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Genius hairstyles for those of us who weren’t born with thick, luscious hair.

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Any woman with fine, limp hair like me knows that attempting most common hairstyles almost always ends in a big fat FAIL.

Unlike women who were born with thick and luscious hair, ours doesn’t tend to stay in place so easily when pinned and prepped.

Curling your hair? It’s almost always subject to the whims of environmental factors (curse you, muggy weather, steamy bathrooms and especially cold mornings).

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And don’t ever sleep with wet hair – or you are guaranteed to wake up looking like Einstein.

So, what styles DO actually work for women with normal to thin hair? Thankfully, I’ve found five. Phew.

But before you get started on any of these, always start by washing your hair. If you’re looking to add volume and make styling easy, I’d suggest a thickening haircare range like L’Oreal Paris Elvive Fibralogy.

Elvive Fibralogy makes hair thicker with each wash, and let’s face it – normal to thin hair needs a bit of help becoming a little more malleable if it’s to have any hope of sticking. Consumers even shared their stories in the latest Elvive Fibralogy campaign, see below for the video.

"Elvive Fibralogy makes hair thicker with each wash, and let’s face it - normal to thin hair needs a bit of help becoming a little more malleable if it’s to have any hope of sticking."

1. The side plait.

If you want to re-create one of Diane Kruger’s gorgeous side-ponies here, it’s fairly simple. Just part your hair through the centre, and pull it down to the side into a low pony. Secure it into place by wrapping a bit of hair around your hairband. If you want the look on the right, hang it loosely and add in a plait or braid.

" If you want the look on the right, hang it loosely and add in a plait or braid."

2. The high pony.

Women with thin hair tend to steer well clear of a high pony. Our tails tend to be somewhat, well, lacklustre.

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But you can put together a gorgeous high ponytail like Jennifer Aniston has above by separating your hair into two ponytails, and then connecting them with a strand of hair wrapped around both. It’ll give you that thicker tail you’ve always wanted.

Separate your hair into two ponytails, then connect with a strand of hair wrapped around both.

Here are some gorgeous celeb hair dos for a touch of inspiration. (Post continues after gallery.)

3. The top knot.

Diane Kruger (this woman is really bringing out the hair gold) again rocks this look, though nearly everyone can. Simply pull your hair upward and secure it into a high pony.

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For that volume that thin hair is missing, you need to backcomb your pony tail. That simply means you need to comb down the strands so you tangle it up. Wrap your pony around and seal it with a band and bobby pins. Voila.

"Simply pull your hair upward and secure it into a high pony. For that volume that thin hair is missing, you need to backcomb your pony tail. "

4. The tease and tie.

It’s the half-up, half-down style that’s super easy to do and will give you maximum volume on top. Start by teasing the top layer of your hair by backcombing. Grab two pieces of hair from the front of your face and pull them behind and tie together. Secure with bobby pins or a hair band.

"Grab two pieces of hair from the front of your face and pull them behind and tie together. Secure with bobby pins or a hair band."

5. The messy bed-hair.

All you need for this one is a bit of help getting some texture and movement into your hair that also gives you a glossy finish. L’Oreal Paris Elvive Fibralogy’s thickening serum is great for this. Simply style into dry or wet hair. You can scrunch, blow-dry or toss through, allowing your hair to look thicker but as though you put in no effort at all.

Too easy.

" You can scrunch, blow-dry or toss through, allowing your hair to look thicker but as though you put in no effort at all."

How do you style your thin (yet glorious) hair?

Over to the smart cookies at L'Oreal for more on the hair care front: