The Best Tips and Products for Big HairChristine Mikesell
I’m a big hair girl. If given the choice, I would have big, huge hair with a lot of volume every day. I’m lucky, I have enough hair on my head for three additional people, so achieving volume isn’t hard. My main problem is getting the volume where I want it, at the roots, instead of at the bottom. It is easy for me to turn into Bozo with more volume at the bottom of my hair.
So, I’m forever on the hunt for more volumizing products and tips. Because obviously, yes, I do need bigger hair! I’ve asked some of Hollywood’s best resources, the celeb hair stylists, for their favorites. They spilled some amazing secrets! I’ve already added vinegar to my shopping list!
The Best Hair in Hollywood 1 of 14
Connie Britton is currently my hair idol. Her long hair, especially when curled, is my ideal hair. She might be part of the reason that I'm currently growing out my long bob.
Create a Volume Foundation 2 of 14
For Arturo Swayze from the Arturo Salon, volume is all about creating a foundation. He uses a volumizing shampoo, mousse, adds texture with a spray and finally really adds volume with Shu Uemura Volume Maker.
Use Big Sexy Hair Products 3 of 14
Regina Ventimiglia preps hair with BigSexyHair Root Pump Plus Mousse, and Blow Dry Volumizing Gel. Later, she seals it all in, and prevents frizz, with Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray.
Don’t Be Afraid of Extensions 4 of 14
Get the Right Haircut 5 of 14
Replace Your Daily Conditioner 6 of 14
"Have fine hair? Ditch your daily conditioner for a 1 to 3 mixture of white vinegar and distilled water. Spay on after shampoo, leave it for about 30 to 60 second, and rinse. You'll get the benefits of a finishing rinse without weighing down the hair. Use a small amount of deep conditioner on the ends as needed to replenish the hair."
- David Todd, David Frank Salon
Heinz Distilled White Vinegar $2.88
Spray at the Root 7 of 14
"I like a root volumizing spray. The best ones spray on the root with a pump spray. Mine is called "Full Volume." To use, hold up damp hair, spray all over at roots. Blow dry as desired, lifting the hair away from the scalp as you do. Finish with a bit of hairspray."
- David Todd, David Frank Salon
David Frank Full Volume $15
Use Weightless Volumizers 8 of 14
"L'Oreal Densite and Expansion are great products for volume and a weightless feel. You can use these products generously and they will never feel sticky or stiff but it'll give your hair just enough hold to add volume."
- Vernelle Murphy, Salon V
Velcro Rollers Work Wonders 9 of 14
"Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray, and Phytodensium Serum and using velcro rollers will help create volume on your hair. Just keep the rollers in for about 30 minutes to receive a flowy, voluminous look."
- Natalia Lahud, Salon Sora
Use a Spray Instead of Teasing 10 of 14
"Don't turn your hair into a rat nest with teasing! Use a volume spray instead. Oribe Volumista is my favorite. Apply generously, focusing on the root area, and then blow dry, using your fingers to work from the roots. Then use your brush with lots of tension to over-direct the hair during styling. You can even leave several brushes in the hair to cool for extra bounce and volume. If desired, use an iron and bevel or over-direct to give added lift to the root area."
- Alfredo Lewis, Argyle Salon and Spa
Oribe Volumista Mist for Volume $39
Master the Blowout 11 of 14
"If you want to add volume to your hair without backcombing, it's all in the blowout. A round brush and a good volumizing product goes a long way. If you feel you can't recreate the blowout your stylist gives you, ask her for a mini class! Best product for volume is a good hair cut and Paul Mitchell's Sculpting Foam with Big Sexy Hair's Root Pump."
- Crystal Casey, High Voltage Hair
Use Volumizing Foam 12 of 14
Just Add Powder 13 of 14
Use Brazilian Blowout Products 14 of 14
"I live for Brazilian Blowout's Root Lift. It is strong and works best if sprayed section by section (not all over, it dries quickly) as you blow out the hair. As you dry a section of hair, starting from the nape and working your way up, wrap each section on to large Velcro rollers or wrap as if on a roller and pin with long clips. Let the hair set for a minute or two once the blow dry is finished. Take down your hair and smooth or fluff as needed. Brazilian Blowout also makes a great hair powder. Sprinkle on roots and fluff. This works wonders on next day hair, adds volume and takes care of oily scalp. This is my go to product for up do's!"
- Andrea Dion Jacobs, Orchid Salon