People often ask me how I get so much volume in my hair. Truth be told, my hair is naturally puffy and slightly unruly, so for me it’s usually more about trying to tame it down – but there are easy ways to give your hair a nice lift, and today I’m going to share some! It’s funny – after doing some research on this topic, I realized that I’ve regularly been following a lot of these volmumizing steps without even knowing it. Now it all makes sense…
Here’s how to get voluminous hair in 4 steps – plus some extra volumizing tips.
1. Start with a vinegar rinse.
Styling products can really weigh your hair down, and a normal wash doesn’t always remove the debris from your hair. An apple cider vinegar rinse will help give your hair a fresh start, making it shiny and bouncy. Just mix 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1 quart of distilled water. First shampoo your hair and rinse well with water. Apply the apple cider vinegar mixture and rinse with cold water after a few seconds. Refrain from conditioning afterwards – this rinse will keep your hair moisturized. You can do this up to once a week – any more may harm your strands, due to the acidic nature of the vinegar.
2. Blow-dry up and all the way through.
As you blow-dry your hair, lift sections upwards toward the sky and direct the heat at your scalp. This dries your roots in an upright position, giving them lots of lift. If you have curly hair, use a diffuser to keep those curls looking their best. It’s also important to make sure you dry your hair thoroughly. Even the slightest dampness can weigh hair down, causing it to dry flat. To speed up the drying process, get yourself a microfiber towel and wrap your hair with it for a few minutes prior to drying – it works wonders!
3. Give a burst of cold.
This might be slightly surprising, but hot hair does not hold its shape as well as cold hair does. After drying your hair thoroughly with your dryer, give it a burst of cold air all over. This will lock in all of that volume you’ve just created.
4. Use dry shampoo.
Dry shampoo is my secret weapon. I use it almost every day, even on days I’ve washed my hair. Apply some to your roots in short bursts, leave in for about a minute, and either brush through with a hairbrush or shake out with your fingertips. This adds instant lift at the top of your head – and helps to protect your strands from picking up various debris throughout the day (which could otherwise potentially weigh down your hair). My favorite at the moment is Aveeno Pure Renewal – it’s reasonably priced and it smells so good.
- Try applying conditioner to your ends only – this will help decrease the weight of your hair, so it’ll be more bouncy and full of life.
- Avoid shine products – they’re known adding extra weight to hair, causing it to appear flat.
- Parting your hair in a new spot offers instant volume because it forces your strands in a direction they’re not used to!
- Coloring your hair is also known to help add volume, as it causes your strands to swell slightly.
Do you have any tips for adding volume to your hair? Leave them in the comments!
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