We all want to be that woman with naturally voluminous, just-stepped-out-of-the-salon hair. The kind of locks that sway and bounce quite of their own accord.
This springiness effect is supposed to look effortless; and, true to form, it’s best achieved with a less-is-more approach.
Slave away with a blow-dryer, and you could quite easily end up with tresses rendered dry and lifeless by the heat exposure. Go too far with styling products, and you run the risk of grease and lankness.
Instead, there are a wealth of DIY tricks at your fingertips – literally – that will help bring instant lift to your locks.
Here, hairdressers in the know lift the lid on their secrets for creating natural volume easily, without any bells or whistles. From scrunching to backcombing, arm yourself with these go-to strategies and never again suffer flat, lacklustre hair….
The bun trick
“I would recommend going to sleep with slightly damp hair tied into a few small buns just before you go to bed,” says Dean Jones, owner of Dean Jones Hairdressing.
“Never rub your hair with a towel when it is damp, as this will cause friction and lead to damage. Instead, gently squeeze the excess moisture and wrap your hair in a microfibre towel. Twist your hair into five or six small buns and always use hair grips to fix them, as opposed to hair ties - they can damage your hair and leave unwanted crimp marks.
“As your hair dries overnight, a natural wave will form. Just unwrap the strands in the morning and use your fingers to tousle and separate your hair. This is a great way to add volume naturally, and it save your hair from the damage of the hairdryer and heated styling tools. It’s a win-win.”
The backcombing trick
“Backcombing is a great way to add volume naturally,” says Andrew Collinge, celebrity hairdresser and owner of CO by Andrew Collinge. “However, you do have to approach it with caution, and remember to be kind to your hair.
“I would recommend using a backcombing brush or even a larger hairbrush to add some extra volume. Focus on doing this at the root of your hair, especially around your crown to add volume. Part your hair into quite large sections and brush your hair downwards towards your scalp.
“Don’t forget to brush the backcombing out before you go to sleep, to avoid your hair tangling throughout the night.”
The scrunching trick
“If you want voluminous hair, a key tip is not to over-wash your hair,” says Michelle Paterson, hair manager at Pouts & Pinups. “Doing this will strip your hair of its natural oils and make it appear limp and lifeless. Instead, turn to scrunching - it’s a perfect look for the summer season, too.
“Once you’ve washed your hair, flip your hair upside-down and scrunch using your fingers, then leave it to air dry. This will obtain more root volume and requires no product or heat styling.”
The upside-down trick
“One of my favourite tricks for adding natural volume to your hair is to dry it upside-down,” says Karen Brown, owner of Hair by JFK.
“This is super-easy, and the reason it works is because the roots are being lifted from the scalp, which is how you want them to dry.
“Dry your hair this way until it’s 80-90% dry and then use a round brush, working in small sections, to dry the rest of the hair. This will give it lasting volume, movement and bounce.”
The parting trick
“Changing your hair parting is a very effective way of getting hair volume without product or styling,” says Michelle. “ By flipping your parting to the opposite side each morning, you will create instant volume at the crown – the movement keeps the roots lifted and the hair on its toes.”
Andrew agrees. “Just by moving your hair parting to the opposite side, you can add lots of volume around your face,” he says. “Combine this with the backcombing technique (above) and your hair will appear thicker and fuller in no time.”