By: Sarah James
1. Dry Shampoo
The secret product that should be in everyone’s rock-star hair arsenal is dry shampoo. Don’t assume it’s just for absorbing oil in next-day hair. No, ma’am, it can add tons and tons of volume to fine, limp hair. Just spray (or sprinkle, depending on the product) dry shampoo into the roots of your hair while bending over at the waist. Massage into the scalp while gently scrunching and mussing hair, flip over, and — trust me — you’ll be amazed at the amount of fabulous volume! A great dry product to try is Herbal Essences Naked Volume Refreshing Dry Shampoo.
The trusty, tried-and-true method of backcombing hair with a rat-tail comb is still one of the best ways to increase volume. Try working with a comb at the crown of the head — gently tease hair at the roots to achieve height and then smooth over the top to keep the overall look polished.
This is also a great method to try before pulling hair into a ponytail. The backcombed section gives a ponytail some ooh-la-la lift!
3. The Upside-down Blowout
If you are going for super volume straight out of the shower, towel dry hair, apply a mousse like Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse and blow dry your hair upside down while bent over at the waist. Get ready for some big hair, ladies.
4. Hot Rollers
If heat’s your thing, roll your locks onto hot rollers after blow drying (with a heat protectant, of course). Be sure to place the rollers as high on the head as possible, and allow them to cool completely before removing.
Once you remove the rollers, shake your hair upside down and flip over for the full effect. If you aren’t looking for curls, brush through your tresses with a boar-bristle brush. The curls will smooth out a bit, but the volume will remain.
5. Top Knots
Want to steer clear of heat? Wrap damp hair into a high bun and sleep with it overnight. By morning, you will have loose, romantic waves with a nice lift at the crown from the bun placement. This method is great because it keeps heat damage out of the picture. Braids work well with this method too but be sure to keep them high on the crown for extra lift.
When all else fails, try all of the above! The rock-star volume will be off the charts.
Do you have any go-to methods of adding volume to your hair? Let us know in the comments section below!
Sarah can be found contributing her musings on style, beauty and parenting at her personal blog, Whoorl, as well as the popular beauty website Hair Thursday. Her blogs have been featured on “The Rachael Ray Show,” ABC’s “Nightline ” and in The New York Times.