Flat and limp hair can be caused by a variety of factors, from our country’s perpetual humidity to not washing your hair properly or using products that add too much weight, pulling the strands down further. The solution, however, is not necessarily to use fewer products or wash your hair more often, as these can cause your hair more problems.
Thankfully, the latest crop of styling products are formulated to not only add volume and texture to fine hair, they also feel light-as-air so your tresses still feel soft and smooth while getting that extra oomph. Here are the top 10 hair volumising products to check out:
Specially formulated for fine, flat and thin hair, this nourishing shampoo works to gently cleanse and eradicate sebum and dirt buildup that cause your hair to become weighed down and flat. Its enriching botanical formula is made with eco-certified moroccan organic argan oil and spanish virgin olive oil, plus aloe vera juice, bamboo stem extract and essential vitamins B5 and E to restore your hair’s natural lustre. Exclusively available at Guardian stores.
This gentle, mineral-rich shampoo from New Zealand is packed with key vitamins, amino acids and plant proteins ideal for fine hair that needs a bit of a volume boost. It’s sulphate-free and hence doesn’t produce tons of foam, so be sure to massage it into your hair and scalp for weightless volume and healthy nourishment. Available at Watsons stores.
If you’re worried that using a conditioner will weigh down your already-flat tresses, this conditioner is created without the use of silicones and has a very light texture that won’t add weight to your hair. Plus, it’s made with organic mallow extracts that helps detangle hair while amplifying volume and texture. Available at selected department stores.
Just as its name suggests, this product has more of a serum texture that coats hair cuticles, delivering essential nutrients for stronger, more resilient hair—totally essential for fine hair that is prone to snapping. And that’s not all, it also contains body-building ingredients to add volume while sealing off frizz and humidity for silky locks. A little product goes a long way so start with spreading two to three pumps worth of product along the lengths of towel-dried hair (if you have over-the-shoulder length hair) before blow-drying. Available at Sephora.
For gravity-defying root lift, this weightless powder spray has got you covered, thanks to its key ingredient, Betonite Clay. Invisible yet power-packed, this ultra-fine powder adds bulk and grip to fine hair so you can style it the way your heart desires. All you have to do is squeeze the pump bottle with the nozzle directed at the roots and massage in for a hair-raising effect, quite literally. Repeat in sections and add some product to the lengths of your strands for added texture. Available at Sephora.
Fine hair can be more susceptible to falling limp, especially when it’s not thoroughly cleansed, leaving impurities and residual hair products to accumulate. To give your strands a new lease of life, give it a DIY detox with this deep cleansing paste once or twice a week. Though it seems thick and sticky in the tub, it forms a rich and luxurious lather when massaged into wet hair and scalp. Pure Rassoul Clay eliminates gunk without stripping coloured hair of its vibrancy and essential moisture, restoring balance to your tresses. Rose extracts also help deliver moisture, and leaves hair smelling oh-so-good. Available at Sephora.
Featuring the brand’s Meta-Volume Technology patented Thickening Molecule, PBAE, this styling cream offers instant volume and maleable hold that lasts up to 48 hours. Simply rub a pearl-sized amount between palms and scrunch into dry hair (medium-length) to style. Hair remains flexible and so you can always restyle it throughout the day. Available at Sephora.
If your T-zone is prone to oiliness, chances are, so is your scalp. Formulated to combat fine hair and greasy scalp, this natural powder dry shampoo uses botanical starches to soak up sebum and perspiration, giving limp tresses an instant boost. It also features AVEDA’s soothing Shampure scent, which leaves hair delicately scented—perfect as a post-lunch pick-me-up for fresh locks. Available at selected leading department stores and salons.
If your hair is damaged and limp, work this leave-in styling cream through towel-dried or dry hair for enhanced fullness, softness and smoothness without leaving a tacky feeling. Made with keratin and elastin, it works to strengthen your hair and protect from heat so you can blow-dry with ease of mind. Available at selected salons.
If your scalp is sensitive or inflamed, this silicone-free shampoo is formulated with ultra-soothing menthol and natural ingredients to minimise irritation and inflammation . Best used in conjunction with the Tokio IE Spa Treatment, this shampoo also helps moisturise and repair hair that’s been exposed to drying chemicals or heat, effectively leaving it healthy and naturally fuller-looking, while lemon grass essential oil infuses your senses with a feeling of relaxation and turns your shower into a spa. Available at selected salons.
Text: Joyce Cheo, Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew
Revive limp locks with this volumising shampoo which breathes new life to your hair by giving it a natural volume. Infused with blackcurrant extract to gently and thoroughly cleanse your hair, it also contains panthenol and hydrolysed wheat to strengthen fine hair.
Sometimes, when sebum and dead skin cells get stuck on your scalp, they can block hair follicles and affect hair regrowth, which eventually leads to thinner, finer hair. Give your scalp a deep detox with this gentle scalp scrub. It combines dead sea salt, coconut-derived cleansing agents and seed extract to lift debris off the scalp and soothe any itching or flaking.
Enriched with precious plant extracts and essential minerals, this serum purifies a congested scalp, supports hair bulb regeneration and improves hair resilience right from the root.
The last thing fine hair needs is a mixture of sweat and grime on your scalp. Keep your hair fresh and clean with generous applications of a dry shampoo like this one. A combination of charcoal powder and white tea powder helps to absorb oil and sweat, as well as providing a soothing and strengthening effect on hair follicles.
Those with fine hair will probably also have a sparse crown, so if you’d like to add extra height and volume to your hair, try this heat-activated spray. All you have to do is apply it liberally throughout your hair before blow-drying. As its name suggests, the blasts of hot hair will give flat hair a root lift without feeling stiff or sticky.
For those who prefer to set your ‘do in place with a hair spray, opt for this one. Thanks to its unique formula, which contains volumising polymers that cling onto hair strands to provide long-lasting lift and gravity-defying volume.
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