You’re after bright, volumous, healthy hair, right? Us too. And we’ve tried literally everything to achieve it. Turns out, a few things in your daily hair-care routine might be sabotaging your attempt at a glowing, thick mane.

According to hairdresser extraordinaire (and all-around cool chick) Amanda Green from A Flick Of Hares in Kingston, there are a few reasons your hair might be looking limp. And you’ll probably be surprised by a few of them…

Here, Amanda tells us what could be making your hair look thin, and exactly how to fix it.

USING THE WRONG SHAMPOO AND CONDITIONER

To prevent thin-looking hair, it’s crucial to use a combo suited to your hair type, and one that treats your needs for styling and conditioning. Your shampoo treats your hair and scalp, and conditioner the lengths and ends.

Always shampoo twice, keep conditioner to the ends only, and rinse well.

Amanda recommends Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, $43 each, as it increases the thickness of each hair strand and creates a strong base for styling.

NEGLECTING YOUR STYLING PRODUCTS

A root-lifting mousse or thickening spray work well to add volume. Apply evening to the roots and mid-lengths on damp hair before blow-drying. Use your fingers, or a round brush, with your hairdryer to create lift at the roots. Don’t forget the heat protection though: longer hair still needs hydration through the ends.

FLATTENING WITH HEAT TOOLS

A good blowout is the fine-haired gals best friend – but when choosing to add texture, the appropriate heat tools are key. Flat irons smooth the cuticle and can flatten fine hair, whereas a tong creates volume.

For a more relaxed, undone look, apply a large barrel tong to mid-lengths. Create movement by leaving the ends out and a bit straighter.

TOO MUCH LAYERING

Yes, layers create body. But, if done incorrectly, can take precious weight out of the ends – making your hair look thinner. Talk to your hairdresser about what your hair goals are to get the best cut for your hair type. I recommend layering around the face to create lift, while maintaining thickness through the back to keep the ends full.

CHOOSING THE WRONG COLOUR

Over processing fine hair with bleach can cause breakage, taking away thickness and making hair look wispy. But a solid colour can also look limp and flat. The solution? I recommend subtle highlights that create texture and dimension, and make your hair look thicker.

All prods are available at A Flick Of Hares in Kingston. Images via Sheer Luxe + The Zoe Report.