It’s a harsh reality of life that we’ll never be as rich, famous or married to Ryan Reynolds as Blake Lively. But at least we can try to replicate her lush locks with these eight simple tips for getting more volume!
1. Use a Volume Boosting Shampoo & Conditioner
The first step on your body-seeking mission is to chuck out any cheap and nasty shampoo that will weigh your hair down, and replace it with a quality prod specially designed to add volume. Look for lightweight and clarifying formulations that will remove icky product build up while simultaneously plumping your strands.
2. Spritz Your Roots
Using a spray directly on the roots before blow drying is essential for long-lasting bounce and movement.
3. Nail Your Blow Dry
The aim with limp, fine hair is to get maximum root lift. And this begins with blow dry technique. While some will wax lyrical about the benefits of blow drying hair upside down (by flipping the head), others will swear by the volumising power of a round brush. The split is also popular: blasting hair upside down (do this until around 80% dry), then finishing with a round brush for a smooth, swishy do.
4. Go Old School with Rollers
Nanna’s favourite hot rollers are making a big comeback, due to the amazing bounce and volume they create! Velcro rollers are another simple option that give gorgeous volume and movement, rather than actual curl. As they’re used while you blow dry, velcro rollers cut down on heat styling time too.
5. Switch Up Your Part
If you wear your part in the same place all the time, it will tend to lie behave itself and lie flat. Challenge your locks and get instant volume by creating a part where it does not naturally exist, such as a deep side part, or rocking a Lara Worthington-style flip. If your hair baulks at the idea, sweet talk it with some hairspray. Or ditch the part altogether and wear your hair back off your forehead for a change.
6. Rethink Your Cut
A clever chop with some strategically placed layers can do wonders for making fine hair appear thicker. It’s important to think realistically about your lifestyle, too, and opt for a style you can master as home.
7. Sleep in a Bun
Pop those damp locks in a loose bun, using a scrunchie (nothing too tight as you don’t want kinks), then catch some zs. You’ll wake up with naturally lifted locks, without the need for harsh heat styling.
8. Use Dry Shampoo Between Washes
Dirt and grease is the nemesis of volume, so keep it at bay on those in-between-wash days with a handy can of dry shampoo. Even on clean days, a quick upside down blast on the roots will add instant volume.