5 tips for creating volume
5 Tips for Creating Volume
Everyone wants a little volume in their hair. I mean, big hair has lots of perks: it keeps your ears warm, muffles unwanted noise, you can hide things in it, but most of all it just looks good.
So how do you create volume? Well, I’m glad you asked. Here are 5 tips to create volume in your curly hair.
1. Root Clips
When your hair is halfway dry (or halfway wet? Get it? Like, glass half full or half empty? I never said I wasn’t corny) take some clips and gently clip up your roots. Doing this will allow your hair shaft to dry while propped up, so when you remove the clips, you’re hair will remain in that position. Similar to how you get waves when you braid your hair while wet.
Check out this YouTube video by Janelle O'Shaughnessy:
2. Scrunch/diffuse upside down
Scrunching dry your hair with a microfiber towel or diffusing your hair upside down will help those roots stay lifted. It’s similar to the above concept of just letting your roots dry while propped up. You can even clip your roots before this step to really lock in the volume.
We like to use the My Soigne microfiber towel and hair diffuser to dry our curls!
3. Separate curl clumps
We all love big, juicy curl clumps. It’s what we strive for at wash day right? The bigger the clump, the healthier our hair, and the more definition we have. But, as lovely as the curl clumps are, they don’t give you volume.
So, once our hair is completely dry, we need to gently separate those clumps. And let me tell you, separating them feels so good. Like, it’s therapeutic. Try it - I know you’ll think so too.
To gently separate your curl clumps take an oil - it can be olive oil, jojoba oil, something like Tropicgyal Naturals hair sealant or Righteous Root Oil. It’s important to use oil for this to minimize frizz (because creating volume will undoubtedly create some frizz - embrace it). Rub a little between your palms. Now that your hands are oiled up, go in and slowly separate the clumps.
4. Fluff with hair pic
This is easy and always fun. Find a hair pick and go at it! Remember, the more you fluff, pick, and tossle your hair, the more frizz you’ll create. Like I said earlier, frizz is not a bad thing. Personally, I’ll take frizzy volume over frizzless definition, but everyone is different. You may want to figure out the look you’re going for before you go too crazy.
To fluff, I recommend going in at your roots, and slowly raising the pick to lift your roots. Do this all around the crown of your hair. For added volume, flip your hair upside down and pick your underlayers. You may even want to go in and fluff in between the bottom layer and crown of your hair.
5. Sleep in pineapple
Last but not least, the pineapple! A pineapple is basically wearing your curls in a loose ponytail that sits on top of your head. It’s a common way for curly girls to sleep with their curls so they don’t get all messy overnight.
But why is this good for volume? Because sleeping in a ponytail on top of your head lifts your roots. When you take your hair down in the morning your roots will be nice and lifted from sitting in that position all night.
Know some other tips I didn't mention? Leave it in the comments!