Is gravity to blame for your flat hair or did you just not rinse your hair very well after your shampoo/conditioning session? Maybe your genetics are to blame for flattening down your hair. Perhaps you have oily hair, which often makes it difficult to keep your hair bouncy with volume. Even if you’ve showered the night before, your scalp was already at work producing oil while you slept. The result? You wake up with flat hair the next morning. If you want to know how to maximize your hair volume, read this tutorial on how to add volume to flat hair.
How To Add Volume To Flat Hair: The Basics
To combat limp hair, try using a mild volumizing shampoo formulated for your hair type. Focus the shampoo at the root of your hair. Use warm water to rinse and make sure you do so thoroughly. Use a volumizing conditioner and massage it onto the ends and body of your hair, not the roots. Avoid adding conditioner to your roots because this will weigh your hair down and cause it to go flat. Towel-dry your wet hair and then allow your hair to air-dry the rest of the way. Do not comb your hair until it is nearly dry. If you blow dry your hair, focus the heat at your roots while your head is upside down for added volume.
For more volume, put your hair in a loose ponytail before bed so that your hair stretches out onto the pillow while you sleep. Be careful not make the ponytail too tight. You’ll wake up with more volume! Be sure to use a volumizing mousse or spray to secure the bounce.
Still not enough volume? Use a fine comb and tease or backcomb a couple top layer strands. Teasing or hair ratting was most popular in the 1950s when the Beehive and Bouffant hair styles were popular. Do not include teased hair in your daily routine. Hair that is teased daily will result in damaged strands.
How to maximize hair volume - Instructions for backcombing/teasing hair:
Lindsay Lohan's maximized volumed hair. A little comb
and hairspray can add volume to any flat hair
(and create a slimmer looking face).
- Start with freshly shampooed, straight hair to prevent excessive tangling. If you have super curly or wavy tresses, flat iron or blow dry them straight. Allow hair to cool if you’ve recently ironed. Curls and waves have the tendency to be more easily damaged.
- Make sure there is no tangle in hair. Brush several times to remove tangles.
- Use a rattail or a fine comb and part off a section of hair from the rest of the strands.
- Holding the section straight up, backcomb your strands in the direction opposite of your hair's natural growth pattern. Continue to tease until you reach the desire volume.
- Spray section with hairspray and shine serum
- Using your hands, gently smooth the teased hair back. Repeat with all sections of hair
- If you are experiencing slight thinning of your hair, use a combination of the hair growth product (that contains minoxidil such as Provillus or Rogaine) and a hair thickener agent to cover the thinning while your hair grows back.
How to maximize hair volume - Use steam-rollers to add volume to your hair
Hot rollers can maximize your hair volume while you get ready:
place them in your hair and while you wait, you can apply your
makeup, read, or just watch tv.
For some of us, steam rollers may bring back not-so-pleasant images of our grandmother, but they are the best tool when it comes to getting that Hollywood volumizing hair. It does take a little more time and effort, but the head-turning effect is well worth it. To maximize your hair volume, use mid-size to large rollers.
Make sure your hair is completely dry before rolling. Begin at the crown, and then move on to the sides and then the back of your head. Allow the roller to set and spritz with hairspray before removing the rollers. Allow your hair to cool. Then gently comb your hair to relax some of the curls if you’re going for a wavy look. These curls and volume will last throughout the day!
How to maximize hair volume - A haircut that will add volume to your hair
If you have thin hair, you would look fabulous with a mid-length layered cut. This cut should be above the shoulder with the edges cut at an angle. Add a few light layers at the top to add volume to your hair. In general, shorter hair will allow for more volume because there will be less weight pulling the strands down. Refer to our hair cutting tips article for more information on how to select a haircut based on your face shape.
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