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How to: Get Volume in Hair

how to get volume in hairI’ve just about tried everything they say on how to get volume in hair.

In fact, this post has been at least 10 years in the making, as I have very fine, straight and thin hair, so I’m really glad to be able to share this with you!

The following are my personal, tried-and-tested ways to get volume in hair, I hope you find one that is useful…

The “volume in hair” myth

The very first thing everyone tells you to get more volume in hair is “get layers cut.” Don’t believe them! I used to get it done and they’d layer so much, my hair looked more thin.

So what should you do instead? You should keep the ends of your cut very blunt and ask your hairdresser to cut straight across, which will give the illusion of thicker hair.

Avoid this hairstyle

Another thing to remember if you want more volume in your hair: avoid super long, straight haircuts. The weight of the long hair can pull your hair down, making your crown area look even more flat.

And if you want to get a haircut that has volume in your hair, there is actually a simple haircut that creates natural volume that will suit any hair type, face shape, age. It’s called The Universal Haircut.

Products to use

There is a bit of mixed thoughts about volumizing products. Some say that they don’t work, but I have to disagree. I reckon they just haven’t found the right product!

I’ve personally found that volumizing shampoos do work, and I have found personal success in my own hair volume after using them.

That being said though, it is a bit tricky to find good products that actually work in giving your hair more volume. The best I’ve tried is this one, which I find so underrated as well as Redken Bodyfull Shampoo and L’Oreal Professionnele Expert Series Volume Shampoo with good results.

Try dry shampoo

It’s especially good for volume at the crown area. Just spritz a bit of dry shampoo onto the roots of you hair and ruffle it up with your fingers. This is a trick I do and it does work very well.

Styling tools

Blow dryers, hair curlers and thongs will also give hair much needed volume, which is also a huge part of how I get volume in my hair. I’m using Tourmaline by Amika, an amazing hair curler (probably the only one that has worked on my hair, and I’ve tried many).

To use a blowdryer to get more hair volume, all you have to do is after shampoo (with a volumizing shampoo, of course!) flip your hair over your head and focus on blow-drying the roots. This will give major lift to the roots area, giving your much more hair volume.

To dye or not to dye?

Coloring your hair instantly makes hair look thicker, because the hair dye goes into the hair shaft and “swells” it, making it bigger and therefore looking thicker. Also, well placed high-lights and low-lights can give the illusion of dimension.

Also, the darker your hair color, the more thicker it looks – strange but true! My best friend, who went from blonde to a deep red, and was shocked at how much thicker her hair looked. It’s worth a try!

Fakin’ it

This has to be, in my experience, the easiest way to add more volume and thickness in your hair.

Hair extensions are super easy to clip in and clip out, look very natural, with no real damage to the hair. I find clip in hair extensions way easier, better to manage and cheaper, so I definitely recommend trying them out.

Perms: The last resort.

The last resort is a perm. While it is very damaging, I can honestly say it’s probably the only real, long lasting thing that get volume in hair.

Digital perms are said to be much better for your hair because they cause less damage and look much more natural, but check out my digital perm experience before taking the plunge, ’cause it’s something to really think about it carefully.


Great tips, thanks!

Rick Kipness

Geat advice! Even helps with jewish guys hair! Wonderful!!


Wah so many great tips! When I get out of the shower and I let my hair air-dry I usually look like a lion so I don’t need extra volume, however I love how detailed this is!

xx naomi


Thanks Naomi. 🙂 And ugh you are so lucky! Wanna trade? I WANT the lion look, haha.

Shekin Daud

Ok i shall ditch layers next time, i had a haircut yesterday. i felt cheated, hairdresser suggest to have more volume, layers is key. But today i feel is thinner than yesterday! 🙁 Great help renee!



Aw yeah, that sucks! I really don’t get why people say layers is for volume… maybe VERY tiny layers would help, but in general I found that every time I got my hair layered, it would look so thin!


Hey Renee!! It’s Maria! I’m so glad to receive the email update on your blog switch. I missed your articles so much! And as always, they’re super useful like this one. My hair is so thin, sometimes I wonder if I’d bald prematurely like my Dad lol. Definitely blaming it on the genes.
I’m already down with the dry shampoo trick (it works and smells amazing, yay!), and have finally stepped out of the “layers” trick that really NEVER works. A straight cut does everything in giving an illusion of thicker hair, and I wish I knew that much earlier!
Hmm.. I’ve always wanted to venture into backcombing but I can never seem to get it right. My hair always ends up a tangled mess for some reason, and I’ll lose more precious strands trying to sort them out. Eek. Am I doing something wrong?


Hey Maria, ah so nice to hear from you! Thank you so much for sticking with me, that really means a lot.

I don’t know if you’re psychic or I am, but tonight’s “Beauty Tip of the Week” is all about backcombing the right/non-damaging way, so look out for that 😀


Ah what a coincidence — that’s brilliant! I’ll be reading it in a bit. Thanks Renee!! 🙂

Nayla Khatib

Wooohoo renee! I have missed these! The second I saw the word perm I was like “nope.” Your old review still makes me cringe.
I haven’t tried dry shampoo yet but I guess I’ll give it a try soon.
I totally agree with the layers thing though.
My hair isn’t as thick and lush as it used to be when I was younger and I used to get layers when it WAS thick, to give it a better body but my hair is medium fluff now so I’m growing it out so I cab get a straight across cut soon.
I cut my hair super short a few years ago I don’t know how to send you a photo but I did it myself (not sure if I told you this…it was around the time I was still reading and commenting tho) it was fun. My hair was grown out til under my boobs and I cut it off at my neck. It looked GREAT but then I asked for a trim at a hair salon I had never been to and the creature I refuse to call a woman, shaved the base of my neck hollow and I looked like a walking mushroom. I’m not sure if I’ll go short again for a while now. Ladies. Never change hairdressers. Ever.

Oh another thing – I recently used castor oil (1/4)and almond oil in my hair. Its greaaat
A friend of mine who often bleaches her hair told me how she swears by certain oils to keep her hair healthy. N her hair is thick strands like mine, with frizz. And she bleaches het hair alll the time yet its still so shiny strong and healthy. Which ia weird cuz when i last bleached my hair it took forever and then my strands were thinner and really weak. So i trust her as shes been doing this for 7 years. She uses almond oil and castor oil and after showering and washing it away, puts some snake oil in her hair cuz its not greasy. U heard me. Snake oil. I have heard of snake oil before but I was a little weirded out to use it. I can’t find it in India though. I’ll have to order it online or get it the next time I visit the middle east or another country that may have it. Next up – argon oil. I need that lol.

Nayla Khatib

Sorry about the typos. Its 4am and I’m on my phone lol


Hey Nayla, no worries at all – ah what a great comment, thank you! So many great insights.

Oh my gosh, SNAKE OIL?! That is CRAZY. Do you mind if I write a post about that (will give a shoutout to this comment/credit you)?

Nayla Khatib

Aaaaaah that would be awesomeee! Go ahead! I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet though >.< but I am dying to try it out! 😀
<3 <3


Agree fully about layers not creating volume. You made me laugh with the comment about looking like a mushroom though!

majidah m

Now this is a great read! Have curly, fine, long hair…they give you that “beach hair” but on other days, it looks so matted like a wet dog 🙁 will try these tips! Love from KL!


Hey Majidah, thank you 🙂 Let me know how it goes and if it helped? Love from Singapore!


I lost a lot of hair due to stress I take sea kelp and vit b i haven’t seen a difference to be honest ,my hair is straight shoulder length ,the front of my hair line is thin and short where it’s growing it’s so awful .I don’t know if the cut it all short or just have it trimmed .I looking for some sort of hair curlers to give myself volume ,rollers are too heavy and fall out ,I’m not good at doing my hair but I need some sort of volume for weekends when I go out


Hi, i enjoy reading all ideas of volumizing but what would be the best shampoo to use when your hair is super thin on top but back is thick, i have a super short cut and my husband calls me sharon ozbourne lol


I learned to embrace big hair in my teenage years, and decided after years of trying to tame it, that my hair looked better if I just worked with it instead of against it. And so I also learned to love big hair. Even when sleek hair styles are trending, I have big hair, and ultimately, it just looks better that way. But I don’t wake up with great big voluminous hair that’s all perfectly in place, I still have to work at it to get it to look the way I want it to. So thank you very much for your tips 🙂


can you give advise on to where to buy good clip-in extensions and is it easy to match colour?


Hey Katy, sure! I like LuxyHair a lot, and had a good experience getting the correct color.


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