Give your limp locks some extra oomph.
Is your hair lacking volume? Don't fret, we've got you covered! We tapped expert hairdresser and L'Oreal Professionnel Artist Ron Lopez to share his best tips on how to fake volume and bounce on hair that looks dull and flat. Fine-haired ladies, keep reading to discover how to give your mane the body and fullness it deserves!
Step One: Prep Your Canvas
The first step in adding volume to your limp strands begins in the shower (or at the shampoo station of your local salon) with volumizing shampoos and conditioners. Lopez likes to start with L'Oreal Professionnel Volumetry Shampoo. "This shampoo is specifically designed to prep fine hair for volume and contains ingredients that help control oil production," Lopez says. Why should you care about excess oil production? Aside from a greasy-looking scalp, excessive oils can make hair appear even thinner while weighing it down. No thank you! After cleansing the roots thoroughly, he follows with L'Oreal Professionnel Volumetry Conditioner on the ends of the hair and rinses once more.
Step Two: Pick the Right Styling Products
Styling products are key for boosting volume to fine hair in a pinch. Lopez recommends applying L'Oreal Professionnel Volumetry Root Spray for a little extra lift at the scalp. Next, apply L'Oreal Professionnel Densité thickening primer to the mid-lengths and ends of damp hair. "I think of Densité as the 'cheeseburger for your hair," Lopez says. "It helps fatten up each strand."
Step Three: Blow-Dry for Volume
Fine hair could use all the lift it can get at the roots. "Start the blow-dry by lifting the hair at the root and pointing the blowdryer right at the scalp to get most of the moisture out," Lopez says. Use a medium-sized ceramic round brush while you blow-dry, as this can help create bouncy curls. Once the curls are cooled, break up the sections with your fingers.
Expert tip: If you want a little extra support, Lopez recommends using a small crimping iron at the root of small horizontal sections on the top of the head. "Crimp about an inch of the root on the first section, skip the next, and alternate until you reach about an inch and a half from the front hairline," he says. "Since the sections taken are so fine, mixed with skipping every other, this creates a hidden "tease" at the root without having to actually tease it."
Step Four: Hold Your Style in Place
By now, your strands should look pretty voluminous and bouncy. Don't lose momentum! Keep it all in place with a few spritzes of hairspray. Lopez also likes to "smoke" L'Oreal Professionnel True Grip at the root. "I do this by holding the bottle upright and squeezing to give little puffs of True Grip powder," he says. To finish your desired look, lightly massage the roots and move your hair into place with a flat brush or your fingers. A quick hair flip (for good measure) and you're ready to hit the town!