If your hair is sticking to your scalp like a clingy ex, it’s time to figure out how to add some much-needed volume into your hair. I’m blessed that my hair is straight and sleek, but that means that volume is my natural enemy. Over the past few years, I’ve mastered how to “fake” voluminous hair and I’m spilling all of my secrets in this post.
Here are 8 pro tips that are tried and tested so that you know that they work. If volume is a challenge for you, try out these 8 ways to create more volume in your hair.
Related: My Secrets To Healthy & Shiny Hair
Remove Buildup In The Shower For More Volume
It’s impossible to have volumized hair if it’s being weighed down by outside forces. You want to eliminate any product buildup in your hair and scalp by using a detoxifying product suite. I like to use a scalp brush followed by a root build-up remover – Rooted Rituals is a personal favorite and it’s so affordable! After that, opt for a shampoo that is clean, stimulates hair follicles, and if it has biotin – that is an added bonus. In case you didn’t know, biotin is a B vitamin that helps with hair health. It can thicken hair and stimulate growth. The Briogeo Blossom & Bloom volumizing shampoo is one of my favorite formulas (& it has biotin!)
Want More Hair Volume? Wash Less Often
More volume with dirty hair? How can it be true? Well, it is. The dirtier your hair is, the more the natural oils will surface. You can use that added grit to add body and volume to your hair for days after you wash it.
I only wash my hair two or three times a week and that’s with sweaty workouts in between. You’ll need to condition your hair to get used to being washed less often, but once you’re on a routine – you’re golden.
Dry Shampoo Is Hair Volume’s Best Friend
Dry shampoo will be the secret weapon in your arsenal when it comes to volumized hair (especially when you aren’t washing it often.) Here’s how it works: the product soaks up the excess oil in your hair to give you a fresh and clean look. But wait, there’s more! If you swear by dry shampoo on dirty hair days, try it on clean hair! But Sabrina, how can that be?! I know – stick with me. A little bit of dry shampoo will add texture to otherwise slippery clean hair that can add lift, body, and grip to your hair.
If you’re in the camp of people who say that dry shampoo simply doesn’t work for them, take a look at these 6 popular dry shampoo mistakes that you might be making.
Gently Tease For More Volume
Gone are the days of the Texas bouffant hair and thank god for that, but who doesn’t love a little volume? Every woman should own a good quality teasing comb and know how to use it properly. Here’s the kicker: it shouldn’t hurt! I remember when I got my hair done for my wedding my hair was thick and down to my back, but I purposely added extensions because I didn’t want that damage to my natural hair. Yikes!
If your hair already has a bit of natural grit, you can gently back comb using a teasing brush to add volume to your hair and spray with a light-hold hairspray. This tutorial on YouTube (start at :45 seconds) is a great example of what to do.
Change Up Your Hair Part
Your hair has grown accustomed to the way that it is parted, so whether you are rocking a side part, deep part, or straight up down the middle – feel free to switch it up. Your hair will respond well if you flip your hair to the opposite side or try a different part.
To keep your hair flexible, I recommend trying different parts regularly. If you have your hair tied back when you are working, do a different part to give your hair the agility that it needs.
Use a Hair Volumizing Product
Funny enough, you don’t want to add a ton of products when volume is the goal, but the right products can make all of the difference. A good product will use polymers to coat each fiber on the hair shaft to make it look thicker and create hold to lift the hair away from the head.
Blow-Dry With a Cold Shot
Have you heard the theory that you should blow dry your hair upside down? Aside from making you look like the little girl from the Ring, there is actually a method to the madness. By blowdrying your roots upside down, you are letting gravity do the bulk of the work. When you flip your hair back over it will have more volume.
If your blow dryer has a “cold” feature it’s a great idea to give it a try at the end of your blow-drying session. I know your arm is aching already and you’re tired, but spending a minute blasting cool air through your hair will lock your style in place, prevent frizz, and secure the volume from your blowdry. This blow dryer from Eva NYC is so cute and works really well if you’re in the market for a new one.
Want More Volume? Try Curling Your Hair
You don’t need perfect curls to add a little volume to your hair. A bit of a bounce will make a huge difference. The larger the curling iron barrel size, the better. I like to spend five minutes curling my hair quickly – and I mean really quickly, holding the curl for only five seconds at a time. The goal isn’t a perfect ringlet, it’s bounce for body. Even just curling the ends will make a big difference to your mane.
Final Thoughts On Ways To Create More Volume In Your Hair
You don’t need a hundred new products or an expensive hair cut to fake volume in your hair. If you tried any of these tips, I’d love to hear from you!
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