1. Use the Right Shampoo and Conditioner
The foundation for achieving voluminous hair starts with the right shampoo and conditioner. Look for products that are specifically formulated to add volume, as these will typically contain ingredients that coat the hair shaft, making it appear thicker and more voluminous.
Avoid heavy, moisturizing shampoos and conditioners, which can weigh down your hair and make it look flat. Instead, opt for lightweight formulas that provide hydration without adding extra weight.
You may also want to consider using a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any buildup from styling products, which can also weigh down your hair and make it look flat. This will help to keep your hair looking clean, light, and full of volume.
2. Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down
One of the easiest ways to add volume to your hair is to blow dry it upside down. This technique works by lifting the roots of your hair away from your scalp, creating a fuller and more voluminous look.
To blow dry your hair upside down, start by flipping your head over so that your hair is hanging down towards the floor. Use your fingers to comb through your hair, lifting the roots away from your scalp as you go. Then, use a hair dryer with a concentrator nozzle to blow dry your hair, directing the air towards the roots.
Once your hair is about 80% dry, flip your head back over and finish blow drying your hair in sections, using a round brush to add more volume and shape to your hair. When you’re finished, your hair should have more body and movement, with a voluminous, bouncy look that lasts all day.
3. Use Velcro Rollers or a Curling Wand
Velcro rollers and curling wands are both great tools for adding volume and body to your hair. Velcro rollers work by lifting the roots of your hair away from your scalp, while curling wands add shape and movement to your hair.
To use Velcro rollers, start by applying a volumizing mousse or spray to damp hair. Then, divide your hair into sections and roll each section up in a Velcro roller, starting at the roots and rolling towards the ends. Leave the rollers in your hair for about 20-30 minutes, then remove them to reveal bouncy, voluminous hair.
If you prefer to use a curling wand, start by applying a heat protectant spray to dry hair. Then, divide your hair into sections and wrap each section around the curling wand, starting at the roots and working your way down towards the ends. Hold the hair on the wand for a few seconds, then release to reveal soft, voluminous curls.
Both of these techniques are easy to master and can be used to create a variety of different styles, from loose waves to tight curls.
4. Add Texture with Dry Shampoo or Sea Salt Spray
Adding texture to your hair can help to create the appearance of more volume and body. Two great products for adding texture are dry shampoo and sea salt spray.
Dry shampoo works by absorbing excess oil and buildup from your hair, leaving it looking and feeling fresh and clean. It also adds texture and grip to your hair, making it easier to style and giving it a more voluminous look.
Sea salt spray, on the other hand, contains salt and other minerals that give your hair a beachy, tousled look. It also adds texture and volume, making it a great product for creating loose, effortless waves.
To use dry shampoo or sea salt spray, start by spraying the product onto your roots and working it through your hair with your fingers. You can then style your hair as desired, using a brush or your fingers to create volume and texture.
Both of these products are easy to use and can be a great way to add volume to your hair, especially if you’re in a rush or don’t have time for more complicated styling techniques.
5. Try a Volumizing Haircut or Extensions
If you’re looking for a more permanent way to add volume to your hair, there are two options to consider: a volumizing haircut or hair extensions.
A volumizing haircut involves cutting layers into your hair to create the appearance of more volume and movement. Your stylist may also add texture to your hair by using a razor or scissors to create soft, wispy ends.
Hair extensions, on the other hand, involve adding additional hair to your natural hair to create a fuller, more voluminous look. There are many different types of hair extensions available, from clip-in extensions that can be added and removed easily, to more permanent options like sew-in or tape-in extensions.
Both of these options can be great for adding volume and body to your hair, and can be tailored to your individual needs and preferences. Talk to your stylist or a hair extension specialist to find out which option is right for you.