Are you ready to learn how to add volume to hair? 🙋🏼♀️ I hope you said yes because we’re about to cover some of the most effective volumizing tricks in the world.
Is your hair sad and lifeless? Do you wish you could add more bounce and body to your day? Girl, I’m right there with you…
Sadly, I have thin, fine hair, and if I don’t use the right products or techniques, it’ll be flat against my head by 11 am.
The good news is that I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years, and most of them are super easy to add into your routine.
Because let’s face it… everyone can use a little more volume in their lives.
So here are the 5 absolute best ways to add volume to your hair. Start using them today, and your hair will thank you!
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Tip #1: Get Layered & Add Texture
When your hair is long, it becomes heavy. When it’s heavy, gravity pulls it down and flattens out the root section… making your hair appear flat and lifeless.
However, layers take out some of the weight and give your hair shape and body. It’s one of the best ways to volumize your hair without losing length.
But here’s the catch: if you have super fine or thin hair, too many layers will overly-thin your hair. Just remember to stick to some light layering around the crown, and don’t overdo it.
Likewise, having your hair texturized will also give it body and movement without losing too much length. This can be achieved with thinning shears or a razor but should be done sparingly as the goal is to add texture, not thin the hair.
Tip #2: Set & Forget It
Setting your hair in rollers is one of the absolute best ways to add lasting volume to your hair… and it’s pretty easy to do at home.
You can use this technique to add tight curls and waves… or you can just use it to give your hair bounce and body without the curl.
There are a few different ways you can achieve this look…
▶︎ The first thing you can do is use hot rollers on dry hair.
The good thing about this method is that you can set your hair and then finish getting ready while the heat works its magic. The downside is that heat causes damage over time.
You can do it on clean, dry hair, or you can use some dry shampoo on next-day hair.
▶︎ The next option is to use velco rollers on damp hair.
This method is much more cost-effective and doesn’t come with heat damage. However, the velcro can cause slight breakage over time, and this method does take a bit longer to set.
To do this technique, towel-dry wet hair and then remove excess moisture with a hair dryer. Ideally, the hair should be almost dry (like maybe 85-90 percent dry), unless you don’t mind wearing the rollers for several hours.
Before setting, apply a good mousse to your hair (I use the SexyHair Big Altitude Blowdry Mousse). This beefs up your hair and keeps the curls in place.
💡TIP: Blast your hair with heat from a blow dryer before wrapping it on the roller to help set the curl in place. Once your hair is set, you can let it air dry for 15-20 minutes while you get ready… or you can even use a hair dryer/ bonnet dryer to speed up the process.
This tutorial by stephvillastyle shows you how to do a perfect roller set to add volume to hair.
Make sure your hair is completely cool and dry before taking out the rollers. Finish with some flexible hairspray to hold the bounce in place.
▶︎ Last but not least, you could always look into heatless curlers that you wear while you sleep.
Tip #3: Use Volumizing Hair Products
Not only do volumizing products not weigh your hair down with added fillers or residues, but many can actually coat the hair shaft or expand the cuticle to make each strand appear thicker.
Here are some of my top picks for volumizing hair products:
- Verb Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
- It’s a 10 Miracle Styling Mousse
- SexyHair Big Blow-Dry Volumizing Gel
- Paul Mitchell Thicken Up
- Redken Guts 10
- Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast
- SexyHair Powder Play
Incorporating one or two really good volumizing products into your beauty routine will make a world of difference when you style your hair.
Tip #4: Boost Your Roots
Adding lift to your roots is a surefire way to give your hair more volume… and fortunately, there are a few different ways to do this.
One of the easiest ways is to blow dry your hair with your head turned upside down. The gravity pulls your roots away from your head, giving you a surge of extra volume.
You can even try spritzing your roots with hairspray before flipping your hair back up.
A second option is to use a thermal round brush to blow dry your roots up and out from your head. Brighton Keller has a really great tutorial on round brush blow drying for volume.
Oh… and don’t forget to supplement your hair with some root-boosting hair products like the Kenra Root Lifting Spray.
Last but definitely not least, if you’re feeling courageous, you can use one of these bad boys to add texture and volume to your root section:
This tool basically crimps sections of your hair at the roots to create texture and volume under the rest of your hair. I haven’t personally used one of these tools yet, but people swear by using it.
See it in action here!
Tip #5: Backcomb It Up
Backcombing is one of the easiest ways to add volume to hair; it’s really simple and can really give you a lot of lift at the roots.
To tease your hair, lift up a small section and slowly push a comb or teasing brush downwards towards your scalp. This rats the hair and builds volume at the roots. You can also use a pick to lift sections and shape the hair as you go.
When you’re done building the base, make sure to smooth out the top layer so you can’t see the ratting below.
If you still need guidance, Modern Salon has an awesome video of celebrity hairstylist, Drew Schaefering teaching the basics of backcombing.
I think that one of the easiest ways to add volume to your hair without hair products or heat damage is to set it with velcro rollers and let it air dry. You can also try changing your part or drying your hair with your head turned upside down to boost your roots.
Volumizing hair products can make each strand of hair appear to be thicker than it actually is. This is a no-brainer for people with thin hair. Additionally, setting your hair with velcro rollers and adding volume to the roots will give your hair body without causing damage or thinning the hair.
Sleeping with heatless curlers in your hair will definitely ensure that you wake up with voluminous hair. Additionally, you can add root boosting powder to your hair before bed and/or put it in a bun to lift your roots while you sleep.
While not everyone is born with thick, luscious hair, that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the bouncy hair of your dreams with the right products and techniques.
Incorporate some of these quick tricks into your routine, and you’ll be happy you did.
Until next time,
▶︎ YOUR TURN: What are your favorite ways to add volume to hair? Are there any other tricks I should add to this list? Drop your thoughts in the comments section below! 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼
Saturday 10th of April 2021
I have used the backcombing hack for years now. I've tried several different products and brands but I have long hair that's finally at it's longest since probably high school and it took me forever to get this point. My favorite hair style is when I do my hair wavy or curly. I have color treated hair so I've lost alot of curl through out the years. I used to just use hot rollers but my hair was getting way to dry and breaking. Now I just use what wave and curl I have and my blow dryer with my john frieda volume root spray which is a god send for me and my hair. Plus I backcomb my roots. I use this brands hairspray as well because in the summer time it can get a little frizzy when it's really humid. Sorry this is so long. Hopefully this will help someone else out. Def recommend trying john frieda volume root spray. By the way doesn't leave hair sticky or any residue. Great product. Thank you for your tips. Has anyone use those octo curlers yet??? Want to try them out next!!!!
Wednesday 17th of March 2021
AFTER I use my curling iron on a section of hair, I IMmediately take it off and wrap it around a Velcro roller and pin it into place. I will do the rest of my hair then leave the rollers in for 10 or 15 minutes until the hair has cooled off.
Wednesday 2nd of September 2020
Fabu ideas thank you so much 😊