Whether you’re looking to turn it up or rein it in, volume’s just about every girl’s obsession when it comes to hair. We checked in with top stylists across the country for their best volume tips.
TURN UP THE VOLUME
Fine hair doesn’t have to be flat and limp. Here are some tips on how to pump up the volume.
Understand your hair. “Most of us have combination hair, limp at the roots/dry ends. In this case you need to specifically address scalp and base of hair with your choice of volumizing shampoo, then find a heavier more moisturizing conditioner and only apply to mid-shaft and ends,” says Cyndi Isaac, salon director of Eveline Charles in Calgary.
Maintain a hands-off policy. “Keep your hands out of your hair throughout the day as the natural oils on your hands may weigh the hair down,” adds Cyndi.
Use the right products right where they’re needed. “Start by blow-drying about 20 percent of the water out of your hair,” says Tony Ricci, founder of Ricci Hair Co. in Edmonton. “Then apply your volume product. I love Tecniart Volume Lift by L’Oreal Professionnel. Its directional applicator allows you to get the product right at the roots, which is where fine hair needs it. Keep blow-drying your hair until it is almost dry, then use a round brush to add some height.”
Don’t go overboard with your blow dryer setting. “The dryer should be medium-hot. If it’s too hot, the heat will electrify fine hair and make it static-y,” says Ludovic Jan, owner of Opus Salon in Vancouver.
Give your hair a fresh, clean start. “Make sure you’re using a shampoo that doesn’t weigh your hair down,” says Kathryn Lenarduzzi, a stylist at Blonde Salon in Toronto. Look for a light, deep cleansing shampoo. Kathryn swears by using Kevin Murphy Maxi.Wash once a week.
Get rolling. Louis Hechter, founder and director of Orbite Salon in Montreal, recommends using a roll brush or hot rollers to increase volume on fine hair. When blowdrying your hair, “roll your hair and then loosen the roll to release the brush and use a hair clip to clip the roll into place and then do the second layer of hair,” he says. “Let it cool down—go eat your breakfast, for example—and then remove the clips and shake out your hair,” says Louis. Using this method will give soft, natural volume without twisting the hair too much. If you prefer to use hot rollers, he suggests starting the roller at the middle of your hair—not at the ends—to add volume rather than intense curl.