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Volume Boosters: How to get bigger hair

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May 292019
By Lisa Haynes
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Volumizing hair tricks you need to know about - and the cheat products to pump up the volume, fast

Forget fine hair days, if Big Hair days are what you’re looking for, adding volume is easier than you might think (when you know how that is…).

Sometimes no amount of tousling and teasing can stop fine hair falling as flat as a pancake by the end of the day. Sound familiar? While you can’t change the structure of your hair shaft, tweaking the right prep and products can add major volume to your hair - that actually lasts. Win, win.

If you fall into the fine hair camp, read on to discover how you can add volume and get bigger hair for summer and beyond.


ADD VOLUME: HOW TO BOOST FINE HAIR

When it comes to fine hair, you need to start with the foundations, i.e. the roots, to build on achieving the illusion of bigger hair. That all starts with your shampoo and conditioner regime.

Fine hair can often appear oilier than thick hair so you may find you need to wash it more frequently than the average hair type. Why? Because the hair shaft is smoother and less porous than course or dry hair, the oils can sit visibly on top of your hair, hence the ‘greasy’ look.

Use a volumizing shampoo and conditioner that’s designed especially with fine hair in mind and won’t weigh your hair down (bye-bye, flat hair). We recommend Total Results High Amplify Shampoo and Conditioner, which adds instant all-over body so you get thicker looking locks. 

Total Results Haircare High Amplify Shampoo Total Results Haircare High Amplify Conditioner


6 TRICKS TO BIGGER HAIR

1. THE ILLUSION HAIRCUT

Fine, limp hair can look instantly more voluminous with the right haircut and style. For instance, strategically placed layers can add the illusion of texture and movement. Ask your hairdresser for recommendations on the best cuts and styles to create the impression of added volume and texture.

2. THE BLOW-DRY BOOSTER

You can achieve twice as much fullness in your hair with the right drying technology and techniques. Always use a nozzle to concentrate and direct the hair towards the scalp at the roots. This causes the root to stand up rather than fall flat so you’re creating volume where it counts.

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3. THE VOLUMISING PREP

The biggest difference between a salon blow-dry and DIY blow-dry? The longevity. Prep products, like volume sprays and mousses are the secret ingredient to creating volume that lasts. Look for volumising styling products that add body but don’t weight the hair down (see our pro product picks below).

4. THE BRUSH TRICKS

When your hair is about 80-90% dry, use a round brush to help direct the hair dryer onto the hair. Pull it up with the brush and blow it upwards into the roots. Always make sure that your hair is completely dry so that your hair doesn’t droop back straight after your blow-dry.

5. THE UPSIDE DOWN TECHNIQUE

If you’re not big on blow-drying (and you’re short on time), try tipping your hair upside down to dry it. Drying your hair upside down almost ‘retrains’ the angle that the root falls so you get the illusion of bigger hair. Note that leaving your hair to air dry can cause it to fall flat.

6. THE BIG HAIR DIET

A deficiency in iron can be a cause of hair thinning, especially in women. Help feed your follicles with a diet that’s rich in leafy greens, whole grains, meat and other animal products, like eggs or dairy. You could also consider a hair supplement to help boost your intake of hair boosting vitamins like iron, zinc and biotin.

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See more pro tips on adding volume and thickness to fine hair, here...

5 BIG HAIR HERO PRODUCTS

Want bigger hair - and fast? These are the Matrix styling products that the pros love to volumise hair. Add them to your big hair kit…

Style Link Volume Fixer Volume Hairspray: “This is a great hairspray if you need to re-work your look. It doesn’t weigh fine hair down and the hairstyle still has movability.” - Christian Wiles, Matrix Artistic Director UKI

Total Results High Amplify Wonder Boost: “Definitely a must-have to give hold and lift to the root area without leaving it feeling sticky.” - Ross Taylor, Matrix Artistic Director UKI

Style Link Height Riser: “I love the texture and volume this product gives to hair. It works great on long or short hair for hold.” - Rosie Binns, Matrix Guest Artist UKI

Style Link Volume Builder: “This is a brilliant volumizing hair mousse that’s flexible but holds great, so you get touchable volume.” - Ria Kulik, Matrix Artistic Educator UKI

Style Link Styling Volume Fixer Style Link Styling Height Riser Style Link Styling Volume Builder Total Results Haircare High Amplify Wonder Boost



CLICK HERE to see more products that the pros love for fighting frizzy hair days...


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