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8 Tips to Get Poof-Free Fluffy Hair

Say hello to high-volume hair.
May 19, 2023

When it comes to everyday hairstyles, stepping out with a full head of healthy, fluffy, voluminous-looking hair is always a stunning look. While the idea of fluffy hair may not sound desirable at first (especially when it gets hot outside), this hairdo is all about body, movement and volume with a lived-in look. Like all things in the beauty world, there is an art to achieving an effortless, fluffy hairstyle, but with a few tips and the right techniques, you’ll be well on your way to rocking this high-volume ‘do in no time. Read on as we share eight ways to achieve fluffy hair without poof, frizz or static.

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What Is Fluffy Hair?

Fluffy hair is considered to be a style that is the happy medium between a messy texture and a voluminous blowout. So, while your hair sports a smooth, shiny, and bouncy appearance, it has a bit of texture to balance out the look. Overall, fluffy hair doesn’t appear too done up or coiffed, it has a lived-in vibe that feels effortless and even casual. It’s not fluffy in the way you would describe a furry cat or an adorable chubby animal, it’s more about height and volume.  

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What’s the Difference Between Fluffy Hair and Poofy Hair?

It’s common to think of fluffy hair and poofy hair as the same thing but there are key differences that separate the two. Fluffy hair is bouncy and smooth with an intentional volume and texture, whereas poofy hair often refers to strands that have unwanted volume and a frizzy appearance. While fluffy hair can be created by using various hair care and styling techniques, poofy hair naturally occurs depending on your hair type, the texture of your hair and how humid the air is. 

8 Ways to Get the Fluffy Hair Look

These eight tips and techniques will help you to bring your voluminous, fluffy hair dreams to life.


1. Blow Dry Your Hair Upside Down

Since fluffy hair and volume go hand-in-hand, one of the easiest things you can do to achieve the style is to blow dry your hair upside down. This technique works well for long hair and short hair alike because it lifts your roots off of your scalp, which works to enhance volume. Simply flip your hair upside down and dry your hair with a boar bristle brush to get your desired fluffy result.

2. Use Hair Rollers

Hair rollers are another great way to fluff up your strands. This method is a surefire pick to score heatless curls, but it also works wonders to increase volume without relying on harmful hot tools. Roll them into your hair when it’s about 80 percent dry (still slightly damp) or wear them while you sleep to preserve your voluminous ‘do.

3. Reach for a Volumizing Hair Care System

The key to achieving fluffy hair starts in the shower, so swap your go-to shampoo and conditioner for a volume-boosting hair care system to transform your strands. Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Hyaluron + Plump Hydrating Shampoo, Paraben-Free and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Hyaluron + Plump Hydrating Conditioner, Paraben-Free. This duo is formulated with hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture and deeply re-plump dry strands for noticeable bounce, volume and shine.

4. Keep Dry Shampoo on Hand

To amp up the volume and height on your fluffy style, especially at the roots, reach for dry shampoo. Not only will it absorb oils and refresh your hairstyle, but it will add volume and height at the top of your head. We suggest a tinted formula like the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Brown Hair or the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate Free Tinted Dry Shampoo for Blonde Hair so you don’t have to deal with a lingering white cast. 


5. Tease Your Hair

While it may sound retro, teasing your strands comes in handy when you want to achieve a fluffy look. After all, the teasing technique is all about backcombing your hair to build volume and height for a full, bouncy style. 

At the crown of your head, grab a three-inch section of hair and hold it up. Use a fine tooth comb and brush the backside of your hair downwards, towards your scalp. Backcombing works by slightly tangling the hair, which leads to more volume. It’s an especially great trick for short hair, as you only need a little length to tease your strands into a fluffy, lush hairstyle. 

6. Use a Hair Diffuser

One of the simplest ways to fluff up curly hair is to reach for a hair diffuser. This hair tool attachment is especially great for curly strands since it disperses air to gently dry and fluff the hair for a bouncy and healthy set of curls. It also speeds up drying time to minimize your heat usage.

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7. Use the Right Hair Styling Products

To keep your fluffy hair in shape you want to make sure you’re using the right styling products. For days when you want to sport your natural texture, reach for the a href="/hair-care-hair-style/hair-treatments/dream-lengths-frizz-killer-serum-leave-in" target="_blank">L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Frizz Killer Serum Leave-In to keep things smooth, reduce frizz and make the hair soft. If you’re working with curly hair, turn your attention to the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Curls Non-Stop Dreamy Curls Leave-in Conditioner. It deeply nourishes and defines your hair for soft and bouncy curls and waves.

8. Use Hairspray

Hairspray helps to set your style, locking in volume, curls and bounce for an extended period of time. If you love a fluffy hair look, but your hair has a hard time keeping the volume throughout the day, spritz your strands with the L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hair Spray - Unscented. The extra strong hold formula absorbs into the hair with the stroke of a brush and maintains your style all day long without any crunch, white residue or stickiness.

How to Preserve Your Fluffy Hairstyle While You Sleep

Sleep is known to play defense against a good hairstyle — and the same goes for your fluffy hair. Remember to protect your hair while you sleep by tying it up in a head scarf or silk bonnet. You can also section your hair into large twists and wrap your roots to keep them from going flat. That way, you can wake up to the fluffy hair of your dreams instead of a next-day hair nightmare.  

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Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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