Being a fine-haired young thing has many pros – your mane is easy to maintain, it’s super-soft and looks banging in a bun. But sometimes, I just want my hair to look full and fluffy like Pixie Lott’s in her Mama Do music video. I’ve tried it all – eating my crusts, crimping and backcombing a side fringe – and nothing’s worked. But after years of trying and testing hideous hairstyles, I might just have found the trick to making fine hair look thick. Here’s what I did…

The backcombed pony

Shannan ponytail

This fail-safe way to big up fine hair also works if you’re out and about in windy weather.

Step 1.  Wash your hair using a volumising shampoo. Follow with a conditioner, leaving it on for a couple of minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

Step 2. While your hair is damp, work in a volumising mousse. Starting at the roots, use your fingers to work the product through your hair and right to the ends.

Step 3. Run a brush through to make sure the mousse is spread evenly.

Step 4. Turn your head upside down and blow-dry on a low heat. This will start to create the volume you’re looking for.

Step 5. Choose random sections of hair surrounding your crown. Hold each section of hair up and use a fine-tooth comb to work your hair down and towards your scalp. Just a few strokes will do – we just want to add a bit of volume, not re-create your Halloween hair

Step 6. Tip your head upside down and throw your hair back. Use your fingers to pull your hair back halfway down your head and secure with a hair band.

Step 7. Pull out flyaway hairs to frame your face and add texture.

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Side parting and statement hair grips

Statement hair grips

Adding a grip or two will give your hair extra texture. Bold statement grips are a win win because they’re fierce and fabulous.

Step 1. Use a tail comb to make a side parting.

Step 2. Spritz your hair with heat-protection spray.

Step 3. Taking 2-inch sections of hair at random, wrap around a heated curling wand, hold for 10 seconds, then release.

Step 4. Slide two hair grips into one side of your hair, just above the ear.

Step 5. Finish with a generous spritz of hairspray.

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Half up, half down

Half up, half down

Tying half my hair in a pony is my office go-to do. It’s a super-fast way to make your hair look fab when you’ve just rolled out of bed, hopped on the bus and power-walked into the office.

Step 1. Give your hair a good brushing.

Step 2. Use your fingers to pull the top half of your hair back into a ponytail and secure with a hair tie.

Step 3. Comb out the hair underneath the ponytail.

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