If you know me personally you will know from the age of 15 I was obsessed with having thick, voluminous locks. Hey I wasn’t the first person to take a backcomb into an exam for nothing . .
I wanted to share some tips on how to create a fuller look:
- OK, the first obvious one is backcombing or teasing the hair with a comb. If you have a middle parting an awesome trick is to place the strands of hair across the crown in a zigzag formation. The hair is able to rest on other bits of hair meaning more volume at the roots.
- Secondly, another obvious one but kinda crucial is good hairspray. I have tried many formulas over the years and so many just make hair so sticky and just not easy to remove. However I adore Tresemme Salon Finish Volume and Lift which stays in place all day and doesn’t frizz up in damp weather or become a nightmare to brush out.
- Sleep in velcro rollers. I do this when I want to achieve a more wavy or curly look. Sleeping in velcro rollers isn’t as uncomfortable as it sounds! It is a virtually non-damaging way to create lift in the hair that appears natural and looks fabulous when messed up with hairspray the next morning.
- My personal favourite is using hair extensions. They are not only used for length but also thickness, I have a post on hair extensions which I will link below. Even if you want to put your hair up then hair extensions can create a fuller looking tail. The trick is to place the tracks upside down at the base of the ponytail instead of the regular positioning of tracks the correct way. I can explain this further if you have questions! Clip in hair extension talk
Here I am wearing extensions for thickness
- Curly hair will always look more full than straight. My hair is naturally very curly and even though I prefer it straight, if I need volume fast I always let my hair dry naturally into its curls. Texture is what gives the appearance of volume so play around with strands and if your hair is straight, a tight barrel wand will create the illusion of natural ringlets.
As you can see, my hair looks fuller in its natural texture
- Invest in a good shampoo and skip the conditioner! If you must use conditioner then apply to ends only! Conditioner tends to weigh the hair down and make it too silky for when you want volume. A shampoo I really love for volume is Manes and Tails as it deep-cleans the scalp to remove any build-up of product which also weighs the hair down.
- Dry shampoo your hair before bed. When you sleep your hair moves a lot so with the addition of a texture spray or dry shampoo then your hair is constantly ruffling up against your pillow meaning you will wake up with tousled locks.
- A blunt cut. My hairdresser told me a haircut that is blunt creates the illusion of thicker hair as it looks more ” chunky” all one length. I was unsure about this but after getting my hair cut I realised my hairdresser was right. This is particularly good with ladies who have fine hair like mine but one word of warning. A blunt cut makes it harder to blend hair extensions as you get that dreaded line which of course is not ideal. I usually clip the bottom of my hair up when applying extensions with a blunt cut.
These are the tricks I use for my hair and they seem to work fairly well, please let me know if you have any other tricks! I am always on the quest for volume!