Add Body to Hair - Personal Hair Advisor FAQs - iVillage Beauty Hair & Nail Salon

Personal Hair Advisor: We all suffer from seemingly lifeless hair from time to time. But there's no need to declare defeat. The right cut and styling techniques will add body to your limp locks in no time. Getting the right cut is the first step in adding life to do-nothing hair. Many of fine-haired clients think that lots of layers will give them more body, but unfortunately that's not the case. Too many layers actually take away body and make the hair fall even flatter than before. Layering at the crown will change the hair's natural proportion and distort your cut's overall shape. Stick with blunt cuts, with a few layers at the ends for movement.

Choose your styling products wisely; they can make or break your style. Gels are great body builders, but only when used in moderation. After you've towel dried and combed out your hair, flip your head upside down. Lightly dip your fingers into the gel and massage it into your roots. Flip your head back up and rub any remaining gel together in your hands.

Distribute it evenly at the hairline for added lift around your face. Avoid the temptation to apply gel on the ends, because it will only weigh them down. Mousse is a favorite of many stylists, but it contains a lot of alcohol and can dry hair out and cause static. To judge the efficacy of your mousse, spray a dollop onto your hand. If it evaporates quickly, it has too much alcohol and should be avoided because it can dry out your hair. If it stays put, it contains less alcohol and would be a good alternative to gel.

Blow-drying your hair on a fast setting or for long periods can also flatten hair. Always use the dryer's low speed setting; you'll have more control over the heat and airflow, which allows you to build body slowly as you dry. When hair is dried too fast or too hot, it overheats and falls flat, like a flower in a heat wave. Keep a spritz bottle full of water nearby so that if you do over dry, you won't have to start all over again. Flip your head over and spritz water lightly onto your hair. Scrunch gently with your hands, and then brush it out with a round brush as you dry. The water, combined with the slow speed of the dryer, will add body back into your hair. Don't go overboard on finishing products, either. The key to managing fine hair is to remember that less is more.

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