So I have written about getting defined curls and now I Think it’s time to get voluminous curls. My preference changes all the time sometimes I want big fluffy curls and other times I want beautifully defined ringlets. Both are beautiful and it is possible to have defined voluminous hair but usually, your hair (or my hair at least) tends to lean to one side or the other. In some ways its easy, more product=more definition// less product=more volume, but there is more to the story. In this post, I’m going to give you some amazing tricks to get perfect big voluminous hair.
As we all know, your hair starts at your roots and so does your volume. If you have a lot of hair or very long hair this can weigh it down because it is heavier making your roots look flat. There are three ways to combat this issue. Method 1: Get a haircut. Now I’m not suggesting you hack off all of your hair like a crazy person, but getting some layers can help give your hair more volume and better shape. Method 2: hair clips. Now I love watching YouTube videos where people go to the hairdressers that are specifically for curly hair and get a DevaCut or a colour or anything at the hairdresser’s, I find it so informative. One thing that the hairdressers always do is after washing the hair and before blowdrying it they will get some metal hair clips and clip all of the hair right at the root so the roots can’t dry flat to the scalp. This helps to give your hair more volume and can make your hair look thick and bouncy. Method 3: Shake it out. If you don’t want to go out and buy clips or get a haircut, one thing I do for volume is letting my hair dry partially upside down. What I do is after washing my hair or refreshing it with a spray bottle, I will shake my hair upside down and give it a good shake from the roots. Similar to the clips, this stops my hair from laying flat against my scalp at the roots and is a great way to add volume. I will probably shake it out two or 3 times for 30 seconds flipping my head back up in between so that all the blood doesn’t rush to my head. After this, whatever parting I have had my hair in while it is wet, after it has dried, I will create a parting on the other side to give it some added volume in the front.
The tools you use can do wonders for the amount of volume that you have. You might have seen people on YouTube using an afro comb after their hair has dried as a way of styling it. Don’t be deceived by the name, this is not only for people with an afro or afro hair. Even people with curly hair can use an afro comb. We all know about shrinkage and how our curls can shrink over 50% of their actual length, not only can this make your hair look short but it can also make it look more compact and less voluminous. To overcome this use an afro comb to pick out your hair. To do this take an afro comb and comb from your root outwards. Youshould not be combing down the length of your hair as this will cause frizz but just pull your comb through around 2-3 inches. This will stop your hair sticking to your scalp and will also allow you to stretch out your curls reducing the shrinkage slightly. This will make your hair look a lot fuller and give it tonnes more volume, just be sure not to be too rough so you don’t rip out your hair.
You want to use lighter products that won’t weigh your hair down. For me, I find applying smoothing oils etc helps give me good volume rather than using thick butter like shea butter or oils like castor oil, these are better for enhancing definition. When it comes to volume a little bit of frizz is good. So far my method for increasing the volume in my hair has been using the Garnier Ultimate Blends Coconut Hair Oil for Frizzy Hair 150 ml and refreshing sprays. I love this oil because it absorbs really well and is a cocoa butter scent which is my absolute favourite. Also, products like mousse can be really helpful because they are lightweight and foaming which can help to lift your roots and add body to your hair. Many people also use salt sprays etc, but this depends on your curls and hair type. If you have wavy/ curly hair this can be a great way to add more volume because it gives your hair texture and hold. Another issue as to why your hair might be lacking volume and looking a little bit limp is it has product build-up, less is really more when you want volume over definition. To overcome this, try using a clarifying shampoo. Many brands that cater for curly hair have these such as Shea Moisture, Bumble and Bumble, Cantu, so check them out here.
I really hope you found this post helpful. If there’s a topic you’d like me to cover, or you want some help or advice with your curls, let me know in the comments below.
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– Paris x