Whatever your hair type—fine or thick, curly or straight—volume plays a huge part in making it look vibrant and gorgeous. It lends your hair a youthful bounce and a knockout appearance. To help you look and feel your best without spending a fortune, Madison Reed has put together a checklist of tried and true tips for gaining volume at home.
Blow It Up
You've heard of pre-treatments and pre-game shows, but did you know that a pre-blow dry can give your hair long-lasting volume? Here's a pro-tip from Madison Reed Color Crew supervisor Sam Vielmader:
Work Style into hair, focusing on roots but fully working through lengths and ends as well. Wrap a section of hair on a vented round brush, beginning at the roots, and dry hair in the opposite direction that you want it to fall. For added volume, flip your hair over your head (up from how it usually lays) and blow dry from the roots up along the hair shaft. Use the cool button when finishing to extend and set the style. After you’re done, use Tame to give your hair a smooth, frizz-free finish.
Flip Your Part
A simple technique to make your hair appear fuller instantly is to part your hair on the opposite side for a few minutes, then switch back to your old part. Your hair won’t fall flat against the sides of your head, and it'll gain some volume. For even more of a boost, spritz some extra-hold hairspray at the roots before you fold your hair back to your natural part.
Roll It Up
This tip will be most effective if you have straight or wavy hair. Take the top third of your hair, divide it into three sections, and roll it up in large velcro rollers, clipping them in place. The best pieces to roll up are the section at the crown of the head, and the pieces at both sides of your face. Spray it with some strong hold hairspray and let it stay for 5-10 minutes. When you take it down, your face will be framed by loose, full-looking curls.
Soak Up the Oil
Most of us use dry shampoo first thing in the morning, when we notice a grease buildup at the top the head. But another way to get the most out of your dry shampoo, and to get some extra volume, is to apply it to your hair at the roots before bed. The dry shampoo will have enough time for to soak in the oils and work to full effect. You’ll wake up to gorgeous, full hair. And if you use Madison Reed Root Touch Up, it doubles beautifully as a dry shampoo for anytime—not only does it cover those gray roots, it makes second-day hair look rich and full.
Tie it Up
When you’re headed to an event, tie your hair up at the crown of your head before stepping out. Let your hair down when you get there for the appearance of fresh volume. This trick is used by top celebrities and style icons to achieve chic, effortlessly voluminous hair.
Give it a Backcomb
For extra volume at the crown, a little backcombing works wonders. Take your favorite fine-tooth or teaser comb, section off the hair at the top of your head, tease it a few times, then give it a spritz with hairspray to lock it in. Repeat as many times as it takes to get the desired volume. Cover the crown with the rest of your hair, and comb it out gently.
If you have curly or coily hair, the simplest way to achieve volume is to air dry your hair naturally. Towel it dry after showering at night, apply some curl cream or shea butter, and french braid it before bed. You’ll wake up to gorgeous hair with loads of body. Another pro-tip from Sam: Sleep on a silk pillowcase. It'll minimize friction on your hair (wet OR dry) and reduce snags, frizz, and bedhead.
Snip in Some Layers
Thick hair is beautiful, but sometimes it gets pulled down by its own weight, causing flatness at the top of the head. Shorter layers can lift it up and lighten the load, adding more volume all over your head. Layered hair is also much easier to tame and more malleable to style. You probably can’t do this at home, but it’s easy to research layered looks online or in magazines, and bring your favorites to your hairstylist.
Get personalized recommendations by building your Hair Profile or calling the Color Crew, our team of certified colorists and professional stylists. They love listening to your hair history and tailoring suggestions to suit your hair and style. At Madison Reed, we love to help people look and feel their very best!