Ways to Create More Volume in Your Hair
If your hair is volume-challenged, then listen up!! Here's how to cheat your way to more voluminous hair:
Change Your Part:
Change your part to create volume at the crown.
Chances are, you have a favourite place to part your hair. It's where your hair likes to fall naturally somewhere in the middle or off-centre, or on the side closest to it. Problem is, that's also where your hair lies the flattest, and you're training it to stay that way. Flipping your part to the opposite side creates instant volume at the crown; if you're worried about looking lopsided, then do it while your hair is still wet. To build the most height, try a deep side part on the opposite side in dry hair, misting lightly with hairspray to hold. This is the model-eques swoosh I've been talking about lately, which is a little bit '80s and VERY sexy.
Back-brush the roots of the under-layers of your hair for soft volume.
Teasing has a bad rep. It doesn't have to mean aggressively back-combing your hair with a fine-toothed comb to create massive tangles (which are a nightmare to get out in the shower). You can actually create soft volume by back-brushing the roots, using a large paddle brush instead. My preferred technique is to pin up the uppermost layer of the hair, and then back-brush the rest, working section by section. Holding each section taut and away from the head, brush in a downward motion at the roots in three quick strokes. To make the volume last, spray each back-brushed area with hairspray. Once you've completed all the sections, let down the rest of the hair, leaving it smooth.
Blow-Dry Upside Down
Blow-dry your hair upside down for instant, easy volume.
Haven't perfected your blow-dry technique? No worries—the best shortcut to a voluminous blowout is just flipping your head upside down. The reason this works is because upside down, your roots are automatically lifting off your scalp, which is how you want them to dry. I like to use this method to get my hair about 90 percent dry, and then I might do my final smoothing with a round brush. Note: If you have bangs, always dry them right side up first!