The ultimate body boosters: how to get volume in really fine hair
We hear you: the life of the limp-locked can be downright depressing - hair falls flat, waves don't stay and it's not worth even attempting the '90s side flip that's back in fashion. The struggle is real.
But - believe us when we say this - there is hope. And volume-promising product is only the last piece of the puzzle. We talked to sought-after hair stylist Jon Sewell (you may remember him from Double Bay's La Boutique) about how to effectively - yes, effectively - boost your hair's body, from the cut to the colour to everyday styling.
Step 1: the right cut
It's the harsh truth: the longer your hair is, the less your chances at Victoria's Secret-style bounce. "Anything too long will create weight and therefore drag the hair down," says Sewell. "If you want to create volume, keep the hair at shoulder length or above." Lucky for us, the on-trend lob is still majorly trending.
If you have fine hair (and if you're reading this, we're guessing you do), ask your hairdresser to keep a light touch when it comes to layers, which can leave your locks looking wispy and thin. "Try having internal layers and texture to create body and movement," says Sewell, "but avoid over-texturing and feathering where this removes weight." To fast-track your way to thicker hair, ask for blunt cut ends - trust us, it works.
Step 2: clever colour
The ultimate cheat's way to create volume, clever colouring tricks the eye into thinking your hair has more oomph than it really does. "Try to always create texture with colour by using different tones, either by foiling or freehand or balayage," says Sewell. "Whatever colour you are, blonde, brunette or redhead, multi-tonal colour is the key." Ask your colourist for the best solution for your hair type. Sewell also warns against over-lightening fine hair as you risk it becoming brittle and breaking.
Step 3: proper product
Find the right product for your hair and you'll be amazed at the results. It's all about trial and error, but there are a few cult favourites worth investing in. "My favourites are Evo Root Canal base support spray and Shape Vixen Volumising lotion and Sachajuan volume spray powders, which are available in dark and light," says Sewell, who recommends looking for weightless product. "Some mousses are far too heavy - they give hold but they drag the hair down," he adds. We also like MoroccanOil Volumising Mousse and Kevin Murphy Body Builder.
Step 4: style for success
A great blow dry is all about technique, ladies. Flip hair upside down and blow dry all over while running your hands through to create movement, then stand up straight and blast at the roots in sections to encourage lift. For maximum impact, do as follows: "ALWAYS let the hair cool after you've finished heat styling before you finish your style, heating the hair manipulates it but it's the cooling of the hair that really sets it into place," says Sewell. You heard the man - after blasting the roots, hold hair up with your hands until it's completely cooled so the lift you've worked so hard at endures.
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