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

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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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 .

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'.!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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