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Fine hair, lacks body....but really dry. Help - recommend a conditioner!

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CointreauVersial Sat 19-Mar-16 11:52:46

I've always had fine hair, and generally use extra-body shampoos and conditioners to give it a boost.

However, now, at age 49, I'm getting quite a few greys. and my hair is starting to get really dry. I need to get some moisture into it, but I'm worried a "moisturising" conditioner will weigh it down, make it lank and flat.

Extra--body conditioners typically leave the cuticles on the hair a bit ruffled so it doesn't go flat....but this makes it feel dry.....argh! I can't win.

So, does the holy grail exist - a moisturising/nourishing conditioner that still leaves hair with body?

Colette Sat 19-Mar-16 14:30:45

Hi ,

I have similar hair. I've found l'occitane repairing conditioner and shampoo very good doesn't weigh hair down and adds shine.
But it is expensive min. £17.00 so interested to hear any other(cheaper ) suggestions ?

LaCerbiatta Sat 19-Mar-16 14:33:55

I have the same problem, i find the fibrology conditioner moisturising enough. Also what sorted out my really dry hair was the kerastase termique serum for heat protection. I'll find a link.

LaCerbiatta Sat 19-Mar-16 14:35:46


Other good option is to choose a good moisturising conditioner and mux in the fibrology concentrate, in the little tube.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sat 19-Mar-16 15:34:30

There's a new Tresemme range called Oleo Radiance. I love the lightweight moisturiser mask.
Buy one get one free in Superdrug or tesco at moment.

CointreauVersial Sun 20-Mar-16 08:45:08

Thanks all (sorry, abandoned thread last night). Great idea about mixing Fibrology serum with a good conditioner - I have some of that. Will have a look for the products recommended. I'm a huge fan of L'Occitane, but not the prices...

clutterfly Tue 22-Mar-16 23:03:23

Have you thought that maybe the conditioning / weight might be two separate issues? Why not try the conditioners others have helpfully suggested and then invest in a babyliss big hair? I just got one last week and for an extra 5 mins at the end of drying my hair it's given it a lot more body without appearing to dry it out any more than a hairdryer.

CointreauVersial Tue 22-Mar-16 23:30:06

I have a BBH already - agree, it's brilliant!

I am going shopping tomorrow for conditioner....

clutterfly Tue 22-Mar-16 23:32:13

Happy conditioner shopping! Hope you find a good one.

SnuffleGruntSnorter Tue 22-Mar-16 23:36:08

Hello, very similar hair here. I really like the lee Stafford Argan oil shampoo and conditioner to add moisture. Then I use anything a volume sing spray to add movement again whilst drying

Lemond1fficult Wed 23-Mar-16 00:06:55

I'm not going grey, but you've just described my hair. Not sure if this is what you're doing, but often people with fine, limp hair wash it every day because we get greasy roots, but that just makes the rest it dry. I've had really good results with Kerastase nutritive, which is very moisturising. But they do also have a range specifically for older hair (can't remember what it's called) you could try. It's v pricey (12ish per bottle) but usually lasts me 3-4 months as you only use a 10p size blob.

CointreauVersial Thu 24-Mar-16 12:52:36

Well, this is interesting!

We had a hot water failure this morning, which meant I wasn't able to condition my hair AT ALL in the shower (for fear of frostbite....brrr!). This is normally a disaster, but then I remembered one of the M&S Advent Calendar minis I had stashed away - Percy & Reed Volumizing No Oil Oil, which is a leave-in product. I had been reluctant to use it, because I didn't think putting something called "oil" on my nice clean hair could ever end well. But it was either that or straw-like I gave it a go.

Very pleasantly surprised! Hair soft and swishy, not weighed down at all, and no grease! Maybe oil is the answer? I also have some Nuxe Huile Prodigiuse knocking about somewhere, so I'm going to try that next time.

ygritte2 Thu 24-Mar-16 20:51:25

I swore by Sebastion light (volupt?) shampoo and condtioner for years,then I became a SAHM. I have never found anything as good. You can get it in tkmaxx sometimes but it's still ££

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Fri 25-Mar-16 22:24:09

I like the Elvive Extraordinary Oil. You can use it on damp hair before drying or on dry hair to smooth it. Sometimes I put it on wet hair as a mask and leave for an hour before shampooing out. I use a conditioner as well though.

I found that blasting your hair with very cold water after washing it leaves it extra shiny as the cold helps seal the cuticles back down, so your icy shower probably helped smile

phoolani Fri 25-Mar-16 22:51:27

Very fine hair (like spun bloody silk). I don't bother with conditioner any more and just use the l'oreal extraordinary oil as needed - two pumps on a normal day, 3-4 if my hair needs a bit of a boost, concentrating it on the lengths before rubbing the remainder off on my roots. I can't stress enough how happy I am with the oil, it's fab. Only thing I would say is don't bother with the one 'for fine hair', it's just not as good as the normal stuff which doesn't weigh hair down anyway.

hollieberrie Fri 25-Mar-16 23:53:33

I just read the title of this thread as "fine body, lacks hair". I was wondering why that was a problem! blush Must go to bed.

CointreauVersial Sat 26-Mar-16 00:46:10

grin If only!

TimeToMuskUp Sat 26-Mar-16 08:09:18

I can't sing the praises of Elasticizer enough. I have super fine blonde hair like clouds, or fluff. I only use a very small amount on the ends as otherwise it weighs my hair down, but it helps enormously. Wella do a volumising mousse that's lovely, and I use that with the Babyliss Big Hair thing. It helps give my hair loads of bounce and movement that I normally only get straight after the hairdressers.

Philip Kingsley also does a volumising shampoo/conditioner range that's great.

SlinkyB Sat 26-Mar-16 08:39:06

I also have fine limp hair. Only ever condition the mid lengths to ends. Use a BBH. I also pop some Loccitane hair oil on mid lengths and ends once a week, at night and leave on whilst sleeping.

Have yet to try the "reverse" method I've heard about; apparently conditioning before you shampoo is meant to leave lots of body and bounce?!

BeaLola Sat 26-Mar-16 13:48:40

I use the Percy & Reed no oil for fine hair and it is lovely. Buy it on offer in M&S and have loved it so much am now trying some of their other products.

CointreauVersial Sat 26-Mar-16 15:18:45

TimeToMuskUp - I agree, Elasticizer is brilliant, but I can only use it now and then because I haven't got time on the average morning to waft about in a shower cap while it soaks in.

I'm not having problems getting volume into it, really - it's just getting so dry.

ILostItInTheEarlyNineties Sat 26-Mar-16 16:11:10

I would leave the volumising products for a bit because they can build up in your hair and cause it to feel dry.
Try a clarifying shampoo like Tresemme deep cleanse and then just a lightweight conditioner and or dry oil on mid lengths and ends.

MaryMarigold Sat 26-Mar-16 21:28:03

I've just started using the L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil in Cream, which for my fine hair with dry ends is way better than the original oil.

It's made my hair really soft and silky. Only drawback is that DH keeps stroking it...

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