It’s a unique form of cruelty to have sisters with thick, luscious hair when your own is hopelessly mediocre.
Some people tell me I’m lucky to have fine hair – hair that has little life, and very little oomph – because it’s “so low maintenance”. I call those people liars.
If you’re rolling your eyes from underneath a glorious mane of curls right now, let me tell you: being shunned to a life of thin hair isn’t fun. I long for volume and bounce and a bit of frivolity. I’ll settle for anything other than lacklustre-and-straight-with-a-hint-of-kinky-waves, really.
One upside is that this (totally first world) situation has taught me to be creative. To learn the tricks of the hair trade, if you will, in how to fool passersby that there are more than 88 strands of hair on my head.
These are the best thickening hacks I’ve picked up over the years.
It sounds like something you’d do in the laundry, but reverse washing really just means swapping the order of shampoo and conditioner when you wash your hair.
Because fine hair can be weighed down by conditioning treatments and moisturisers – causing it to look oily and lank – going in with conditioner first, then the shampoo second, will leave it feeling light and bouncy.
The trick is to lather your hair with conditioner; so massage it into the tips and the scalp, before applying the shampoo to just your roots. Your hair might feel coarse and stiff when you hop out of the shower, but you’ll see what I mean after you give it a blow dry. Volume galore. Halle-bloody- lujah.
While I wouldn’t recommend reversing washing every time you reach for the shampoo – you don’t want to dry your hair out – once every couple of weeks will give it that much needed zhush.
Brands like Tresemme have their own lines specifically formulated for reverse washing, but I get the same results with my regular products.
Thank goodness more brands are starting to acknowledge the struggles of us fine-haired folks. Bumble & Bumble’s thickening hairspray, which you can pick up from Mecca for $44, has been a godsend. Spray in sections to damp hair before going in with your hairdryer and styling tools, and you’ll notice a beautiful difference to how your hair looks and feels.
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