How do I add more volume to my hair?
I do have to say since my huge issue is keeping the volume down, most all of my methods are all about weighting tightly curly hair down to make it manageable. However, there are times when we want gorgeous, huge hair, or if you have wavier hair and would like more volume, here are a few tips:
I would not go for volumizing shampoos. They tend to assume hair is oily, so they can be harsh and drying, have little conditioning in them, and often put extra ingredients that can make your hair feel sticky. You don't want to hurt your hair. And I'm not sure about volumizing conditioners. Any conditioner that says it won't weigh your hair down might be good. It depends on the ingredients in the conditioner. Some "volumizing" ones put it sticky stuff to make your hair strands stand apart, but it's bad for our hair and builds up over time.
Depending on how curly your hair is, I'm going to suggest a few things that could work, but how well each suggestion works depends on how much curl you have (or don't have):
*You could just use one of the rinsing conditioners as your combing/leave in conditioner. These are very light and watery. They may help a little with definition, but they won't weigh your hair down nearly as much as the ones I recommend to leave in your hair (I recommend the ones to leave in your hair on the site because they weigh down the hair).
If you have pretty tight curls, another option is to use a good combing conditioner that's very light. So it's slippery enough to help you comb your curls, and then it mostly evaporates. I don't have one of these types of conditioners on the site yet, but I'm hoping to have one on there soon (it's on the list of products I'm going to try out)
*Another option is to rinse whatever conditioner part way out of your hair. Or just rinse it all out of your hair, and when your hair is wet, run your fingers through it a bunch of times to define your curls. Without the conditioner, your hair will be bigger.
*Another way to get more volume is in the morning, misting your hair until it's pretty damp, then smoothing your hands over your hair to evenly distribute the water. The extra moisture often causes our hair to get bigger.
*Also, when your hair is dry, flip your head upside down and finger comb at the scalp for volume. Shake your head really hard when it's upside down. Sort of run your hands over your hair from the back of your neck, up-- when it's hanging upside down to fluff it up.
*You could also take your hair when it's dry, hold the tip of each curl in one hand, and open up the rest of that curl, stopping at the end (leaving the end of the curl still together). This gives you big hair, but since you leave in the curls at the ends, it will still have a defined look, but that might make your hair huge. This is what I did for the "Big"
pictures on the site.
I wouldn't do any of these things all together, unless you were wanting huge volume. Try them one at a time before combining any of them. Depending on how much curl you have, these could make giant hair, but it could also make your hair get really matted, so use caution. When I made my hair big by pulling my curls apart for another set of photos, and didn't have any conditioner in it either, it looked really cool. But it got bigger and bigger, and then began to mat up within hours, especially in the curly parts in the back. So be careful with this.