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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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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