Big, bouncy, beautiful hair is an accessory that every female, no matter what age desires. Unfortunately, some of us weren’t born with the luscious locks that have natural body and volume. For those that were born with a baby fine or limp mane don’t fret, there are plenty of products and tested techniques that will help your hair attain the body you want.
1. In the shower:
Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner. These contain lightweight polymers – agents that cling to hair and plump strands. Try a 2-in-1 version like Pantene Fine Hair Solutions Flat to Volume 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner ($7.50; drugstores) to limit product buildup, which can weigh hair down.
2. Before you dry:
Spritz on a volumizing styler. Spray it onto damp roots (where fullness starts) and then distribute evenly by combing through to your ends. Try John Frieda Luxurious Volume Lavish Lift Root Booster ($6; drugstores).
3. While you dry:
Blow-dry with a big, round brush. Lift hair at the roots and wrap 1-to 2-inch sections around a brush; aim the dryer nozzle upward. We like Goody Nature Advanced Medium Hot Round Brush ($10.50; drugstores).
4. After you dry:
Lock in lift with rollers. Wrap 1-to 2-inch pieces of hair at your crown around a few self-adhering Velcro rollers. Heat with your blow-dryer for 1 minute, then let cool, which helps hold the shape. Gently unroll and shake out with your fingers (brushing flattens).
5. To finish:
Apply a fine layer of hairspray for hold. Mist into the air and walk into it rather than apply directly, to cut down on product buildup and help maintain bounce. Try Garnier Fructis Style Volumizing Anti-Humidity Hairspray ($4.50; drugstores).