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10 Ways To Add Volume & Body To Fine Hair

10 Ways To Add Volume & Body To Fine Hair

Want the appearance of fuller and thicker hair? Most of us want luscious locks but unfortunately, hair can thin over time due to numerous reasons. Here are a few tips to help you achieve thicker and more luscious looking hair.

1. Use A Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is a product used to keep hair smelling fresh and minimize oiliness between shampoos. It can also be used to create the illusion of thicker hair because the product coats the hair shaft creating more volume. Concentrate the product at your roots and massage it into your hair for a fuller look.

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2. Create Volume With Waves

One way to create the illusion of more volume is by creating loose waves. Use a 2″ barrel curling iron and wrap large sections of hair around the iron and away from your face. Once the curls have set, run your fingers through your hair to loosen them up. Flip your hair over and apply texturizing spray throughout for instant volume.

3. Load Up On Iron

A deficiency in iron can be a cause of thinning hair in many women. Studies show that women are most at risk for anemia, also known as iron deficiency. A lack of iron means that you won’t have enough hemoglobin to carry oxygen to your cells resulting in more fragile and thinner hair. A blood test at the doctor’s office can determine your iron levels. The solution is as easy as taking an iron supplement daily or altering your diet by adding iron rich foods to your meals such a steak, kale, and spinach.

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4. Get More Protein

Protein is a building block of hair and essential for hair growth. The protein that builds hair is called keratin. Consume foods that are high in protein such as chicken, steak, beans and eggs. For an extra boost, try drinking a protein shake.

5. Massage Your Scalp

Massaging your scalp is a relaxing way to increase blood circulation which is essential for hair growth. Rub a few drops of argan oil onto your fingertips and gently massage your scalp. The best time to give yourself a scalp oil massage is right before you shampoo because you can rinse it out when you’re finished.

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6. Get Long Layers

A blunt cut gives the appearance of hair that is sleeker and flatter. Ask for a cut with long layers. Your stylist may also be able to create more texture by using specialized cutting techniques. Layers should be placed throughout your hair for best results.

7. Pick A Ceramic Blow Dryer

Ionic blow dryers are great for creating shine but they can actually make fine hair look even flatter by smoothing the hair’s cuticle. If you have to have an ionic dryer, pick one that gives you the option of turning the ionic setting off. Ceramic dryers don’t excessively smooth the hair and are more suitable for fine hair.

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8. Dry The Roots First

Aim the blow dryer directly at your roots before moving on to the rest of your hair. Drying the roots first will create more texture and give the illusion of thicker hair. You can also flip your hair upside down while blow drying in order to create more volume. It’s important to keep blow drying until your hair is completely dry in order to achieve the most volume.

9. Get Balayage Highlights

Highlights can be used to create a multi-dimensional look and give the appearance of more volume. With the balayage technique, your stylist will apply color freehand without using foils for a more natural appearance.

10. Use Volumizing Hair Products

Volumizing hair products include mousse, lotions, and gels which work by coating your hair for a thicker look. You’ll want to concentrate these products on your roots for best results. Applying an excessive amount of product along the entire shaft of your hair won’t bring the best results because it will weigh your hair down.

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Last Updated on February 25, 2020

Face Adversity with a Smile

Face Adversity with a Smile

I told my friend Graham that I often cycle the two miles from my house to the town centre but unfortunately there is a big hill on the route. He replied, ‘You mean fortunately.’ He explained that I should be glad of the extra exercise that the hill provided.

My attitude to the hill has now changed. I used to grumble as I approached it but now I tell myself the following. This hill will exercise my heart and lungs. It will help me to lose weight and get fit. It will mean that I live longer. This hill is my friend. Finally as I wend my way up the incline I console myself with the thought of all those silly people who pay money to go to a gym and sit on stationery exercise bicycles when I can get the same value for free. I have a smug smile of satisfaction as I reach the top of the hill.

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Problems are there to be faced and overcome. We cannot achieve anything with an easy life. Helen Keller was the first deaf and blind person to gain a University degree. Her activism and writing proved inspirational. She wrote, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

One of the main determinants of success in life is our attitude towards adversity. From time to time we all face hardships, problems, accidents, afflictions and difficulties. Some are of our making but many confront us through no fault of our own. Whilst we cannot choose the adversity we can choose our attitude towards it.

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Douglas Bader was 21 when in 1931 he had both legs amputated following a flying accident. He was determined to fly again and went on to become one of the leading flying aces in the Battle of Britain with 22 aerial victories over the Germans. He was an inspiration to others during the war. He said, “Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.”

How can you change your attitude towards the adversity that you face? Try these steps:

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  1. Confront the problem. Do not avoid it.
  2. Deliberately take a positive attitude and write down some benefits or advantages of the situation.
  3. Visualise how you will feel when you overcome this obstacle.
  4. Develop an action plan for how to tackle it.
  5. Smile and get cracking.

The biographies of great people are littered with examples of how they took these kinds of steps to overcome the difficulties they faced. The common thread is that they did not become defeatist or depressed. They chose their attitude. They opted to be positive. They took on the challenge. They won.

Featured photo credit: Jamie Brown via unsplash.com

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