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9 Styling Products That Add Texture and Volume to Fine Hair

Limp tresses be gone: the latest crop of styling products are formulated to not only add volume and texture to fine hair, they also feel light-as-air so your tresses still feel soft and smooth while getting that extra oomph. Here are nine to check out.

Those with fine hair will know that it can be a constant challenge. For starters, it is difficult to get fine hair to hold any style without it falling flat within a couple of hours. Factor in our humid climate and you have an uphill task at hand. Plus, fine hair also makes it more susceptible to damage and breakage, especially since it snaps more easily than thicker, coarser hair. So if you have fine hair and regularly get chemical processes, it can also be difficult to maintain hair health. Moreover, many repairing hair products contain ingredients like silicones (which coat hair surface so it feels smoother instantly), and when left to accumulate on hair and scalp, can actually weigh down your tresses and strip coloured hair of its lustre. Taking all these into consideration, here are the seven best products you can use to style fine hair at any length:

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Verb Ghost Hairspray, $24 for 230ml
For those looking for a naturally fuller effect, try this hairspray from VERB. Totally traceless yet packed with hair-conditioning ingredients, it adds volume and body to fine hair. And you don’t have to worry about hair feeling stiff as it leaves tresses feeling soft and shiny, thanks to its blend of botanical oils, glycerin and vitamin b5 which smooths frizz, hydrates and imparts a healthy shine. Sachajuan Root Lift, $34 for 200ml
Give flat hair a volume boost with Sachajuan’s Root Lift. Thanks to its high-performance formula which features its Ocean Silk Technology, it injects volume to your hair right at the roots for thicker-looking and bouncier tresses. We love that it feels absolutely weightless on the hair and doesn’t weigh it down one bit. Ouai Memory Mist, $42 for 126g
When you’re dealing with flat hair that doesn’t hold its style, it can be tempting to turn to a copious amount hairspray to lock in your desired look. The down side? Your hair will feel stiff and look unnatural. Formulated to help lock in your desired hair style without going overboard with hairspray, this priming spray preps hair so that it “memorises” curls and blowouts and holds it in place till your next shampoo. Plus, it also provides your hair with thermal protection so you can style your tresses with heating styling tools with a peace of mind. Hanz de Fuko Quicksand, $30 for 56g
Fine hair can become limp, especially when there’s sweat and sebum involved. This explains why those with oily scalp rely on heavy-duty dry shampoo to give hair and scalp and new lease of life by absorbing dirt and grime and giving hair a root lift. Enter Hanz de Fuko’s Quicksand, a two-in-one product which combines the oil-absorbing benefit of a dry shampoo and the texturising property of a hair wax. It is formulated with absorbent clays that eliminate excess sebum to instantly revive lifeless hair into hair that’s full of volume and texture. It also has a pliable finish so you can easily reshape your hair throughout the day. IGK 30,000 Feet Volume Powder Spray, $48
For gravity-defying root lift, this weightless powder spray has got you covered, thanks to its key ingredient, Betonite Clay. Invisible yet power-packed, this ultra-fine powder adds bulk and grip to fine hair so you can style it the way your heart desires. All you have to do is squeeze the pump bottle with the nozzle directed at the roots and massage in for a hair-raising effect, quite literally. Repeat in sections and add some product to the lengths of your strands for added texture. Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil For Fine Hair, $30
Just as its name suggests, this product has more of a serum texture that coats hair cuticles, delivering essential nutrients for stronger, more resilient hair—totally essential for fine hair that is prone to snapping. And that’s not all, it also contains body-building ingredients to add volume while sealing off frizz and humidity for silky locks. A little product goes a long way so start with spreading two to three pumps worth of product along the lengths of towel-dried hair (if you have over-the-shoulder length hair) before blow-drying. Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, $79
Fine hair can be more susceptible to falling limp, especially when it’s not thoroughly cleansed, leaving impurities and residual hair products to accumulate. To give your strands a new lease of life, give it a DIY detox with this deep cleansing paste once or twice a week. Though it seems thick and sticky in the tub, it forms a rich and luxurious lather when massaged into wet hair and scalp. Pure Rassoul Clay eliminates gunk without stripping coloured hair of its vibrancy and essential moisture, restoring balance to your tresses. Rose extracts also help deliver moisture, and leaves hair smelling oh-so-good. Living Proof Style Lab Amp2 Instant Texture Volumizer, $35
Featuring the brand’s Meta-Volume Technology patented Thickening Molecule, PBAE, this styling cream offers instant volume and maleable hold that lasts up to 48 hours. Simply rub a pearl-sized amount between palms and scrunch into dry hair (medium-length) to style. Hair remains flexible and so you can always restyle it throughout the day. AVEDA Shampure Dry Shampoo, $46
If your T-zone is prone to oiliness, chances are, so is your scalp. Formulated to combat fine hair and greasy scalp, this natural powder dry shampoo uses botanical starches to soak up sebum and perspiration, giving limp tresses an instant boost. It also features AVEDA’s soothing Shampure scent, which leaves hair delicately scented—perfect as a post-lunch pick-me-up for fresh locks.