I don’t think there’s a person on this planet that aims for lifeless, limp hair with no volume, is there? It seems everyone nowadays wants their hair to have some serious Beyonce-like volume and I’m no exception.
I have naturally kind of curly, kind of straight, kind of fine, kind of frizzy hair (lucky me) that has a tendency to go flat, so I’m always on the lookout for products that bring volume and bounce to my locks or DIY techniques that add body. The only thing I really steer clear of are products that makes my hair feel gritty or crispy and any DIY techniques that seem too difficult. DIY hair rollers made from ribbons? I’ll pass.
If you’re looking to give your hair a little more oomph but don’t want to add another 30 minutes to your hair routine, here are the top fixes I’ve found:
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish Spray. Wow, long name but a great product if you want easy volume. It’s not a dry shampoo or a hairspray, so while it won’t lock in or refresh your hair it will give lots of volume with just a few sprays. For those with straight locks, style your hair as normal and then for maximum volume, lift the top sections of your hair and spray. For curly hair, style as normal and then spray this from below, almost at an angle into your curls so that when the product is dispersed it pushes your curls upwards and out. The only con of this product is that is does have a fairly strong scent to it, but luckily I find that it fades after about 10 minutes.
Co Lab Dry Shampoo- Sheer & Invisible New York. While I’m not crazy about the scent of this (the smell reminds me of a deodorant I used to use in High School…) I am a fan of the results. For volume, I lift the top sections of my hair, spray this at the roots then work it in with my fingers. This takes the slick, oily look away from my hair if it’s overdue for a wash and gives my roots some much needed oomph. I was skeptical about the product’s ‘invisibility’ but it actually is. This is the first and only dry shampoo I’ve used on my dark hair that doesn’t leave a grey or white cast. Brunettes rejoice! We can finally use dry shampoo without it looking like we have really bad dandruff that day.
DIY trick: Leave your hair in a wet bun till it dries.
Such a simple one but it works and it’s as easy as it sounds. Just wash your hair, comb it out and then secure into a fairly tight but comfortable bun. Leave it until your hair is dry and then take it out. The higher up you put your bun the more volume you’ll get, and curls. Depending on your hair type this trick will also add waves and/or curls to your hair. Pre-warning for naturally curly haired folks, this technique can leave you with some crazily wild curls which may need taming with products or a heat styler before you’re good to go. But hey, volume is volume right?