7 Hair Tricks for Thin, Fine Hair That Result in More Volume

Glam Girl Gabi
by Glam Girl Gabi
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Here I will show you some hair tricks for thin, fine hair. I have struggled with my hair for my entire life.

It has always been super fine, meaning that the diameter of each individual strand is skinny.

I've also had issues with thinning hair, meaning the density or how many strands of hair are present on each square inch of scalp.

Combine fine with thin, and you get hair that doesn't have any weight, looks hollow in the baseline, and struggles to get volume.

In this tutorial, I want to teach you a few tips and tricks I've implemented into my haircare routine.

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Tools and materials:

  • Silk pillowcase
  • Sleep cap
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Thickening spray
  • Hair dryer/blow-out brush
  • Scalp foundation
Sleeping on a silk pillowcase

1. Silk pillowcase

Do silk pillowcases really make a difference? The answer is yes and especially if you have my type of hair.

My hair is not only thin and fine but also very curly and frizzy. Two things happen when I sleep on a cotton pillowcase.

First, breakage because my hair is so fine and fragile.

Second, because my hair is curly, it tends to shift and get messed up if it's rubbing up on a pillow that doesn't have any slide.

Also, my blowout gets completely ruined when I sleep on a regular pillow. I do not have the type of hair where I can go to sleep, and it still looks amazing when I wake up.

When you sleep on a silk pillowcase, however, it preserves your style. You wake up, and your hair still looks amazing.

Wearing a sleep cap

2. Sleep cap

Another option is to get a sleep cap. This is very nostalgic for me because I am Brazilian and my mom also has very textured curly hair.

She would use a silk cap every night to preserve her beautiful natural texture or her blowout.

She would always wrap her hair in a cap and go to sleep with it that way, and then when she woke up, it was still soft, bouncy, and beautiful.

The best shampoo for thin fine hair

3. Shampoo

You want to use a shampoo and conditioner range that is specifically tailored towards volume.

Using a shampoo for dry, damaged hair or a moisture shampoo range when your hair is thinner or fine will weigh your hair down.

When you are shampooing, make sure that you focus on the scalp and massage the shampoo right in.

If you don't get a lot of lather the first time, it is because the shampoo is working on removing the oils in your scalp and on the product build-up.

Doing a second shampoo will ensure that your hair is properly cleansed and will not be weighed down.

Should you use conditioner on fine hair?

4. Conditioner

You also want to choose a conditioner specifically tailored for volume. When using it, avoid conditioning the scalp; just do the mid shafts and ends. 

Applying thickening spray to fine hair

5. Thickening spray

Rinse thoroughly, so your hair has no weight before blow-drying.

Before styling, use a thickening spray or some other product specifically tailored for volume.

Don't overdo it. Volume products are important, but if you use too much on fine hair, you could end up with a weighed-down effect.

How to style fine thin hair

6. Blowdry

This next step will be a bit controversial for some, but if you have fine hair, the only way to get it to look really full and beautiful is to blow it out.

There is so much stuff online about preventing heat damage, and you do want to be careful so that you don't put too much heat into your hair.

However I have fine hair and if I don't blow it out, it's not going to look as beautiful and as full as if I do.

You can do this with a hairdryer and a round brush, or use a blow-out brush.

Blowing your hair out will also ensure that the cuticle layers are smoothed down, resulting in a glossier, shinier, and smoother end result that will trick the eye into thinking that that hair is actually much thicker than it is.

How to use scalp foundation

7. Scalp foundation

You can stop here, but if you have thin hair where the scalp is showing through the hair, I have a life-changing tip for you. Even though I did get a hair transplant, I still have thinning in some areas, which can be seen if I’m wearing my hair half up.

I discovered a scalp foundation that will completely hide any thinning patches. It is lightweight, has buildable coverage, and tremendous staying power.

If you’re worried that filling your scalp in with powder could result in clogged pores and more hair loss, this product is actually infused with ten active hair and skin-loving ingredients - it's a win-win.

Hair tricks for thin fine hair

Hair tricks for thin fine hair

Those are my hair tricks for thin, fine hair.

Remember that fine hair needs to be infused with volume right from the wet stage. That is why it's important to use something like a sleep cap or a silk pillowcase to preserve your style, so you don't have to do all of these steps multiple times a week.  

Which trick is your favorite? Comment down below.

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  • Rivani Rivani on Aug 12, 2022

    What is the brand of the scalp foundation?

  • Debra Debra on Mar 24, 2023

    I would love to know what to do if you have fine thin hair and what I need to do to bring it back like a vitamin or something? Thank you !