Limp & Greasy Hair
Do you wish your hair had more body and volume? You are not alone. Limp, flat hair is one of the most common hair frustrations brought to our Trichologists by Clients from around the world.
The good news is, limp hair is very easy to fix at home.
What Causes Limp Hair?
Oil from Your Scalp
People with limp hair often have fine hair (i.e. the diameter of each of individual hair is slim). Fine hair should not be confused with ‘thin’ or ‘thinning’ hair.
People with fine hair have more strands per square centimetre on their scalp than other hair types — each hair takes up less space, so there is room for more of them. But why would having more hair mean less body? Because each hair has its own oil gland. In other words, the more hairs you have, the more oil your scalp produces. The result? Lack of volume and bounce.
Using Products Incorrectly
All hair textures can lack body and volume if you use the wrong products, or use them incorrectly.
Check that you are using the right products for your hair texture (Fine, Medium, Coarse, Natural Coiled Curls). Then make sure that you are applying them correctly and washing them out thoroughly. For instance, applying conditioner too close to your roots can leave your hair flat. So can using too much of a styling product, or not rinsing out your shampoo or conditioner properly.
Our Top Tips for getting Body, Volume and Bounce
Use a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment
Treatments like our award-winning Elasticizer give temporary volume and thickness by coating your hair and plumping it with moisture. Pre-shampoo conditioning treatments also help to prevent hair breakage, and over time, this will add volume throughout your lengths.
Your hair accumulates bits of dirt, dust, oil and grime every day – just like your skin — and these can really weigh it down. Washing it every day will get rid of them, delivering a lot more bounce and shine. We suggest a volumising shampoo (such as our bestselling Body Building Shampoo).
Rinse shampoo out thoroughly
Even a thin coating of shampoo left on your hair can render it dull and limp. If you think you’ve rinsed enough, rinse again!
Applying conditioner directly to your roots can weigh your hair down. Stick to your mid-lengths and ends instead.
Select the right styling products
Go for volumising or thickening styling products — particularly ones that contain proteins. These will coat your hair, adding extra thickness, and sometimes strength too (depending on the formula). But be careful not to apply too much or you’ll weigh down your hair.
Blowdry your hair upside down
Flip your hair over and pay particular attention to the roots. You’ll be amazed how much extra body and bounce this gives you. It is particularly effective if you use a root volumiser, like our Maximizer.
Go easy on smoothing serums and styling oils
Apply these to your mid-lengths and ends, but avoid your roots. Only a small amount is needed if it’s a well-formulated product. If you have to use a lot too much of a product to get results, change it.
Get a haircut
Shorter hair weighs less, giving you instant body and bounce. If you have thick hair, you can get a similar result with layering. But if you have fine hair, blunt cuts are better — they give the appearance of thickness, and won’t leave your ends looking sparse.
Colour or perm your hair
These chemical processes roughen and swell your hair shafts, giving you more volume. (They can also dry out your hair, though, so make sure you hydrate it with pre-shampoo conditioning treatments and protective conditioning sprays.)
Try our Trichotherapy range, the ultimate volumising regime for fine and thinning hair.
Specially formulated by our expert Trichologists, this award-winning product collection targets fine hair and thin hair, helping to build stronger, thicker and fuller strands. In user trials, 79% of respondents said their hair looked and felt thicker and fuller after 12 weeks of use.
Ways to get Body, Volume and Bounce
Use a ‘body-building’ shampoo, and also ‘volumizing’ or ‘thickening’ styling products. Look for products with proteins – while these won’t ‘feed’ your hair (as some brands claim) they do coat it and add extra thickness, and sometimes strength (depending on the formula and ingredient used).
Our Trichotherapy Regime is the ultimate volumizing regime for fine and thinning hair. The 3 piece collection helps to target fine hair with a nutritional supplement, daily scalp drops and a conditioning protein spray. The 3 complementary products work together to build stronger, thicker and fuller hair. In user trials 79% said they found their hair looked and felt thicker and fuller after 12 weeks use.
Leave-In Pre-Shampoo Conditioners
Leave-in pre-shampoo conditioners give temporary volume and thickness by coating your hair and plumping it from within. Pre-shampoo conditioning treatments also help to prevent hair breakage and, over time, this will add volume throughout your hairs’ lengths.
"Changed my hair life. Stronger longer better hair - Paula"
Blow-Drying Upside Down
You’ll be amazed how much extra body and bounce this gives you. Shampoo and condition your hair as usual. Apply a volumizer, like Philip Kingsley Maximizer, or any other styling aid of your choice and begin to dry your hair. When damp, flip your hair over and use the dryer with your hair hanging forward. Gently brush and comb your hair in this direction, following behind with the hairdryer. Pay particular attention to the roots. When your hair is dry, style as normal.
Styling for Root Lift
When your hair is damp, spritz a volumising product throughout your roots. Gently lift your hair in the opposite direction of growth and blow from beneath with the hairdryer. Do this in sections and keep brushing against the way your hair naturally falls. Style your ends as usual.
Wash your hair daily and you’ll have a lot more bounce and shine. Your hair accumulates bits of dirt, dust, oil and grime every day – just like your skin - and these can really weight it down.
Cut your hair
Shorter hair gives you instant body, because it weighs less. If you have very thick hair, you can get a similar result if you layer your hair. But remember - this can make your ends look sparse if you have fine hair. Blunt cuts usually give a better body boost for finer hair textures, and won’t leave you with straggly ends.
Putting conditioner directly on, or close to, your scalp can weigh your hair down. Apply conditioner to your mid-lengths and ends, not your roots.
Rinse shampoo sufficiently
Don’t be hasty when you rinse out shampoo. If you think you’ve rinsed enough, rinse again! Even a thin coating of shampoo left on your hair can leave it dull and limp.
Don’t apply smoothing serums or styling oils to your roots, apply them to your mid-lengths and ends. Only a small amount is needed if it’s a well-formulated product. If you have to use too much of a product to get results, change it.
Colour or perm your hair
Colouring, bleaching and/or perming your hair roughens and swells your hairs’ shafts, giving your hair more body and volume. Just make sure to add extra moisture and hydration to your hair if you chemically process it. This can be done with intensive pre-shampoo conditioning treatments and conditioning protective sprays.