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6 Simple Ways to Add Texture to Your Hair

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Craving added texture for your fine or thin hair? Science says that using specially-formulated products can do the trick and provide the texture, lift, and fullness you’re after. Here, we explore six ways to add texture, including various tools, products, and transformative cuts. Get ready to amplify your hair’s depth and dimension with a blend of art and science.

What is Textured Hair?

Understanding the differences between textured hairtexturized hair, and hair with added texture is the first step to choosing the right styling approach for your specific hair type.

  • Textured hair refers to hair that naturally has a wave, curl, or coil pattern, giving it inherent volume and movement.
  • Texturized hair entails chemically or mechanically altering hair to create a semi-permanent wave or curl pattern.
  • Hair with added texture involves temporary styling techniques that create texture and volume in hair, applicable to any hair type, including fine or thin hair.

Why would someone with thin or fine hair want to add texture? Adding texture:

  • Creates the illusion of more volume, making hair appear thicker
  • Boosts movement, body, and bounce for a lively look
  • Provides diverse styling options and versatility
  • Hides thinning or balding areas by adding visual depth
  • Enhances natural hair texture, emphasizing unique qualities

You can achieve different added texture looks by using various styling techniques. Some of the most popular hairstyles with added texture include:

  • Beachy waves: Loose, relaxed waves reminiscent of how hair looks after a day at the beach
  • Tousled curls: Soft, messy curls for a playful and casual appearance
  • Textured lob: A long bob haircut with layers and waves, adding dimension and movement
  • “Bedhead”: A purposely undone hairstyle that exudes effortless chic
  • Twist out: A technique generating defined curls or waves by twisting hair sections and allowing them to set before unraveling
  • Braids: Various braiding styles — such as French, Dutch, and fishtail — add texture and visual interest

6 Ways to Add Texture to Your Hair

Explore six expert-recommended methods to enhance your fine or thin hair, adding dimension and depth while unlocking styling potential and versatility.

1. Use Texture Spray 

Texture spray is a versatile product designed to provide grip, body, and definition to your hair. By applying this wonder product, you can effortlessly create a variety of textured hairstyles that last throughout the day.

For the best results, shake the can well before spraying it evenly throughout your hair in an upward motion. Remember, our Full Dry Volume + Texture Spray is buildable, so start with a small amount and add more as needed. For updos, spray at the roots before pulling your hair up, and then spritz the product throughout the lengths of your pony to create a fuller look. For chic, low updos, twist sections of your hair and apply a texture spray before pulling them apart gently and pinning them in place.

2. Apply Texturizing Foam and Then Style

Before blow-drying, apply a texturizing foam to give your hair a boost. Get 3x more texture with Living Proof’s Full Texturizing Foam. This dry foam lasts all day, is lightweight, and protects against heat up to 450°F/232°C. Use on clean, damp hair for a casual style, or add to dry hair for more hold. For added texture, apply during a blowout.

3. Curl Your Hair

Curling tools such as curling irons, hot rollers, curling blow dryers, and crimpers are excellent for adding texture and movement to your hair.

For maximum effect, curl smaller sections of hair in different directions to create a more voluminous look. Finish off with a touch of texture spray and hairspray for hold. Curious about the differences between the two products? Learn about texture spray vs. hairspray and when to use each.

4. Sleep in Braids or Buns

To achieve added texture to hair overnight, braid your hair before bed. French braids, in particular, yield gorgeous waves that rival those created with hot tools.

Alternatively, you can try several small twisted buns. For optimal results, braid or twist damp hair. In the morning, refresh your roots with texture spray and add your favorite shine serum to your ends for a quick and stylish start to your day.

5. Get a Great Textured Haircut

While styling products and techniques can add texture to your hair, the right haircut can make a world of difference. Blunt cuts tend to be less textured than layered cuts, and longer cuts are generally less textured than shorter ones.

For a naturally textured look, opt for long layers or a shorter cut. Incorporating bangs is another excellent way to add texture and revitalize your style. To find a stylist specializing in textured haircuts, research local salons, read reviews, and seek recommendations from friends or family.

6. Try a Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is not only a lifesaver for those no-wash days but also a fantastic tool for adding texture to your hair. Spritzing our Perfect hair Day™ Dry Shampoo at the roots and tousling your hair will give you that sought-after textured appearance in no time.

Bonus Tips:

  • For extra lift, try teasing your hair gently at the roots. This technique adds volume and texture, making your hair appear fuller and more dynamic.
  • To get that coveted beachy texture without the salty stiffness, opt for a texturizing foam or mousse.

Get Added Texture for Days with Living Proof

Transform your hair’s appearance with Living Proof products specifically designed to add texture and depth to your fine or thin hair. Let’s explore the best ways to achieve and maintain healthy hair with added texture.

  • Living Proof’s Style Lab® amp²® Texture Volumizer is a game-changer for creating amplified volume, touchable texture, and flexible hold on dry hair. This styling cream is enriched with a thickening molecule that forms microscopic dots along the hair shaft, providing long-lasting, revivable thickness and volume. The unique polymer blend ensures flexible hold, while the wax blend imparts texture and light hold for amped-up volume.
  • Style Lab® Flex Hairspray is a medium-hold spray that sets, styles, and finishes without stiffness, making your hair more touchable and reworkable. Its flexible web technology combines firm and flexible polymers for maximum versatility, offering heat protection up to 410°F/210°C. Conditioning emollients and vitamin B5 add lubricity, brushability, and shine.
  • For those seeking gentle cleansing and volumizing effects, our Full Shampoo and Full Conditioner are ideal. The shampoo removes residue, promoting thicker, fuller-looking hair, while the conditioner provides lightweight conditioning and gentle detangling. Both products work together to keep your hair cleaner for longer periods, making them perfect for fine, flat hair.
  • Full Thickening Blow-Dry Cream is a lightweight cream that leaves hair feeling softer and looking naturally fuller. Its thickening molecule deposits microscopic thickening dots between strands, while myristyl alcohol offers lightweight conditioning and an emollient blend adds softness and shine.
  • Full Volume & Root-Lifting Spray is a heat-activated spray that delivers a volume boost at the roots for a natural looking uplift. Its resin blend creates lift while maintaining a natural feel, and the brushable emollient ensures pliability during styling. This product offers heat protection up to 410°F/210°C.
  • Full Texturizing Foam is a dry foam that delivers 3x more texture. Use to style, restyle, or revive hair for an effortless look that lasts all day.

Incorporating these products into your haircare routine will revolutionize how you add texture to your hair.

Turn Up the Volume with Added Texture

Voluminous hair with added texture has never been more attainable, thanks to these inventive techniques and expert solutions. Your journey to brilliant hair with added texture starts with the right approach, enabling you to create hairstyles that showcase the natural beauty and fullness of your hair.

Ready to take your hair game to the next level? Discover the perfect products tailored to your unique hair needs by taking our Hair Quiz now! Unveil personalized recommendations to help you achieve the textured look you’ve always desired. Don’t wait — uncover the secrets that help embrace your hair’s full potential.

  1. Byrdie, “How to Add Serious Texture to Stick-Straight Hair,”
  2. Cosmopolitan, “Texturizers 101: Everything to Know About the Hair-Smoothing Treatment,”
  3. Creative Images Institute of Cosmetology, “Mastering Textured Hair,”
  4. Elle, “Hair Texture: 5 Reasons You Need It,”

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