Ever since I could remember, I’ve been looking for ways to add more body and volume to my hair. I have thin hair but quite a lot of it so it weighs down and doesn’t hold curls well. The best day is right after washing – I have yet to experience that unicorn – amazing second day hair. Where is it? Well – recently, I have curated a cocktail of products that I think might make it possible. (!!!!!!)
Lets start with shampoo – go with a gentle but volumizing wash
So many times I’ve tried a shampoo thats harsh and strips all the oil so your hair is fluffy and therefore adds volume. But its shortlived and before you know it, that oil comes back and your hair is completely flat. So I’ve switched to a gentle wash and for that I’ve been using Kevin Murphy Angel Wash. At first I was confused about how it worked. Normally I do one pump of shampoo and thats it. But with this one – you need to do at least two tiny dollops of shampoo with good massaging to get that clean clean. This wash also gives impressive shine!
Wait go back and do conditioner first
Yup. I’m not trying to make a fool out of you but we’re striving for volume here and conditioner is quite heavy. To still add moisture to our ends, put on conditioner first and then shampoo the roots. This way you ends stay protected from surfactants and still get the moisture they need without weighing your hair down.
Add a bi-weekly coconut oil mask to your routine
I’m sure you’re aware by now that not all hair masks are created equal. I’ve lost count on how many I’ve tried that left me worse off than before. Until, coconut oil came into my life and changed it in all the ways. All you do is take coconut oil – you don’t need to heat it up to melt it, it will melt in your hand and actually make it easier to apply. Take any coconut oil, although unpasteurized is best, starting at the roots, gently massage it and spread it all over and down to your ends. I love leaving it on overnight but if you’re sensitive to smell – you can wash it off after an hour. I like to leave it on overnight because it has more time to moisturize my scalp and hair. In the morning, I find it almost completely gone! Make sure to shampoo several times to get it all out – I’ve found 3 to be a magic number.
Spray in a volumizing and texturizing spray right at the roots/crown
After washing your hair and its still wet, spray in a volumizing and texturizing spray. My favourite is the Kevin Murphy Hair Resort Spray. I have to be honest – I bought it for the amazing coconut pina colada smell which reminds me of Hawaii. But I absolutely love what it does for my hair! Spray it in and brush it out.
Flip your hair upside down and blow-dry and secure
This is a trick most of us have tried but I find it to be the easiest and fastest way to get that blow-dry. I let my hair air dry for about 30 minutes and then I just flip my hair upside down and dry it – focusing on the roots and lightly brushing with my hand. When your hair is dry enough (not all the way) and your head is still upside down, take a gentle elastic and secure a quick messy bun at the top of your head. Let air dry for a few hours – I do this in the morning and leave it up while I’m driving.
Add more of that volumizing spray and play with your hair
When you hair is dry, take out the bun and loosely spray more of that volumizing spray – focusing on the roots. It dries almost right away. Use your hands to move the hair around and add more volume and texture. This is key! Now you have enough product in your hair to hold it and add texture – just keep playing with it to get the look you want!
Voila! Let me know if you try my tips! Do you have any tips and tricks you use for volume? Comment below!