Get amazing volume with these va-va-voom hair care and styling products
If you could change one thing about your hair, what would it be? It’s true there are as many hair issues out there as products to fix them, but if there’s one great leveller it’s volume – we all want that.
If your hair is fine you’ll know how tricky it can be to create lasting volume without stiffness or overloading fine strands, and even if it’s on the thicker side, creating root lift and keeping it there is always a challenge. Chucking in a volumising spray right at the last minute can help only temporarily, but soon that height will fall flat leaving your spirits as flat as your roots.
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So what’s a flat-haired girl to do? As with much of beauty the so-called “secret” is basically putting in a bit more effort. Not too much – just an extra stitch in time and a few clever products can really make a difference, and save time in the long run on any midday style-reviving in the loos at work.
The key is to start building and creating bulk right from the moment you wash with the right shampoo. Then reinforce that with muscular styling products, blow dry it right to set everything in place for the long run, then finish with clever sprays to lock that style down, whatever the weather.
This feels gentle, but is actually pretty punchy stuff. This new shampoo from the reliable John Frieda brand contains a very clever complex that, every time you wash, bulks feeble strands from within. It works in two ways - by filling pores within hair to bolster from the inside and creating space between hair fibres using volumising polymers so your whole 'do appears fatter too. It also knocks out any build-up so your hair won't be weighed down by excess product hanging around.
Orofluido Mousse markets itself to curly hair (and does a fine job giving separation without crispiness to such hair types) but I've also found it very useful in ramping up the volume in my fine, kinky but definitely not curly 'do too. Pop a mandarin-sized amount in your palm and work it through damp roots, pulling a little through lengths and ends. Next, tip your head upside-down and blast until 90% dry. You'll find plenty of bulk and grip around your hairline while mid lengths feel weighty and will be very receptive to whatever direction you want them to go next (which is up)
Everyone should have one of these - this rotating hot-air brush mimics that speedy spinny-hands thing that hairdressers do so will but is nigh-on impossible to recreate at home. Use the Babyliss Diamond Big Hair Dual on hair that's already nearly dry, prepped with your mousse for mega root-raising and beautiful bouncy bends through the ends. A genuinely life-enhancing styling tool.
Somewhere between a hairspray, dry shampoo and texture spray, Kerastase VIP Volume In Powder gives guts and grip to hair, and acts as your final line of defence against flatness. The texture is slightly chalky - necessary to create the bulk you want - but it doesn't look that way in hair. In fact it's invisible and undetectable, you'll only know it's there when you look in the mirror and your style has stuck around past lunch. You can also mist it lightly through lengths if you've curled or waved them to help it stick around and give nice beachy texture.