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#RealGirlBeauty: Tips To Fake Thicker, Healthier Hair

Whether fine, limp locks are the bane of your existence, or all that colouring and straightening have caused your strands to thin out, a lusher, fuller mane seems to be an unattainable fantasy. Not any more! We give you a few tips to fake thicker, healthier hair with this simple cheat sheet. Trade in those sad, lifeless strands for sexy, look-at-me locks today!


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It Starts With Your Shampoo


Change up your existing shampoo and conditioner for ones that will boost your strands. Schwarzkopf Bonacure Volume Boost Shampoo and L’Occitane Volumizing Shampoo are our top picks. Make sure to use a conditioner that isn’t too heavy and weighs down your hair - L’Oreal Paris Volume Collagen Conditioner is great for bringing some body to your mane.



Throw Out That Straightener


A straightening iron does nothing but flatten out your locks, and if you have fine hair then you should definitely stay clear of one. Instead, use a blow dryer with a round brush or a curling iron to add some life and bounce to your hair.



Invest In A Few Products


A few good quality hair products that help thicken your mane and add plenty of life to your strands are definitely worth the investment for healthier-looking hair. Products like the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray and Kerastase Mousse Substantive are fabulous for plumping your strands and giving you a fuller look with a glossy shine. Apply them on damp hair and make sure to not use too much. Sprays usually help add that lift to the roots and a mousse should be used on your strands from the mid-lengths to the ends.



Be A Backcombing Queen


One quick fix for a busy morning when your hair is looking a bit too limp and lifeless is to whip out a fine toothcomb and backcomb your roots for a touch of extra volume and fullness. To do so, pick sections at random and hold them up. You can spritz a volumizing spray on the roots or try it without using any product and gently tease your strands with your comb in an up-and-down motion. Make sure to use your comb to smoothen the backcombed sections when you’re done.


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Blow Dry Your Hair Right


After you’ve added a product to beef up your locks, take a round brush and make sure to lift up your roots with it as you blow dry. Also, keep flipping your hair over from side to side while blow drying and use your brush to pull your hair out away from your face while pointing the dryer at it to really get that va va voom effect. And here's how you can keep your blow dry from going flat.



Ban Those Split Ends


One of the main reasons for thin, lackluster strands are those annoying split ends. The best way to get rid of them is with regular trims and saying no to frequent heat styling that dries out your locks. Follow these tips on preventing split ends for healthier, thicker-looking hair.



A Flattering Haircut Helps


Your cut plays a huge role on how great your hair looks. If you have thin locks, then growing them out will just make them look limp and stringy. Cutting off a few inches will help get rid of dry split ends as well make your hair look fuller. If you have fine hair, then a shoulder-length bob or plenty of layers especially near the crown are what you need for a fuller mane. (Look to your fave celebs for some fab hair inspiration!)


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Published on Oct 28, 2014
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