If you are blessed with thick and wavy hair, then you can stop reading this post. This is not for you, your hair is already amazing! This post is for the ladies with rather thin and straight hair who want to add at least a little bit of volume to their hair. Above is a photo of my hair so you know what type of hair I am talking about :) The, probably only, positive thing about thin hair is that it dries super quickly. So you can just jump under the shower, wash your hair and are ready to leave the house in 30 mins without even touching the blow dryer. BUT if you’d like to have some volume in your hair, then that’s where you have to add time for your hair beauty routine. Below are some hair beauty hacks that I usually use to get more volume. I have listed the products I use below. Just click on the ad photos to see the product on Amazon.
10 Ways to Get More Voluminous Hair
(1) Blow dry your hair upside down
By blow drying your hair upside down and focusing on blow-drying your roots you can add extra volume easily. You don’t have to spend 10 minutes with your hair upside down but do it until your roots are dry.
(2) Use rollers on the top of your head
After the blow dry use self grip velcro rollers on the top of your head for extra volume at the roots. Blow dry the rollers with a lower intensity level for a few minutes and then leave them in until the hair is cooled down. I like the roller set from Tresemme but you can use any velcro rollers really. Just make sure your velcro roller set has different sizes of the rollers so you can try out which combination works best for you.
(3) Tease your hair at the roots
For an extra uplift after the blow dry, tease your hair at the roots. Make sure you use hair spray to fix the hair once you have teased it. Then smooth the hair afterwards so it looks natural.
(4) Use dry hair shampoo at the roots for more texture
Teasing is not the nicest treatment for your hair, so I generally only do occasionally. I prefer dry hair shampoo which adds lots of texture and volume to the roots. It’s also perfect for helping the hair to stay pretty between the hair washes. There are lots of different dry hair shampoos at any price range. My favourite one is the Batiste dry hair shampoo from Boots. They are not expensive, just under £10, and work super well. The Batiste dry hair shampoo series has lots of different dry hair shampoos from volume boosting (yeeey!), shampoos for different hair colours, to cherry and tropical shampoos. So take your pick :) The good thing is also that they have mini versions of the shampoos which are perfect for taking with you in your handbag while travelling.
(5) Stick a little clip below your ponytail
If I don’t have time to go through the whole blow drying process or have not washed my hair just before, I generally just use some dry hair shampoo for extra texture and then put my hair up in a ponytail. To get a more voluminous ponytail, just stick a few clips back below your ponytail to lift it up a bit. And instead of a neat pony tail, go for a less tidy version by pulling in different layers of hair separately. This also adds more volume.
(6) Curl Your Hair
If you have lots of time you could go through the blow drying steps, the velcro rollers for volume on the roots and then use a curler for a wavy look. I use the curler from BaByliss for this. And if you don’t have time, just put your hair up in a bun. After some time your hair should also look a bit more wavy (at least for some time). Once the waves are out, put the hair back up in a bun :)
(7) Switch your part
Switching your part may also add some extra volume to your hair. And rather than going for a neat part, rather opt for not having a ‘real’ part and vary your part throughout the day a bit.
(8) Change your shampoo & conditioner
Chances are you are using a shampoo with lots of chemicals that stay in your hair afterwards and way it down. Also don’t overdo such conditioners on your roots as this will most certainly way your hair down. Ideally your shampoo should be organic, sulfate free, and hair strengthening. I use the Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner from Art Naturals. Since I have switched to their shampoo and conditioner I can go longer between the washes also :)
(9) Don’t brush your hair when wet
Never brush your hair when it is wet. Especially for thin hair it is so damaging. Wait until you have blow dried it a bit before brushing. And ideally use a Tangle Teezer brush as they are super gentle to your hair and really work well for getting out these little annoying and unwanted ‘wannabe dreadlocks’.
(10) It may be time for a cut
Cut your hair regularly, at least every 6 to 8 weeks, to keep strong and healthy hair.
I hope a few of those tips will help you to add some more volume in your hair. And never forget that some girls would LOVE to have our hair as it does not necessarily require lots of maintenance. And imagine this, some girls actually straighten their hair.. we’d never have to do that! The grass is not always greener on the other side ;)