Ladies, let’s face it: We all want to know how to get more volume in hair.
And as someone with very naturally flat and fine hair, I’ve tried literally everything over the years to get some volume in hair.
In fact, this post has been at least 10 years in the making, 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 for you!
The “volume” 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. (Here’s how to tell your hairdresser what you want.)
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. Keep your hair length around your collarbone or only slightly longer. The weight of the long hair can pull your hair down, making your crown area look even more flat. (I explain more in “What Hairstyle Suits Me?”, if you’d like to take a look.)
And if you want to get a haircut that has volume in your hair, there is actually a simple haircut that creates natural volume – so you don’t have to fuss too much – 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 – shampoo, conditioner, and styling products – that actually work in giving your hair more volume. The best I’ve tried is The Body Shop Rainforest Volumizing Shampoo. which I find so underrated, Redken Bodyfull Shampoo and L’Oreal Professionnele Expert Series Volume Shampoo.
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. And the best dry shampoo for that is good old Batiste Original Dry Shampoo.
Backcombing – a must do.
Backcombing (sometimes also called “teasing”) your hair at the crown and smoothing some hair over it will lift hair and not make it so flat. Beware though – backcombing is very damaging, but if you want some extra height at your roots, this works very well. I’ve been doing this for many years – it’s one of the most used hairstylists’ technique – and is fantastic in creating major volume, although it is temporary. All you have to do is take a fine-toothed comb and tease the hair roots.
After backcombing the crown area of your hair, spritz on some hairspray to keep the hold. Check out How to… Backcomb Hair Without Damaging It.
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?
As I mentioned here, coloring your hair instantly makes hair look thicker (particularly darker colors). Some explain that it’s 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. It’s all about personal preference though, and also about how much you’d like to spend on your hair, but this for sure will work. I find clip in hair extensions way easier, better to manage and cheaper, so I definitely recommend trying them out. Some great clip in hair extensions are Louis Ferre wigs and Hairdo by Jessica Simpson – I loved Jessica’s line, and wish it was still around! Definitely get it while you can, I reckon it will be discontinued soon.
Change the parting of your hair.
This is a simple, easy to do trick that works. All you have to do is to change the parting of your hair – meaning, change the direction of your hair line. For example, if you tend to part your hair to the left, then perhaps your hair is “used” to it, and it falls naturally there. So to create some volume in the crown area of your hair, simple flip the parting of your hair to the right instead. Because your hair is not used to it, it will still try to “move” to the other side, which makes it fall higher and therefore look thicker and more voluminous. It’s a super simple and easy hair volume trick you can do – and it only takes a few seconds!
Perms: The last resort.
The last resort is a perm.
I know, I know. They break down your natural hair texture and structure to recreate a new one with curls, all with chemicals. So yeah, they are bad.
However, I myself has had many, many experiences with perms, and while it is very damaging, I can honestly say it’s probably the only real, long lasting thing that gave me volume in my 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.
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