Going Limp?

Monday, January 17, 2011
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I have a lot of clients who complain about limp, lifeless hair. This, unfortunately, is an affliction I am cursed with myself. Here’s what works for me:

  • Get the right cut. Talk to your stylist about how you'd like your hair to look. In general, I'd suggest lots of layers because they add dimension, movement, and texture. They also lighten up the hair at your crown so it doesn't weigh down your overall style.
  • “Fine” and “limp” are often lumped together.  If your hair is very fine, I would suggest using a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. But if your hair has medium to coarse texture and is just falling flat, I’d suggest using a shampoo for “normal” hair or a moisturizing shampoo.
  • For clients looking to add body, I usually recommend a light alcohol-free mousse like Loreal Professional Volume Expand for fine to medium hair or a texturizing spray like Aquage Thickening Spraygel for medium to coarse hair.
  • Clarify your hair once a week. This will help to remove product buildup and hard water deposits that may be weighing down your hair. I like Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream.
  • Heat-style your hair with a blow-dryer. I know, it's time consuming but I think you'll be surprised at how fast it becomes once you do it regularly. Blow dry styling can transform dead, lifeless locks into a seemingly fuller, thicker head of hair. A round brush will create lots of volume and bounce. A paddle brush will create a smoother, sleeker look. A diffuser will add texture. Even if you can just blow dry your hair upside down (make sure your nozzle is always pointed from scalp to ends…) your hair will have more body and life.
  • Color treatments add fullness. Talk to your stylist about adding color to your current routine.
  • When your hair is feeling a little greasy and don’t have time to shower, use a dry shampoo. I like TiGi Rock Dirty Secret. It will soak up the oils and help you to bring life back to your day-old (or longer) style.
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