It's an all too common scenario. No matter how voluminous your hair looks when you leave home, by lunchtime, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the lackluster mop of David Beckham circa 1998. That is to say, before Posh Spice and a team of celebrity stylists helped turn the soccer star's hair fortunes around.
As one of the most talked-about heads of hair in recent history, Beckham's headline-worthy locks go to show that there is hope for anyone with lifeless hair. Although, you don't need millions in the bank and a team of experts to add some much-needed oomph to your flat hair. With the right products and styling techniques, your hair, too, can go from limp to luscious in no time.
So, what are the secrets to achieving longer-lasting hair volume? Keep reading to find out!
1. Care for Your Scalp
Bringing life to flat hair means adding volume from the roots. But healthy roots can only grow from a healthy scalp.
Like the skin on your face and body, your scalp has pores that can become blocked with product build-up and natural hair oils. By cleansing your scalp with a weekly scalp mask, you can detoxify your scalp, unblock pores, and relieve irritation.
Caring for your scalp also helps your hair's natural oils make their way down the hair shaft rather than hanging around the roots. This will give your hair an instant volume boost as your locks will be less prone to lying flat on your head.
2. Use the Right Products
Rather than grabbing whatever shampoo and conditioner you see, you'll need products formulated to add volume if you want to rectify your flat hair issue.
A hard-working shampoo and conditioner duo should be more than enough for better lasting results without the need to pile on a ton of products. But don't ever bypass conditioner or try to get by with 2-in-1 products. A separate conditioner made for limp and lifeless hair can provide weightless shine and a smooth finish.
3. Don't Condition Your Roots
Remember, conditioner is only for the bottom two-thirds of your hair strands. If you cover all your hair in conditioner, you'll weigh down your roots by over-moisturizing them. This extra moisture at the roots makes adding body near-impossible, no matter how creative you get with your hair styling methods or what volumizing hair products you try.
4 Rinse the Residue
Another important tip to bear in mind when washing your hair is to make sure you rinse all the product out of your hair while you're in the shower. Conditioner build-up, in particular, can weigh your hair down and cause it to look lifeless.
The temperature and pressure of the water can come into play here too. Trying to rinse out the conditioner with cold water or a low-flow shower can often leave it looking limp, as demonstrated on The Shower Head episode of Seinfeld. Make sure to rinse your hair with warm water running at a higher pressure, even if you turn the water temperature and pressure down for the rest of the shower.
5. Spray Some Magic Dust
Whether it's from excess humidity and sweat in summer or the natural build-up of oils since your last hair wash, it's common for hair to fall flat as the day goes on. For these eventualities, keeping our Texture Dust on hand to perk up your hair with a boost of volume is a must.
This compact and easy-to-use product will always be there for you, ready to provide a much-needed lift to hair that's lost its magic. Texture Dust's pump spray allows you to target your roots for added volume while its power to absorb excess oil and sweat ensures that you feel refreshed and renewed in an instant.
6. Boost Your Blowdry Method
Air-drying is best suited to those with dryer, more texturized hair. Fine hair prone to looking limp needs the extra blast of heat and styling to lock in body and volume. Although, stick to a cooler heat setting if your hair is damaged or sensitive.
The winning method for adding bulk and body is to separate your hair into zigzag sections and dry using the 'over directing' technique. This involves focusing the heat on the roots and directing the airflow up to force the hair up rather than letting it lie flat.
7. Invest in Good Brushes
Better hair care tools mean more hair volume, especially when it comes to choosing the right kinds of brushes.
Using a vented brush during the blow-drying process allows hot air to access your roots from all angles, locking a boost of volume into every strand. As for the shape of the brush, a barrel brush is one of the best ways to create volume. This kind of wide, round brush makes it a lot easier to lift your hair out from the scalp, creating fullness as you go.
8. Style With Purpose
The wrong hair styling products can weigh your hair down and make it look even flatter. But applying hard-working styling products like our Styling Compound can help keep your hair in place while maintaining the volume you're looking for.
Kaolin clay offers added pliability and a matte finish for an effortless, modern look. And, just as the fresh peppermint-lime scent will lift your spirits, Styling Compound's water-soluble formula will lift your hairstyle with a weightless, easy-wash hold.
9. Keep Your Hands Off
We know it's tempting to preen your hair throughout the day. But your hands produce oil, meaning that you weigh your hair down with extra grease every time you touch it.
Instead of touching your hair with your hands, keep a comb in your pocket to add volume whenever you feel the urge. Or, you could try our Signature Pomade to boost your hair volume while providing the kind of all-day hold that avoids the need for constant touch-ups.
10. Get a Trim
When your hair gets longer, it pulls on the roots more and tends to lie flatter on the head. So, whether you have a specific haircut in mind or you're prepared to let the hairdresser loose on your limp locks, trimming your hair could provide an instant natural volume boost.
How to Fix Flat and Lifeless Hair
As these expert tips show, you'll need to reassess your hair care routine from start to finish if you want to achieve a lasting fix for your lifeless hair.
But, the payoff for all your effort will be the kind of hair volume and body you've always dreamed of.
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