How to Get More Volume in Your Hair

June 9, 2015

How to get more volume in your hair

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Like every girl, I’ve had a seemingly endless battle with making my hair work for me rather than against me. I feel like in the past year I finally, finally got more of a handle on it and as my body chemistry has changed due to thyroid disease, I’ve had to make some edits to products and my routine but today I thought I’d share how I achieve volume in my hair as I feel like this is something every girl is looking to achieve. (Seriously, how DO we get that just-had-a-blowout look!?)

1. Wash your hair at night.

I know this flattens some people’s hair but for me it helps in a MAJOR way to tame my hair and make it easier to work with from a styling standpoint. I shower at night using a different mix of shampoos + conditioners each time (and try to only wash my 3-4 times a week). My favorite combos include this Oribe set, this Amika shampoo used with this Garnier conditioner and this Head + Shoulders. (Yes, my shower is absolutely full of too many products.)

2. Use the right cocktail of styling products.

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Travel size products are perfect for figuring out what works best for your hair. After towel drying my hair, I put in Living Proof PHD Styling Cream, Living Proof Frizz Serum and KMS California Quick Dry Spray to help speed up drying time. Also, at Grace’s recommendation, I just started using this Oribe mousse for extra volume, too if your hair falls into the fine category. Then blow dry your hair with a round brush but don’t worry about straightening it or styling it. Just blow dry + sleep on it.

3. Dry Shampoo is your BFF.

I’ve sung its praises many a time, but the DryBar Detox Dry Shampoo is my saving grace. I spray this on my roots as I finish my makeup and then brush it through before starting to style my hair.

4. Curl your hair in sections.

I split my hair in half and first curl the right half of my hair and then the left. Spray it with your favorite hair spray and then I curl the pieces around the crown of my head. This part is key to getting volume. Use your fingers to tousle the curls after finishing curling your face framing pieces and the other top sections of your hair. I use this Chi Automatic Rotating Curler. It is a-w-e-s-o-m-e.

5. Set your hair and texturize it.

After I use hairspray, as mentioned above, I use a setting + shine spray. Spray it first standing up and then flip your hair over and spray it with your head turned over. Lift your hair up and use your fingers to finish styling. As a last – but super important step – use a texturizing spray. I spray mine at my roots and work it into my hair with my hands and on days when needed, a volumizing comb. It gives my hair the added boost it needs and ensures volume lasts throughout the day. You can also carry a travel size to use before your evening plans as a refresher.


A few misc. items that I thought worth mentioning, too: I take these vitamins a few times a week and also regularly work hair masks into my routine. I’ll share a few of my favorites in the coming week. Additionally, I always, always comb my conditioner through with a comb I keep in the shower and then clip it back while I was my face so the conditioner has time to set prior to rinsing.

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Note: I link to a lot of Oribe products here and this post is in no way sponsored by them but I truly swear by their products and believe they have helped me to have my best hair. The products are expensive but have proven 100% worthwhile for me, personally. 

[Bekka Palmer Photography]

p.s a VERY happy 30th birthday to my BFF Andrea!! Love you so much!

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  1. Ally says:

    I’ve always struggled to get volume out of my hair so I appreciate the tips. It’s a constant struggle!

    Xo Ally

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