Fifty-six percent of United States adults have wavy, curly, or coily hair. This is a reminder that there are so many different types of hair, and it’s exciting to discover and celebrate these differences.

If you are not in the majority in America and have straight or flatter hair, you may be looking for ways to add some volume to it. It’s much easier than you think, you just need to learn a few tips and tricks first.

Keep reading below for your guide on how to give your hair more volume.

Tweak Your Washing Routine

First, you want to make sure you are using the right products.

Go for volumizing products that include high-quality ingredients, and research the companies beforehand. It’s wise to read some reviews before making any purchases, but you may also have to try a few different products out before you find one that works well for your type of hair.

Go for products, specifically conditioners, that are lighter. Anything that weighs your hair down should be avoided.

Once you have the right products in hand, it’s time to address the way you shampoo and conditioner your hair. Again, this will depend on the type of hair you have, but these tricks should help to add volume to most types of flat hair.

You want to focus on shampooing only your roots and ends, do not work the shampoo down your hair. Massage your scalp, ensuring that you are cleaning it thoroughly.

Only apply conditioner to the bottom two-thirds of your hair. Avoid applying conditioner to your scalp, unless you tend to get tangles towards the top of your head. If this is the case, apply a thin layer of conditioner to the outer parts of the top of your hair, avoiding going any deeper if possible.

The less oil that gets near your roots, the more volume you’ll be able to add.

…And Your Drying Routine

Once you have completely rinsed your hair of both shampoo and conditioner, it’s time to focus on your drying routine.

It’s essential that you immediately dry your roots using product, as you are only really able to manipulate your hair while it is still wet. If you want to add some volume to your roots, play around with mousse, gels, or sprays while your roots are still damp.

Try roughening up the crown of your hair with a small amount of product, or bunching it up.

Then, you can decide if you want to air dry or blow dry the rest of your hair. Both can add volume when done correctly.

Air Drying

If you want to air dry, blot your hair with a towel first, ensuring that you don’t rub it, as this can cause frayed and broken hair.

While it’s still damp, comb in a volumizing product, starting at your roots. Try scrunching your hair in the palm of your hand as it dries to activate the product.

If your hair falls flat when it dries, wet your hands and run your fingers through your hair to reactivate the product. You can always add a little more, too, but avoid adding too much throughout your day.

Blow Drying

Before blow drying, dry your hair with a towel as much as possible. Then, start by using your hair dryer with no attachments or nozzles, which is commonly known as “rough drying” your hair.

Flip your hair over and bend over at the waist, drying your hair all over. This will help to add lift to your roots. Make sure you are also roughening up your roots as you do this.

Once your hair is about 60% dry, stand up and start sectioning it off, drying from underneath. Pull your hair to the ceiling as you dry, brushing through your hair. It’s wise to add the nozzle back to your hair dryer at this point, as it can direct the heat to be applied to the right points of your hair.

At the end, switch to cold hair and give your hair a quick cool blast. This will loosen it up and create a fuller look.

Consider Adding Layers

Getting a haircut and adding layers is a traditional way of adding volume, but it’s not the right hairstyle for everyone’s hair.

Because they add dimension and movement to your hair, it’s thought that it also adds more volume and fullness.

However, sometimes a single-length cut can make fine hair look thicker, while layers can make it look stringy. And, if you add too many layers, it can make your hair look choppy instead of voluminous.

It’s wise to always see a professional hairstylist when getting layers and ask their opinion before making the plunge.

Try Tools

If products often fail you, you don’t have to completely give up hope. There are tools out there that can give you the volume you’re looking for, even if your hair seems to refuse it.

volumizing hair iron is one of the most popular options because it uses heat and a texturized iron to give your hair a natural look. You style your hair and then add the iron on at the end, which can help set everything in place, ensuring the volume in your hair lasts as long as possible.

There are also hot styling brushes, which are very similar to what you would do when you blow dry your hair. In the end, if all else fails, heat usually works.

It’s Time to Give Your Hair More Volume

While having flat hair can be quite charming, sometimes you want a little something else.

Now you know exactly how to give your hair more volume. So, if you have a special occasion coming up or just want to try something new, you have everything right here that you may need.

Remember, not every method will work for every type of hair, so don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t work right away. Just try something new!

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