Whether you have short, long, wavy, curly or straight hair, hair that has volume and body can completely transform your look. It can make thinner hair look bouncier and healthier. If you find yourself lacking in volume, there are many options to give your hair an extra lift, and quite a few are quick and easy!
I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older, my hair volume has decreased, so I’ve been working on many of these volume building steps and have had great success. From products and tools, to at-home tricks that are completely free, let’s take a look at how to get some volume into limp, flat hair.
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Blow Dry Your Hair From the Roots
The first way to add volume and body to your hair is a simple step that I’ve been doing as long as I can remember. After washing and towel drying your hair, flip your hair, and lower your head so that your hair hangs down in front of your face. Turn on the hairdryer and focus the heat on the roots starting at the base of your skull. I only spend a minute or two doing this and it ALWAYS helps give my hair a nice boost in the roots.
If you don’t want to lower your head and would prefer to stand upright, you can use your fingers to lift your hair at the roots and apply the dryer to the roots. This will help, but lowering your head and using gravity is going to give you a bigger volume boost.
Wash and Dry Your Hair for Volume
I remember reading advice from a hairdresser years ago that said something like: shampoo roots, condition ends. That has stuck with me and it is advice that I try to follow to this day. While everyone’s hair will respond differently, you may find that applying shampoo to only your roots to cleanse your scalp will help with volume, as some shampoos can weigh hair down if applied on the entire length of your hair. Remember to massage your scalp to stimulate your roots and increase circulation.
You can also use your blow dryer to your advantage to add volume and boost to your hair. Blow dry from underneath and finish with a shot of cool air. For fine hair, your best bet may be to avoid high heat which can create dry brittle hair and breakage.
Wash Your Hair Less Frequently
If you wash your hair every day, you may want to consider washing every other day or a few times a week. Shampooing too much can weaken hair and reduce volume. I’ve found that washing my hair 3x a week is the sweet spot where it doesn’t get too oily in between washings.
For help on days that you don’t wash your hair, use a multi-tasking dry shampoo. It will help control oil and also give your roots a boost. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk has been a favorite of beauty editors for years, and they now offer a non-aerosol version of their dry shampoo for all hair types to combat dryness and give hair a little lift. For a drugstore option, John Frieda Luxurious Volume Volume Refresh Dry Shampoo is formulated specifically for fine hair.
Try A Volumizing Shampoo or Mousse
There are many shampoos formulated for thickening and adding volume to hair. You may want to start by removing any product build-up that can weigh the hair down. A weekly cleanse using Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo will remove up to 90% of residue from haircare products and other pollutants. Once a week is all that’s needed, and it’s good for all hair types.
You can replace your everyday shampoo with a volume building shampoo that is gentle and does not weigh hair down. Kerastase Densifique Bain Densité Bodifying Shampoo strengthens hair and improves hair density. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid to plump the hair and gluco peptide to strengthen deep inside the hair cuticle. Ceramides add shine, elasticity, and moisture. As a result, hair breakage is decreased and fullness throughout the length of the hair is improved.
Kerastase products are so luxurious, and this shampoo is no exception. Its creamy lather rinses clean and it leaves my hair feeling like it’s received a shot of moisture. Just soft, shiny, hair that is full of body.
A throwback to the ’80s and ’90s that really works: mousse. This time you won’t be using half a can and scrunching up your entire head of hair (unless you want to)! Apply mousse with your hands to dry or damp hair and work it to the mid-length of your strands. For volume without stickiness, try Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse. It is formulated with argan oil and an anti-static agent to provide flexible hold.
Use the Right Brush and Brushing Technique
A quality hairbrush will be gentle on your strands and work through your hair easily. I use a large round brush which dries hair quickly and smooths hair minimizing frizz. Add heat from your hairdryer from under the brush for more volume.
You might even consider a hot air brush, which is a multi-tasking hair styler and dryer in one. Use it to add volume, curl or straighten your hair while saving time.
Tease Your Hair
It may take some practice, but teasing your hair will provide a lift at the crown and beautiful volume for your hair. Apply a texture spray to the roots and ends in sections to provide some grip for the tease. If you use a teasing comb, be sure to be gentle with the comb and pull straight out so you do not cause damage to your hair. Follow with hairspray to hold the tease.
Use Hot Rollers
Hot rollers may not be as popular today as they were years ago when I was growing up, but they will provide luxurious volume! You can use rollers around the crown of your head to give your hair some bouncy volume.
You don’t have to worry about burning your fingers with the CoolGrip rollers that come with the T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers Set. On the Sephora page for this product, check out the cool product demonstration video. The video shows how to create beautiful broken waves with these hot rollers.
Get A Trim/Color/Layers/Change Your Part
A simple trim of the hair can remove heavy ends and instant give hair a lift.
I’m not sure about you, but every time I get a haircut, it seems like an instant infusion of volume into my hair. It should come as no surprise, since the more hair you have, the more weight you have which flattens your hair.
Layers will provide the illusion of volume too. I have long hair so without minimal layering it always looks flat with less body and volume. Long layers work well for me. Ask your stylist to find the best color and style to maximize volume in your hair.
Even coloring you hair with simple highlights will provide dimension to an otherwise flat look. Multiple shades provide even more dimension and movement. For a special occasion, you may even want to consider hair extensions. The pay off in extra volume will be immediate.
And for the easiest suggestion of all, simply switching your part can provide an immediately noticeable boost in volume. If you wear your hair the same way every day, it may flatten, so switching from one side to the other or from a middle part to a side part will provide a nice boost your locks.
Take A Supplement
While most of these suggestions lean toward external manipulation of your hair don’t forget about ways to boost your volume through the use of supplements. Biotin, a B vitamin, is widely used to improve hair health and reduce hair loss. Hair supplements specifically formulated to thicken hair will provide that much-needed volume boost.
A favorite of beauty editors and celebrities is Viviscal Hair Growth Supplement. Viviscal contains biotin and other vitamins, plus their proprietary AminoMar Marine Complex. In published clinical studies, users saw a 92% increase in thickness after 3 months of use. I’ve used this supplement and it works!
Final Thoughts on Adding Volume and Body to your Hair
I hope these suggestions on ways of adding volume to your hair will give you a few ideas that you can quickly put into effect. If you get into the habit of following a few of these steps you will surely see a boost in volume.
NOTE: If you continue to have issues with volume and have thin hair, you can always speak to your hairstylist about in-salon volumizing treatments that go way beyond a volumizing shampoo or conditioner. These treatments will also last longer for extended volume and body.
What are your tricks for adding volume to your hair? Let me know in the comments!!!
Thanks for reading, and until next time…