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How to Add Volume and Style to Hair

We have some good news for you: locking a perky mane is actually a lot easier than you think.

Even if your hair is seriously lacking in the volume department, there are a number of tricks to pep your locks and cheat your way to the volumized look.

And if you want to find out what they are, stick around as we present you with the ultimate tips for securing a full, luscious head of hair.

Perk Up Your Strands with a Blow-Dryer

One of the easiest ways to increase the body of your hair is with a blow-drier.

However, this doesn’t mean just blasting your strands without any rhyme or reason. 

To achieve volume, you’ll need a bit of expertise and a couple of tricks.

Here’s how to do it.

When you step out of the shower, pat your hair with a soft towel, then detangle it using a wide-tooth comb to prevent breakage.

Ideally, you should wait until your hair is about halfway dry before you blast it with hot air.

Before you start drying your hair, apply a heat protectant – this will shield your cuticles and help you minimize any heat-related damage.

There are several ways to invigorate your locks with a blow-drier.

1) An old hairstylists’ trick simply to tip your head upside down and direct the nozzle towards the roots of your hair. This will lift your strands from the root up and contribute to a fuller appearance.

2) A more dedicated method of blow-drying involves styling your hair with a big, round brush. To avoid causing damage to your hair, go for more natural, boar-bristle brush. Wrap your hair around the brush from underneath, focusing on the roots. Blow-dry each section for about 10 seconds, then run the brush down the rest of the shaft.

This technique of blow-drying will help boost the hair from the roots, but also ensure your locks are smooth and shiny.

Once you’re happy with the look, spritz a touch of lightweight hairspray to hold the volume and you’re good to go.

Pick the Right Styling Products

When you’re not quite sure how to revive your strands, you might fall into a trap of applying a number of different hair products in hopes of achieving a fuller mane.

However, this can actually cause the opposite effect, since oils, silicone and other ingredients found in hair products have the potential to weight your locks down and contribute to an even flatter appearance.

The trick to making styling product work to your advantage is picking the right ones and being conservative with application.

For example, when we talk about improving the volume of your tresses, mousse can be your hair’s best friend.

However, if you want to avoid the overly stiff effect, go for one that has lightweight texture and medium hold. Nailing the right consistency of the product will ensure your hair is plumped up without looking crunchy.

As for shampoos, be mindful when picking one designed to boost the volume, as a lot of the products on the market tend to do so by stripping your locks of their natural oils.

To avoid drying out your hair, go for formulas enriched with strand-nourishing ingredients, such as jojoba oil, shea and coconut butter.

Use Hair Rollers

An oldie, but a goodie, hair rollers can always come to the rescue when you’re looking to plump up your hair the traditional way.

These nifty styling tools have been used by women for generations, and for good reason, too: they are one of the quickest shortcuts to locking that volumized look.

Since hair rollers these days come in all shapes and sizes, you should pinpoint which ones will be the best for your desired hairstyle.

For the added volume without the extra curl or bend to the hair, go for ones with a bigger diameter.

You’ll only need about four to five pieces; wrap your hair around them when it’s about 80% dry, then give it an extra blast with the blow-drier.

For more texture and definition, you can always go for smaller hair rollers, as they are designed to not only lift your hair, but give it a bit of a curl, as well.

For an even quicker method, you can always invest in a set of hot rollers.

These retro hair tools are designed to be applied to dry hair and can give your main a full-on editorial look while you’re sipping on your coffee or doing your makeup.

The way you insert the rollers into your hair will depend on the look you are going for.

Curling them inwards will give you those beautiful, old school glam locks, while rolling them away from your face will give you airy, swept waves.

To lock long-lasting curls, only remove your rollers when they’ve completely cooled, then spritz your hair with medium-hold hairspray.

Cheat the Volume with Hot Tools

There’s no wonder why we all love playing around with straighteners, crimpers and curling irons.

Thanks to these revolutionary styling tools, we have the opportunity to create straight-outta-hair-salon coifs in the comfort of our own home.

Not just that, but these tools are also incredibly versatile and can be more than effective when it comes to giving your hair that extra jolt of volume.

There are several ways you can achieve this.

1) The quickest one is probably with your standard flat iron. Even though it might sound counterintuitive at first that a flattening tool can make your hair look more vivacious, this is actually true – you just need to know the right technique.

In order to lift your lock, you can use your straightener to grab sections of your hair closer to the roots and pull them up, then inwards.

This way, you will physically elevate the hair from the scalp and create a more voluminous appearance.

2) The same effect can be achieved with curling irons; plus, then can give you a more stylized look.

For soft, bouncy waves and more volume, use a wide-barreled iron and curl your hair away from the face, putting special emphasis on the strand that frame your cheeks.

For more defined and textured look, grab a narrower curling iron and alternate between sections, curling one inwards and one outwards until you’ve finished styling your entire hair.

This will create an uneven hair pattern and give an illusion of fullness.

Once you’re finished styling your hair with hot tools, use a touch of hairspray to lock the style in place and make sure it doesn’t budge.

Blast it with Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is one of those revolutionary hair products that makes us wonder how we managed to survive all these years without it.

Why? Well, this super-convenient hair product can quickly come to your rescue every time your locks are feeling a lil’ lackluster.

It usually comes in the form of a spray (although powders are becoming popular, as well), which disperses starchy particles in between your strands.

They help absorb excess oils produced in your scalp and make your hair look fresh and full as a result.

You can use it on the first day to provide your hair with more texture, or later on if you feel like your roots are getting too greasy for your liking.

And the best thing about it? Dry shampoos are about the most user-friendly hair product out there.

All you need to do is split your hair into sections and spritz the dry shampoo at the roots, holding the bottle at about 10-inch distance from your head.

When you feel like you’ve applied enough product, use your fingers to rub it into your scalp and distribute the product more evenly.

Keep massaging the product in until white residue is no longer visible.

And that’s it! A boost of volume in an instant.

Go for a Heatless Overnight Hairstyle

You may have noticed that many volume-boosting methods involve messing around with straighteners, curling irons and blow-driers.

Truth to be told, continuous use of hot tools won’t do any favors to your hair in the long run, even if you take all the preventive measures to minimize the damage.

Sometimes, you need to give you hair a breather, so it wouldn’t end up looking like an irreparable fried mess.

Still, this doesn’t mean your hair needs to remain dull and flat on its day off.

There are plenty of ways you can achieve more body through heatless methods.

The simplest ones involve styling your hair into a strand-pepping style before bed and leaving it to work its magic overnight.

For example, even a simple bun can already provide your hair with more volume. Before you head to bed, tie your hair into a high pony tail, then twist it and wrap it around its base. Secure it with an elastic band and a couple of bobby pins. In the morning, you will wake up with extra volume and a soft wave to your locks.

Another great overnight style for achieving volume are French braids.

You can make them by parting your hair in the middle and braiding each side, leaving about an inch at the tips and tying them with elastic bands.

Leave them in overnight and you will be greeted with a gorgeous wavy mane in the AM.

Lightly Tease It

A quick way to cheat fullness is simply to tease your hair so it looks perky and volumized.

Even though it requires next to no effort, the results can be positively unbelievable.

The best tool to achieve the desired effect is a teasing brush with natural bristles, which is designed to give maximum volume when teasing hair.

The simplest way to get volume is to section of the back section of your hair, about three inches wide. Take your brush and begin gently combing the back part toward the roots, starting about three inches up. The trick is to do this slowly, so you don’t end up causing breakage to your hair and knotting it beyond repair.

Once you’re happy with the amount of volume, blast that section with a touch of hair spray and gently smooth out the surface with your comb.

You can provide added lift by sliding the handle of the brush underneath the section and using it to perk up the hair.

Another trick to removing tease-induced frizz is to take a clean makeup brush spritzed with a bit of hairspray and run it over any messy areas.

This will deal with any stray hairs and make you ‘do look extra shiny.

Switch Up Your Part

If you don’t tend to change your hairstyles very often, then chances are you’ve been sporting a parting on the same side for years.

Mid-part, side part or deep side part – wherever your preferred division is – over time, your hair learns this position and begins to fall that way naturally.

The only problem is that, once your hair gets used to a certain parting, that area will begin to look flatter than usual.

To breathe second life into your strands, sometimes doing so is as easy as switching your part.

You can do this while your hair is dry to get that immediate boost of volume, but if your hair is feeling particularly disobedient, you can wash it, then brush and blow-dry it with the new parting.

Once you’ve moved the parting, you will notice that ‘90s supermodel swoosh effect on your hair.

See? Making your hair plumper is as simple as these easy tips. Whatever technique you choose to invigorate your locks, we are sure the end result will be a glorious, thick coif you’ve always been striving for.

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