Just like your jokes, your hair should never fall flat. But there are a few factors that can make that tough, including summer heat and having fine texture. Don’t let that stop you—anyone can nail a bouncy blowout or luscious locks with height. The trick is having a few styling tricks up your sleeve and the right products on your vanity. That’s why we went to celebrity hairstylist Teddi Cranford, Founder and Creative Director of White Rose Collective in New York City and ApotheCARE Essentials Lead Stylist, to get the scoop. She shares her top tips for creating body and making volume last as long as possible:
Voluminous hair starts in the shower
Look for a shampoo and conditioner that are specifically designed to give your hair lift. “At my salon, White Rose Collective, we use the ApotheCARE Essentials The Booster Shampoo and Conditioner for clients who have fine hair and want an extra boost of volume,” Cranford says. “It removes excess weight from the hair while smoothing strands for natural movement.”
Blow-dry to get more volume
“It all starts with your tools,” Cranford says. “I love the Harry Josh Ultra Light Hair Dryer and the YS Park Mixed Bristle Round Brush 50G3. It’s my go-to for collarbone length to long hair. It is best to pre-dry hair with your hands using minimal tension to remove 85 to 90% of moisture. For maximum volume, make sure to blow dry in different directions, then go in with your round brush to polish. Polish the hair by twisting the hair away from the face.”
Prep locks before bedtime
To add lift during the day, prepare your hair at night while you’re sleeping. “If you are coming out of the shower, I would towel dry, comb through and lightly scrunch in a dry hair oil,” Cranford says. “Personally, I use a dry hair oil because I like my hair to feel fresh and light—never weighed down and always in its natural state. I love Diptyque Satin Oil for Body and Hair to keep things fresh and light. In the morning I will go in with a curling iron to enhance the curl or I’ll go in with my YS Park Round Brush and blow out the hair just in the front and twisting away from the face. If your hair is dry, I would add dry shampoo at the root and then brush it with a Mason Pearson brush.”
Dry shampoo is your friend
“Dry shampoo is a great way to add weightless volume,” Cranford says. “It removes excess moisture from working out or natural buildup. It is a great way to keep the hair fresh. I love the ApotheCARE Essentials The Booster Volumizing Dry Shampoo.”
“When styling your hair, keep in mind your head shape and personal style,” Cranford says. “Minimal volume is a more fresh and natural approach. Also, by switching up your part, it allows you to create volume at the root, which provides natural volume and lift in the hair.” You can also back brush or tease the hair to get more volume without damaging it. Cranford’s go-to product for this is Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray for volume and texture, as it “adds a bit of grit but definitely gives you instant volume.”
Now that you know the tricks of the trade, shop the best volumizing hair products:
R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray, $32, randco.com. There’s so much to love about what’s inside this bottle. It adds volume and texture as soon as you spritz it on, as well as shine and hold, leaving you with touchable, weightless locks. It contains zeolite, a volcanic mineral to add grip and texture to limp hair, as well as calendula for moisture and shine. Its Dark Waves fragrance—a warm blend of cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender, bamboo and blonde woods—is seriously addictive.
Alterna My Hair My Canvas Soaring High Volumizing Blowout Mist, $28, ulta.com. Spritz this before you blowout your hair and your locks will be transformed. The lightweight vegan formula does it all: It offers heat protection up to 450 degrees F, fights humidity for up to 72 hours and gives mega volume and bounce. Infused with white charcoal to absorb excess oils and toxins, it’ll extend the life of your blowout. There’s also bamboo extract for softer texture and stronger strands.
Leonor Greyl Paris Bain Volumateur Aux Algues, $51, leonorgreyl-usa.com. Make like Bridget Bardot and nab that French girl volume with Leonor Greyl’s volumizing shampoo. Boasting 92% natural ingredients, it adds strength and volume to even long, thin and limp hair, plus there’s seaweed extract to hydrate and wheat proteins to protect and strengthen. It does double duty as a detangler, so you can skip conditioner, which often weighs down hair.
äz Craft Luxury Haircare Intense Volume Mist Intense, $47, azhaircare.com. This spray works on wet or dry hair, but to really pump up the volume spritz it on before you blowdry for extra oomph and body. It’ll also add nice texture and protect strands from frizz and humidity.
Voloom Rootie, $139.99, voloom.com. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is your average flatiron. The special textured plates are designed to add lift to hair. The iron is just 3/4 inch-wide and has the smallest volumizing platforms, so that those with fine, thin or short hair can easily use it. The kit comes with everything you need: the flatiron, heat-resistant carrying case, Voloom brush to section hair and three durable Voloom hair clips.
Kérastase Volume In Powder Texturizing Spray, $29, kerastase-usa.com. A major multitasker, in addition to delivering volume, this spray also brings on humidity resistance, strong hold and is ideal for same day styling to reshape a look. It doesn’t leave any white or oily residue behind, so you can spray away to your heart’s content.
Kenra Volume Spray 25, $18.50, ulta.com. Weather-proof your strands with this super spray. Not only does it have 24-hour humidity resistance, it’s also wind-resistant up to 25mph. It delivers an impressive max of 120 hours of hold, it’s flake-free, fast-drying and leaves hair gleaming.
ApotheCARE Essentials The Booster Shampoo and Conditioner, $10.99 each, target.com. Cranford’s go-to shampoo and conditioner combo lives up to its name and gives even the finest hair a major volume boost. The lightweight formulas will never weigh strands down. The shampoo removes buildup and impurities to add bounce, while the conditioner hydrates and enhances hair’s natural movement. Both are infused with aloe vera, cold-pressed rose oil and steam-distilled geranium. Plus, the scent is addicting—the geranium base is juxtaposed with a blend of woody notes.
FEKKAI Full Blown Volume Dry Texturizing Spray, $20, fekkai.com. Great for volume and the planet, this texturizing spray is chock full of clean and natural ingredients to deliver a boost and fullness, including French oak extract, green coconut water rich in nutrients to strengthen, and cottonseed oil to moisturize and detangle. That combo gives hair twice the volume for up to eight hours. Bonus: The bottle is made with 95% high-grade repurposed plastic and is completely recyclable.
Color Wow Raise The Root Thicken & Lift Spray, $24, colorwowhair.com. Some products can really take a toll on colored hair, but this spray is made to shield your hue, since it has clear polymers that won’t yellow or darken color. Spritz it onto wet or dry hair for instantly bounce, body and height. The flexible formula is never stiff or sticky.
The Good Stuff Volumizing Hydration Foam, $7.99, target.com. Traditional conditioner can weigh hair down, so replace that with this leave-in no rinse conditioner foam. Apply it to towel-dried hair and the dual-polymer actives instantly get to work to lift fine locks. It still delivers all the hydration you need, courtesy of glycerin. Plus, the lightweight coco-derived foamers create a gentle barrier to protect each hair fiber.
Oribe Thick Dry Finishing Spray, $42, oribe.com. Oribe has always known how to do big, beautiful hair and this finishing spray is no exception. It thickens hair from root to end without any stickiness. To turn up the volume even more, add heat. The formula contains the brand’s signature complex of watermelon, lychee and edelweiss flower to guard hair from oxidative stress, photoaging and keratin deterioration, plus prevents damage and dehydration.
Marc Anthony Volumizing Clay Hair Mask, $8.99, ulta.com. Use this mask once a week to deeply cleanse your scalp and hair to remove buildup, unclog pores and refresh the scalp and roots. The triple clay formula has three clays—Moroccan lava, bentonite and kaolin—to detoxify the scalp and eliminate excess oils. Hair is left shiny with a natural lift at the roots.
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