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How to Add Texture to All Hair Types

Retaining texture in hair is important, as well as identifying which hair type you have. Read on to learn how to bring your hair back to life by adding texture.

Adding texture to your hair is an easy way to create bounce and dimension without undergoing a massive makeover.

Lived-in and carefree, textured hair exudes a natural quality. At the same time, it’s incredibly wearable and requires very little styling. If you’re looking for a simple way to add life to your hair, try experimenting with your hair texture by following these easy tips.


What is textured hair?

Textured hair is hair that has body to it. Some different hair textures include waves, curves, spirals and zig-zags, and it’s possible that your natural hair already has one or more of these qualities. Bringing out or adding texture to your hair will therefore depend on your hair type and just how much coaxing it needs to gain some body and shape.

How to add texture to your hair

Whether you’re wondering how to get texture in your fine hair or maximise the texture you already have in your naturally wavy hair, there are a few styling secrets you can use to boost your hair texture.

1. Consider getting choppy layers

If you want fuss-free texture, consider getting a choppy, layered haircut. This will imbue your hair with natural movement and definition, helping you achieve a perfectly imperfect aesthetic. If you’re wondering how to add texture to short hair, a choppy, chin-length bob will work to enhance shape.

2. Change your curling technique

Curling your hair is a great way of adding some shape. One way to retain an effortless quality is to avoid curling the ends. This will provide more of a relaxed beachy look instead of perfectly refined curls. Also try curling your hair in different directions to add layers, body and texture

3. Braid your hair

Want to achieve a textured look without the heat damage? Put your hair into braids when wet, unravelling your braids the next morning to reveal effortless waves. Experiment with different styles and sizes of braids until you achieve your desired texture and use a serum, spray or mousse to hold the look throughout the day.

How to identify your hair texture

Hair types are classified by their curl pattern (if any) and natural texture. To answer the question ‘what is my hair texture?’ - hold a strand and rub it between your fingers. If you can’t feel the strand, you have fine hair. If you can feel it, you have medium hair, and if the strand feels thick and rough, you have a coarse hair type.

Thin Hair

If you have fine or thin hair, it could be difficult to add texture without overwhelming your hair. To avoid this, opt for light formulations like texture sprays or dry shampoos like our Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo.

To apply, simply flip over your hair, spray your dry shampoo throughout, and let it soak in naturally rather than rubbing it in. This will help you achieve a buoyant look without the damage of heat tools or the burden of heavy products.

Straight Hair

Like thin hair, straight hair should be texturised using sprays or dry shampoos. Type 1 hair has a tendency to be oily, so always read the label for any product you’re about to use to ensure it doesn’t have any oily ingredients that will weigh down your hair.

If your hair is not too brittle, you can also add some shape by curling it. Make sure to curl in alternating directions and run your fingers through your hair at the end to break apart any overly tight curls.

Wavy Hair

Those lucky enough to have naturally wavy hair only need to boost their locks with a light mousse or gel. Make sure to avoid rich, oil-based products, as this will only cause your waves to go limp.

Curly Hair

If you already have coiled or kinky hair, loosening any tight curls can help you create a more effortlessly texturised look. Try blow drying your hair from the roots down and using softening serums that don’t contain any silicone or sulphates.

Frizzy Hair

Think you can’t achieve texture if you’ve already got frizzy hair? Think again! The key is to simply run a serum through your hair with your fingers, taming any flyaways as you go, while retaining your natural texture.

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What are the best products for adding texture to your hair?

One of the best ways to add texture to your hair is to change up the products that you use. By opting for products that boost volume and texture, you can consistently maintain casually-cool locks and reduce your reliance on styling tools and techniques.

Our Densifique Bain Densité Hair Thickening Shampoo is an excellent solution for anyone experiencing a loss of hair density. By strengthening the hair fibre and waking up dormant follicles, you’ll be able to enjoy greater texture, body and bounce on an ongoing basis.

We also recommend following this up with the Densifique Fondant Densité Conditioner to maximise your results. By replenishing the hair at its core, Fondant Densité will have your hair looking fuller and more texturised.

If you’re after something more intensive, our Fusio-Dose In-Salon Hair Routine could be what you’re looking for. Your hair fibre will be re-densified and toned, creating lasting brilliance.

If you’re looking for other effortless styles to try, read our guide on how to achieve perfect beachy waves.

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