Simple Ways to Add Volume to Your Hair

June 6, 2014 9:21 pm - Published by Kim Cohen

Simple-Ways-to-Add-Volume-to-Your-HairLimp, baby fine hair can be a challenge to style. If your hair is lacking in body, you know the struggles I’m talking about. The good news is that you don’t have to live with flat, lifeless hair. With a few simple tricks of the trade, you can give your tresses a major boost, creating the sort of volume you never dreamed possible.

Get a Major Lift from Your Styling Tools

The best time to work with your hair to get the voluminous look you desire is right after you get out of the shower. Wet hair is easier to work with, because it is more pliable, and once you apply heat, it will dry in the shape of whatever styling tool you are working with, allowing you to lift it away from your scalp. This creates the illusion of hair that has a lot of volume.

On the flipside, when you use curling or flat irons on dry hair, it has the opposite effect. It actually flattens your hair, decreasing body. This works against your limp hair, making the problem even worse. It is better not to use any heated tools at all than it is to use them on dry hair when you’re trying to pump up the volume.

You can boost volume by blow drying like a pro. All you need is a round brush, and a blow dryer set on medium. One section at a time, wind your hair around the brush, rolling it down as close to the roots as you can get. Blow it dry, then let it cool for a few seconds before you unwind. Repeat until you’ve done your entire head. If you’ve never used this technique, you’ll be shocked by how well it works.

Pick the Right Products for a Volume Boosting Miracle

If Mother Nature shortchanged you on volume, you can make up the deficit with the right products. You may have to play around with several in order to figure out what works best for your hair, but these recommendations will set you on the right path.

Mousse is a girl’s best friend when it comes to adding body and fullness to hair. Believe it or not, there is a lot of variation from one mousse to the next. Some are quite dense, and others are airy and light. Most people with limp hair prefer a lighter mousse, because it won’t weigh it down, but some people like the added control of a heavier mousse.

Not in love with mousse? Go for a hair cream that thickens and volumizes. Remember that when it comes to hair creams, less is more. If you use too much, it will weigh your hair down, and you definitely don’t want that.

Volumizing spray is one of the rare styling products that works well with all hair types. If your hair is thick but lacks volume, go for an oil based spray. If your hair is fine, the oil will weigh it down, so choose a spray that isn’t oil based. It can be used on wet or dry hair by applying from the roots to about halfway up your hair. Blow dry each section of hair on low heat, pulling up as you go, to set the spray.


Last but not least, there are the powder family products. They all work to create volume, but they do it in different ways. The powders include dry shampoos, volume boosters, and those that come in a variety of hair colors to fill in thinning hair. The colored powders create the illusion of thicker, fuller hair, and are particularly useful for women whose hair is not just limp, but sparse. Toppik has a great line of hair colored powders if you need a product to create the illusion of a full head of hair. Dry shampoo will give your hair volume by taking care of excessive oil that weighs hair down. Even if you just shampooed, if your hair is greasy, dry shampoo is your friend. The powders labeled specifically as volume boosters pump up your hair in much the same manner as other volumizers. A couple of popular brands that work incredibly well are Osis+ Dust It for Mega Volume and Big Sexy Hair’s Powder Play.

Adding volume to limp hair is something of an art. Like any other art, experimenting with tools and techniques is the only way to figure out what works for you. Don’t be afraid to play with your hair and try new things. With these simple ways to add volume to your hair, you can test lots of different combinations to see how they work for your unique head of hair. Before you know it, your flat, limp locks will be a thing of the past, replaced by the locks you’ve been longing for.

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