June 03, 2011,
H.D. asks from Allen, TX on June 02, 2011
Fine, Flat Hair Issues!
Anyone else with very fine, stick straight, flat hair like me? This heat and humididty in my area is making me look so gross each day. What products or tricks do you use to keep your hair from falling so deathly flat in heat and humididty? I did try teasing my hair a bit but by the end of the day, I looked in a mirror at the back of my head and some sections had fallen so I had peaks and valleys going on back there, little embarrassing, I'm sure someone walking behind me wanted to help me brush my hair, lol!!
J.L. answers from Pittsburgh on June 03, 2011
Try Big, Sexy Hair products. I have the same type of hair you do and I want to keep it long. The only thing I have ever found to work was the Big Sexy Mousse that you spray onto the roots. The hairspray is fabulous too. They are a L. pricey, but completely worth it!
K.W. answers from Seattle on June 02, 2011
Yup. Fine, stick straight, and flat.
Like Catherine C., I use Phomollient from Aveda. It gives the hair just enough texture to get a little bit of fullness without weighing it down or making it stringy/greasy.
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C.C. answers from San Francisco on June 02, 2011
I, too, have stick-straight, baby-fine, flat hair. I use Fekkai Full Volume shampoo and conditioner (normally I think all shampoos are the same, but I LOVE this shampoo/conditioner!). You can get it at Target in their salon products section.
I really like Aveda's Phomollient - it's a mousse-type product but doesn't make my hair feel sticky at all. Just gives my hair a little bit more body, and not so stringy/flat.
Other than that, I think the trick is just to get a cut that shows off your hair. A lot of people straighten their hair, do Brazilian blow-outs with all kinds of nasty chemicals, etc... just to have hair like ours! So just let it be straight and fine, and get a cut that lets your hair have some swing. My hair seems to do best between chin and shoulder length in a bob that's just a bit longer in front than in back. I guess some of that would depend upon face shape though.
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T.C. answers from Dallas on June 02, 2011
I don't have fine hair, nor is it stick straight (it's wavy, straight, and frizzy and just normal thickness - not fine or thick). But it is flat and lacks body. I have to blow dry it every day or else it looks horrible. Then after I have a baby, I lose a lot of hair, and I've been wanting to find something to provide more volume.
Anyway, recently (last couple weeks) I've been on a quest to learn how to give my hair more body and look a lot fuller. Here's what I do!
Look into Big and Sexy hair products (lovely name, eh?). These are the ones I have:
- Big Sexy Hair Spray & Play Volumizing Hairspray
This really works better than any other hairspray I've used to give volume. I'm not sure if links work, but try this video to tease your hair in combo with this hair spray & it'll help give you lift and a fuller look.
Just in case the link gets taken out, the video is on youtube and is called:
"Volume Hair Tutorial - [fuller, bigger hair!]"
- Big Sexy Blow Dry Volume Gel
I even use this with hot rollers (which I will talk about further down). I wasn't sure if it would work since I'm not blow drying my hair. I'm guessing it's heat activated or something because it's awesome stuff. My hair is much fuller.
- Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder
This stuff is like magic. It's a tiny bottle with powder in it. You only need a small amount. You use it at your roots. I couldn't figure out how to put it on, but it works to sprinkle some on your fingers, flip your head down, and rub the powder in at the roots. It isn't greasy at all. It somehow gives it lift and makes your hair look so much thicker/fuller at the roots. It's fun to use. And, it's totally worth the price for the small amount! It's amazing stuff. I LOVE IT.
If you are blow drying your hair, use a really big round brush and blow dry it with that, doing it in sections - blowing your hair over the brush to give it a lot of lift - then try what she says in the video I listed above.
Also, consider looking into hot rollers. I use them in my daughter's hair (and mine) to give her more body. I use really big curlers in her hair if I don't want it to actually curl her hair. Her hair is just past her shoulders, so not very long. It'll really poof it and give it much more body. It looks great & is fast!
Here are the two roller sets I have (I'm including names and links, that way if links are removed, you can search on amazon for them):
Conair CHV14JXR Extreme Heat Jumbo and Super Jumbo Rollers
- These are the super big rollers. They will give a lot of body. I'll use them in my hair (using the gel I mentioned above the night before after I shower. I go to sleep with wet hair, then wake up and put rollers in my hair). They really give a lot of body and lift. If the top of my hair still seems flat, I use that powder I mentioned above, and it does amazing at giving it lift.
BaByliss Pro BABCHV21 Ceramic Instant Heat 20-Roller Set, Varied
- These are smaller rollers and do better curling the hair.
I bought both sets because I wanted the option of just mostly body/big loose curls (first roller set I listed) or to have the option to curl my hair in curlier (like the 2nd roller set).
I put them in my hair like this video says to do:
If you need more details on how I do it all with the rollers, I left a review on the first roller link I sent (the Conair one). If you look at the "most recent reviews" on it, I should be one of the most recents. I'm "TC from Dallas".
I've been feeling so girlie the past week or two! It's been fun having hair that is thick looking, looks great long (it's just past my bra strap), and is fun to style. I usually pull back my bangs (they are as long as the rest of my hair), into a clip and then the lose curls go around my shoulders and it really looks good. I can brush them out to make it mostly just body.
I hope this helps some! I HIGHLY suggest the Big & Sexy products. They really do their thing with the volume and body. Good luck! Let me know if you have questions:-)
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C.W. answers from Lynchburg on June 02, 2011
Must be the day for 'hairy' issues! lol
***refer to rachel's post on hair***
OR...maybe a little perm? My hair is like yours...when I kept it short...and a light perm wave...no issues...
Now it is longer (read 'budget' cuts) I pull it back...or sleep on spongy rollers complete with 'granny' cap!
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T.C. answers from Colorado Springs on June 02, 2011
I have similar hair to you, fine, straight, flat. I put a bit of stuff in my hair (can't remember what it is called, but it is by bed head) while it is wet. I blow dry it, and then use my straightener to curl it. I have a high quality straightener, and the curls actually stay in! They are flowing curls. Sometimes I pull part of it up from the front and pin it back with bobby pins on the back of my head, if that makes sense. I have recently started using hair spray, which really helps keep the curls. I used to wear my hair very straight, but I got tired of that. :)
M.P. answers from Sacramento on June 02, 2011
You have some great suggestions already - the only thing that I might add is using a root lifter......
K.B. answers from San Antonio on June 02, 2011
I read this and thought this coud be about my hair. My stylist is wonderful. I have a bob to that is shorter in the back than in the fronr. It is stacked in the back as well and layered arould my face. This really seems to help. She also said that highlights or color treatments can change the texture of the hair as well and she was right. I can tell a difference when my highlights grow out. I use Suave products and can't tell the difference bewteen them and the salon stuff I used to spend a fortune on.
M.C. answers from Detroit on June 02, 2011
Me too! I know what you are going through:) I used to get perms to add some bounce, but I don't do that anymore. I don't like the harshness of perms. Here's what I would do if I were you. Go online to look for different hairstyles to match your face. Get a layered hairstyle and if you can, get it texturized with a razor by a pro stylist. Always find a hairstylist who is well respected and has a good rep. Now, after I get my hair cut, I color it with Loreal creme color, use volumizing shampoo and blow dry it upside down. To hold my hair style, I use Sebastian Shaper Plus hair spray (I usually buy it at JC Penneys, and one bottle last a whole year for me). The spray is humidity resistance and extra hold. If I need to wash out the spray after too many uses, I use a clarifying shampoo. I get many compliments on how well my hair looks (even though it is straight and flat:)