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The Best Products for Fine Hair

Glossy, thick, touchable hair awaits.

Alberta Ferretti - Backstage: Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2019/20
Rosdiana Ciaravolo

As a beauty editor, I get the pressure to love my hair the way it is—but I don't always feel that way. Though it's easy to manage (I, admittedly, can often just wake up and go), fine, straight hair can be more difficult to style than it seems. If I let it air dry without a few blowdryer blasts at the roots I end up looking like a show dog, summertime "beach waves" are a pipe dream, and my strands can't hold a curl to save my life. That said, I've learned how to bring my thin, stringy strands to voluminous, touchable glory with a few of my favorite products, ahead.

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The Root Booster
Full Dry Volume Blast
Living Proof nordstrom.com

In the valley between hairspray and texture spray lies this lifesaver. Spritz this formula on your roots and at the crown of your scalp for that "I blowdried my hair with my head upside-down until I almost fainted" height that you can still rake your fingers through. 

The Weightless Mist
The Pure Mist
The One by Fekkai theonebyfekkai.com

Some finishing sprays can leave an obvious film on fine hair that dulls its shine, but this one imbues a glossy glow on strands. Consider it highlighter for your highlights. 

The Dry Cleanser
Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk
Klorane kloraneusa.com

I've tried every dry shampoo under the sun, and this trounces the competition every single time. (There's none left in the beauty closet because I steal every single bottle that comes through the mail room.) It makes my thin, greasy roots feel squeaky clean and gives them an extra oomph of a fresh blowout. 

The Skincare For Your Strands
Sublimateur Styling Serum
Leonor Greyl dermstore.com

You know how they say to apply your serums when skin is still *just a touch* damp from the shower? Follow suit with this tiny gem, which is essentially skincare for your hair. It detangles strands without leaving that strange slippery feeling, and moisturizes them without weighing them down. 

The French Girl Hair in a Bottle
No.2 Spray Le Volume
David Mallett net-a-porter.com

Parisian cool girls go to David Mallett's Paris salon for their chic cuts (luckily for us New Yorkers, he's opened another outpost stateside, and it's my personal fever dream). But if you can't nab a plane ticket, you can buy the next best thing: this utterly weightless —and crazy chic—volumizer. Spritz all over damp hair for that certain je ne sais quoi

The Wave Maker
Beach Club Texture Spray
IGK sephora.com

"Beach waves" elude those of us with truly flaccid strands. Since we have no texture to work with, the salt simply gunks up our hair like a clogged pool filter. But this texturizer is the next best thing. Use a wand to put some bends in your hair, mist the spray all over (don't be afraid to lift up the hair and spray it between each layer), then shake it out and watch the mermaid in you emerge.

The Golden Child
Elixir Ultime Oil Serum
Kérastase kerastase-usa.com

I've been wronged by many a hair oil, having fallen for the promise of hydration without the heaviness. This golden liquid made me believe in love again. Apply it from the nape of the neck down and blow dry your hair for an insanely silky, glossy finish. 

The In-Shower Treatment
Hair Rituel Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo
Sisley-Paris bloomingdales.com

Don't wait to start the styling until your hair is dry. This gentle formula cleans the scalp while thickening the hair, and injects the perfect amount of moisture with one of my favorite hydrating oils, camellia. 

The Classic
Dry Texturizing Spray
ORIBE nordstrom.com

How could I leave this magician off the list? It's considered the MVP for a reason—no matter how much I seem to layer on after using a curling wand, my hair never feels dry or heavy as it does after using other texture sprays. *slow clap*


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