There is nothing like a good magazine ad or celebrity shampoo commercial to immediately elicit hair envy. The shine. The thickness. But most of all, it’s the volume that gets most of us lusting for luscious locks. Contrary to what it may seem, not every A-lister is blessed with perfect tresses. In fact, there’s plenty of tricks and tools you can use to style your hair for added volume, too. Take a peek, we’ve got eight ideas.
1. Cut Layers
Cutting long layers into your hairstyle is a quick and easy way to add perceived volume. Your hair will instantly have more movement and body to it and long layers are easy to maintain too.
2. Try Hair Extensions
Hair extensions can not only add length but tons of extra body and volume to your hairstyle. If you’re hesitant to try hair extensions that are glued or sewed into your hair, you can always try clip-in extensions instead. They’ll still add a voluminous look for nights you need it and can be purchased at your local beauty supply store.
3. Add Waves
Stick straight hair may have been all the rage a few years ago but straight locks are, well, a bit flat! Use hot rollers to add some waves and body to your hair; wavy locks have much more perceived volume than straight ones do.
4. Tease It
No, we don’t mean a full-on 80s poof, but a little tease at the crown is still a great way to add some volume to your hairstyle. All you need is a fine-toothed comb and some hairspray. Remember to smooth hair over the bump you create so you don’t end up with a rat’s nest.
5. Use a Root Lifter
Root lifters are an amazing hair product that do exactly what they sound like–lift roots! Just spray on a bit while your hair is still wet and then blow dry as usual. Your roots will have a nice extra oomph.
6. Do a Better Blowdry
Speaking of blowdry, how are you blow drying your hair? It’s a great tool at lifting locks when used correctly; use a round brush to pull your hair to the opposite side of your head and aim the nozzle right at your roots. This will help infuse some extra volume. You can also try blow drying your hair upside down for some extra lift.
7. Ditch the Conditioner
Yes, you heard right, sometimes it’s O.K. to skimp on conditioner, particularly if you have an oily scalp. Conditioner can often weigh down your hair making it harder to achieve good volume. Also look into minimizing use of a lot of hair product that could be causing buildup and weighing your hair down.
8. Consider Highlights