I’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.
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!
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.