They say the grass is always greener on the other side. And that certainly seems to be the case with women’s hair. Those with full, curly locks wish they could tame their hair into long, sleek locks. Meanwhile, those with straight hair long for just a little bit of wave. In fact, I find it’s very rare to find a woman that’s completely satisfied with her hair. And I’m no exception.
I come from generations of bad hair (my apologies to my family and my ancestors but I know my siblings would at least agree with me). We all have fine, straight hair. And to compound the problem, as I’m getting older, my hair is thinning too. Because fine, thin, straight hair is a good look. ON NOBODY.
When I was growing up, I was obsessed with the commercials I saw on TV. I could sing the jingle for Earthborn Natural pH Balanced Shampoo. I could recite the words to the Farrah Fawcett-Joe Namath commercial for “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific.” But there was one commercial that left me in awe… Prell Shampoo.
The commercial made claims that you could go from flat to fluffy.
Just like that! This shampoo would solve all my problems!
Well, I tried Prell shampoo and I didn’t look like the before OR the after. They were nothing but lies.
But there is hope. After decades of experience, I’ve figured out everything the flat-haired girl needs to know to finally go fluffy.
My Tips for Fine, Straight Hair
1. Color your hair.
It’s true. Coloring your hair actually coats the hair shaft making each strand just a little bit thicker. Personally, I use the temporary hair color that washes out in 28 shampoos so that I can change it up whenever the mood strikes me.
2. Wash your hair every day.
I don’t care what you’ve heard. If you want a good hair day, wash it every day. When you have flat hair, it lies against your scalp and absorbs the oils. People with thick fluffy hair don’t have that problem and can get away with washing once a week. But still, ew. Just wash it every day.
3. Condition your hair.
You probably do this anyway because if you have fine hair, it tends to knot so easily. Ask my mother about the “rat’s nest” I had in the back of my hair in elementary school because I refused to brush it. The knots – they hurt! Conditioner keeps the knots out of your hair but it also keeps the hair from drying out. This is especially important for us in winter because dry hair tends to conduct static electricity. Yes, I have that problem too.
4. Skip the products.
I know. Another blasphemous statement. I hate volumizing shampoos. They tend to coat my hair making it feel greasy. Greasy = heavier. Heavier = flat. The same is true for mousse, gels, sprays, etc. meant to volumize your hair. Some aren’t bad but I tend to do best with just a little heat.
5. Use your heat wisely.
If you blow dry your hair (I do), use a concentrator on the end of the hair dryer and dry mostly at the roots. You’ll get max volume and keep the ends from getting too flyaway. Also, use a brush to help smooth your hair as you blow dry. Bonus: the heat makes your hair shinier.
And finally, use a fancy, new-fangled device that promises to take your hair from flat to fluffy.
No, I’m serious. This is not a new Prell ad. This really is a solution for flat-haired women everywhere and no one is paying me to say that.
I opted in to review a new product called Voloom, a hair volumizing iron. And if I had seen this on TV, I probably would have rolled my eyes at the claims it made. But trying is believing and I’m in love.
It looks like a strange waffle iron. (It’s not. It is not intended to be used for any breakfast-making.)
Think of it as a New Age crimping iron. Now imagine that you crimp underneath your smooth sleek hair. Instant volume. It’s like teasing your roots without teasing them.
Go from flat to fluffy. Without a shampoo from the 70s!
I’m not going to keep that a secret. I’m going to show you right here, right now.
Are you impressed? If you have fine, thin, straight hair, you can have good hair days. I love this thing so much, I even included it in one of my gift guides this year. If you’re interested in putting it on your Christmas list, make sure you let Santa know that Voloom is offering 15% off through December with the promo code 15%OFF.
And if you have tips for hair like mine (and yours), please share!
Please note that I received a complimentary Voloom hair volumizing iron through iFabbo to help facilitate this review. All opinions and hair are my own.