1. ANGLED BOB
A slightly angled lob right above the shoulder will add body and shape to your thin hair. Add side-swept fringe and feathery layers and you’re all volume.
2. LONG, LIGHT LAYERS
If body and volume are your long-awaited goals and you like your strands long, you can simply ask your hairstylist to add a bit of texture on the ends. Think light, slightly feathered layers that don’t weigh your hair down.
3. RUFFLED BOB
The only thing better than a bob is a ruffled bob! Multiple light layers and feathered ends, as well as a slight asymmetrical angle, make this short cut an effotless one to volumize.
4. THE SWAG
The trendy haircut is ideal for those with thin strands. The fringe adds volume and shape at your crown, while the shaggy layers can easily be transformed into curls and waves.
Let’s be honest: Perfect blowdry typically only happens at a salon. If you want super-straight hair at home, a flat iron is the way to go. Once you find a hot tool that you like, avoid these big mistakes to protect your hair and perfect your straight style.
1. DIAL DOWN
You might be thinking that it’s best to keep your flat iron on the lowest heat setting possible but counterintuitive as it may seem, a medium to high temperature—lower if your hair is fine, higher if your hair is thick—is better. Why? On a low heat setting, you’ll have to go over your hair multiple times to smooth it out. A higher temperature means a better chance that a single pass can do the trick. Generally, 210 degrees work for every hair type
2. DON’T BE RISKY
If you’re not putting a heat-protectant spray on your hair before you use your flat iron, it’s like asking for damage. (This goes for any heat-styling tool.) On clean, damp hair, spray on a heat protectant to shield your hair from hot-tool harm.
3. STOP PULLING
This technique can make your hair fall flat. Instead, get as close to your root as possible, and flat iron each section of hair, pulling the hair up as you go (instead of pulling it straight down). This will give you a boost of volume at the crown, so you’ll have straight hair with body.
4. BRUSH IT
Before you hit each section with heat, brush out the hair to get any knots out of the way. This will make the straightening process go much more smoother, so you won’t need to go back over certain areas multiple times.
5. KEEP IT COOL
While heat styles hair, cool air sets the style. So instead of immediately putting straightened hair into a ponytail or clip, allow your hair to cool after you iron it.
6. CLEAN UP
Heat-protectant spray and other styling products you apply to your hair can—and will—build up on your flat iron. To prevent the residue from snagging your hair, clean your flat iron regularly.
1. You’re using way too much moisturizing cream, which can weigh your hair down.
Instead, squeeze a pea- to quarter-size amount of the hydrating leave-in product onto one of your palms, and then rub your two hands together like you would hand cream. That way when you apply it, the product goes through evenly and actually coats more strands.
2. You only spritz your hair a few times with heat protector after you towel dry.
It’s important to spray every section thoroughly that you plan to blow-dry, curl, or flat iron. Also, make sure to concentrate on the face-framing pieces that get the most heat styling, so your hair doesn’t become dry and brittle from the heat.
3. You’re trying to smooth frizz by patting curl cream onto the top layer of your hair only.
But what you should really be doing to battle frizz is rubbing a quarter-size amount of frizz serum, in your palm, taking random-size sections, and twisting your curls around and around your finger, so each curl gets wave-defining attention.
4. You hold the nozzle of your hairspray too close to your hair.
Spraying hairspray too close to your hair will concentrate the formula in one spot, leaving it crunchy and not touchable. Instead, hold a hairspray about 12 inches away from your hair, aiming it at an angle so that you get a light mist all over.
5. You apply your root-lifting product quickly at your roots and that’s it.
To get major volume, you need to not only apply a root lifter to damp hair at your roots, but also throughout your hair to build body and give it structure. Then, blow-dry your hair after to let the heat lock in the lift.