10 ways to add extra volume to your Blow dry
Would you like to bounce along with the ultimate blow dry straight from the Drybar? Of course you would but it can get a little expensive to do on a regular basis that's why it's worth a little time and effort to practise how to give yourself a voluminous blow dry at home.
For techniques on how to blow dry like a pro please read my previous post link. HOW YOU CAN BLOW DRY LIKE A PRO and HOW TO USE A BOAR AND NYLON HAIR BRUSH.
In this post we will look at other tips and tricks we can do to make our blowdry more volumous and last last longer.
1.Use an appropriate shampoo and conditioner. Do not use a 2 in 1 moisturising shampoo if you have oily hair,similarly do not use a stripping cleansing shampoo on dry thick hair.Start with the correct products for your hair type this will make a big difference.
2.Use products that give your hair volume. Most people will need a root lifting product for their roots to create lift and then a moisturising serum or leave in conditioner on their mid length and ends.Use the two products in conjunction with each other to create volume at the roots but keep the ends moisturised and silky.Try John Freida hair serum for the ends has been one of the best on the market over the last 20 years. This is available from Stores like Boots and Superdrug. the below link takes you to Superdrug as an example. John Freida
3.Moisturise. Start with using a leave in conditioner where ever needed as dry split hair never blow dries nicely. Take a small amount of serum into the palm of your hands maybe the size of a 2 pence piece and rub into both of your hands then split your hair into 2 sections and rub serum on the ends of both sections then comb through.Try Aussies miracle recharge leave in conditioning spray available at all good retailers and of course Aussie Hair.
4. Apply a volumising mousse. Lift your roots and apply mousse onto your scalp and hair then comb through to the ends,for extra root “stiffness” spray a little texturising salt spray directly onto your root area as this is great for very shiny glassy hair that always feels a bit floppy.If you have a drier thicker hair skip this step.You can use a number of volumising root lift products but I think mousse is a great all rounder for all hair types and you can't really go wrong with hair mousse Elvive gets a 5 star review from super drug buyers available below.
I also like shockwaves as it really does work on all hair types. This is available from shops like Superdrug
5.Blow dry technique. Taking as much moisture out of your hair before you blow dry is key this will speed up your blow dry and style your hair much more quickly.The next step is elevation! Wrap your hair tightly around the hair brush as tension really is key to a bouncy blow dry. You will need to lift the hairbrush and elevate the section upwards as you are blow drying this will lift the hair up from the root and will give you maximum volume.make sure each section us bone dry then cool down and seal in the volume with a shot of cold air from your dryer.
6.Dry Shampoo. Yes I know you have just washed and blow dried your hair but did you know stylists always use a little dry shampoo for texture when putting hair up? This helps enormously when hair is squeaky clean and a little too silky.The dry shampoo can also be used to lightly texturise super soft hair.So if your hair is feeling a little soft and limp just spray a little dry shampoo at the roots it will give you that grip you need and and a little thickening texture. Dark brown vomited bastist is best on darker hair so you don't have any white powdery roots. To apply part your hair at the roots from forehead to crown in rows and give it a little spray then gently pat your scalp to disperse the powder, then style. Batiste is available from all good outlets Dry Shampoo
7. Pincurl. The next step you can take to really make sure your bouncy blow dry lasts is to pin curl each section you have after you have blow dried.Take each section and gently roll it back up into a large pin curl or roll and then take a Kirby grip and pin to your scalp.This will look like you have a roller in but the space is empty in between.Continue to do this all over your head until all of your hair is pin curled. Leave in for half an hour or as long as you have and then release all the waves/ curls, then gently use your fingers like a rake to soften and loosen them out for a curly look or beach waves.
8.Sleep in rollers. Sleep in rollers are an alternative to pin curls, you can simply apply them on topic your crown for extra root lift or all over depending on the effect you want.
Leave them in for a few minutes or hours depending on your desired outcome.
The rollers will give you that extra boost to your curly blow dry. Checkout
Sleep-in rollers here
9.Tease tease tease. Teasing went out of fashion for a while but it's back and if you do not have naturally thick hair teasing can make all the difference. Teasing is especially beneficial on the crown and root to add that little bit of staying power to your blow dry and create an illusion of more hair. First take a section of hair and use either a pin tail comb or a Tangle Teezer. Hold you hair upright from the root and then slowly tease the hair down from the top down to the root, this creates a soft “matting” at the root. Do this several times until your hair can easily stand up on its own, then take a soft back combing or boar bristle brush and smooth over the top to disguise the teasing and then apply a little hair spray.This can be done all around the head to elevate the hair from the roots giving a thicker appearance all round.You do this after you take out your rollers or pin curls.
10.Finishing products. Once you have created your beautiful blow dry and teased it all into place you will want it to stay there.Choose the right products for your end goal. If you want a messy beach look then a light spritz of salt texturising spray will work but I advise to use this sparingly, too much can cause knots in some people's hair.bouncy curls your thing? Then simply turn your head upside down and get a light hair spray like Tresemme and spray into the roots. Flip your head back rearrange your hair and spray again,for a firmer hold Use Toni and Guys Glamour spray its very economical at just £2.50.You may just prefer a soft finish if you have a drier hair with just a finger tips worth of serum on the ends.
Try Toni & Guy Glamour
Happy Hair Days