Harper's Bazaar (Singapore) - - THE BEAUTY -

Every­one loves the trans­for­ma­tive pow­ers of a vo­lu­mi­nous blow-out, but get­ting the per­fect ’do can get slightly trick­ier when it comes to fine hair.“Fine hair tends to ap­pear flat and limp. It doesn’t hold curls as well, com­pared to thick or coarse hair types” says PREP Luxe’s Hair Di­rec­tor, Den Ng. Thanks to our equa­to­rial cli­mate, hu­mid­ity also acts as a big damp­ener on fine hair, mak­ing it the most lim­it­ing of all the hair types to style.“Women tend to be con­cerned with the lack of vol­ume in their hair­styles. They pre­fer a fuller look, and vol­ume has a part to play in achiev­ing their ideal style.”While back­comb­ing may seem like an easy way to give fine hair more root lift, Ng ad­vises against it.“Pulling, tug­ging and back­comb­ing your hair adds un­nec­es­sary stress to the fol­li­cles that will cause break­age,” which fur­ther es­ca­lates the lack of vol­ume in fine-tex­tured hair. In ad­di­tion, while many women use heat­ing curl­ing tools to give their tresses more body, Ng also points out their po­ten­tial haz­ards.“You can’t leave it on [fine hair] for too long as it can weaken and break hair strands and re­sult in per­ma­nent dam­age.” But there is hope yet. Ac­cord­ing to Ng, look out for prod­ucts that con­tain pro­teins as they help re­build hair struc­ture. Ouai’s Vol­ume Sham­poo and Con­di­tioner are for­ti­fied with ker­atin and amino acids to strengthen fine strands from in­side out. Other prod­ucts like dry sham­poos with root­boost­ing in­gre­di­ents also of­fer a vo­lu­mis­ing al­ter­na­tive. IGK’ s 30,000 Feet Vol­ume Pow­der Spray con­tains ben­tonite clay for ex­tra den­sity and grip. For ex­tra oomph, try Liv­ing Proof ’s Full Root Lift­ing Spray, which de­posits mi­cro­scopic par­ti­cles to thicken hair at the roots without weigh­ing it down.

From left: Got2b Volu­ma­niac Bod­i­fy­ing Mousse, $12.50, Sch­warzkopf. Vol­ume Sham­poo, $42; Vol­ume Con­di­tioner, $39, Ouai. Phy­to­den­sia Fluid Plump­ing Mask, $85, Phyto. Full Root Lift­ing Hair­spray, $36, Liv­ing Proof. 30,000 Feet Vol­ume Pow­der Spray, $50, IGK

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