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November, 13 2018

How do you add volume to thin hair?


Liz @JdeV Prestwick store

Thin hair, aside from being more vulnerable to damage, also has a tendency to look flat and a little bit lacklustre. This can make it difficult to style and tricky when it comes to injecting a bit of volume. That’s why today I’m aiming to tackle this problem head on by discussing a few natural ways you can add a bit of volume and ‘oomph’ back into your thin locks. 

Get your hair cut regularly

When it comes to the health of your hair, getting it cut regularly is essential. If your hair is thin then it’s going to be more susceptible to damage from things like curling tongs, hair dryers, straighteners etc. This can equate to split ends, breakages and plenty of dryness which will definitely sap the volume out of your do. A regular visit to your hairdresser can help to resolve this issue, not to mention they may be able to recommend some cuts and styles to improve the appearance of your hair.

Protect your hair from thermal heat

As I’ve just mentioned above, thermal heat can be a major source of stress for thin hair which is why it might be a good idea to look into dos or styles that don’t rely on this element. You could try reading my colleague’s blog, ‘The best way to straighten your hair without heat.’ Here Liz from our Prestwick store takes a look at a few natural ways to keep your hair straight without relying on thermal heat. If you really must use your straighteners or curlers though, you should probably try investing in a product that can help to protect your hair. John Masters’ 100% Pure Argan Oil is our top pick here as it’s rich in antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids!

Don’t overdo it with product

If your hair is thin it can become easy to overcompensate for this by adding far too much product, whether it’s mousse, gel or spray. Ideally though, you want to avoid doing this because, if your hair is thin, this amount of product can easily weigh it down and take from the volume. It’s also worth considering that the vast majority of supermarket products also contain a plethora of harsh chemicals which can easily damage thinner hair types, leading to split ends and breakages.

That’s why, if you are planning on using a mousse or spray, it’s important not to go overboard and, whenever possible, to opt for more natural alternatives. Again, John Masters are a good choice here as they offer a range of styling products from Hair Spray to Sculpting Clay, all made from natural, botanical ingredients.

 Use a volumising shampoo and conditioner

One of the best ways to get some oomph back into flat hair is to utilise a volumising shampoo and conditioner. Here at Jan de Vries, our customers can’t say enough about Jason’s Volumising Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner. Not only do these products help to insert some volume back into your hair, they also contain natural botanical ingredients such as evening primrose extracts and jojoba seed oil to help hydrate and nourish thin hair, plus they also contain wheat protein which is perfect for strengthening weakened locks!

Feed your hair

It’s all very well eating foods that boost your immune system and encourage clear skin but did you know that your diet can also help to give your hair a boost too? Nutrients such as iron, protein zinc and crucial B vitamins are all very important for supporting the health of your hair, helping to promote new growth and protecting your hair from free-radical damage. While it’s always very important that you try and maintain a healthy diet rich in foods that contain these nutrients, if you’re especially worried about your hair, you could try A.Vogel’s Hair Complex.  This is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals like magnesium and vitamins A, B & C whilst also containing silica to help strengthen your hair, making it less susceptible to damage.

Massage your scalp

Massaging your scalp not only feels extremely soothing and relaxing, it also helps to increase the circulation to this area. This is great as, by stimulating the blood vessels and increasing the blood flow to your scalp and hair follicles, a massage helps to ensure that plenty of nutrients make their way to this area, promoting healthy hair growth. It doesn’t hurt that this claim is backed up by science as one study found that just four minutes of massaging a day increased activity amongst genes known to encourage hair growth![1]

So how do you go about massaging your scalp? Well, you can start in the shower as you’re shampooing your hair. Try to use circular motions from front to back, applying only a gentle amount of pressure to your scalp. You can then move to the back of your head and massage from back to front, moving from the bottom of your hairline towards the crown. This should help to stimulate movement to the blood vessels, promoting a healthier flow of blood to the area.

Wear it curly

How you style your hair can play a vital role in how volumised it appears – if you’re wearing your hair straight then naturally, it is going to appear flatter and lack volume. Curly hair on the other hand, can easily give the illusion of extra volume but remember how you choose to curl your hair matters! If you’re relying on curlers then, over time, you could end up doing more harm than good. Thankfully, my colleague Ayesha has you covered with her informative blog, ‘How do you curl your hair naturally?’ which delves into a variety of heat-free ways to achieve perfectly silky-smooth ringlets, fuss-free!



[1] https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/scalp-massage-hair-growth/