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No TYME for flat hair—9 tips to increase hair volume instantly

Image of JLo with big bouncy voluminous hair, posing in the mirror. Taken from Instagram/Glamour

Who got the memo for 2024? Big hair, don’t care

The ‘80s called, and they want their hair back. Just joking, it never went anywhere. Big hair will *never* go out of style, but some of us just can’t get it big enough. Are you ready to add some oomph to your hair game? Whether you're rocking a sleek bob or cascading curls, there's no denying that there will always be a dream of having voluminous locks. From runway models to Hollywood icons, big, bouncy hair has always been a symbol of looking damn good on the runway. But for those of us with fine or thin strands, achieving that coveted volume can feel like an uphill battle—and sadly, you can’t change your hair follicles. If you were born with thin hair, no product can change that. It’s genetics. 

But, there are things you can do to add that bit of oomph by yourself. We’re going headfirst into the world of hair volume to bring you nine tried-and-true tips that will instantly boost your mane's volume and take your style to new heights. 

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty of hair volumizing techniques, let's take a moment to appreciate the journey that brought us here. From the iconic 80s bouffants to modern-day beachy waves, the search for voluminous hair has been a timeless pursuit. And while trends may come and go, one thing remains constant—big, beautiful hair is a need, not a want. 

So, whether you're gearing up for a night out on the town or just want to inject some va-va-voom into your everyday look, sit back, relax, and get ready to unlock the secrets to hair volume that lasts.


How to increase hair volume at home 

Ever heard the phrase ‘size doesn't matter’? Well in this instance, it really does. But, you're on a mission for volume, where do you start? Fear not, we've got you covered with a mixture of tips and tricks to help you achieve hair that's as full as your social calendar. From salon-worthy styling to going blonde, here are all the tips to give you bigger-than-ever hair. 


1. Choose the right shampoo and conditioner

We have said it before, but we’ll say it again—your choice of shampoo and conditioner sets the foundation for any hair type, let alone voluminous hair. Look for products specifically formulated to add body and fullness to your hair, to ensure there’s added oomph, even before styling. These formulas often contain ingredients like proteins and polymers that coat the hair shaft, creating the appearance of thicker strands. 

We recommend, when washing your hair, focus the shampoo at the roots to remove excess oil and product buildup, wash twice, and then use conditioner sparingly to avoid weighing down your hair—and leaving it limp and lifeless. 


2. Blow-dry like a pro

Now, we all love a salon blowout, but isn’t it impossible to get the same feeling at home? Wrong. The blow dryer is your secret weapon for achieving salon-worthy volume at home, but you need to do it right.  

Start by rough-drying your hair with a towel to remove excess moisture, then reach for a big barrel brush to create lift and volume at the roots. Choose a brush with natural bristles for smoothness and nylon bristles for added tension and bounce. 

Divide your hair into sections and use the brush to lift each section at the roots while directing the airflow from the blow dryer downwards. Once your hair is dry, switch to the cool setting to set the style and lock in all that volume. Perfect!


3. Tease, tease, tease

Now, by this, we don’t mean the Amy Winehouse-era beehive backcomb style, we mean gentle teases for added height. Backcombing or teasing is a classic technique for adding instant volume to your hair, but always use a fine comb to do so. Start by sectioning off your hair and spraying a volumizing spray at the roots for added grip.

Then, grab a fine-tooth comb to gently backcomb sections of hair at the roots, working from the underside of the hair towards the scalp. Once you've created the desired volume, smooth the surface with a paddle brush to polish the look and keep those flyaways at bay. We’re going for the sleek look, not the beehive look, so the paddle brush is your best friend. 


4. Invest in quality styling tools 

When it comes to achieving voluminous hair, the right tools are VERY important. Invest in a high-quality blow dryer with multiple heat and speed settings to customize your styling routine for various looks. Look for a round brush with a large barrel for creating lift at the roots and smoothness throughout the lengths of your hair. And finally, add some extra bounce and lift, by incorporating big Velcro rollers into your styling routine to set your hair after blow-drying.

Are those not cutting it? For added versatility, opt for a curling iron or wand with interchangeable barrels that allow you to create different types of curls and waves for more depth and fun! 


5. Play with product

The right styling products can make a world of difference when it comes to adding volume to your hair. Start with a volumizing mousse or foam applied to damp hair to create a foundation for volume to hold when styled. Then, apply a root-lifting spray or powder at the roots for added lift and texture. 

Your beauty secret which is a *must* have in any future voluminous hair girlie? Hairspray! Finish with a lightweight hairspray every single time or a texturizing spray to lock in your style while maintaining flexibility and movement.


6. Layer your haircut

No, not a pixie cut, just some choppy layers that can hold style and give you volume. Not necessarily a tip to be done from home, but still one that’s worthy of the list. A well-executed haircut can work wonders for adding volume to your hair—just ask your stylist to incorporate layers into your cut to create movement and texture, making your hair appear thicker and fuller. We recommend going for shorter layers around the crown and face-framing layers to add volume and dimension to your style. It’s bang season anyway, so this is your excuse to run, don’t walk.

Along with layers, regular trims every 6-8 weeks will also help to maintain the shape and integrity of your haircut, preventing split ends and breakage—and keeping your hair packed with volume.


7. Opt for lighter hair colors

Again, put the bleach down, this one’s for the professionals. Lighter hair colors can create the illusion of thicker hair by reflecting more light and adding dimension to your strands. 

Why not try adding highlights, balayage, or ombre techniques to your next salon appointment to create depth and texture. 

Work with your colorist to choose shades that complement your skin tone and enhance your natural features, creating a customized look that's uniquely you. Oh, and we’re in Spring now, it’s almost summer, so now is the time to do it. 


8. Don't skip the dry shampoo

Ah, any beauty lover's go-to weapon for those no-wash hair days. Dry shampoo is a lifesaver for giving you that hair wash-in-a-bottle look, but did you know, it also adds a heap load of volume?

Look for a lightweight formula that absorbs excess oil and adds lift to the roots without leaving behind any residue. Apply the dry shampoo to the roots and massage it with your fingertips to distribute the product evenly. Finish by brushing through your hair to remove any excess powder and enjoy instantly refreshed and volumized locks.


9. Finish with a volumizing spray

You’ve done all this work getting your hair as big as it can be, but here’s the kicker—you need to use product to set it! To lock in your new voluminous style and add extra hold, finish with a lightweight volumizing spray or finishing spray. These products are designed to provide long-lasting hold and support while adding texture and volume to your hair. 

Hold the spray bottle 8-10 inches away from your head and mist evenly over your finished style, focusing on the roots and mid-lengths for maximum lift and volume.


Whether you go big, or go home, just look after it 

Remember, achieving voluminous hair isn't just about styling—it's also about nourishing and caring for your strands. With each blowout, tease, and product application, your hair undergoes stress and exposure to heat and styling tools. To keep your locks looking their best, give them the extra attention they deserve by incorporating regular nourishment and conditioning into your hair care routine. 

Treat yourself to weekly deep conditioning treatments, use a leave-in conditioner to keep your strands hydrated and protected, and trim your hair regularly to remove split ends and maintain its health. 

By prioritizing the health and wellness of your hair, you'll not only achieve big and beautiful volume but also ensure that your hair remains strong, vibrant, and full of life. So go ahead, show your hair some love, and watch as it becomes bigger and better than ever before! JLo who? 

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