Say what you want but the 80’s were awesome. They had the big hair. I love big hair and so do thousands of other women. Volume or "big hair" is loved by most women, and believe it or not but having curly hair does not guarantee volume. Not all heads are the same and many curlies with fine, low density hair and are seeking volume. I know I do. The bigger the better. I want hair so big it hits the door frame when I walk in a room.
Now, not everybody wants the big, crazy, oh my goodness big hair like I do but many do want more volume for various reasons. Some want volume to lessen the appearance of thin hair, others just like fullness, and then there are others that want a voluminous style for a new look. Many think that women with curly hair naturally have no problems with volume but that simply is not true. Density and width are factors in whether your hair will have full volume.
Whatever your reason, volume can be achieved with the right tips and even hair products. Most of us know the hair hacks for volume like:
- Drying hair upside-down
- Get a layered cut
- Scrunch your hair
- Pick your roots with a pick
- Add extensions
- Style on damp hair
- Stretch your hair with a blow dryer
Use dry shampoo... on first day hair
Dry shampoos are making a big comeback and mostly because they are great second and even third-day hair for curlies. Many curlies are realizing that over-washing your tresses are too harsh for your strands and they are perfect for adding volume to your hair. Garnier says, “The dry shampoo, contains a blend of orange citrus and grape extract, immediately refreshes and bodifies lifeless locks, instantly creating volume you can see and feel.” Most of us appreciate how our hair tends to get bigger throughout the week, but as soon as we wash it we lose the fullness. Dry shampoos will clean your scalp and hair without the use of water and disturbing the volume of your second or third-day hair.
Thicken while you condition
Ever thought about conditioning and adding volume at the same time? L’Oréal EverStrong Thickening Conditioner gives your hair extra strength along with volume as “The EverStrong Sulfate-Free Fortify System contains L’Oreal’s patented Amino Acid Complex, which helps weak, thinning hair to look thicker while caring for the scalp.”
Use double duty stylers
Stylers are the products we use to give our hair the hold, style, and look we desire. They come in the form of creams, serums, gels, and even mousse so you have a variety to choose from. Try choosing a styler with a thickening formula as there is real science behind the ingredients and thickening effects in products like Living Proof Full Thickening Cream. According to Living Proof, “PBAE (or Boly[beta]-amino esters) creates a micropattern of thickening dots on every hair strand, making hair look and behave like textured, full, thick hair.”
Oscar Blandi Hair Lift Instant Thickening & Strengthening Serum uses the power of sodium hyaluronate (thickener), which “attracts to the hair shaft & plumps by providing deep penetrating moisturization (and) Rice Starch Powder absorbs excess oils in the hair to naturally plump the hair shaft”. These are the special ingredients that actually thicken your hair.
Alterna Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand has the power of phyto-nutrient rich organic maca root in lightweight lotion that instantly plumps every strand...Organic Maca Root Invigorates & energizes hair from the inside out helping to improve volume on three dimensions: fullness, thickness & lift.”