Celebrity hairstylists are responsible for basically all the most covetable hairstyles. Come on, people, you remember “The Rachel”? We can pretty much guarantee that every enviable style you spotted on a TV show, red carpet or movie screen was the result of a celebrity mane master working his or her hair magic. And stylist Mara Roszak, who counts stars such as Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Emma Stone as top clients, is basically a wizard!
So when we needed some advice on what it takes to get our hair out of a winter funk (or just out from under a hat) and into spring mode, we went straight to the source. We quizzed Mara on how to add volume to your hair (specifically if yours is fine or thin), and here’s what she had to say.
1. How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
Try to go every other day without shampooing, though if hair needs to be rinsed or just conditioned on a daily basis, that’s OK.
2. Is There Any Disadvantage to Washing Your Hair Daily?
Your hair tends to get used to being washed on a daily basis and could start to produce more oils and, in turn, feel greasier faster. I do believe if you go from daily washes to at least every other day, your hair will adjust to that schedule and you may find [the daily wash isn’t] necessary. Hair can also dry out from being washed daily. Using a sulfate-free shampoo helps ensure you aren't overwashing -- starting in the shower.
3. What’s the Deal With Conditioner - Should You Use It All Over?
Typically, every time hair is washed, it should be conditioned in my opinion. For fine hair that is dry, use a moisturizing conditioner and apply it to the ends only. In the shower, comb the conditioner through, starting mid-length, and then rinse it out.
4. What’s the Best Way to Style for Volume? Air-Dry, Blow-Dry, Combo?
Overstyling the hair can cause it to fall flat. Allow hair to air-dry at least 50 percent, then rough-dry the rest. It’s best to set the hair dryer on medium power and flip your head upside down for a few seconds while drying. Once hair is 90 percent dry, styling with a round brush will create a more polished look.
5. What Techniques Should We Try to Create Polished Volume With a Round Brush?
When round-brush blow-drying, start at the top of the head and then lay each section over to the opposite side to cool (clip if necessary to keep sections clean), and work your way down the head. This gives the hair extra volume at the roots when the sections are brought down.
6. What Should You Know Before You Attempt to Use Texturizing and Volumizing Products?
It's best to not use products that will weigh too heavy on the hair. Try thickening shampoos and conditioners, which are specifically designed to give natural volume to hair. And when applying styling products to fine hair, it's best to err on the light side in terms of amount of product -- more can always be added. Unless the product is specifically a root boost or mousse, it should be applied to the ends first, then worked into the rest of the hair, staying off the direct roots.
7. What Are Your Go-To Volumizing Tools?
The best de-tangling brush is the Sheila Stotts brush. It gets out knots easily without breaking the hair. Any brush that doesn’t have the tiny balls at the ends of the bristles works, as well. For round brushes, I prefer boar bristle -- it’s gentler on the hair.
8. Fringe Is in! Is There a Secret to Cutting Bangs Without Thinning Out Hair?
Bangs can work great on fine hair. It’s better if they are cut a bit thicker and not texturized with thinning shears. When the bangs start to separate or feel a bit greasy, dry shampoo is good for re-fluffing and absorbing excess oil -- a perfect refresher.
9. Are Layers a Must?
Layers are helpful because they add movement and volume to hair. Make sure the layers are on the longer side -- nothing shorter than chin length all around -- because shorter layers tend to get too choppy and cut too far into the thickness of the hair. Longer layers add just enough movement for the appearance of volume.