Thanks for your message.
I am not saying no to having a perm, as done properly it can be a great way to create body in otherwise lifeless hair but there are a few things you could try first before for going for something so permanent. Also it is important to have an elasticity test before any type of perm, as your hair sounds to me as though it might be lacking in elasticity, in which case a perm is not the best option for you and it will be more a case of building up your hairís strength before concerning yourself with having lots of body. ...More >
The bob style you describe sounds like a good length for making fine hair look thicker but there are also lots of cutting techniques which can help. I would avoid having lots of layers, they might give body and movement in thicker hairstyles but they will take away the weight which your hair needs. Instead I would create movement through secret, internal layers. We have a technique called scaffolding which we use in the salon and itís a fantastic way to support fine hair from within.
Colour is also a great way to add body to fine hair. Highlights, carefully placed throughout, will give the illusion of movement, and this doesnít mean you have to go blonde work with your natural tones to find a highlight colour right for you. I would also try having a gloss colour to add shine and swell the hair, again giving it more life. A gloss colour close to your natural hair will avoid regrowth problems but will plump the hair shaft and make it easier to blowdry with body.
Finally find a light weight mousse to prep the hair before blowdrying. Tec ni art Volume Lift mousse, has a nozzle which allows you to apply it directly to the roots, and has great hold without being sticky or stiff. I would apply this throughout the hair before drying, blast the hair lightly upside down for a few seconds getting the roots all dry in an upwards direction, then tip your head back and dry with a large natural brissle, round brush. I would avoid over drying the hair as this will make it fly away, so I would dry it quickly in large sections and add a few rollers for smoothness and body. Finally I would use a light hairspray directly at the roots, Kerastase Laque Couture is fantastic for this.
If you have looked at the cut and colour, are using the right products and still feel that you need that extra bit of help then a perm might be a good option.
Hope this all helps and if youíd like more personal advice please call into the salon and Iíd happily take a look at your hair with you.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.