How to Get Volume on Hair Naturally

by Noelene Peters
[ Hair Stylist and Salon Owner ]

I just love sharing my knowledge with you when it comes to articles like this. 

There’s no research involved for me as this is my passion and it comes so naturally.

Not only do I get to give you a few tips we use in Sunny South Africa for volume in your hair, but you help bring back forgotten information to me that I get to relive and share with my clients again in the salon.

I do tend to get carried away so I hope I do not repeat myself.

Apart from using styling tools and styling aids, it is possible to create volume naturally in your hair the old-fashioned way.

Some of the techniques may not be quick and you may have to sleep overnight with your hair up or in clips but it does work.

Not all of us like using products or tools to get volume and it’s ok to want a style that doesn’t look like a “salon set”.  A lot of us prefer a more natural look.

To make this article a quick read for you, I have decided to list the various home remedies for creating volume naturally in your hair with some do’s and don’ts.

  • Don’t over wash your hair.  This means don’t wash every day, try and shampoo twice or three times a week if you want volume.  Washing everyday removes a protective layer from your hair resulting in it being weaker and depriving the hair of volume.
  • Shampoo your hair with baking soda, “an old wives’ tale” but it works. Use one part of baking soda to three parts of water.  Wet your hair and apply.  Leave on your hair for 15 min and rinse.  Don’t forget to condition your ends.  The baking soda removes any particles that are weighing the hair down thus giving you volume and bounce that can last a few days.
  • Change your parting. When your hair is styled the same way every day the roots become flat.  If you change the parting everyday the hair is going against itself giving you more volume.
  • Tease/backcomb your hair.

Hold your piece of hair at a 90-degree angle, put your comb in and move it up and down creating a knot at the root.  Let it fall down and do the next sections.  Use a brush to smooth your hair down afterwards.

  • Use the palm of your hands – flip your head upside down and massage the roots while circling your palms to give you more root lift.  The effect will look slightly messy but great if you have a bob cut that just hangs.
  • Dry shampoo is also great for creating volume, it sprays out a powder effect eliminating any oils off the scalp and giving volume.
  • Try not to use too much product on your hair and choose a Mousses for perfect volume or spray else it will weigh your hair down, although we don’t know the Side effects of hair volumizing products.
  • Get a haircut! – whether you have long or short hair, layers will automatically give you volume. Layering your hair whether it is long layers or shorter layers removes the weight off the hair and gives the hair movement. It’s a good idea to play around with your length as well.
  • Before you go to bed, put your hair in a bun but use clips to support it and not an elastic or it will leave a line in the hair the next day. Not only will you get volume off this but also a beautiful natural wave when you wake up.
  • Cut a fringe, it doesn’t need to look like you are in school but some shorter hair in the front always creates more movement and volume
  • Use the correct Shampoo that volumizes hair and conditioner. It's no use using a shampoo for dry coarse hair if you want volume as this will weigh your hair down.
  • Texturizing thick hair creates amazing volume as you are removing excess hair off the head. The shorter pieces immediately give your hair volume.
  • Velcro rollers, you can put these in dry hair and sleep with them in. They give great volume that will last all day.
  • To keep your volume in your hair when you are sleeping, you can put baby powder around your hairline to hold your style or get a satin pillowcase and sleep with that. The hair moves with the pillow case and doesn’t flatten your hair.
  • Coconut oil can also give you volume – its protein retention abilities will add volume and body but it's not a good idea to use it every day.
  • The way you wash your hair – wet your hair with hot water, this opens the cuticle. Apply shampoo only to the roots and clean the scalp then run the excess to the ends. Apply conditioner only to the ends, never the root area.
  • Clip the front of your hair up with a jaw before bed. This gives amazing volume in the morning.  I even clip my hair up while I’m getting ready for work to enhance it.
  • Root lift off the crown, do the same thing, take a jaw and clip the area you want volume to. I always sleep with it in.

I really hope these few tips help you with volume in your hair.  As you can see you don’t always have to use heat or styling aids to get a great look. 

Give it a try!

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