There are certain things in life that you can just never get enough of: Green juices, free workout classes and (perhaps most of all) voluminous hair. You probably have an arsenal of products that add texture, but wouldn't it be easier to get down to the root (pun intended) of the problem? Follow these 8 pro tips to add long-lasting body, so you have the volume you want from the start.
"One of the most common causes of limp hair is applying conditioner too closely to the roots. Coat only your mid-lengths and ends (where it's needed most) to prevent the whole strand from feeling too weighed down," says Anabel Kingsley, Philip Kingsley hair & scalp expert.
"People with fine hair need texture to create body, so rinsing your hair with hot water will open up your cuticle and give each strand a slightly rougher finish," says Edgar Parra of Sally Hershberger .
"If you're using a blowdryer, flip your head over and dry your hair with your hands—lifting at the root works great for creating effortless body," says celebrity hairstylist John Ruggiero.
"To prevent breakage, which reduces your hair's volume, avoid using bristle brushes as these can tear away sections of your hair cuticle. Choose a cushioned, vented brush with rounded prongs and always detangle your hair starting at the ends and gradually working up to the root," says Kingsley.
"Many people backcomb their hair for added volume, and while this does give immediate body, avoid the temptation! Backcombing can dramatically reduce density over time as it causes extensive damage and breakage," says Kingsley.
"Strategic layers always boost hair's movement and if you add subtle layers to the top of the crown, they can give you tremendous volume," says Parra. "Avoid single-length haircuts, as they tend to lack volume unless heavily styled," he adds.
"If you've worn your hair in a center part for years, try moving it over to the left or right for instant volume," says Parra.
"Make sure the room you sleep in is at a cool and comfortable temperature since a hot environment can cause your scalp to sweat, resulting in flat hair when you wake up," says Kingsley.
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