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5 Stupid-Easy Ways to Add Volume to Your Hair

Are you ready to learn how to add volume to flat hair? 🙋🏼‍♀️ Hopefully, you said yes because we’re about to cover some of the most effective volumizing tricks in the world.

Do you have sad and lifeless hair? 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 without the right products and techniques, it’ll be flat against my head by lunch.

The good news is that I’ve picked up a few tricks over the years, and they’re all pretty easy to add to 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 tons of volume to your hair. Start using them today, and your hair will thank you!

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Tired of flat, lifeless hair? Learn how to add volume with these easy tips and get the full, bouncy hair of your dreams!

Tip #1: Get Layered & Add Texture

Mena Suvari with a short, layered haircut.

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 extra 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 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

Woman doing her makeup with velcro rollers in her hair.

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 if you want curly hair and waves… or you can use it to give your straight hair bounce and body without the curl.

There are a few different ways you can achieve this look…

#1. 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.

#2. The next option is to use velco rollers on damp hair.

This method is a game changer! It’s 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 about 85-90% dry unless you don’t mind wearing the rollers for several hours.

Before setting, apply a good mousse to your hair (I like the It’s a 10 Miracle Styling Mousse). This beefs up your hair and keeps the curls in place.

This tutorial by stephvillastyle shows you how to do a perfect roller set to add volume to hair.

Ensure your hair is completely cool and dry before taking out the rollers. Finish with some flexible hairspray to hold the bounce in place.

#3. Last but not least, you could go with heatless curlers that you wear while sleeping.

Check out my comparison of the the top 10 best heatless curlers.

Tip #3: Use Volumizing Hair Products

Woman using hairspray in her hair.

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 (*affiliate links):

Incorporating a few good volumizing products into your beauty routine will make a world of difference when you style your hair. Just remember that when using a styling product, only add a small amount to the ends of your hair strands. Otherwise, you could end up with oily hair and flat strands.

Last but not least, you’ll want to follow up with a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove product build-up that would weigh your hair down.

Tip #4: Boost Your Roots

Adding lift to your roots is a surefire way to get more hair volume… and fortunately, there are a few different ways to do this.

One of the easiest ways is to flip your hair upside down while you blow dry. 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 great tutorial on round brush blow drying for volume.

Oh… and remember to supplement your hair with a root-boosting hair product.

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:

VOLOOM 2.0 Petite Hair Volumizing Iron
VOLOOM 2.0 Petite Hair Volumizing Iron, Amazon (*affiliate link)

This tool crimps sections of your hair at the roots to create texture and volume under the rest of your hair.

Tip #5: Backcomb It Up

Hairstylist backcombing woman's hair.

Backcombing is a great way to add instant volume to flat hair; it’s simple and can give you a lot of lift at the roots.

To tease your hair, lift 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 excellent video of celebrity hairstylist Drew Schaefering teaching the basics of backcombing.


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How can I add volume to my hair naturally?

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.

How do you add volume to thin hair?

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.

How can I add volume to my hair overnight?

Sleeping with heatless curlers in your hair will ensure 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.

Final Thoughts

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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,

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Hollee is a licensed cosmetologist with over nine years of professional experience in the hair industry. With her unique insight and versatile experience, she’ll help you discover the latest hair trends or even crush your next DIY hair project.

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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!!!!

Den Rut

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.

Christine Bullivant

Wednesday 2nd of September 2020

Fabu ideas thank you so much 😊