Bigger is better! Fake a fuller look with these foolproof volume-building tricks.
How to add volume to your hair? Almost every girl desires to have thicker hair with more volume.
There are various tips and tricks that will help you to do so. Let’s look at some of them right now:
1. Boost Your Roots
Use a root booster on damp hair before you blow-dry.
Root-boosting products are your friends. Think of them as the scaffolding to your hairstyle. They provide structure and support for any lift you manually create near the roots, helping your style last all day (or even several days).
Look for a product specifically designed for fine hair, so it won’t weigh you down, and apply it all over the head, right at the scalp. Make sure you use it on damp hair—root-boosters won’t work once hair is dried. And don’t be afraid to layer your volume-building products, adding mousse and/or blow-dry spray through the lengths.
2. Use a Volume-Building Shampoo
A volume-building shampoo won’t weigh your style down.
It’s a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at the difference a good shampoo makes to your volume goals. My rule of thumb is to use products that are clear or at least translucent, since they’re the least likely to be loaded with heavy conditioning ingredients. Nothing white and creamy for my hair, please! And yes, it IS possible to find volume-building shampoo that doesn’t strip your hair and is colour-safe. Also go easy on the conditioner. I only apply it to the bottom half or third of my hair, and I make sure to rinse it extra-thoroughly.
3. Crimp Your Roots
Crimp the roots of the under-layers of your hair to make them stand out from the scalp.
For real! Crimped hair was big in the ’80s, and now it’s making a comeback—but in a brand new (and non-tacky) way. Just crimping at the roots, in the under-layers of the hair, is a fantastic way to rough up the texture and make it stand out from the scalp. Can you say soft, natural-looking volume?
The best part is that it only takes a few minutes, and unlike curling irons and flat irons, requires zero expertise. And the top layer of hair completely hides the crimping from detection.
4. Dry your hair from below
Blow-dry your hair with your head turned upside down, moving your blowdryer quickly to avoid heat damage. Also, make sure to always blow-dry in the direction of the cuticle, this way you will help seal it, which will add more shine. Blow-drying your hair upside down can add significant amount of volume to thin looking hair.
5. Dry shampoo
Avoid washing your hair every day, because it strips your hair from natural oils, making your scalp produce more…Try using a dry shampoo in between your hair washes, it will help get rid of greasy feel and add more volume to your locks.
6. Apply the principle of “creative chaos”
Smooth, carefully combed hair often looks far too smoothed-out and flat. A little bit of chaos, on the other hand, can be your best friend if you’re seeking more volume. This can be achieved by styling your hair in light waves, holding it back only loosely with a hair band, or using styling foam.
7. Avoid using too much styling foam
An excessive amount of styling foam can glue your hair together and make it heavier, in turn making it very difficult to achieve that additional volume. Apply the following rule: for styling short hair, all you need is a ball of foam about the size of a walnut. For medium-length hair, it should be approximately the size of a hen’s egg, and for long hair the size of a tennis ball.
8. Wash your hair the right way.
Even something as simple as washing your hair a different way can add volume. All you have to do is follow a few basic rules:
1. Start by rinsing your hair with hot water. It will open the cuticles, which is good for removing any dirt or product trapped in the hair. When your hair is rinsed in warm water, it loosens the oils through the scalp and opens the cuticles so they are able to absorb the oil.
2. Apply shampoo only to your roots. Then spread the lather along the length of your hair. The ends of your hair are always drier and more brittle, so you shouldn’t rub them.
3. Apply conditioner or a mask only along the length of your hair. Moisturizing shampoos, when applied to the roots, only make them heavier and flatten out your hair.
4. Wash your scalp on a regular basis. This will improve blood circulation and get rid of dead cells.
5. Try not to wash your hair every day. This can remove a protective layer from your hair that results in it being weaker, in turn depriving it of volume. It’s also better to use dry shampoo.
9. Back-Brush It
Back-brush the roots of the under-layers of your hair for soft volume.
Teasing has a bad rep. It doesn’t have to mean aggressively back-combing your hair with a fine-toothed comb to create massive tangles (which are a nightmare to get out in the shower). You can actually create soft volume by back-brushing the roots, using a large paddle brush instead.
My preferred technique is to pin up the uppermost layer of the hair, and then back-brush the rest, working section by section. Holding each section taut and away from the head, brush in a downward motion at the roots in three quick strokes. To make the volume last, spray each back-brushed area with hairspray. Once you’ve completed all the sections, let down the rest of the hair, leaving it smooth.
10. Add Colour
Colour can rough up the hair cuticle and give you more body.
If you don’t lighten your hair, then here’s a little secret from those of us who do. It’s not just about the color—it’s also about the texture it gives you. A little bleach creates added body and roughs up the hair cuticle so it’s not so “slippery”. Basically, a godsend for anyone whose hair lies flat and won’t hold a volume style.
But you don’t have to resort to a whole new hair color to benefit from the volumizing effect of bleach. A few peekaboo highlights, placed in the under-layers of your hair and in a tone-on-tone color, can give you just enough of a boost, without having to worry about re-growth.