Somebody with coarse, frizzy and an absolutely crazy mane will probably tell you to count your blessings for having your controllable and flat hair. However, if you have lifeless locks you know that it definitely has its drawbacks. Fine hair is typically flat because the strand is smaller than thick or coarse hair making it look thin and dull. This delicate hair is actually quite easy to manage though. Regardless of the type of haircut you have – one length or layers, you should be able to create a luscious volume with the right styling products and routine.
Shampoo and Conditioner
The first place to start for a simple fix to flat hair is in the shower. You want to use volumizing shampoo and conditioner, preferably from the same brand. These products contain lightweight polymers that add volume. Another trick going around the Internet thanks to Pinterest is:
Shampoo roots to tips as usual, then rinse. Next you add your volumizing conditioner from roots to tips and before you rinse grab some shampoo and mix it with a little bit of water and lather then rinse and dry as usual.
You might be hesitant to condition your roots but the added volume from this tip will surprise you.
Blow Drying for Voluminous Hair
The next step is by simply using the right blow drying techniques. Before you start drying it’s a good idea to use a volumizing spray on your damp roots. Dry your hair upside down and focus on lifting the roots until about 60% dry and then lift your hair in 1-2 inch sections around a round brush and blow dry near the grown and work your way upwards. Once your hair is dry go over your hair with your dryer on cool, this will loosen up your hair and create fullness. Avoid heavy styling products like mousse or leave-in condition on the scalp after blow-drying.
Try Using Dry Shampoo
You probably don’t want to go through the above mentioned process every single day – it’s a lot of work. Washing your hair everyday isn’t only expensive and time consuming – it’s unnecessary. A great wash and blow dry can go a long way so by simply using dry shampoo to give your hair that additional volume you can avoid washing everyday and prevent your hair from becoming oily. You will be surprised after some skipped washings that your hair will become more voluminous because your scalp will not produce as much oil.
Buy Big Velcro or Heated Rollers
This is another simple and effective way to get volume. You can simply throw in some hot rollers while you are getting ready for a few minutes and have have additional volume. The bigger the rollers, the bigger the volume and bigger the curls. You can also use your hair straightener or curling iron.
Teasing your Hair
If you need a quick fix than teasing or backcombing is a great option. You simply backcomb around your crown. However, this is quite damaging so it shouldn’t be your everyday fix.
Perm Your Flat Hair
Another great option, especially if you are looking for a new hairstyle all together is to get a semi-permanent perm. This will save you time and money by constantly trying to get volume. There are several types of perms so you should decide which one best suits your look and personal needs. While a root perm will give you the lift around the crown, a body perm will give you those beach waves and body throughout all of your hair. Perms can be potentially devastatingly damaging on your hair though so make sure that you find a great stylist who knows what they are doing and keep chemicals off your hair prior or after a perm treatment.