31 Aug How to get volume that lasts
Voluminous waves have dominated the hair scene this Summer and look set to continue into Autumn. This season is going to be all about structuring the waves for a more sophisticated look and pulling them back into tousled up-dos.
Whilst achieving waves is now much easier with a wide range of salt sprays and double barrelled tongs available, avoiding limp and lifeless locks is a little more tricky.
The key to achieving volume that stays, either for an up-do or down, it to take the time to build it up. If it takes you 5 minutes to do, it will take 5 minutes to drop out!
How to get volume:
Start with your hair freshly washed and damp. Apply a thickening and lifting product and comb through thoroughly. When applying, take care not to put any on the roots along your parting as this can make your hair look greasy. Just apply it through the mid section and ends and also the roots of the under layers. My favourite product for this is ‘Small Talk’ by Tigi Bedhead.
Next you need to blow dry your hair. Do this in layers, lifting up and away at the roots as you go (a large barrel brush is useful here). Once dried, you need to backcomb the under layers to gain some height. A backcoming brush is essential here, luckily Primark do a great pink one for £1!
To get volume that stays you need to use a good backcombing technique. Work in layers just as you would if you were straightening your hair, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Take a small section of hair, pull it TIGHT and away from the head, then tease it at the roots. Don’t be frightened to do it hard! Keep your strokes short and quick and spray each section with hairspray AFTER you have backcombed it, not before. The thickening product will make your hair stick and backcomb really well. Work your way up layer by layer until you get to your parting, leaving the top layer untouched. If you are straightening or curling your hair, do each layer after you have backcombed it. Brush down the hair to smooth and spray with hairspray to finish.
Voila, amazing volume!
Feature image: Erin Hetherington for Victoria’s Secret.