil your scalp produces.”

The result? Lack of volume and bounce. That’s why, according to celebrity hairstylist and co-founder of Percy & Reed Paul Percival: “great hair actually starts in the shower. Using the correct shampoo and conditioner is the foundation to creating volume.”

To that end, concentrate your shampoo at the roots and stick to applying conditioner solely to the mid-lengths and ends.

It’s also worth steering clear of conditioner that is wax-based or a heavy cream as these could add unwanted weight.

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As for how often you should wash fine hair, Kingsley believes this should be a daily routine. “Your hair accumulates dirt, oil and grime every day – just like your skin — and these can really weigh it down. Washing it every day will get rid of them.”

Now add: Mousse

When it comes to volumising hair products, there’s a fine line (pardon the pun) between adding oomph and adding too much grit. Go in too heavy handed and you risk making roots look greasy and strands flat and sticky – precisely the opposite effect you’re trying to create.

Approach serums and silicones (look for words ending in -cone or -xane on ingredient lists) with caution as they coat each strand, and that extra weight is the last thing fine hair needs.

Instead prep hair with mousse to create lift and hold. Shake the can well so it comes out light and frothy then pat a palmful over damp hair, really working it into the roots, and distribute evenly with a wide-tooth comb.

Now add: Blow dry

For Percival, the blow dry is where limp, fine strands can seriously defy gravity. Before you start, turn off the ionic setting if you’re using that type of hair dryer – ions make your hair sleek but can also kill volume.

Also remove the nozzle attachment – it concentrates the heat and actually flattens fine hair.

Keep the dryer on a medium heat, flip your hair upside down and tousle it while you blow dry. When it’s 90% dry, flip your hair back up and use a big round brush to lift the roots.

“Make sure you are lifting the roots in an upward motion as you dry each section,” says Percival. “And always finish with a blast of cool air over the entire head.” This is key as it locks in the fullness for a lot longer.

Now add: Volumising spray

The best volumising sprays sit somewhere between a lightweight hairspray and a dry shampoo.

“Finish with Percy & Reed's Big, Bold & Beautiful Dry Instant Volumising Spray for added body,” advises Percival, who has dubbed this non-sticky spray “backcombing in a can” on account of the root boost.

To use, mist onto dry hair, lifting it in sections and spraying into the roots from underneath, in an upward direction. Massage into the roots with your fingers or, if you fancy a more beachy, lived-in look, scrunch with your fingertips.

The Bold & Beautiful spray normally costs £15, but you can get the full size for just £9 here if you’re signing up to our Summer Saviours OK! Beauty Box.

The box contains a full size of the Percy & Reed spray, plus five other gorgeous products, with a total box value of over £70. It’s a small price for big hair!

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