Those with fine hair will know that it can be a constant challenge. For starters, it is difficult to get fine hair to hold any style without it falling flat within a couple of hours. Factor in our humid climate and you have an uphill task at hand. Plus, fine hair also makes it more susceptible to damage and breakage, especially since it snaps more easily than thicker, coarser hair. So if you have fine hair and regularly get chemical processes, it can also be difficult to maintain hair health. Moreover, many repairing hair products contain ingredients like silicones (which coat hair surface so it feels smoother instantly), and when left to accumulate on hair and scalp, can actually weigh down your tresses and strip coloured hair of its lustre. Taking all these into consideration, here are the seven best products you can use to style fine hair at any length:
#1 Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair, $30 (60 ml)
To give flat and limp hair some bounce and shine, work this lightweight oil along the lengths of your hair before blowing dry. Infused with nourishing oils, it replenishes damaged hair and seals hair cuticles to keep humidity out so your fresh and voluminous blow out looks great for hours on end. Best part? It doesn’t weigh hair down and keeps hair silky soft.
#2 OUAI Memory Mist, $42 (126 g
When you’re dealing with flat hair that doesn’t hold its style, it can be tempting to turn to a copious amount hairspray to lock in your desired look. The down side? Your hair will feel stiff and look unnatural. Formulated to help lock in your desired hair style without going overboard with hairspray, this priming spray preps hair so that it “memorises” curls and blowouts and holds it in place till your next shampoo. Plus, it also provides your hair with thermal protection so you can style your tresses with heating styling tools with a peace of mind.
#3 Hanz de Fuko Quicksand, $30 (56 g)
Fine hair can become limp, especially when there’s sweat and sebum involved. This explains why those with oily scalp rely on heavy-duty dry shampoo to give hair and scalp and new lease of life by absorbing dirt and grime and giving hair a root lift. Enter Hanz de Fuko’s Quicksand, a two-in-one product which combines the oil-absorbing benefit of a dry shampoo and the texturising property of a hair wax. It is formulated with absorbent clays that eliminate excess sebum to instantly revive lifeless hair into hair that’s full of volume and texture. It also has a pliable finish so you can easily reshape your hair throughout the day.
#4 IGK 30,000 Feet Volume Powder Spray, $48 (7 g)
As its name suggests, this volumising powder spray takes your hair quite literally to new heights. Made of Betonite Clay, this invisible powder coats each and every strand of hair to bulk up fine hair, adding density and texture without any white residue so you can style your hair easily and quickly. All you have to do is part your hair in sections and apply directly at the roots. Massage into your scalp and watch your hair multiply in volume and in height.
#5 VERB Ghost Hairspray, $24 (230 ml)
For those looking for a naturally fuller effect, try this hairspray from VERB. Totally traceless yet packed with hair-conditioning ingredients, it adds volume and body to fine hair. And you don’t have to worry about hair feeling stiff as it leaves tresses feeling soft and shiny, thanks to its blend of botanical oils, glycerin and vitamin b5 which smooths frizz, hydrates and imparts a healthy shine.
#6 Living Proof Style Lab Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer, $35 (60 ml)
Designed to be used on dry hair, this styling paste adds instant texture and volume to flat and fine hair. Thanks to the brand’s proprietary Thickening Molecule (PBAE), it uses a Meta-Volume Technology which thickens hair shaft and creates flexible texture with moderate hold that lasts for up to 48 hours. All you have to do is apply an appropriate amount onto hair from mid-lengths onwards and scrunch hair into place.
#7 Sachajuan Root Lift, $34 (200 ml)
Give flat hair a volume boost with Sachajuan’s Root Lift. Thanks to its high-performance formula which features its Ocean Silk Technology, it injects volume to your hair right at the roots for thicker-looking and bouncier tresses. We love that it feels absolutely weightless on the hair and doesn’t weigh it down one bit.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha