Does anyone else suffer from lifeless hair?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
6665 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have the opposite problem- hair with too much volume. You have my sympathy, I’m not sure anyone is ever happy with their hair.

Post # 4
31 posts

I feel your pain– my hair is the exact same way. After 28 years, the only thing I’ve figured out is how to keep it from looking less gross and dirty by mid-day (don’t you hate that? I want a shirt that announces that I shower twice a day).

First, I spend a ridiculous amount of $ on shampoo. I use Living Proof “Full” shampoo, which at least does not weight it down. I lightly, lightly conditions the ends every few days using the full conditioner. Most products are waaaay too heavy for me– if I use anything, it’s the Living Proof Root Lifting Spray (I like Aveda’s, too). No other products– I get so mad that every time they cut my hair they insist on putting mousse or other crap in it, promising it won’t make my hair look greasy. Yeah, right. IF I need to use hairspray for an updo or something, I’ll use Elnett by L’oreal– a cult classic for a reason.

I blow dry my hair upside down, and that does seem to help at least in the AM. I’ve tried the whole round-brush, velcro roller thing, but I don’t see enough of an impact to bother.

I keep it short, always above my shoulder. Really, anything longer than my chin looks pretty gross (though it doesn’t stop me from trying every couple of years). I get it cut “forward flowing,” which seems to be the best way to give it some movement and volume.

Most importantly, I almost never leave the house without dry shampoo. I swear by dry shampoo. I get panicked when I don’t have it, stupid as that is (to the point where I buy 2 cans at a time, so that I don’t accidentally run out). Around 2-3 I’ll do a quick spritz of dry shampoo and brush it out. Most of the time, not only does it help with the grease, it also gives great volume that somewhat lasts. After trying a bunch, I really like Not Your Mother’s brand Clean Freak. They carry it at CVS IT’s a good price and the best I’ve tried. However, since Pssst makes a travel-sized can, that’s what I keep in my purse.

In the end, though, the thing that has helped me most is just trying to accept it for what it is. I’m a natural blonde, and it’s really common for blondes to have this kind of hair– sucks, but what can you do? You just gotta go with it. Looking at celebrities with thin, fine hair helps, too: Cameron Diaz and Claire Danes are two good examples. I make sure that when I am getting my hair cut or done for an event, I bring photos of THEM, because it means the hairstyle is realistic for me.



Post # 5
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I have the same problem- fine, thin, lifeless, greasy hair. It sticks flat to my head. I find the cut definitely helps, I try not to let it grow too long. A couple layers at the bottom help with volume. I use Matrix Volumizing shampoo, it doesn’t do much for volume but it keeps my hair from getting greasy during the day and doesn’t weigh it down. I’ve tried a ton of other shampoos that just make my hair feel gunky and not clean. Everyone always comments on how silky smooth my hair is, people come up and pet my head without permission haha. I just wish it was thicker!

Post # 6
1193 posts
Bumble bee

@misskittenn:  I also have very fine hair. It also gets flat/greasy, especially around my face. I have discovered 2 miracle products though.

First product is Aquage Uplifting Foam. I squirt this onto my wet hair at the roots and blow dry the roots completely using a small round brush, focusing mainly on the front. Then I blow dry the rest of my hair 80% and clip the top half up into a serious Snooki bump with a clip. I let it cool this way, it helps keep the volume in. While the top is Snooki-bumped, I dry the bottom with a paddle brush (straight) or a round brush (curled under). I literally keep the Snooki-bump in until I am ready to walk out the door.

Snooki bump example (yes I clip it that high):


Second product is Drybar dry shampoo. I’m obsessed, you can buy it at Sephora or online at the Drybar website. It absorbs grease and it volumizes too. The only thing I don’t really love is the scent.

My natural hair (ick) washed approximately 6 hrs previous:


This is second day old hair, after using the techniques above (~36 hrs post wash)

Post # 8
9019 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@misskittenn:  I have very fine hair, too.  My stylist recommended this product and I like it, works really well:

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