We strive for the kind of hair that's so voluminous, it won't even fit in a selfie—hair so big, it can't be confined to the size constraints of an Instagram picture. Big hair has never gone out of style—sure, '80s-style sky-high bangs and overworked hair have thankfully fizzled out, but looking back over time, big, voluminous locks have withstood each decade, from Clara Bow to Beyoncé.
While each decade has had a different take on big hair (teasing, spraying, lifting, etc.), today's volume is all about taking your hair to healthy heights—no frying or over-spraying involved. And thankfully, the key to achieving this va-va-voom volume isn't infusing the hair with secrets à la Gretchen Weiners—nay, there's no secret to having big, beautiful hair. Don't believe us? We tapped the brains of some of the best hairstylists to find out how to rock a big, bouncy mane any day of the week. Ahead, check out their best root-lifting tips.
"My tips for mega volume definitely go back to old-school methods such as Velcro rollers, hot rollers, and pin curls. I feel like there is no better way to get extra volume than blasting the hair with heat (whether that be with a blow-dryer or iron), then setting it and letting the hair cool down," says Nunzio Saviano salon stylist Lauren Thompson. "Velcro rollers and hot rollers are awesome to put in the hair after blow-drying each section. Keep them in your hair while you get ready and do your makeup, and then take them out before you walk out the door. When I do this, my hair will hold the volume all night!"
"Rough-drying hair upside down allows gravity to lift the strands away from your scalp, making it even easier to get at the roots as a means to create a full, bouncy style as quick as possible. Work a handful of Arrojo Volume Foam ($19) through hair before flipping over and blast dry. Once dry, spray in Refinish Dry Shampoo ($26) to give the hair an instant boost of body and movement," says Nick Arrojo, owner of Arrojo Salon.
Also, celebrity hairstylist Vernon Francois says it's okay to get a little wild with your drying style. "In the drying process, use a hair dryer in all directions—get a rhythm going, forwards, backward, side to side, and cover all angles for maximum results."
This new product from Living Proof is the be-all, end-all of volumizing sprays. Stylist and Living Proof creative director Michael Shaun Corby swears by the spray for a variety of volume, from sexy, tousled waves to a more uniform look. The secret to the body-boosting product is patent-pending expandable, textured aero-spheres called ETAs—bigger than industry-standard ingredients for fuller hair than you've ever been able to achieve with another product alone.
It's all about where you choose to separate your hair (if at all). Says Francois, "If you wear your hair with a center parting, make the parting a bit shorter or take it out altogether. This will encourage hair to 'stand up' more instead of lying flat against the parting line."
Not a middle-part kind of person? No problem. "A deep side part can help to create volume, and tucking one side under the ear gives the illusion of length," he explains.
Says Francois, "For tightly curled and kinky hair types, use your fingers to gently pull hair taught at the root, then apply a little bit of gentle heat with a hair dryer for one or two seconds at the root to help stretch it out ever so slightly. It gives a great finish, refreshes the style, and maximizes volume."
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