Guest Author - Brandi Ford
Many women do not know the proper techniques to create volume in their hair. We have been told for many years to just flip our heads upside down and blow dry it that way. Even though this method does create some volume, it usually doesn't last. Instead, your hair ends up looking rough, not polished and you have no control over the style. If you just tip your head over and let your hair fly while blow drying, then you are going to look like you have volume and the frizzy 80's hair. Nobody is wearing that style nowadays!
The easiest way to create volume in your hair is first – put in your thermal protection. Next, add your voluminous mousse and then dry your hair. You want to gently blow dry your hair in a downward motion.
Next, try to find the cuticle (which is the outermost part of your hair strand). Simply take a strand of your hair and rub down it – it should feel smooth. But when you rub the strand upwards, it feels rough - this is the cuticle. Think about your hair strand as having a cuticle that overlaps like shingles on a roof. If you blow up the strand you are going to make the “shingles” stand up and your hair is going to look frizzy. If you blow down the strand you will make the “shingles” lay down smoothly.
Now take your brush and blow dry your hair in a controlled manner, either by brushing your hair in an upward motion to make the root stand up or by flipping your head over and blow drying just the root. At this point we just want to dry the root only.
After the root is dry, clip your hair up and start at the nape of your neck. Then with a brush, preferably a round brush, blow down the hair shaft. Continue up the back of the head in the same manner leaving the crown for last. Blow dry the left and right sides of your head and come back to the crown.
The crown is where you are going to create the volume. Take your brush and with small sections, blow dry your hair lifting straight up from the head. If you have a round brush, you can use it like a hot roller. After the section on the brush is dry, roll it down like a roller (round brush) and use the cool shot on your dryer to set the volume. If you do not have a round brush, then use the cool shot on your dryer while you still have the hair lifted by the brush and aim it at the root to set the volume. Make sure you let the root cool completely, this is the key to achieving volume!
If you still want more volume, you can back comb the root a couple times (also known as teasing) and then smooth down the hair that lays over it. Finish with a spritz of hairspray.
It takes some practice but it is well worth the time and effort you put into your style. You will soon be a pro and will be blow drying your hair with volume in no time.