We've all experienced those days when our hair doesn't want to do anything but lay flat and lifeless. Waking up to a lack luster mane is no way to start the day, especially when we are all familiar with the extra confidence that fluffy, hair-flip worthy locks provide. If you have tried every 'volumizing' shampoo and potion available at the drugstore, it may be time to try some unconventional methods.
Whether you're prone to greasy roots or just want to make your blowouts last longer, these simple hacks are easy for every day use and will not damage your hair! Try these simple tips and you'll be reaching your #hairgoals in no time.
Baking Soda //
Baking soda, often used as an at-home dry shampoo ingredient, is perfect for quickly adding volume to your roots. Many women who also use the no-poo method use baking soda as a substitute for regular shampoo because it clarifies your hair by removing any buildup on your scalp. For your quick root boost, sprinkle just a little bit into your part and any other area you want volume, then pat into your scalp, evenly distributing it throughout your head. The baking soda will absorb any oil already on your scalp and will continue to absorb it throughout the day. Be careful to not use too much baking soda, because your hair will start to look ashen and gray!
And if you really want a boost, mix baking soda with water in a squirt bottle and spray your hair until it is lightly damp (especially at the roots). Then, blow dry upside down; you'll be impressed at these results.
Dry Shampoo //
Speaking of dry shampoo, this next-day hair saver is also really great for clean hair. After washing and blowdrying (or air drying, depending on how much time you have), spray dry shampoo into your roots and massage into your scalp. The dry shampoo will give your hair an extra boost while also creating some texture. If you're prone to getting greasy hair throughout the day, the dry shampoo will keep your hair clean, fluffy and voluminous all day long.
We're not talking about an eighties revival, so keep reading! While this method might seem archaic, gently teasing back your hair at the roots is a great way to achieve heat-free volume. We don't suggest this for every day use because it's not fun to get out in the shower, so save this approach for special events. Make sure you use conditioner to get out any knots! You can use a wide tooth comb for a more subtle look, but if you want to go all out, use a tooth brush at your roots for optimal volume.
Change Your Part //
We all have a part that our hair naturally falls into every day. By switching up your part to the other side, you are forcing your hair to go against its natural growth direction. Since your hair isn't used to this, it will resist a little and push back, giving you some va-va-volume.
Blow-Dry Upside Down //
You'd be surprised at the difference it makes when you blow-dry your hair upside down. Blow-drying in general gives more volume, but blow-drying upside down causes your roots to dry upward. If you're using a volumizing mousse beforehand, it will sculpt your hair as it dries to keep the volume all day.
Use Clarifying Shampoo Once a Week //
If you're looking to add volume to your hair, you've probably already tried endless shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and mousses promising volume. Many of these products work, but after a while, our hair gets bogged down with residue, creating the opposite of volume. That's why it's important to cleanse our hair of the buildup once a week! Most brands carry shampoos that are specifically labeled as "clarifying," but you can also try organic shampoos that are sulfate and paraben free to naturally cleanse your hair and give your locks a break from harsh chemicals.
Only Apply Conditioner at the Ends of Your Hair //
Many of us make the mistake of using too much conditioner at the roots, weighing down our hair drastically. Conditioner should be applied primarily at the ends of the hair, especially if you are prone to greasy hair. Of course, if you have knots from teasing, use conditioner at the roots but make sure you follow up with another shampooing to remove any extra residue.
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