8 Life-Changing Tips for Limp, Lifeless Hair

by Viviscal Hair Expert on February 15th, 2018
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Is your fine hair looking limp and lifeless? Don’t fret! Simple styling techniques can rejuvenate hair for voluminous, lush-looking locks. Fight flat hair with our list of the best hacks for fine, lifeless hair!

Why Do I Have Lifeless Hair?

Without the right styling, fine hair can be limp and lifeless. Fine hair means that each hair strand has a smaller diameter than most. People with fine hair tend to actually have more hair strands than average, since each hair strand takes up less space. Each hair strand has an oil-producing follicle on the scalp. As a result, people with fine hair have more scalp sebum that can weigh down strands, making hair look flat and lifeless.

Luckily, you can follow a few easy tips to reverse this state of lifeless hair!

The 8 Best Hacks for Fine, Lifeless Hair:

Choose a Lightweight Conditioner

Every time you shampoo, use a hair conditioner for lightweight detangling of fine, lifeless hair. A conditioner designed for fine hair like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner will provide necessary moisture without extra weight. This lightweight conditioner is formulated with thickening, healthy-hair ingredients like biotin, keratin, and zinc for fuller-looking hair. For maximum volume, only apply conditioner from the ear level to the ends.

Detangle Like a Pro

Not only are tangles annoying, but the process of detangling knots can damage your hair. Skip the detangling process altogether with these tricks to avoid knotting up the easily tangled thin, lifeless hair:

  • Protect hair from knotting in your sleep by wearing it in a protective hairstyle like a loose top knot or braids.
  • Avoid hair products that contain alcohol as these can dry out hair and make it more prone to knotting.
  • Keep a small hairbrush in your bag to detangle on-the-go.
  • Wear hair in a protective hairstyle on windy days.

If your hair does get tangled, use the right detangling technique to prevent damage. To detangle hair properly, use a wide-toothed comb and gently brush hair starting at the ends and slowly working your way up.

Blow-Dry Roots Upside Down

While we typically recommend air drying hair to prevent breakage, a quick blast of air at the roots will give hair extra body without damage. Using a diffuser, concentrate air at the hair’s roots. Allow the rest of hair to air dry for a natural look with plenty of volume.

If you don’t have time to air dry, use the blow-dryer until hair is 90% dry, then use a brush. This “rough drying” technique will give hair extra body.

Visit Your Hairstylist

Long hair weighs down strands, which pulls at your roots, and causes hair to look flat and lifeless. Chop off a couple extra inches at the salon to give your hair instant volume and remove any dry, lifeless split ends. Ask your hairstyle for a haircut for fine hair, such as a bob with bangs, that will make your hair look thicker.

Product Placement is Key

Smoothing serums and styling oils are great for protecting ends and preventing frizzy flyaways. However, if these products are too heavy, they can weigh down roots, resulting in limp, lifeless hair. For best results, apply these hair-styling products from mid-length to ends. And opt for lightweight leave-ins and serums, such as Viviscal Densifying Elixir.

Try Rollers

Those big, self-fastening, hook-and-loop rollers** may seem old-fashioned, but they’re actually an industry secret to getting big, bouncy waves. Wrap hair around these rollers and let them sit while you apply makeup or eat breakfast. After 20 minutes or so, take out the rollers and enjoy the added volume at your roots!

**Psst! We’re not allowed to use the trademark name for the material on these rollers. Here’s a hint: think your first pair of sneakers in kindergarten before you could tie shoelaces. Get it?!

Experiment with Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo not only is great for absorbing extra oil, it’s also an amazing tool for adding texture and body to too-soft hair. Spritz dry shampoo into roots, dry with a quick blast of the blow-dryer, and then brush out to add volume and life to limp, fine hair.

Give Teasing a Shot

For special occasions when you need a little extra boost, good old-fashioned hair teasing may do the trick. Use a rattail comb to separate a two-to-three inch section of hair away from the crown. Gently backcomb hair, starting four inches from the scalp. Spritz with hairspray, then gently smooth over the top layer of hair using a comb.

Frequent hair teasing can damage locks, so use this trick sparingly.

If you follow these tips for thin lifeless hair, let us know the results! Leave a comment below or tag us on Instagram (@viviscal).