Adding More Volume to Your Hair

-- Posted: November 3, 2014 -- By: Jennie

Whether left loose or intricately styled, hair almost always looks its best when it has plenty of volume. The problem is that many women struggle with hair that seems determined to stay limp and flat, and no matter what they try they can’t seem to boost its volume at all.

There are a number of steps you can take to try and increase the amount of volume your hair has. Some of these are deceptively simple, and some are well-known but often carried out wrongly. Some simple changes to your haircare regime could greatly enhance your hair’s volume and transform the way it looks.

Drying Your Hair

Even if you use a hairdryer, make sure to thoroughly towel dry your hair first. As well as simply cutting down on the amount of time it takes to dry your hair, this will also help to improve the amount of volume it has after it has been dried.

When you do get to the electric hairdryer, lean forward and let your hair all flop over your face. Keep it there while you dry it, making sure to focus on the roots above all, and make sure that you don’t stop until your hair is completely dry. Then use a comb or brush to tidy up your hair as usual, being careful not to be too violent with it, and you will find that it has received a significant volume boost.

Haircare Products

Sometimes, simply changing the way you dry your hair won’t be enough to achieve the voluminous look you are after. If that is the case, you may want to turn to additional haircare products that are designed to give you a volume boost. Volumising shampoo and conditioner (preferably separate shampoo and conditioner) are an excellent start. Massage them thoroughly into the roots before rinsing them out.

Using haircare products that contain thickeners can also help to boost the volume of your hair. However, make sure you don’t use excessive amounts. Many people use thickening products and lather them on, thinking the more they use the more volume they will get. In fact, this will weigh down your hair and make it seem limper. For better results, apply a moderate amount to the roots, and then comb it evenly throughout the rest of your hair.

Haircare at Night

One of the greatest challenges when adding volume to your hair is keeping it overnight. This is especially problematic if you tend to wash your hair and use haircare products in the evenings. When your hair has spent eight hours pressed against a pillow, much of your hard work has probably been undone.

Without changing your routine around, there is sadly only so much you can do to overcome this particular challenge. If moving your haircare routine to a different part of the day, try keeping your hair in a loose ponytail as you sleep overnight. This will help minimise the damage and carry as much volume as possible through to the morning.