Fine, straight hair can wind up flatter than a pancake… that’s been run over by a super-sized stream-roller. But even if you were born with fine, straight hair, you aren’t doomed to lifeless locks for life. There are plenty of tricks you can use to add lift and shine. Here are some suggestions to discuss with your stylist followed by some great ideas to try at home. Read on and get ready to pump up the volume!
1. Hair color. Hair color doesn’t just affect the color of your strands, it also plumps up each individual hair strand making your overall head of hair feel thicker and fuller. If you don’t want to alter the natural color of your hair, just get a ‘shine coat’ applied to your hair. It coats your hair, making it feel thicker and fuller, but is completely colorless.
2. Try a shorter hair cut. Long hair is heavy, and pulls down your hair, making it seem flatter than it might be if it was short. If you have trouble styling your hair with the volume you want, ask your stylist about an all over shorter haircut. Sometimes a small tweak is enough to make a big difference.
3. Layers. As long as your hair isn’t too thin, you can have some layers added to your hair without losing any overall length. Layers will help add body, volume, and movement to lifeless hair. It’s kind of like getting a shorter hair cut – without actually getting a shorter haircut!
4. Perms. Perms certainly aren’t as popular as they used to be, but if your hair is very straight and blah, you can get a perm to add curl, body, and lots of volume. Keep in mind that perms are very hard on the hair, and should never be performed on bleached hair.
5. Get a roller set. Get a what? Don’t worry, roller sets aren’t just for our favorite white-haired grandmas. Lots of brides use roller sets to create curls that last all day. Let your stylist know if you want tight curls or loose curls, and if you want her to comb them out or leave them curly. She can even tease those babies to make sure that style really lasts.
If you aren’t able or don’t have time to see your stylist, here’s a few tricks that you can try at home to add volume to your hair.
1. Use a large round brush. If your hair is long, you can use a large, round brush to blow dry it. Start at the base of your neck and clip the rest of the hair up and out of your way. Aim the dryer at the brush as you pull the hair up and out away from your head. This may take some practice! Just remember, the bigger the brush, the bigger the volume.
2. Use the right products. Root boost is a great type of product to spray on your roots before styling to give them volume. Or you can use mousse or volumizing gel. I like to turn my head upside-down (after it’s already dry) and spray it with a firm hold hair spray. Then, when I stand up, everything has lots of volume and I can pull the strands gently into place. Avoid any products that are heavy or greasy, as these will just make your go hair flatter and flatter throughout the day.
3. Tease, please! Stop at your local beauty supply and purchase an inexpensive teasing comb. Take a section of hair at the crown of your head and tease it until it stands up straight. This, too, will take a bit of practice if you’re not used to it Then, use the pick side of the comb to gently comb the edges of the strands in place, being very careful not to undo the teasing.
4. Use hot rollers. Lightly spray your hair with hair spray, then roll with a hot roller. Be careful! Those things are- hot!- Direct curlers back away from the face (except for your bangs!). Allow hair to cool with the rollers still in place, and then carefully remove them. Spray again with hair spray, then finish styling as usual. The curls will help add lots of height and volume.
5. Last but not least, change your part. If you’ve always parted your hair the same way, try parting it on the opposite side. It might feel strange at first, but should give you a little extra height to your hair. Better yet, direct the hair from the back half of the top of your head straight back. This will add height at the crown giving you a great retro look with lots of oomph.
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