Hello, I have quite thin hair and it always gets flat at the crown. 🙁 It’s layered and shoulder length. I use volumizer and even sleep with rollers, which helps a bit, but I always use a ton of hairspray to add texture.
I just want it to go natural but cannot seem to stop hairspray. Can you give me advice please? It doesn’t suit my face at all if it’s flat. Thank you signed, hairspray obsessed. – Tina
I understand your obsession with hairspray. Without question it is the product I go through the fastest. It does everything! However, good news for you, since your goal is volume, you have plenty of options that don’t involve hairspray. Although it sounds like your hair biology really wants it to lie flat, we can definitely give it a small boost.
Your cut is a great start, layers add volume. However, shoulder length is about the longest I would go if you’re in the pursuit of volume. If you think a shorter cut might suit you, consider it. Less hair means less mass weighing it down.
Next, develop the correct cleansing regimen. Since you love your products, you absolutely must start using a clarifying shampoo 2 to 4 times a month. Regular shampoo can only get through so much product buildup. Over time, that buildup weighs your hair down considerably. TRESemmé Deep Cleansing Shampoo is effective, super cheap, and the bottle is huge. Since you only use it sparingly, a bottle can honestly last you a year.
The rest of the time, make sure you use a shampoo and conditioner designed for volume. Consider Nioxin. I doubt its claims to slow or prevent hair loss but it is extremely effective at plumping hair up and adding volume. If you’re on a tighter budget, try the Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Shampoo and Conditioner. For a salon brand, it’s very reasonably priced. Lastly, remember not to put any conditioner on your roots. Your hairs natural oils take care of that portion of the hair, and conditioner will just weigh those roots down.
Lastly, which styling product should replace your hairspray? Volumizing powder. I LOVE this product. You dust a little on your roots, as if you were lightly tapping some pepper on your food. Then, you rub it into your scalp and roots. You’ll feel the powder transform from a light powder into something that feels almost like a gritty cream. It will make your roots stand right up. If you want even more volume, it will take your backcombing to the next level. I only use Got2b Powderful. It costs nothing, and Got2b is a Schwarzkopf company. I honestly can not tell the difference between Powderful and Schwarzkopf’s Osis+ Dust It (the industry standard) except price.
Hairspray is a fantastic multi-use tool that deserves a place in every beauty arsenal, but you should never be dependent on one tool or product exclusively. Hopefully these suggestions will give you some options, so you can put the can down time to time.