Beauty Clinic: Help for limp, lacklustre hair

Q. My fine hair is looking lacklustre and limp.  I really want something to give it more oomph and shine before the holidays.  What do you suggest? A.  Real change to hair, skin and nails takes time but there is so much you can do to give it body and gloss pretty well instantly.  We suggest:

• If you haven’t had your hair cut recently, get a good trim.  ‘Limp’ hair is often a tad too long so the weight drags it down.

• Colour can give body to a limp mop so if you usually have colour, do book in now, and also talk to your colourist about having a conditioning treatment during the session.  (If you don't have colour at the moment, perhaps you might consider a few highlights.)

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 13.03.14Make sure you are using the right type of shampoo.  In your situation, we would be looking for ‘volumising hair care – both shampoo and conditioner.  Top of the award winners in our latest round of Beauty Bible consumer surveys were the following: Percy & Reed Volumising Shampoo and Gielly Green Volume Shampoo.

Consider a mask: we advise adding a mask to your hair care regime, once a week ideally.  Either use it after shampooing, or slather it on dry hair, comb through and cover with clingfilm or a hot towel; then shampoo as usual.  Sarah loves Jo Hansford Intensive Masque for Fine Hair, a light treatment that won’t weigh down your hair and should give it real gloss and bounce.  You can use it daily, if you need to.

Screen Shot 2013-11-21 at 13.04.28Beauty Bible testers found this product helped with similar problems: Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Treatment Masque for Fine Hair.

•  Last but not least, rollers.  Today's rollers are really so much easier to use than before:  mostly you don't need clips, as they just stay put on their own.  Give hair a shake after removing, and the volume should at least last all evening.


• Percy & Reed Volumising Shampoo/£14 for 250 ml at - buy here

• Gielly Green Volume Shampoo/£16  for 200 ml at - buy here

Jo Hansford Intensive Masque for Fine Hair/£27 for 150 ml at - buy here

• Louise Galvin Sacred Locks Treatment Masque for Fine Hair/£26 for 250 ml at - buy here