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How to Add Volume and Thickness to Fine Hair: 11 Natural Tips

how to add volume to fine hair


When you have fine hair like me, getting a gorgeous, fuller-looking and bouncy hair can be tough — you primp it, tousle it, or scrunch it, but it just keeps falling flat.

I am always looking for ways to increase its thickness. Store bought products have generally disappointed me, they either have too many not so good ingredients, which can cause more harm to your delicate hair, or simply don’t work.

In my quest to achieve big, bouncy hair, I have discovered that the best way to do it is by using natural ingredients.

I have tried them and they work great. My favourites so far are egg, henna gloss, natural shampoo, babassu oil, and amla. But everyones hair is different and your hair may like different ingredients.

Check out these volume-boosting home remedies to make your hair look big and full.

How to add volume and thickness to fine hair: 11 Natural Ways

1. Coconut oil coconut oil

One of the best smelling oils, hair treatment with this tropical oil will make your hair thick, shiny and bouncy.

There are actual studies done to test its effectiveness and coconut oil was the winner out of the other two oils.  The uniqueness of this oil is that it can penetrate inside the hair strands and stop the protein loss that occurs during washing and wet combing. Hair is mostly made of protein, and if your hair is fine hair you don’t want to lose any more of it.

How to use:

If you want, you can liquefy coconut oil by warming slightly, but it’s not needed – it will melt as soon as it touches your skin.

Start with dry or damp hair. Part your hair from any one side, apply some oil, part again about 1/2 inch from that part, apply more oil, and so on until you’ve coated your whole scalp. Gently massage with your fingertips for 5 to 10 minutes. You can leave the oil on for as little as 30 minutes to overnight. Then wash using a natural shampoo and let your hair air dry. This can be repeated every few days to get hair that is both thicker and healthier.

For extra boost: take 1 tablespoon each of coconut oil, olive oil and castor oil and give your hair a nice massage.

2.Babassu Oil

If your hair doesn’t get along with coconut oil, use babassu oil. This oil from Amazon forest offers the same hair volumizing benefits as coconut oil, but has a much lighter feel – which is great, especially if you don’t like the greasy feeling of coconut oil. An excellent conditioner, babassu oil strengthens the hair shaft, adds lots of shine and gives body to limp hair. It’s also good for your scalp health.

But before you go ahead and try it, let me warn you that babassu oil feels amazing, and there are good chances you might get addicted to it.

How to use: See coconut oil. You can also use babassu oil as a leave-in conditioner. Take a tiny bit in your palms; rub your hands together till it melts and apply to your damp hair to seal the moisture and enhance volume and shine.

3. Egg Shampoo

Homemade Egg Shampoo

High in protein, egg shampoo is egg-cellent for fine, thin, or oily hair (here I am talking about the homemade egg shampoo). Initially I was very hesitant to try egg shampoo; just the idea of putting egg on my head was not very pleasant. But after trying just once I am totally hooked to egg wash.

The various proteins in the egg work to strengthen the hair shaft, and add body and texture to the hair. Plus eggs are packed with biotin, iodine, selenium, pantothenic acid and vitamin B12 – all of which are great for shiny, healthy hair.

How to make and use:

It’s very simple to make an egg shampoo. Just crack open an egg (or two), whisk it and apply on wet hair. Leave it on for 4 to 5 minutes, and then rinse with cool water. What I really like about this shampoo is that it takes off oil from my hair, but without drying the scalp or hair. Plus it adds amazing shine and volume to my fine, soft hair.

For more on dos and don’ts of egg shampoo, see here

You may also enjoy: DIY egg and honey hair mask. This hair mask has helped my sister with hair growth and volume.

4. Fortifying Gelatin Hair Rinse

Gelatin is another great remedy for fine hair. It makes hair strong and gives it a good body and shine.

The theory behind a gelatin hair rinse is the same as the egg hair treatment. Gelatin, which is 98-99% protein, actually binds with hair to strengthen it. And if you have damaged hair or split ends, gelatine does a wonderful repair job. It adheres well to damaged area and nourishes the entire strand as well. This gelatin hair rinse will help to smooth the hair cuticle, boost shine, and reduce split ends.

You will need:

2 cups water

1 tsp unflavoured gelatin

2 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

Mix the gelatine into the water, then stir in the peppermint oil. Pour the mixture into an applicator bottle or a spout bottle – that way it will be easier to apply.

How to use: Apply the rinse on your hair, until your hair is totally saturated. Massage your scalp and hair, and leave in for approximately 5 minutes before rinsing with cool or tepid water. You can use this gelatine rinse once a week.

5. Bodying Nettle Rinse


A nettle hair rinse is great as a bodifying treatment and will add strength, lustre and incredible fullness to over-worked hair. Rich in plant hormones and mineral, nettle has tonic and astringent properties. It is especially good for oily hair, dandruff and hair breakage.

A few drops of lavender essential oil will provide not only fragrance, but also shine and softness to your hair.

You will need:

2 – 4 tablespoons dried nettles

1 cup purified or distilled water

3 – 5 drops lavender essential oil

Bring to a boil, add nettle, then reduce the heat, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool, then strain out the liquid. Add lavender oil just before use.

How to use: Use after shampooing as instructed in gelatine hair rinse.

6. Voluptuous Hair Spray

If you want big teased hair look, try this homemade spray. This spray will help create volume in your hair and thicken it at the roots. You can scent your spray using a few drops of your favourite essential oil.

You will need:

3/4 cup water

3 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons honey

2 drops geranium essential oil

Put all of the ingredients into a glass spray bottle and shake well.

How to use: Spray it on damp hair and work it through from the roots to ends, don’t rinse it out; just style your hair as usual.

7. Avocado and Egg Hair Mask


This classic combination of protein-rich avocado and egg increases shine and gives body to limp hair. Plus, this mask also has the reputation for encouraging growth and making the hair soft and shiny. And if you have irritated, itchy and flaky scalp, this egg and avocado duo can bring some relief.

You will need:

1 ripe avocado

1 egg

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Mash the avocado, then put it in a blender, add the oil, and egg, and blend until smooth.

How to use: Start with dry or damp hair. Apply this mask to your scalp and hair. Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in muslin cloth or a towel. Leave this on for 20-30 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Next wash the hair with one of the natural hair cleansers and dry naturally.

And don’t be surprised when your hair full of volume and life.

8. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) 

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Amla is an excellent hair conditioning herb. It provides antioxidants, amino acids and other nutrients which help to slow hair loss and greying as well as increase thickness and texture of your hair.

You will need:

1 teaspoon amla powder

1 cup water

In a bowl, mix the amla powder with water and allow it to rest, at least for a few hours, but preferably overnight. Strain the liquid.

How to use:

Apply to wet hair in the shower after shampooing, leave in for approximately 5 minutes before rinsing with cool or tepid water. Regular use of this rinse will make your hair thicker, darker and shiner.

Tip: If you have greying hair then try using amla rinse for a couple of months.

You may also enjoy: Amla – the superfood for hair.

9. Henna

This humble dye not only adds beautiful reddish tint to hair, it coats the hair shaft and increases body and lustre of your hair. Henna treatment will instantly make your hair look thicker and voluminous.

And if you have problems with recurring split ends, regular henna treatment will prevent them from happening. Henna also has cooling and conditioning properties that soothe the scalp and prevent itchiness and dandruff, while intensely nourishing the hair.

You will need:

5 tablespoon henna powder

Water (enough to make a paste)

1 tablespoon amla or lime juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 egg (optional)

¼ cup yoghurt (optional, use for moisturising)

In a bowl place henna powder and amla powder (or lime juice), then add water, monitoring the thickness – it should be the consistency of yoghurt or conditioner. If you want deeper colour you can set aside this paste for 1 to 4 hours (to help release dye) or you can use it immediately. Before applying the henna paste add olive oil and other optional ingredients.

Apply to your scalp and hair and let it sit for 30-60 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly. You may or may not need to use shampoo, especially if you are using egg, which is a good cleanser. See how your hair feels after rinsing. Use henna every week or once every fortnight to add thickness and volume to your hair.

Cassia: If you have lighter hair, use cassia. It has similar benefits of henna, but doesn’t really colour the hair. It may add very subtle golden highlights to pale blond or grey hair.

Note: wear gloves when using henna to avoid staining of hands.

10. Ree-shi shampoo – it’s all natural

Reetha shikakai Shampoo1

The beautiful concoction of reetha, shikakai and amla can give you super shining and voluminous hair. Together they work to clean the hair, balance your scalp ph and increases bounciness and silkiness of hair. This natural shampoo also helps to promote hair growth, strengthen hair roots and clear dandruff. It is very conditioning and you may not need to use a conditioner.

Plus, if you live in hard water area and cal build-up is weighing your hair down, this shampoo can come to your rescue. This shampoo works incredibly well in hard water.

For the recipe and how to make this natural shampoo, see this post here.

11. Hair Vitamins

You probably knew this is coming. But it’s the most important bit. If you desire healthy, silky and beautiful hair you got to feed your hair from the inside.

Your hair is constantly being made by hair follicles and its health and strength is totally dependent on what you eat, so basically what nutrients you provide. Sadly, if you are deficient in protein or any other vitamin, the first part of your body to suffer is hair, because it is least important for our survival. So you need to keep your supplies of vitamin and mineral topped up by eating a balanced diet.

Your diet must include:

  1. Protein – hair is mostly made of protein. Make sure your diet includes meat, egg, dairy, lentils (dal), pulses, sea weed, seeds and nuts – all of these are good source of protein.
  2. Good fats – these are important for health of your scalp and hair follicles. Include nuts like almond, walnut, Brazil nut, and seeds suck as flax, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower. You can also use their cold-pressed unrefined oils, to get your daily dose of essential fats.
  3. Ghee: It is more than just a good fat. It greatly enhances the taste of the food and improves food absorption.
  4. Fruits and vegetables: they are rich in antioxidants and prevent your hair from thinning and premature greying. I am not giving a list here because every region has a distinct variety of produce and you must stick to that.

How do you add volume to your fine hair? Have you tried any of the above hair treatments? Would love to hear your experience…please share below.

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