Doesn’t it seem like the odds are always stacked against your hair? In the winter the weather is dry, making your hair dull and flat. In the spring, rain and humidity—enough said. In the summer you’re faced with hot temperatures and the bright sun. Even your hair needs SPF!
The last thing you really need to do to your hair is add more damage to it. Sadly, blow drying and flat ironing your hair makes matters worse for your precious locks. You’re in luck because there are plenty of ways to style and get volume in your hair without using heat. Here’s how to get volume without heat damage.
Round and cool
If you don’t have a round brush in your beauty arsenal, drop everything and get one! There are two ways you can work with a round brush to minimize heat damage. The first—turn your blow dryer on the cool setting and use the brush on both sides of each section of hair. Twirl the brush in your hand to create natural waves. This technique will lift your locks and create volume.
Another method is to let your hair air dry, and then touch up the roots at the end with a blow dryer. This way you’re minimizing the use of hot tools, but still getting that much-needed volume for just the roots!
The worst thing you can do for your hair if you want volume, is to allow buildup to weigh it down. Clarifying shampoos remove all product buildup to make your hair lightweight and lifted. We love R+Co’s OBLIVION Clarifying Shampoo. Let this shampoo soak into your roots for 1-2 minutes before rinsing, and you won’t need any heat to get mega volume.
Dry shampoo is one of the quickest ways to acquire instant volume. We love Rahua’s Voluminous Dry Shampoo because it uses cassava root starch, which absorbs excess oil and buildup. Fuller’s Earth Clay draws out excess debris, and Star Anise cleanses and freshens the hair. Add volume any time and use it between washes.
You can’t go wrong with beachy texturized waves. Sea salt gives volume to your hair by creating a minor curling effect that can lift the hair at the roots. Apply all over for a relaxed, beachy look. Our favorite sea salt spray is Captain Blankenship’s Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray. The all-natural and high-quality ingredients will give you volume and texture without the crunch.
Texture, texture, texture
Texture is your friend when it comes to volume. If you hair is looking flat or dull, a texturizing serum will give it some body that can mimic volume. Rahua’s Freestyle Texturizer creates tousled hair and builds volume, body, and flexible hold. Rahua oil, shea butter, and corn starch add hydration and texture.
Kate Wilke is a 200-RYT yoga instructor, meditation teacher, and Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. She teaches and works with clients in Nashville, TN. She believes in self-care in the form of colorful, healthy cooking, daily walks with her dog, and a glass of red wine. Follow her on Instagram — @meditatekate