How to volumize your hair with minimal teasing. Add volume to fine and flat hair with the right cut, styling techniques and products so you, too, can enjoy big, healthy looking hair!
How to Volumize Your Hair
Hair volume is simple to achieve by teasing and backcombing, but incorrect backcombing leads to split ends and a dull appearance. Repair products make hair heavy, thus flattening it, as do styling products, including many of those designed to volumize hair. Worse still are leave-in conditioners and shine sprays. So, what are the best hair care and styling techniques to add body and bounce to fine and flat hair naturally without resorting to excessive backcombing or, worse still, a permanent wave?
Volumizing Shampoos and Conditioners
Fine hair always looks good if it has a natural ‘airiness’. This is achieved by frequent washing. Use volumizing shampoos and conditioners containing panthenol; a substance that moisturizes hair without making it too heavy. Additionally, use a clarifying shampoo once a week to rid hair of product build-up. A fango hair mask in conjunction with a clarifying treatment lends super body.
As long as you use the least possible amount of shampoo, you can wash your hair as often as you like. If you wash daily, lather only once with a mild shampoo.
Take care when using styling products: instead of making fine hair seem voluminous, too much makes it look brittle and artificial.
To add body and bounce, make sure volumizing products are designed for fine hair. These coat each strand with only a light film to give your hair basis and create density. Other styling products are too heavy for fine hair and result in flatness.
Hot & Cold Drying
After washing, apply styling mousse or lotion while your hair is only slightly damp, then continue to dry directing the heat flow against the direction of hair growth, especially where volume is particularly needed. When your hair is absolutely dry, let it cool before styling further. This ‘sets’ the volume. Hair that is not completely dry or hasn’t been allowed to cool collapses moments after styling.
Directing heat too close to fine hair or drying too hot results in a dull, frizzy, fly-away texture.
Heated rollers are great to volumize hair. In order not to make your hair curly or wavy, choose the largest size possible . They only work on dry hair, and are especially good to add volume and shine after drying or between washes.
Velcro rollers can be heated with a hairdryer, but look out for velcro ‘sleep-in’ rollers. They’re a great way to volumize your hair overnight which saves time in the morning.
Backcombing might create big hair, but it can also make a tangled mess and cause a lot of damage. Backcomb only where extra volume is needed after drying. To avoid split ends, tangles and knots, always backcomb as close to the root as possible.
Women with fine hair can’t wear every cut. Long hair particularly weighs hair down at the crown, so that’s a definite no: chin and shoulder length work best in a blunt cut. The longer your hair, the more layered it should be.
Avoid feathered styles: these make fine hair look even finer.
Tip: The disheveled bob is great to add volume.
Chemical coloring products roughen the hair cuticle. This has two effects: one, it makes each hair seem thicker; two, it generates friction between individual hairs causing them to cling to one another, which supports styling and creates a voluminous effect. Untreated hair is smooth so that individual hairs slide away from each other resulting in flat hair and collapsed hairstyles.
Chemically treated hair needs extra conditioning: always use products designed for fine, colored hair.
Temporary coloring products–the type that wash out after two or three shampoos–make hair appear thicker by coating it with a tinted film. These also condition and lend shine.
Vegetable products, like henna, are the most effective to volumize hair. But their volumizing effect is short-lived–a couple of washes at most, even though it’s several weeks until the color completely fades out. Vegetable colors are unsuitable for light and gray hair, and cannot be dyed over with chemical coloring products.
Highlights and Lowlights
Hairdressers can strategically place highlights and lowlights to create an illusion of luxuriant depth and body.
Big, Healthy Looking Hair!
Excessive teasing and backcombing can be almost as damaging as a permanent wave, but there’s no need for any of that with the many alterntive solutions available to volumize fine and flat hair. Now you, too, can enjoy big, healthy looking hair!