Have you ever had an important event to attend but your hair just won’t cooperate? Or has your hair lacked life for a while now? No matter what the problem may be, we have the solution for you. There are several factors that can cause this, but good news; there are many ways to revive flat hair!
What causes flat hair?
If you have naturally fine hair, the chances are pretty high that you will have flat hair. Usually, one doesn’t go without the other. Many reasons can explain this problem that may have made you jealous of Dolly Parton and Diana Ross. Here are some of them:
Overactive sebaceous glands
Did you know that aside from the face, chest and back, the scalp contains the highest concentration of sebaceous glands? If your glands are particularly active, they, most likely, produce an excessive amount of sebum that accumulates at the roots of your hair, thus preventing it from gaining volume. However, the greasy feeling isn’t limited to just the roots. While flat hair has the ability (which becomes a flaw in this situation) to circulate the natural oils effectively, they can spread that feeling to the tips of the hair1.
An accumulation of products
Mousse, hairspray, pomade, dry shampoo: to overcome your flat hair, you’ve probably tried an incredible amount of products without the long-term improvement. That’s normal. But understand that all the products you use build up and weigh down your hair. In short, they may be more a part of the problem than the solution.
An unsuitable haircut or hairstyle
Are you from the generation that used flat irons to straighten every little frizz? Could it be that you went just a little too far? Or maybe it’s just a bad haircut! In fact, it’s usually harder to give volume to long hair without layers than short or layered hair. It’s just a simple question about gravity.
A lack of nutrients
You (and your hair) are what you eat! A daily diet that is low in nutrients can have detrimental consequences ranging from the toes all the way up to the tips of your hair!
The wrong products
A friend of a friend told you about this fantastic hydrating mask for hair and you jumped at the chance without hesitation? Give up the products that are too rich and simply not made for flat hair. Some conditioners also contain polymers that are water-resistant, building up over time and noticeably weighing down the hair2.
6 Tips to Revive Flat Hair and Give it Volume
Yes, there actually are ways to give a little volume boost to your lacklustre hair.
Dare to cut your hair short
Chop, chop! And it just so happens that the bob hairstyle has been in style for a few years! Asymmetric, concave, fringed, tapered: the options are plenty with this universal cut that’s known for suiting all hair types and face shapes!
Think bangs, layers and part
Not ready to say goodbye to your long hair? We get it. In this case, try layers or bangs and regularly change the location of your part. Simple, efficient, and effective.
Use the hair dryer sparingly
It’s well known that heat damages hair. Instead, let your hair dry naturally after having gently dried it with a towel. If you must use a hair dryer, wait until the hair is almost dry, turn your head upside down and disperse a gentle heat to your roots.
Choose good products
There are several volumizing products on the market, but how do you know which ones are good? It’s simple. The best are those that do not contain substances of concern, according to the EWG, and which rely on the power of naturally sourced ingredients. For example, both our Volume & Shine shampoo and conditioner use soy proteins, which are known to provide a feeling of thickness in the hair, and cranberry extracts, whose antioxidant properties enhance the radiance of your hair.
Even more innovative are these shampoo and conditioner bars that go way beyond what popular brands have to offer. Why bars? Because this solid format allows us to avoid plastic packaging and promote eco-friendly beauty rituals, all without sacrificing effectiveness. Thanks to virtuous ingredients like soy protein, red clay and argan oil, you see all the effects that nature can have on the volume and shine of your hair.
Learn to wash your hair again
If your flat hair tends to get greasy quickly, you should wash it every two or three days by lathering your shampoo only at the root and scalp. Then, apply your conditioner only to the bottom of your hair to give your tips some love.
Obviously, if a bad diet can contribute to making flat hair, eating well can have the opposite effect! Choose foods that are high in Vitamin E and oleic acid such as nuts, fish, vegetable oils, and avocado. Or rich in amino acids like quinoa.
Like all hair types fine, flat hair deserves to look its best. To find out exactly what hair care is right for you, take this seven-question quiz!