Whether you have a head full of curls or hair that's straight as a pin, your hair will sometimes feel flat, dull, or dry. Some people are lucky enough to be born with natural, bouncy waves or curls, while others struggle to achieve this appearance. If your locks feel dull or lifeless, don't worry -- it's a more common issue than you think. Thankfully, you can use hair volume products, styling techniques, and other tools to add more volume to your hair.
We're here to teach you how to add volume to hair and adjust your hair care routine so you can look good, feel good, and get more from your favorite hairstyles. Let's dive in!
Why Does My Hair Lack Volume and Body?
Everyone's hair is different, and so are their hair type, styling routine, and hair volume products. Straight hair struggles to hold hairstyles and needs extra TLC to achieve a bouncy or curly style. Curly hair has abundant natural volume, but the wrong hair care products often weigh it down.
If you don't have the bouncy, full, or thick hair you crave, you'll need to adjust your hair care routine to achieve that extra volume boost.
Shampoo and Conditioning Products With Volumizing Benefits
Using the wrong products is one of the most common reasons for hair that lack fullness and volume. Shampoos and conditioners filled with sulfates, silicones, and other harmful ingredients can ruin the integrity of your hair.
If you're tired of lifeless hair detracting from your favorite looks, it's time to consider a new shampoo and conditioner formulated to add volume and body to your hair. Here are two of the best volumizing hair products:
Our shampoo is a cleansing formula that can reinvigorate and strengthen your hair. This formula contains an expert blend of Vitamin B5 and botanical extracts, including Watercress & Indian Cress, Shikakai, and Maca Root, which work to nourish, reinvigorate, and protect the hair and scalp. During our clinical trials, over 98% of participants agreed that The Shampoo increased their hair’s volume and made it appear thicker and fuller.
The Conditioner is a lightweight formula with natural proteins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids. Together, they work to hydrate, detangle, de-frizz, strengthen, and thicken individual hair strands to build more volume and body. For the best results, pair both hair volume products together. Apply them to wet hair, massage, rinse, and repeat!
Try New Blow Drying Techniques
Did you know there's a proper way to blow-dry your hair? Every hair type is different, so don't expect the same techniques that work on thin hair to work on thick hair. Change your approach to blow-drying to get that volume boost. Here's how you can get more volume:
Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down
You can achieve extra lift and natural-looking volume when you blow dry your hair upside down. First, add a volumizing mousse or spray to your hair and work it in from the scalp to the ends.
Flip your head over and continue the process upside down when you blow dry your hair. It might feel funny at first, but you'll notice a little extra lift when you come back up!
Use a Round Brush
Switching your go-to brush with a round brush can add extra volume to your roots. When you blow dry your hair, carefully wrap one section of hair at a time around the brush. Wrap the brush in your hair and move it from the tips to the roots, carefully pulling it away from your face until it's dry. Blow dry, and repeat this step until all the pieces are dry.
Switching Up Your Part
We'll let you in on a secret: The longer your hair is in the same parting, the flatter it appears. Why? Your hair feels more comfortable and relaxed in its natural go-to parting.
If your hair feels lifeless and flat, it might be time to switch things up. Your hair dictates the look and feel of your hairstyle, so if you always part it down the middle and it doesn't look right, try a side parting or cut some bangs.
Trying Different Styling Techniques
If you didn't already notice, rollers are making a comeback! Rollers originated in the 1930s and became the go-to volumizing technique during the 1950s. If you have a set of velcro rollers, roll each strand up into a roller and leave them in your hair for at least 10-30 minutes. When you remove them, you'll have a luxuriously tousled look.
Adjusting Your Lifestyle
Revisit your Hair-washing Routine
You likely already know that using the right hair volume products in the shower can impact your overall hair health and visual appeal. The way you wash your hair also matters, so revisit your technique to create a more voluptuous or bouncy curl look.
For example, always work the shampoo into your roots. Consider using a scalp massager to ensure an even spread of the product. When you move to condition, focus on the ends, but don't add too much conditioner to your scalp -- this can lead to product build-up and leave your hair feeling flat and dull.
Try a Clarifying Shampoo
If your hair is continually dry, dull, and flat, you may have some ongoing product build-up weighing it down. A clarifying shampoo can eliminate residual products on your scalp, helping you achieve a more voluminous look.
Revise Your Diet
Are you adding enough hair-healthy nutrients to your diet? If not, this may impact your ability to achieve bouncy, voluminous hair. Supplements are a quick and easy way to add more nutrients into your diet, but it's always best to naturally invite these nutrients through whole foods like eggs, protein, and fish.
If you're still struggling to get enough nutrients, consider a vitamin supplement like our Hair Revitalizing Complex, a supplement jam-packed with hair-healthy nutrients. In a clinical trial, over 92% of participants said that their hair felt and looked fuller, and 88% experienced an increase in overall hair volume.
Remember – consistency is key if you want to add a supplement to your diet. Take it regularly to ensure your hair receives the much-needed nutrients it needs to thrive.
The Importance of Going to a Professional for Haircuts
If you have fine or thin long hair, you may just need a professional haircut. Tell your hairstylist you're looking to add some volume to your look, and they'll know exactly how to breathe life into your lovely locks. Here are a few volumizing haircuts for thin long hair:
Thin hair is naturally flat and somewhat dull. If you have long hair and are open to exploring new hairstyles, consider cutting it shorter. With a shorter hairstyle, you can instantly add extra volume to your locks and add more dimension. Consider a lob, bob, or short hairstyle that sits right above your shoulders.
Add Some Layers
Layers add more dimension, and extra layers can add body to your hair, so it appears less flat. That said, don't go overboard with the layers, or you'll end up with a chopping look, which isn't the best if you already have fine or thin hair.
Go for Bangs
You read that right. Bangs can be a playful way to turn your flat looks into a more dimensional hairstyle. Before you grab a pair of scissors and start cutting away, talk to your hairstylist, and they'll know what type of bangs suit your face shape and hair type.
Get the Volume you Crave with Augustinus Bader
To see a difference in your hair, adjust your routine and look for hair-healthy products that help you see results. With our volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner duo, you can get closer to your hair goals and achieve the bouncy hair of your dreams.