Crappy thin, fine hair. What products do you use?

(47 Posts)

That's it in the title really.

My children have ruined my hair, it's fine, falling out and thinning rapidly. There is new hair growth around my hairline so maybe there's some hope!

I'm hopeless at styling my hair and I need help please.

Is it worth buying the fabled Babyliss big hair?

What products do you use to boof things up a bit?

Thank you, style gurus smile

BrigitBigKnickers Sun 18-Nov-12 22:41:35

I understand your pain- thin virtually non stylable hair here too!

Get yourself a good shampoo- I know they are expensive but very concentrated so last for ages. I use Kerastase They do a conditioner and lovely hair mask too.

Look around for the best deal (I often get mine from Look Fantasatic They recently had a three for two offer)

TheCraicDealer Sun 18-Nov-12 22:47:40

Something to try is the way you dry your hair. I have v v v fine hair, unless it's styled it looks like Professor Snape's (but blond).

I blast it with the hairdryer while my head's upside down until it's about 70% dry. Then I separate it with clips and use a medium sized barrel brush to style it, with the nozzle on the hairdryer.

I have the hand-eye coordination of a mole, so please don't think this is beyond you!

DottyDot Sun 18-Nov-12 22:52:51

I have very fine hair and use Aussie volume shampoo, mousse and hairspray and yes, the babyliss big hair is a life saver. I blow dry it nearly dry first and then finish with the BBH. My hair definitely looks thicker/more of it and I wouldn't go back to just a hair dryer now.

Brigit, thank you. I've heard kerastase is good, I'll look into that smile

Oo Craic that sounds hard! I need to get some clips and things and actually invest some time in my hair I think! (Had to google the prof. and had a little giggle, yep my hair is like that too!)

Dotty I'm coming round to the idea of spending more time on myself. Did it take long to get the technique?

LtheWife Sun 18-Nov-12 23:16:07

Volumising powder. It feels like shit quite sticky when you run your fingers through you're hair, but it's invisible and a tiny sprinkling on the roots adds plenty of volume. And if it does start to go flat throughout the day, massaging the roots brings it back to life again. It's the only thing I've ever found that gives lasting root lift to my almost waist length, won't hold so much as a wave, impossible to style hair.

Oo oo this sounds good for me! Any particular brand?

LtheWife Mon 19-Nov-12 00:47:03

I've been getting good results with Got2B Powderful. There are more expensive versions out there, I don't know if they perform any better (or feel nicer) but the cheap and cheerful Got2B version seems to do the job for me.

PerryCombover Mon 19-Nov-12 02:35:44

this stuff does work. Even ex h agrees

They have slightly changed packaging and saw some in tk maxx recently might work

Otherwise coloured dry hair shampoo is the bizzo

PerryCombover Mon 19-Nov-12 02:37:33

Also I have it on v good advice that electric heated ceramic rollers are they way to volume
But have not tried for fear

I have thin fine straight hair. It used to be ok, but after every birth (I have 3 DCs) there seems to be less of it. I used to have it in a jaw length bob, (sometimes a bit longer) but it was just lacking in volume and I hated it, so I recently got it chopped off and it looks a lot better.

My hairdresser used some L'Oreal Play Ball hair styling gum (the orange one) when he'd finished styling it, so I bought some of that and use it everyday. It looks a lot better short and I've had no end of compliments on it.

DottyDot Mon 19-Nov-12 07:59:54

sl1nky I think the BBH takes less time to be honest. I blow dry in a 'messy' way - no styling - and then the BBH is really easy to use 'cos it does it all for you. Hard to explain but only takes me about 6 mins in total to do my hair which is a kind of bob with a fringe. I allow myself a whole 10 mins each morning for hair and make up! grin

Chottie Mon 19-Nov-12 08:04:24

Philip Kingsley products are very good too. There is a lot of info on his website about eating healthily to improve your hair quality and quantity.

deXavia Mon 19-Nov-12 08:09:22

I have to echo the idea of getting it cut off. Mine looks significantly better since I decide to stop trying to have long hair. Currently a sort of Meg Ryan choppy cut, very easy, bit of product and it looks much better

Eliza22 Mon 19-Nov-12 08:46:24

I use the Got2be stuff as well. It's a volume mousse. I put more in than a hairdresser would use to give it "oomph". I have dead straight, fine hair but there's bloody loads of it and have to have it thinned regularly, or I'd look like I was wearing a hat.

Got2be is cheap at the Savers - and as good as the Redken mouse I was a fan of.

valiumredhead Mon 19-Nov-12 09:38:48

You need volumising powder - works a treat acceding to friends and not expensive - you can get it in Boots.

Eliza22 Mon 19-Nov-12 11:51:38

Redken MOUSSE. Although, Marie Antoinette was said to have mice nesting in her powdered wig!!

Djembe Mon 19-Nov-12 11:55:48

Coconut oil - massage a decent amount of it for 10 full mins into your scalp once a week, wrap hair in towel and soak in a bath with some wine and wash out. Magic stuff, makes hair seem thicker and in better condition, and the massage bit stimulates hair growth.

aPirateInaPearTree Mon 19-Nov-12 12:01:13

my mum uses philip kingsley stuff. buys the big buggers and decants. she had a scapl prob for yrs and considerable hair loss. This stuff has been amazing. Her hair is fine and short, and grey but it gives her shiny not heavy hair.

splintersinmebum Mon 19-Nov-12 14:20:54

getting my hair coloured at the hairdressers - highlights & lowlights.

chipstick10 Mon 19-Nov-12 16:20:32

Yay to Philip Kingsley products. Shampoo,conditioner,and maximiser are brill. Also use the majic dust thingy as well. I use vo5 it's good.

DonaAna Mon 19-Nov-12 18:47:43

Wella shampoos in red packaging are cheap and the best for fine hair. They have won many awards.
Many conditioners are too heavy/ oily - try going without.
Yy to drying upside down and then styling.

Bouncey Fri 23-Nov-12 19:56:36

BBH is nice for styling but doesn't add a huge amount of volume in my experience. Heated rollers are the best - and don't have to be hugely time consuming. Simply bung them in for 10 mins while you have breakfast / do your makeup. Sali Hughes has some great advice on how to use:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/aug/12/beauty-gadgets-sali-hughes

Mewsical Fri 23-Nov-12 21:03:42

Wouldn't be without the BBH for smoothing and introducing volume, although sometimes it takes ages to remove from accidental volume from unwanted bits!

Lee Stafford's I Hate my Hair the Day it's washed gives you a finish which is stylable but not sticky. You either love it or hate it, I think. My hair stays where I want it but not in a crunchy way.
Anything other than Sebastian light conditioner leaves my hair weighed down and lank. I can really tell the difference when I have used things like Aussie conditioner....I only use the Aussie shampoo.

Mewsical Fri 23-Nov-12 21:04:57

Also a big Yes to highlights, they have had more effect than anything that I have ever actually put on top of my hair.

DownTheRabidHole Sat 24-Nov-12 07:51:39

There are so many products, some nicer than others - e.g., I can't stand the powder.

I had some PR shots taken yesterday and I didn't have much time to prepare and as a result my hair looks flat and awful. Shiny yes, swishy yes. Stuck to my scalp yes.

I just cba to blow-dry daily with big products although as a concession I'm going out tonight and will use heated rollers to get some lift. I think it's time to bite the bullet and get it all shorn off again.

mamalula Thu 29-Nov-12 14:43:37

This has worked really well for me. This is what my French hairdresser recommended to me: Klorane shampoo http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klorane-Quinine-B6-Shampoo-200ml/dp/B001LFJMGG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1354199991&sr=8-3 and serum http://www.amazon.co.uk/Klorane-Anti-Hair-Strengthening-Serum-125ml/dp/B0075PXD0W/ref=sr_1_22?s=drugstore&ie=UTF8&qid=1354200163&sr=1-22.

earthpixie Sat 01-Dec-12 20:28:47

Use very little conditioner, or none.
Wear your hair as short as you feel comfortable.
Wait until your hair is nearly dry before blow-drying - the natural drying puts some volume in.
Use a small amount of product at the roots and blow dry upside down.
Batiste Dry Shampoo extra volume version is amazing, although it makes your hair much less shiny.
Take heart - I was amazed once when a colleague with thick, wavy hair said she was envious of my 'glossy hair'.!

Dottiespots Tue 18-Dec-12 02:51:46

Headmasters Big Glam Hair, shampoo, conditioner, thickening styling cream and hairspray are good and smell OR.
Samy Fat Hair, shampoo, conditioner, thickening styling cream, hairspray etc..
this one is truly amazing for big big hair but it does tend to look a little dull and can go tooo big. I have a below ear length layered bob and have had fine hair all my life and find fat hair brill and headmasters next .

Dottiespots Tue 18-Dec-12 02:53:17

sorry meant to say Headmasters smells really nice and are available at Tesco. Samy Fat Hair is in Superdrug.

SrirachaGirl Tue 18-Dec-12 03:07:03

I'm in the same boat after three children. I think blow-drying is key (get a really powerful, really hot one and a big, round brush) and also keeping it as short as possible. I don't know what your diet is like but I went vegetarian a few years ago and after a few months I started losing clumps of hair (despite being really conscientious about getting all the correct nutrients). I scrapped that and started focussing on more protein and iron (eggs for breakfast and making sure to eat red meat once a week etc.) and my hair is now much better. Highlights can also help make hair look thicker.

I wouldn't go to the hairdresser because my hair is fine & thin, and I hate a) sitting under the lights and seeing my scalp shining away and b) having the hairdresser comment on the thinness.
So I hadn't had a haircut in 9 months. My hair grows like a weed and it was verrrry long and straggly. Eventually last weekend I snapped and had a layered collarbone length cut done. It looks 10 times thicker because the top layers are not weighed down and bounce up a bit.
I also changed my parting to off-centre and bought a mousse.

I look much younger and feel so much better

polyhymnia Tue 18-Dec-12 09:27:23

Another vote for, first geting a good short cut, then using Kerastase Volumactive shampoo.

I also use L'oreal Tec Ni Art spray mousse before drying it, and sometimes a bit of product from one of the L'Oreal Playballs afterwards to break up/ give texture- I like the ones with bright pink and blue tops, but a good hairdresser will advise.

My hair is very fine, though not thin.

Sandgroper Wed 19-Dec-12 18:28:09

I have been reading this thread with great interest. Lots of good tips..

Sorry to hijack the thread but any advice for limp, heavy, but fine hair after water softener been re-installed after new extension finished. I was using Kerastase Bain No 1 (in pink bottle) but no longer working. Tried a different shampoo today but same problem, anyone had a similar issue?

I do wash my hair every day and blow dry it but try to let it dry naturally before styling it. Oh and short bob under ears so not a lot of hair!!!

Any ideas how I can fix it as I am feeling horrible?? Thanks

miLLycent345 Fri 31-May-13 19:10:29

Hello all and thank God for finding a forum like this .
I have always had fine thin straggly hair ..in fact I do remember when I was a little feeling very grand when my mothers friend made the comment for the first time.."My hasn't she got fine hair" Little did I know what an absolute bane that damn thing would be .I am a little old for the forum having completed the menopause a few years ago but I'm hoping for any tips to help not only thin..but thinning hair that just about covers my head if I don't stand i the wind ...cheers smile

agnes68 Sat 22-Nov-14 00:07:18

I have dyed blonde poker straight hair just about shoulder length, its over processed and very very fine and thin. It looked ok when it was just washed, just limp looking, but after about an hour it goes really really frizzy. I would really thank you for any help with this as it feels really pointless trying anything with it any more, apart from tying it up. Getting desperate for help .

Kundry Sat 22-Nov-14 07:20:53

Shorter and layers is the way forward with fine hair - anything too long and it starts looking like a limp helmet sad

I like the L'Oreal Ever Riche for fine hair which is essentially the same as one of the Kerastase lines. And one of the serums, any will do - John Frieda Frizz-Ease is still great, Morrocan Oil - they all have much the same ingredients ie silicones and are great for frizz.

MillieMoodle Sat 22-Nov-14 07:42:06

I've got really fine, thin hair too. I find mousse helps but having seen the recommendations from some of you ladies I've just watched the babyliss big hair tutorial on you tube and it looks amazing! I know what's on my Christmas list now grin

moonshine Sat 22-Nov-14 10:09:19

Another vote for no conditioner most of the time as a good shampoo should be enough (but I do have quite short hair).

I find sea salt spray the best thing for volume and the Lee Stafford one is the best brand I've tried so far. I put it in before and after drying - but it's not for the days you want someone to run their hands through your hair and tell you how smooth and soft it is!

A little bit of occasional backcombing helps on really flat hair days, together with those volumising powders already mentioned.

u32ng Sat 22-Nov-14 22:47:22

Yep I have fine, thin (but shiny) hair too.
*Yes to haircut: just had about 2-3 inches of mine cut so it's barely skiffing my shoulders now, and looks a lot better volume-wise. I also had 'separated layers' put in which help add a smidge of width.
*i am lazy but when I do actually dry my hair I use bumble and bumble volumising spray.
*haha yes dry powder does feel like shit but I had some put in my hair at the hairdresser the last time I had an updo done and my hair looked SOOO thick! (There was a bit of backcombing too though!)

Theonlyoneiknow Sat 22-Nov-14 23:06:16

Marking place so I can read all the very useful comments as I have the exact same problem as hairdresser is very reluctant to cut it short as I have such poor hair growth at the front after dc

kerstina Sun 23-Nov-14 09:28:21

Has anyone tried Moroccan hair oil volumising mousse? Am tempted to get some but don't want to waste my money I thought it might be a softer texture than most mousse.

Marcelinewhyareyousomean Wed 26-Nov-14 08:48:30

Get your hair cut every six weeks. The good thing about fine hair is how sharp a good cut looks.

I use mousse, volumising power and dry shampoo.

justleavethebottle Wed 26-Nov-14 10:04:29

Well I've always complained that my hair is too thick, but don't worry, I'm not just here to gloat. I'm here for a reason....

My gf has got really fine hair and I know it's really getting her down. She also hates going to the hairdressers and having them point out that her hair is really thin. It's like thanks for pointing out the obvious! Anyway, was thinking about buying her the BBH for Christmas, but I'm reluctant for two reasons. 1. Because I'm worried I'll just offend her and 2. her main problem area is her scalp, as in, it's quite visible now. So not sure if a super hairdryer could fix this. Does it help with that?

She's not had any children and is only in her mid twenties. I think it was initially stress related. I've seen pictures when she was younger and her hair was really full and quite thick. Unfortunately, since all the stress happened, it never went back to normal.

I really want to be able to help her if I can. She's very much a just deal with
It and get on with things, but I don't think she realises that there are things out there that could help her a bit.

SuperFlyHigh Wed 26-Nov-14 10:08:35

I've got fine hair (but lots of it) - colour eg highlights give it body.

Also Redken Spray Wax (the buggers have changed packaging so name may be different) is great for volume and hold.

I also swear by a mousse L'Oreal Pofessionelle Tecni Art Volume Spray Mousse - the beauty of this is you can spray it exactly where you need it.

BBH is great too.

I'd also say unless your hair needs it don't go for conditioners that weigh it down.

FlibbertyGibbertyFlo Wed 26-Nov-14 10:35:41

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