Let’s be real: Is there any girl in the world who didn’t wish she had princess-worthy voluminous, flowing tresses? Probably not. We blame all the beloved cartoons of our childhood for creating such a deep-rooted beauty desire. Luckily, whether or not you actually have thick hair, you can easily fake the appearance of a voluminous mane. So, get excited for your most eye-catching, head-turning hair yet! Incorporate these nine hair tips into your daily routine for a head-turning look.
1. Always Use Heat Protectant
This should be pretty obvious by now: Using heat tools set to high temps can potentially cause hair damage. That’s why it’s so important to use a thermal protectant before you break out your blow-dryer or curling iron. Spritz the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Blow Out HeatSpray, which provides heat protection and volume, onto damp hair before styling.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Mousse
Of course, you don’t want crunchy hair reminiscent of the ‘80s. But that doesn’t mean you have to steer clear of mousse altogether. When you use the right one, it can help to add volume sans stiffness. Apply an egg-sized dollop of the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Ruffled Body Mousse to wet hair and let it air dry.
3. Change Up Your Blow-Drying Method
Blow-drying seems like a pretty mindless activity, right? Just flip your hair over, blast some warm air on it, and you’re good to go. When it comes to pumping up the volume, though, you’ll want to tweak your basic method a bit. Instead of blow-drying your hair straight down, grab a round brush to dry your hair in sections extended at a right angle from your head.
4. Air Dry Your Locks
Think it’s impossible to achieve volume without a blow-dryer? Think again! Even if you have straight or flat hair, you can get gorgeous waves. Apply the L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to wet hair and let it air dry. For loose waves, braid your hair until it dries.
5. Set Hairstyling Oils Aside
While a styling serum or oil can help to add shine to your strands, these types of products generally make your hair look slick—not voluminous. Instead, opt for mousses, wave sprays, and texturizing sprays to help add some body to limp strands.
6. Get Highlights
Thinking about coloring your hair? Well, highlights can help to add dimension to your hair, so ask your colorist about them the next time you go to the salon. There are so many low-maintenance techniques you can choose from, like ombré and balayage.
7. Say Hello to Dry Shampoo
If you spent time and money on a blowout, you can extend the life of your style by spraying on some dry shampoo. Worried about grease? Dry shampoo can help to absorb excess oil at the roots and add a little bit of extra texture. Try the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo, which is formulated with three refined clays to help absorb excess oil at the roots and instantly refresh hair. Hold the can six to eight inches away from your head, and spray the dry shampoo directly onto oily roots, then lightly through the rest of your hair, brushing through.
8. Switch Up Your Shampoo and Conditioner
When you do wash your hair, consider using a thickening shampoo and conditioner, like the L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner. Both are formulated with amino acid complex and when used together can help weak, thinning hair look thicker. Gently massage the shampoo into wet hair, then rinse. Follow up with the conditioner, leaving it on for one to two minutes, then rinse.
9. Add Waves or Curls
When it comes to the perfect hairstyle to fake thicker-looking hair, simply grab a curling wand or a set of rollers to create a head full of classic curls or more laidback beachy waves. The subtle twists and turns will give the illusion of thicker, fuller hair that’s perfect for any occasion.