Want to get more volume in your hair? Or got a great volumising tip to share with the Boots Feel Good Forum? £250 cash to be won

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 26-Jun-13 16:39:26

Now that the Boots Feel Good Forum series is over, we've packaged up what we think are the best bits - so you can listen to them in easy, short, bite size chunks.

The latest one of these is about how to get maximum volume into your hair, with top tips from expert Trevor Sorbie - please do have a listen - it's only a very short clip.

~ Do you have any advice or tips of your own on how to volumise your hair?
~ What do you make of Trevor's tips?

Everyone who listens and adds their own tips or feedback will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 cash.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw

John Freida new volume shampoo and conditioner is ace and then spray the root spray on crown and wind (just the crown) around large Velcro rollers. Blast with hair dryer and leave to cool before removing rollers and voila, kittenish sexy voluminous hair!!

FoxPass Mon 01-Jul-13 09:35:53

I agree tipping your head upside down creates volume. I use the new John Frieda volume products too and find doing both together really good. It also helps to revive 2nd day hair by tipping upside down again and blow drying your roots.

mignonette Mon 01-Jul-13 11:09:42

Really good sex gives great bed head volume.

youaintallthat Mon 01-Jul-13 11:21:15

Blow drying hair upside down also hair spraying upside down to helps keep volume in the hair for longer.

BerryLellow Mon 01-Jul-13 11:36:35

grin mignonette

I use Dry shampoo for instant pouff smile

BerryLellow Mon 01-Jul-13 11:36:51

Velcro rollers are v good too

CheeryCherry Mon 01-Jul-13 11:50:40

grin Mignonette!
Another vote for drying upside down, or scrunch drying with a towel. Have just bought the John Frieda volume mousse which is pretty good, and doesn't leave it too sticky.
Less or no conditioner helps too.

Glitterfairys Mon 01-Jul-13 11:56:08

Trevor had some good tips. I will definitely try drying my hair upside down in the hope to give my flat hair some volume .
I have tried a lot of different volumising products to achieve this look but never really achieve much . The thing that works for me the most is putting mousse on damp hair then putting Velcro rollers in and leaving it to dry ( then a tiny bit of backcombing after wink)

FOMOphobic Mon 01-Jul-13 12:04:24

I agree, dry upside down. I find a diffuser helps too. I sometimes back comb the roots slightly and use mousse .

I sometimes find I get better results if it's not freshly washed hair.

dahville Mon 01-Jul-13 12:06:33

Head upside down is probably the most common way but I had hoped for something more from Trevor's tips as that one is widely known.

I tend to use a paddle brush to dry the roots of my hair and try to get volume that way.

ratbagcatbag Mon 01-Jul-13 12:08:38

I have short hair,but really need to direct the natural bounce else I look a mop.
I use a root booster on wet hair and then blow dry, once dry, I then lightly spray with water and add volume sing mousse and the blow dry again, this normally gets rid of all the stray bits and gives it massive volume. I then need to use smoothing cream on the front to straighten it.

If I still need more volume, I tip head upside down and use straighteners on sections upside down to encourage it to stay high.

For short hair it's high maintenance grin

Catmint Mon 01-Jul-13 12:29:09

Best compliments I get are when I dry my hair in the car on the way to work using the blowers. I comb it wet before I get in. Clip up top layer and drive half way to work with blowers on full. Unclip top layers, dry the rest. Get to work with dry, Shiney voluminous hair.

CMOTDibbler Mon 01-Jul-13 12:31:32

Respect Catmint!

I either blow dry my hair upside down, or dry on big velcro rollers

mindingalongtime Mon 01-Jul-13 13:01:12

Rough dry first, then use the nozzle on the your dryer, lift from the roots with a good brush. I never have until the other day and it made a huge difference to my hair.

Also you can't beat a Parlux hair dryer, it's not the wattage that matters, it's the airflow. They are expensive but last years.

Blow dry hair upside down, roughly and then use a backcombing brush near your roots (not all over your head otherwise you'll look like a mad professor!) and then I use 'evo haze powder' that you scatter on sections of your hair at the roots (sparingly!) and then use your fingers to rough up your hair. Gives you great bed head volume.

Rulesgirl Mon 01-Jul-13 14:08:08

Samy Fat Hair products are soooo amazing but you can get toooo much volume if your not careful. They contain wheat so really makes the hair look so thick. Also schwarzkopf powder in the hair again gives it that total boost of "Wow".

aristocat Mon 01-Jul-13 14:29:01

Always blow dry upside down too, sometimes it gives too much volume! After I ahve been swimming I often don't want to dry my hair so I make a ponytail and twist the hair to make a bun. Once it is dry - elastic out and you get soft wavy hair smile

telsa Mon 01-Jul-13 14:36:02

The tips are pretty well what I do if I want 'big' hair - hair hanging upside down, lean forwards and dry, while pulling fingers through and generally fluffing it. When nearly dry put some volumising mousse is in a scrunchy way just at the roots and then flick head back up and strut off.

ThePskettiIncident Mon 01-Jul-13 15:51:46

I always blow dry my hair upside down too! And add mousse towards the roots before drying. I have been known to back comb slightly too and my hair tends to go flat quickly!

I need to wash my hair every day and always dry it upside down, otherwise it looks limp and miserable.

ouryve Mon 01-Jul-13 16:34:22

Me want more volume in my hair? Hahahahahaha!!!!!!

Sorry, but I have hair that grows up and outwards. The volume is generally set to 11.

ladyandthechocolate Mon 01-Jul-13 16:39:53

I have very fine hair so I use shampoo only, a root lift spray and then I blow dry upside down. I also use styling powder to add texture and volume and hairspray to set.

RiaBexleyGreenwichLE Mon 01-Jul-13 16:45:42

Touch of hairspray at the roots and blow-dry upside down smile

MaxinePeakedistrict Mon 01-Jul-13 17:00:30

I use either Aussie, Aveda or Ojon volumising shampoos, then either an Aveda thickening spray or a mousse.

Upside down rough dry, then finish off with the Babyliss Big Hair. Dry shampoo between washes.

When I used to bleach my hair I found that gave me a much thicker head of hair but I've stopped now.

tanfastic Mon 01-Jul-13 17:06:40

I rough dry then tip my head upside down for volume then smooth with straighteners. I've a short bob.

heartonsleeve Mon 01-Jul-13 17:19:31

I think the tips are fairly well known and do produce more volume. Trouble is, with me I don't need more volume!! Especially as blow drying results in even more frizz. Top tip for frizz? Cold rinse at the end (but takes some getting used to)

SisterMatic Mon 01-Jul-13 17:29:23

Blow dry upside down, dry shampoo and if I am going out I will tease or backcomb the roots for extra boost.

YoniMatopoeia Mon 01-Jul-13 18:02:41

Like others I part dry upside down.

Then I use a babyliss big hair.

KenDoddsDadsDog Mon 01-Jul-13 18:20:32

Tigi root boost and sugar dust. And Velcro rollers.

Another advocate of the upside down blow dry followed by enough back combing to put Amy Winehouse to shame....

aftereight Mon 01-Jul-13 19:03:18

I use a v large heat retaining barrel brush to blowdry my hair and add volume.

JedwardScissorhands Mon 01-Jul-13 19:07:59

Dry upside down and babyliss big hair.

JacqueslePeacock Mon 01-Jul-13 19:38:06

Part-dry upside down, then I use Babyliss Big Hair. That seems to straighten the upper layers a bit, which doesn't help volume, but if I lift up the whole weight of my hair with it and keep it twirling around for a while, I find my hair has much more volume and bounce. For voluminous curly hair, I think you can't beat a handful of mousse and drying upside down.

bryonywhisker Mon 01-Jul-13 20:20:23

I have Miranda Hart hair. Fibre gum for everyday, good old fashioned heated rollers for going out

TeamEdward Mon 01-Jul-13 20:30:03

I like Backcomb in a Bottle for instant volume. Just spray it in and jzooszh it about.

chebella Mon 01-Jul-13 20:33:18

Use a sea salt scrub - like a body scrub - in the shower, at the roots of your hair then follow the upside down, massive round brush blow dry routine.

Firewall Mon 01-Jul-13 20:44:51

Hehe, really enjoyed this clip! Loved the chuckling which made me chuckle along with it! Love the tips!

The blow drying upside down was something my mum used to show us when we were younger! I tend to use a volumising shampoo too.

babyboo1and2 Mon 01-Jul-13 20:55:39

I only use conditioner from mid length to ends, never at the roots.

A little back combing at times too

sealight123 Mon 01-Jul-13 21:01:53

Eggs eggs eggs!!! After washing your hair and rinsing out all of the shampoo, rinse your hair with eggs. (i know it sounds sick, i was put off by it for a while but it does work and it also makes your hair super shiny smile) Eggs contain thickening agents that pump up the volume of your hair for several days.

I then blow dry upside down, I am lucky to have really thick and ridiculously curly hair already so volume isn't all too difficult for me.

A healthy diet and fruit and vegetables always helps too...shame I like chocolate and cakesmile xx

ChocChaffinch Mon 01-Jul-13 21:09:25

Ah Trevor stole my idea of blowdrying upside down.
A tiny bit of mousse in the roots is all my hair needs, if I want it really big zap hairspray into the roots too, and wait upside down until it's dry

also ... discipline not to keep faffing with it, all that messing and smoothing weighs it down.

sharond101 Mon 01-Jul-13 21:24:23

Begin drying hair upside down then when 80% dry use round brush and hair dryer to lift hair up from the root.

Trevor copied my advice so it's confirmed I am in the wrong profession.

Doobiedoobedoobie Mon 01-Jul-13 22:06:51

Dry shampoo!

Hopezibah Mon 01-Jul-13 22:39:59

I don't get the chance to even blow dry my hair generally but to increase the volume I like to scrunch dry it with my hands as it is drying. It gives a messy-style casual look but does add to the volume! Then hold with a little hairspray.

MollyBerry Mon 01-Jul-13 22:41:48

I find sleeping with wet hair means the weight of gravity pulling it down doesn't occur so you get more lift and volume

LaVitaBellissima Mon 01-Jul-13 22:53:24

Yes I have to admit to a bit of back combing, but having clean hair, dry upside down and using so e root boost works wonders smile

magentastardust Mon 01-Jul-13 23:24:21

I use dry shampoo for a quick volume and sort out! Have recently read somewhere that it is really bad for your hair though? It works for me though!

WhatwouldGemmado Tue 02-Jul-13 01:05:37

Double mousse. Apply one lot then go do something that dosen't take too much time (make more coffee maybe...) then apply second dose of mousse. Dry as you do.

DifferentNow Tue 02-Jul-13 01:44:37

I have thick, straight hair which can look a bit flat. I wash and condition it every day but make sure that I don't condition my roots/crown and then blow dry upside down.

BlueSkySoftSand Tue 02-Jul-13 02:12:05

Same here for first blast upside down, then using brush to create more volume.

Have recently grown my hair but think it is too long now to hold the volume from drying - time for a hair appt!

GetKnitted Tue 02-Jul-13 07:11:04

In my experience the onnly thing that consistently works is cutting it (not the mumsnet!!!)

2712 Tue 02-Jul-13 07:21:25

I always used to blow dry my hair upside down to give volume, but it made it frizzy due to blowing against the cuticle.
I now use the old fashioned styling lotion that my mum used to use, blow dry down the hair shaft to keep it smooth, then use a hot curling brush and curl in the opposite direction that I want the hair to go. This seems to give lift, no frizz, and lasts for ages.

carriedaway Tue 02-Jul-13 10:03:50

As someone with big hair that needs to be tamed I have the opposite problem. Listening to the clip reminded me that as a teenager I used to blast my hair upside down with lots of mousse on it - no wonder it grew even bigger! grin
My top tip would be to go for a a 'blow' as my mum calls it - a brisk walk up a hill on a windy day... It may not be styled but you will definitely come back with added volume in your hair!

handcream Tue 02-Jul-13 11:21:56

I use moouse of styling cream/spray. I do find I have to use a different product if I am in a hot country. Being in the UK is easier hair wise. On a hot summer holiday my hair just starts curling up and not in a good way...

flamingtoaster Tue 02-Jul-13 11:23:58

Dry upside down, finish right way up using fingers to lift the hair, only condition the ends, if not going out immediately clip up the front/sides to take the weight off and avoid undoing what's been acheived.

manfalou Tue 02-Jul-13 11:52:40

Id love more volume in my hair and tbh Ive never tried drying my hair upside down so will now try it and see how it goes! Only way I can get volume in my hair is by curling!

favellio Tue 02-Jul-13 12:03:46

Clip back the top layer of your hair, then use a crimper to crimp near the roots of the underneath layer. Unclip your hair, lay over the top and the crimped parts will give the top layer an instant boost, without you looking like an 80's throwback. A spritz of hairspray to hold it in place and off you go smile

Knuffels Tue 02-Jul-13 12:09:59

An old fashioned product, setting lotion. I use Lottabody (the green one with olive oil), and then do an upside down rough dry and finish off with the Babyliss big hair.

ItsintheBag Tue 02-Jul-13 12:57:12

After conditioner I give a cold rinse,to get rid of the product as I think it weighs my hair down.

I blow dry upside down,when dry I give it a cold blast of the hair dryer, it helps set my hair in place and increase shine.

I agree with Trevor on blowdrying upside down, but I don't agree with applying product to the root as on my own hair it makes it look lank as with fine hair it doesn't hold a style very long.

Cherryoats Tue 02-Jul-13 13:07:35

I agree with trevors tip of upside down hair, it makes sence. I have curly hair and if I want a good volumed hair day I wash it then put hair product in, then lie on the sofa ( or go to bed with it wet) with my hair scrunched up around my head, Once it is dried it is then all big and very curly!

Chipstick10 Tue 02-Jul-13 13:17:42

Hi lites and ojon volume advance spray.

NayaB Tue 02-Jul-13 14:23:07

Whats always worked for me is waiting for my hair to dry 80% then blow drying with my parlux hairdryer using a big round ceramic brush. Voila limp locks to shiny big hair!

johnworf Tue 02-Jul-13 15:48:11

Leave until semi dry. Apply Label M Volume Mousse to the roots and a small amount to rest of hair. Quick blast with hair dryer on cool. Head upside down whilst blowing.

Finish off with Babyliss Big curl to the roots and anywhere else and a spritz of Label M Shine Mist grin

SacreBlue Tue 02-Jul-13 18:19:09

If I don't need it styled til later I put it up in a high ponytail while it's still damp, by the time I take it down it's dry and lots of root volume smile I also do the upside down thing

HairyPoppins Tue 02-Jul-13 19:55:22

Another in agreement with Trevor on the upside down thing. Or really focusing on the roots as you dry the right way up, using your brush to dry in sections. Use conditioner sparingly and rinse rinse rinse it out. I have a product from TIGI that smells like grape soda and really poufs up my hair, but it's sticky and fiddly and makes my hair go a bit crusty so I only use it for evenings/nights out.

ggirl Tue 02-Jul-13 20:10:17

sleeping with damp hair works for me
and coiling it while in front of telly and going to bed
fringe just needs a tweak in the morning but the rest is voluminous waves

pipo Tue 02-Jul-13 20:55:48

definitely agree with drying hair upside down to give more volume. not sure if this is the in thing though as everyone I know is using hair straighteners to flatten their hair.

malachite Tue 02-Jul-13 21:02:55

I agree with Trevor about blow-drying upside down. I don't like mousse as it leaves my hair sticky feeling so I just dry and leave it. Flip upside down for a quick brush every so often to give it a bit of bounce during the day/evening.

GingerLemonTea Tue 02-Jul-13 21:43:32

Already do the drying hair upside down. Good tip from Trevor re the metal brush.
I often tong hair for volume throughout.

pomdereplay Tue 02-Jul-13 23:18:01

My hair is too bloody thick already. But if I want it to look 'high' and big, I think a backcombing brush -- the Vogetti Wonder Brush is unrivalled in my opinion -- is the only way to get dramatic results that last. I also like a bit of hair powder dusted at the roots for texture and volume. Tresemme do a cheap one but they're everywhere really.

CointreauVersial Wed 03-Jul-13 00:02:32

Babyliss Big Hair works for me! I use mousse as well, partially dry with a hairdryer blast upside down, then get twirling.

On the days when I'm not washing it, Dry Shampoo is a life-saving body boost; it really seems to thicken it up.

TheFutureMrsB Wed 03-Jul-13 00:52:07

Rough dry upside down, use a small crimper (Babyliss Root Boost) on the roots of the underneath layers of hair close to the roots and coming down maybe three or four steps.

Then I use either dry shampoo or hair powder, the hair powder is better imo. This gives brilliant lift.

You can either then curl or straighten the lengths and you'll have glam looking hair that stays big and voluminous until you wash it!

Chloe1993 Wed 03-Jul-13 12:31:51

Scrunching your hair With hair serum and a tiny bit of mouse when hairs wet and blow drying it with a diffuser upside down.

ChocChaffinch Wed 03-Jul-13 15:07:40

I thought you got a cold if you went to sleep with wet hair! or a stiff neck...earache or sore throat! you daredevils grin

snowymum12 Wed 03-Jul-13 16:04:52

A bit of old fashioned back combing is amazing if you need a bit of volume just at the crown. A touch of hairspray and, voila, ready for the day!

bluebump Wed 03-Jul-13 20:21:55

I have a Babyliss Big Hair but I think my hair is a bit too long for it as it does work but it takes ages and the volume eventually drops out.

I do use Trevor's tip of drying my hair upside down, and once i'm done I use Backcomb in a Bottle which is a great product to spray through the roots, it smells lovely too. I also recently bought a back combing brush which is pretty good.

I find I get better volume if i've washed my hair in the morning and i'm styling it in the evening, when it's a bit grubbier.

majjsu Wed 03-Jul-13 20:58:56

I find tying my hair in a bun for 30 minutes, then letting it loose, gives me plenty of volume and some waves too. I do agree with a lot of the other tips too.

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 03-Jul-13 21:05:11

Everyone knows the upside down trick - was hoping for something new!
So after drying to 80% upside down I would use a baby lists big hair to finish, ending with the top section. Then I put in 2 enormous Velcro rollers on the crown and just in front. Spray with elnette and spray elnette through the rest and run my fingers through. Then do make up and faff around, get dressed etc then let the rollers out and another spray.

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 03-Jul-13 21:05:49

Or even the babyliss big hair def not baby kiss

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 03-Jul-13 21:06:06

Baby lists. I'm leaving now.

RachelHRD Wed 03-Jul-13 22:59:08

I have fairly thick hair so don't necessarily need to add volume, but when I'm going for the curly, yourself look which requires a bit more bounce I tip my head forewards and massage a good sized ball of John Freida Frizz Ease Curl Recover Styling Mousse through from the roots and let my hair dry naturally.
Then to tame the bouncy curls I use Frizz Ease Secret Agent Styling Creme. After many years of trying many products the Frizzy Ease range seems to control my wayward hair the best!!

RachelHRD Wed 03-Jul-13 23:00:05

Curl reviver....not recover!!

CalamityJ Wed 03-Jul-13 23:16:53

I disagree with Trevor's upside blow dry tip. It does give volume but makes my hair go horribly frizzy and that despite the fact it's completely straight. It looks like I've got a billion split ends instead of smooth layers. I use label.m blow out spray. Use large barrelled metal holed brush. Start with top layers then under layers. For me that works better than the other way round.

I've got curly hair which has plenty (too much sometimes!) of volume, but if I'm not feeling too well it can go flat, I like the Twisted Sister range (cheap as chips from places like Home Bargains) and using a diffuser brings back the volume.
Dd has very straight hair with no volume- even drying her hair upside down has no effect, a big barrelled blow dry brush and using the nozzle on the hair dryer helps, blowing down the hair to keep the cuticle flat to avoid it going fizzy/fluffy at the roots.

slbhill Thu 04-Jul-13 10:09:13

short of backcombing, nothing gives my hair more than a tiny amount of volume, believe me I've tried!

rkoya2001 Thu 04-Jul-13 10:20:32

Flip head upside down, spray hands with hairspray and run it through your hair.

Rulesgirl Thu 04-Jul-13 10:21:58

But have you tried the Powders by Schwarskopf sibhill. They are amazing and other hair companies have started doing their own versions now I see.

tomcatsmum Thu 04-Jul-13 10:22:10

I usually put mousse into my hair and dry upside down as Trevor suggests, it does put some volume into my hair but doesn't last very long.

LannisterLion Thu 04-Jul-13 10:28:35

I have the thinnest hair in the world! Blow drying upside down, as mentioned above, gives a little volume.
Blow drying with a large rounded bristle brush is better though. You have to section your hair and do each piece at a time, curling it under at the ends.
Back combing roots.
Getting a stacked bob hair cut!

glennamy Thu 04-Jul-13 10:37:58

I do not have to worry about volume as my hair is very short and does not apply, it is great not having the problem.

cazzzie987 Thu 04-Jul-13 10:39:27

I use volumising shampoo and conditioner and when drying my hair this gives extra volume.

katiebasey Thu 04-Jul-13 10:47:20

I have long hair, so to get the volume , I put mousse on my hair, brush and hold my head down and blow dry from the roots up while running my fingers through my hair. (Using a diffuser on the hairdryer) Makes my hair look thick and wavy!!

tia3456 Thu 04-Jul-13 10:52:07

I have long fine hair, the only way that works for me to get volume is to use sleep in rollers

julieef Thu 04-Jul-13 11:05:05

I use tigi bed head small talk.
It is sleek and smooth and really helps me get volume into my hair

sarahann1984 Thu 04-Jul-13 11:06:10

My hair is really thin but there are a few things that help to give it body easily! An essential is a really good hairbrush and taking the time to blow dry your hair using the brush to create volumne! Then I use a light bit of hairspray and it holds for the day smile

finleypop Thu 04-Jul-13 11:11:58

The only way I can get volume into my hair is to tip my head upside down, spray the roots with hairspray & flick back, No heating styling tool has ever worked for me

lizd31 Thu 04-Jul-13 11:14:53

I use TIGI Bed Head Small Talk, just apply to the roots & it gives them a lift & smells divine too

hiddenmichelle Thu 04-Jul-13 11:19:11

Upside down drying and use hairspray whilst still damp before drying

pmstephens Thu 04-Jul-13 11:30:36

Comb/brush your hair in the opposite direction to that which you will eventually style it. Let it dry like that (you will look an idiot). Once it's dry or nearly, comb/brush it back in the right direction. It should have a whole bunch of extra volume as it's trying to sit in the opposite direction. Hard to write down, but it works for me.

Pud1234 Thu 04-Jul-13 11:35:59

I have a major problem getting my hair to have volume, it is very long and fine. I've tried cutting it short but didn't help with the lack of volume and didn't suit me. I use volumising shampoo and conditioner and volumising spray when I blow dry it. It helps a little but not much.

EstelleGetty Thu 04-Jul-13 11:46:54

Klorane oatmilk dry shampoo, put my hair into a tight bun then blast with the hairdryer on cool setting!

Ikea1234 Thu 04-Jul-13 11:50:48

Agree with Trevor's tip about drying upside down with some mousse at the roots - works every time! Also try massaging the root area a little as you dry, it's kinder than the old trick of back combing the roots, but it does have a similar effect.

jdimsdale Thu 04-Jul-13 11:56:12


montiefletcher Thu 04-Jul-13 12:00:01

big brush, and blow dry at the roots

lotsofcheese Thu 04-Jul-13 12:17:26

I use John Freida Blonde Volumising Mousse, then hang upside down & dry it with a paddle brush. Then finish off with Pantene hairspray. Works a treat for my fine, blonde hair.

I often dry mine upside down and it does help so I agree with his tip in the clip. Also agree that metal inners on brushes work well. I use a brush with metal at the base of the bristles when drying and straightening and it really adds to the finish of my hair.

My hair is quite thick so I don't use volumising products but if I want more volume and lift at the roots I use Batiste dry shampoo.

FairPhyllis Thu 04-Jul-13 12:49:10

As someone with the opposite problem of having hair with uncontrollable volume, I can confirm that drying upside down is a surefire way to increase volume - and putting in heated rollers when almost dry and fixing with hairspray before taking them out helps too.

cagsd Thu 04-Jul-13 14:22:48

My hair is really fine, so nothing really gives it the volume I'd like BUT I do find that blow drying it upside down helps a bit, or drying it brushed over on the opposite side to where I wear my parting and then flipping it back when it's dry. A bit of backcombing the crown doesn't hurt either....

footdust Thu 04-Jul-13 14:24:33

I have fine hair and I've that the Bumble & Bumble sea salt spray give my hair much more oomph than anything I've tried before- and believe me I've spent a fortune over the years

sassy165 Thu 04-Jul-13 14:46:44

My hair is curly due to medication and if I cut it too short.....well I will leave it to your imagination what it looks like?
I use a masque after shampooing and comb as straight as I can- hopefully, if I can stay out of the breeze until it dries, it looks acceptable with the curls making their own volume.

maryandbuzz1 Thu 04-Jul-13 14:48:16

Blow drying with a large brush helps my hair have more volume.

kittensmittens12 Thu 04-Jul-13 14:48:37

I bought one of those annie's backcombing brushes! They have a sharp and and a fuzzy end, they do so much less damage than backcombing with a plastic comb.

bossladysal1 Thu 04-Jul-13 15:10:37

I agree with Trevor's tip. I also find that using dry shampoo a couple of days after I've washed it helps to increase volume.

alsproject Thu 04-Jul-13 15:26:01

You can use a dry shampoo to revive greasy hair and this will give a bit of volume

beeelaine Thu 04-Jul-13 15:26:47

i have fine hair that has a life of its own but on those special do's i always apply volumiser spray to the roots only (as it seems to weigh the hair down if i do it all over) and leave it as late as i can to do the hair so that it keeps its volume for as long as it can that day. dont backcomb it because it only leaves you with out of condition hair that is even harder to sort our x

compy99 Thu 04-Jul-13 15:40:31

my hair is full but fine, I have split ends throughout, as soon as my hair grows an inch it seems to split. I have tried all sorts of volume enhancing products, but they tend to just add weight rather than volume - help!

prwilson Thu 04-Jul-13 15:51:51

My hair is quite long and generally flat. I do use conditioner which is supposed to volumise, but never as much as I'd like. I'll give some of these tips a go.

jamheart87 Thu 04-Jul-13 17:40:43

Short of backcombing it a great deal and then using a bit of hairspray I haven't been able to find any products or techniques that give me more volume!

Charlene1 Thu 04-Jul-13 18:35:42

I have a "backcombing" comb from Avon, so I brush it through upside down, then backcomb the bits where I want volume and spray hairspray on to hold it. If I want waves at the bottom, I dampen it, then plait it, then just run my fingers through it when I undo them.

Albiebee Thu 04-Jul-13 19:21:03

I've always had very fine hair, pregnancy has made it much more voluminous! grin

Probably not a tip everyone should follow though.

Other than that I like Aussie Real Volume shampoo and conditioner and John Frieda volume spray.

I rough dry and then use a largish barrel shaped brush to blow dry in sections especially at the crown, you can spritz in a bit of hairspray too in between sections, I like the Tresemme firm hold, because it doesn't smell too strongly and brushes out nicely. Then you can use a tiny amount of oil to smooth out the ends. If doing a full blow dry like this frequently (rare, cos it takes a while) I use Tresemme heat protection spray on the ends before blow-drying as fine hair is prone to damage too.

nerysw Thu 04-Jul-13 19:28:37

Definitely the upside down thing - if I have time to dry it that is!

patchysmum Thu 04-Jul-13 20:07:00

Some good tips from Trevor after all he is an expert so should know what he is talking about,personally I prefer straight sleek and shining hair.

melvis Thu 04-Jul-13 20:21:02

My hair has much more volume when it's bob length but then I struggle every day to be ready for work in time! I much prefer it longer so I can tie it back for work then on a weekend when I have more time to style it, I used a volumising spray at the root and dry upside down and I only straighten any completely out of sorts bits very quickly to not drag it back down again x

Alison18 Thu 04-Jul-13 20:21:25

Tip your head upside down and dry it with the hairdryer!

sweetiepie82 Thu 04-Jul-13 20:23:58

My hair is always lifeless when just been washed! I tie the top of my hair up (as if you're putting it in a half pony) & lightly spray hairspray on the hair that's untied. I then sort of scrunch it up with my fingers, like massaging up my head. I untie the top & let it fall naturally. Give it a little ruffle with my fingers, to blend it all in & voila; looks fresh & clean & has loads of volume x

scripsi Thu 04-Jul-13 20:25:34

Dry shampoo is great. I also follow the tip in the clip and dry my hair upside down.

One thing I discovered only a few days ago was to part my hair on the opposite side to the natural part. That has made a real difference to volume although it is perhaps counterintuitive.

Gilla01 Thu 04-Jul-13 20:35:28

I have short, very fine hair and nothing gives it volume. I've tried everything.

The main way I get it to look OK is to wash it every day, that seems to give it a bit more body.

dragon60 Thu 04-Jul-13 20:42:56

Afraid I have nothing new to add. Why did I think it was just me who dried their hair upside down to get volume?

bdeegan597 Thu 04-Jul-13 20:51:43

I find a good mousse is the best way to get volume

zipzap Thu 04-Jul-13 20:57:46

Agree with Trevor about the drying upside down to get volume - but also it's getting the roots dry pointing up; if you just get most of your hair dry upside down but not the roots then there's not much point; the whole lot sags down pretty quickly. But if you have the roots dry the wrong way and the top of the hair is damp it will stay fairly voluminous.

zipzap Thu 04-Jul-13 21:01:18

Also, if you're out and about (or in a hurry in the morning and don't have wet hair) but want some volume, particularly in the front, if you stick one hand into your hair at roots level with your fingers splayed and rub round and round a few times it has the same effect as a bit of back combing and gives a good bit of instant lift.

Then repeat as much as needed all over your head!

Can't be used for mega volume or very precise volume but particularly if you have hair that's gone flat overnight or in the rain and you're in need of an instant fix to make you a load more presentable than you are, it's pretty good for using nothing more than your fingers.

beckyinman Thu 04-Jul-13 21:05:54

Megadust all the way - it is brilliant stuff

JoJoBaldwin Thu 04-Jul-13 21:12:04

Spraying the roots with salt solution before blowdrying works really well. Then I straighten the ends around some big velcro rollers.

Wheresthecoffee Thu 04-Jul-13 21:39:51

Blow dry curly hair upside down, or dry naturally crunched (not twisted) inside a jersey tee..trust me it makes a difference!

lottietiger Thu 04-Jul-13 22:20:57

I always dry my hair upside down first. Then if I fancy it straight it's heat defence spray and straightners if it's a curly day I use curling cream before I blow dry.

miluth Thu 04-Jul-13 22:31:58

I always use a volumising shampoo and conditioner as I think it really does make a difference. After towel drying my hair I add some mousse, especially to the roots, and start drying my hair upside down. Next I flip my hair back up and continue drying, using a barrel brush to maintain the lift at the roots and smooth the hair shaft. To finish I give it a good spray with Elnett with my hair upside down then flick it back and try not to brush it through too much.

Figgygal Fri 05-Jul-13 08:00:26

I've discovered the volumes ing powder from Schwarzkopf it's really good but after a few applications your hair is pretty solid

CrisisCritical Fri 05-Jul-13 08:03:11

To get volume, I don't use too much conditioner in the shower.

When I get out, I towel dry my hair quite roughly so it all separates.

Then I spray a couple of squirts of leave in conditioner on the ends (a tiny bit on the roots but not much at all) and run a wide toothed comb through it.

Then tip my head upside down and blow dry from the roots with the hair dryer angled 'down' the length of my hair. I don't move the hair dryer around when I'm drying.

Once it's dry, I spray some strong hold hairspray (I like Treseme) on the roots and stay upside down for a couple of minutes so it's completely dry.

Then, voila... I'm ready for my close up darling grin

Solo Fri 05-Jul-13 10:22:24

I have fine, not much of it curly hair and tip my head upside down using a diffuser attachment, on warm and slow speed. I find this gives extra volume. I also use Twisted Sister products these days, but have, in the past used Trevor Sorbie curl 'stuff' (can't recall the different names), and other makes too. Whatever I use, it's always upside down drying for me.

Solo Fri 05-Jul-13 10:25:32

Wheresthecoffee please explain smile

CalamityKate Fri 05-Jul-13 11:04:08

Towel dry til its just damp. Apply mousse and then leave it for a bit so the mousse can sort of sink in. Then dry upside down. Then hair powder in the roots.

mrsgfactor Fri 05-Jul-13 11:33:20

A good layered cut helps I think, and drying upside gives me a little extra volume smile

IncaAztec Fri 05-Jul-13 12:13:58

Sleep with hair in a (not too tight) ponytail, shake when you wake. Use product sparingly if you don't want it to get weighed down - and if you have a long day ahead of you.

Great tips, really useful - hair hanging upside down makes me dizzy though!

sweir1 Fri 05-Jul-13 13:29:03

Baby lists. I'm leaving now.

pussinwellyboots Fri 05-Jul-13 13:34:53

I haven't got any tips to add but its great to get some new ideas both from Trevor and everyone else inn this forum.

wibblyjelly Fri 05-Jul-13 13:45:48

I normally brush my hair with my head upside down, or use a diffuser for volume.

Belo Fri 05-Jul-13 14:53:59

Drying upside down is a must. I add some thickening lotion (Sami Big Hair or Aveda confixor or KMS beach salt spray are my favourites) and then dry it until 90% dry. Then I use babyliss big hair to finish it off. That is the best invention in the whole word when it comes to my hair. I love it.

Babycarmen Fri 05-Jul-13 15:29:06

Blow drying upside down definitely works. Also crimping round your roots underneath the top layers (so you cant actually see the crimping) helps too!

Snog Fri 05-Jul-13 17:13:39

I like to use an anti build up shampoo once a month and the babyliss big hair!

WaxyBean Fri 05-Jul-13 19:17:21

Babyliss big hair - makes my hair look like its been blow dried professionally and full of bounce and volume!

serendipity1980 Fri 05-Jul-13 20:06:03

I already do this!! However, drying upside down is great. I'm not a great lover of mousse, haven't found one that doesn't make hair sticky sad

katiewalters Fri 05-Jul-13 20:32:22

Blow-dry hair until it’s 80 percent dry. While aiming heat up at your roots, rake your fingers through the roots and pull hair upward—this will help create a little volume.

Shampoo your hair with volumizing shampoo, then rinse clean like normal. Next, condition your entire head – roots to tips – with volumizing conditioner. Before you rinse the conditioner out, squeeze a bit of shampoo into your hands, then add a little water and work it into a lather. Work the lather into just your scalp, then rinse the shampoo and conditioner out. Blow dry and style like normal.

HannahLI Fri 05-Jul-13 20:38:07

I think the tips are great, I myself am always looking for new ways to add more volume into my hair. My top tip would be don't wash it too often as it will become too flyaway and flat as a result of the static.

scoutfinch1 Fri 05-Jul-13 20:58:56

Blow drying upside down doesn't seem to do anything for my long hair. For volume it has to be either rollers, lots of mousse or powders.

thestylethatdecadesforgot Fri 05-Jul-13 21:39:32

I apologise if I repeat anyone, I've only read half the replies. I have very thick and quite wavy hair so volume is unfortunately more of a problem than a desire for me. But when I straighten my hair so it looks tidy the straighteners tend to make the front look a bit lank. So my hairdresser friend said to dry across, if that makes any sense. I take a section of my hair at the front and flip it over to the opposite side with the brush underneath and dry it that way. It really works and gives great bouncy boingyness that looks fab. Doesn't last cz my heavy hair drags it out but hey!

peronel Fri 05-Jul-13 22:02:31

Wash, condition, go out cycling...grin

arat Fri 05-Jul-13 22:25:50

I gave up trying to give mine volume and now keep it cut short - feeling more smug about this as the temperature goes up!

janekirk Fri 05-Jul-13 22:50:10

Don't over wash and when my hair is too dry I rub in some very light olive oil.

stephgr Sat 06-Jul-13 02:00:21

I dry my hair upside down and use volumising mousse.

ItsSoFluffyImGonnaDie Sat 06-Jul-13 10:00:13

Dry hair upside down having applied a volumising mousse at roots. Spray hairspray onto tips of fingers then rub into roots if hair - prevents the hair from flattening so soon!

FrenchieMum2Be Sat 06-Jul-13 12:57:09

Trevor's tip about blowdrying your hair upside is a good one! It helps lift your roots and if you use some hairspray, you should get some volume in there smile

annanh Sat 06-Jul-13 18:37:36

I find that adding healthy oils to my diet makes my hair healthier, shinier, and most importantly gives it volume.

Ddpunk Sat 06-Jul-13 20:56:01

Label m hair resurrection dust is amazing for this!

CheeseStrawCraving Sun 07-Jul-13 00:21:27

Dry shampoo is the best for volume!

Smudging Sun 07-Jul-13 08:02:30

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screweduppotatoe Sun 07-Jul-13 08:04:26


This lady's trick is the best thing EVER!!!

blueberry88 Sun 07-Jul-13 08:09:42

Great clip, Iv'e never tried Trevor's tip of putting a knot in the hair, I will definitely try It the next time I want big volumised hair! I find that when washing my hair its better to only condition the ends so it doesn't weigh down my roots. I also use mouse, just applying a small bit on my scalp then I blow-dry my roots while tugging at them for added height. Volumising products are also great, I like to play about with different ones and create different styles smile

Tuppence2 Sun 07-Jul-13 10:09:34

I wash my hair with only shampoo (no conditioner as it makes it too soft), then blow dry my hair upside down, and once dry, use this backcombing spray at the roots. It is THE only thing that gives my hair volume, without making it dry or sticky to touch. I buy 2 cans at a time, because I'd be gutted if I ran out!
My best mate uses [http://www.boots.com/en/Umberto-Giannini-Glam-Hair-Backcomb-In-A-Bottle_1104342/ this]] same kind of stuff just more expensive, but it works for her

Tuppence2 Sun 07-Jul-13 10:10:08

try again with the 2nd link:

Jayteemum Sun 07-Jul-13 17:08:59

Ojon Volume Advance styling Spray is ace for when you are inbetween washes. I put my hair up into a high ponytail and spray all over. Smells great as well.


idontgivearatsass Sun 07-Jul-13 18:05:50

For dreadlocks, braiding the locks when wet then unbraiding when dry will create volume

xxneliexx Sun 07-Jul-13 19:26:14

I blow dry my hair upside down - then blast cold air onto it.

Then add hair-spray (tiny amount) when dry smile

daisybrown Sun 07-Jul-13 23:01:34

Never ever use too much heat, be it a hair dryer or rollers. Always use a good conditioner.

Namechanger012345 Mon 08-Jul-13 03:58:46

I always dry my hair upside down, not just to get volume but I've always done it that way as it seems to dry quicker!

As for good products, John Frieda full repair makes my hair look more volumised. I don't use mousse.

ali991 Mon 08-Jul-13 06:08:46

I use mousse and blow dry my hair upside down for volume and waves

cathyov Mon 08-Jul-13 07:04:58

A little bit of volumising mousse and blow drying and hairspray after works for me!

CutieCandyPop Mon 08-Jul-13 09:50:53

spray damp hair with a volumizing spray and dry hair upside down, spray roots with a little root boost spray , Umberto Giannini makes a great one called 'backcomb in a bottle'. This gives you the look of backcombed hair without the hassle or the damage, I bought it from Boots and it's great!
You can also use some velcro rollers at the crown for extra oomph or another top tip is.... crimp a very small section of your hair very close to the crown and then comb over a flat section of hair, the crimp gives instant root lift but is covered by the sections that you don't crimp.
I wear my hair in a 1960s style a lot which needs a lot of volume and an easy cheats way to do this is to buy hidden volumising hair pads such as 'bump its'. They clip into your hair at the crown and you comb over a smooth piece of hair to hide it, it gives that instant 60s bombshell beehive look without the damage! Finish with a good hairspray such as Elnett.

Clawdy Mon 08-Jul-13 10:24:09

I always rinse in cold water and find that makes hair more bouncy.

BigFairy Mon 08-Jul-13 11:33:59

Drying hair upside down does help a bit. I find it very difficult to get volume in my hair as fine and smooth so even backcombing doesn't work well. Easiest thing I do is wash it as looks flatter when I have a 'day 2'.

BooMeowson Mon 08-Jul-13 12:06:56

Frizz Ease Volume is great, and some Charles Worthington Dry hair shampoo

lolancurly Mon 08-Jul-13 12:17:22

Get dragged through hedge backwards normally does it. Failing that, some Bed Head Sugar Dust gives some nice volume to roots - it is a rea product, not just something I made up!

balloon666 Mon 08-Jul-13 12:24:19

great tips and interesting reading thanks

Littlecherublegs Mon 08-Jul-13 12:53:55

Blow drying hair upside down and/or volumnising shampoo - both for the biggest effect!!

Dry shampoo between washes too - I use Tresemme.

chelington Mon 08-Jul-13 14:28:39

I never put loads of hairspray on when I've finished blow-drying, just a bit of a spray on the ends otherwise it tends to weigh my hair down and make it flatter.

Elainey1609 Mon 08-Jul-13 16:15:48

Blow dry hair upside down and spray dry shampoo into it .
back comb some parts of hair then re blow dry

leggie1995 Mon 08-Jul-13 17:25:30

I use Aussie on a regular basis and use their volumising shampoo then scrunch my hair with a towel so its still wet but not dripping, i then use Aussie leave in conditioner and hold my head upside down and brush and blow dry smile

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 08-Jul-13 17:34:12

When I'm washing my hair, I turn the water cold for the final rinse (good for circulation too!)

Ramblings Mon 08-Jul-13 19:10:28

Blow dry upside down, use Bastiste XXL volume dry shampoo and then backcomb roots on underneath layers from about 3inches from your parting down. Finish with a good hairspray, first with hair upside down (blast with cold air to set well) then over the top

baconbap Mon 08-Jul-13 19:30:12

It's not volume I need so much as better behaved hair without hairspray.

laimee Mon 08-Jul-13 19:35:37

I keep more hair looking voluminous by avoiding layer haircuts (as soon as I stopped getting layers, my hair looked much thicker!) and using volume boosting shampoo & conditioner

matphil Mon 08-Jul-13 19:39:18

I have very thick hair so just rough drying with a hair dryer and a quick run through with my fingers gives me loads of volume.

cheryl100 Mon 08-Jul-13 19:42:15

Day old hair with mousse and then backcombed

tab1967 Mon 08-Jul-13 19:53:15

I have very fine hair so I have a layered cut, this gives it a bit more body but have tried lots of the above tips as well.

pipersky Mon 08-Jul-13 21:41:34

Don't know if this has been said before but if you have problems with volume it could be due to conditioner - it weighs hair down ALOT. Try just shampooing and using leave in conditioner just on the ends smile

glmcall123 Mon 08-Jul-13 23:44:37

I've used rollers in the past but it's fiddly and time consuming. I now just dry my hair upside-down, it's much easier.

Ashoething Tue 09-Jul-13 07:19:07

Dry shampoo is the biz for getting volume in your hair. Or have kids-the constant pulling at your hair or you pulling your own hair out will do the trick. Voila!!

quail Tue 09-Jul-13 11:02:05

To set hair you're supposed to dry it till it's 90% dry, but I've found that will still be too wet and it will unset. I dry till it feels 100% dry but is sort of hot-damp, if that makes any sense - you can't feel any moisture any more but the heat doesn't seem to be drying it beyond dry. Then I roll it into a molton browner (which you can still find on ebay every so often for about £comedy) and do my make up. By that time there's a single giant wave throughout the whole thing but not a curl (because I've only used one fat curler) and it gives it volume.

EG99127 Tue 09-Jul-13 11:10:54

The largest sized heated rollers for about 15 minutes works well for me - I'm not so good with radial brushes.

emsmiff Tue 09-Jul-13 12:09:44

Dry your hair with a diffuser - certainly works for me.

Thegamer Tue 09-Jul-13 12:16:46

I let my hair naturally and use shampoo and conditioner to add volume.

I fluff my hair to give more volume too.

Marg2k8 Tue 09-Jul-13 12:33:29

Blow drying with a large brush works for me.

hel1984 Tue 09-Jul-13 12:50:08

I use Babyliss Big Hair and it took a bit of practice but now it works wonders!

JBH316 Tue 09-Jul-13 14:02:32

Although drying my hair upside down does work, the effects don't last very long. I haven't tried using volumising products though so I might give them a try and see if it makes any difference..

Elleceebee Tue 09-Jul-13 15:32:04

I think that a quick fix is to tip your head forward (Upside down) and spray hairspray into the roots. Quick and simple.

daimbardiva Tue 09-Jul-13 16:03:02

Gel spray - this has been a revelation for me for keeping curls under control without losing volume. I spray it on liberally when drying (either with a dryer or naturally) and then loosen the curls by hand. I like volumising powder (I have the schwarzkopf one) and also Tresseme's volumising spray.

chrismse Tue 09-Jul-13 19:10:47

Backcomb a little bit add some hairspray = instant volume smile

Boggler Tue 09-Jul-13 19:21:21

The only thing hat works for me is Bedhead Superstar for the Day shampoo and conditioner, its brilliant and really works smile

littlecabbage83 Tue 09-Jul-13 19:42:18

My hair is so lifeless that this has really given some good tips to get some volume in my hair for a night out smile

cluckyhen Tue 09-Jul-13 20:02:25

I have tried everything without much success. If I dry my hair with my head upside down I look terrible. If I have layers, it looks a mess. I've tried the back combing and looked more retro than chic...but if I go on a fairground ride my hair has loads of volume and is fantastic. Short of hubby buying me a big dipper for the garden I have to accept my hair will not have much volume!

lastkisstoo Tue 09-Jul-13 20:34:45

Great tip about the barrel brush with a metal centre, I hadn't thought of the heat benefits of that before.
My tip is never to condition your hair from root to tip, as it weighs down hair and makes it even flatter. I condition only from around level with my ears down. It still leaves my hair really shiny and soft, but allows me to achieve more body at the roots as it is not too soft there x

zebedee01 Tue 09-Jul-13 20:47:26

Some good tips there, I am going to try that, my hair is very fine so whatever I do just falls out and it goes flat lol! I am going to try getting one of those brushes and some mousse!

VickyRsuperstar Tue 09-Jul-13 21:45:22

I use volumizing shampoo & condititioner & then a bit of mousse & dry my hair upside down. I also love my Mason Pearson hairbrush which I find an invaluable tool to get my hair properly brushed & add more volume to it.

mghnew2you Tue 09-Jul-13 22:12:20

I find big curlers sometimes helps

pockledigg Wed 10-Jul-13 05:38:57

It may hark back to the 80's but a diffuser works well even on straight hair. After washing it slap loads of volumising mousse and blow dry upside down. Add a bit of hairspray to wet hair for a stronger hold.

smxx Wed 10-Jul-13 09:01:10

I have very fine long hair and if I am going to wear my hair down I use volumising mousse and blow dry my hair upside down for extra volume. This makes my hair look a lot thicker than it is, compared to leaving it to dry naturally.

fluffyblueberry Wed 10-Jul-13 09:03:19

I have thin hair but it can get frizzy when I try and add volume, so I use a de-frizz shampoo and serum when washing my hair, then use a volume boosting mouse when when, dry upside down for a time, then add volumising spray also. I get quite a lot of volume that way but it doesn't seem to last that long!

badgerfish Wed 10-Jul-13 11:29:06

Backcombing works for me smile

Geniene Wed 10-Jul-13 11:40:36

I have really curly hair but it is always flat when first washed (although no one else thinks so, but I LOVE big hair) I put Tigi Ego Boost through it while it's wet, then scrunch it a bit and let it dry naturally. Then when dry, tip my head upside down and go crazy with the 'ruffing it up' smile This gives me big hair, then a quick spray with L'Oreal Volume spray and I'm off smile

Puppypoppet Wed 10-Jul-13 11:45:32

Volumising shampoo, dry hair upside down and using dry shampoo also can give a bit of volume.

edmontonkitty Wed 10-Jul-13 12:04:24

Don't get me wrong - I'm glad I have too much rather than not enough volume - but my problem is the opposite and it's SO hot right now!

tishist Wed 10-Jul-13 12:43:02

I've been drying my hair upside down since I was a child and t does indeed give volume!

hannahlw85 Wed 10-Jul-13 13:40:40

I have really long, very thick hair, and I think its too heavy to get any decent volume in. Anything I do with heated tools soon falls out, and its become too expensive to buy recommended products for them to not work either at all, or very well. If I put my hair up in a bun for a few hours I find on undoing it there is more volume then, but no straight hair, which I prefer. Fortunately for me I rarely go out the house much these days due to ill health, so styling my hair isn't so important for the moment.

shyhb Wed 10-Jul-13 14:32:36

I dry my hair upside down and then use some volumising powder you can now buy - I apply this to the roots and it really volumises my hair.

misablue Wed 10-Jul-13 15:12:44

I have long straight hair, and so far did not find any product that would give my lasting volume.
I have tried drying my hair upside down, have sprays that claim to give you volume and nothing lasts longer that half hour..

The only method that works for my hair is good old backcombing with lots of hair spray.

I use root booster and blow dry with my head upside-down. Backcombing is good for my hair too.

suewilly Wed 10-Jul-13 18:17:34

After blow drying my hair I use 5 medium sized velcro rollers on the top layer. The heat from drying it makes the hair more likely to take on the lift from the rollers. I leave them in for as long as I can (usually around 30 minute while I'm getting ready to leave the house) and take them out at the last moment. My hair looks bouncy and the volume lasts for quite a while.

purpleaura Wed 10-Jul-13 18:20:39

Definitely a good shampoo makes a massive difference, and upside down hair drying does it for me smile

EliotNess Thu 11-Jul-13 07:41:07

i place tiny lego bricks under the hairline

ElsieMumofOne Thu 11-Jul-13 13:20:11

This will sound simple but rinsing your hair properly improves volume. I was getting sick of my hair looking so lank and flat at the top of my head until my sister told me I wasn't rinsing the conditioner out properly and the hair was weighted down. Does sound silly! I'm also one who uses Velcro rollers if I need a big boost for going out.

Mouseface Thu 11-Jul-13 16:34:10

I have short hair, it's slightly longer on one side, rather like THIS STYLE but shorter on the crown so that I get get some volume there, spiking it even, making my face look slimmer smile

I use TRESemme volumising powder on the crown, just at the base, next to the roots (you only need a tiny bit!) and also blow dry around the crown area using a small (as in narrow, the diameter of a 10p coin for example), bristle brush. I use a vent brush to blow dry the rest, then straighten the front longer part.

BUT................ my all time, never fail volume must do is to tip your head (carefully!) upside down and give your style a good dose of mega hold hair spray. It's perfect for my hair style. smile

If you have longer hair - deffo still do the spraying upside down thing, and if you find it's too big, just brush your hair through a bit. Back-combing is okay but your hair won't thank you in the long run so maybe save it for those absolutely must have very big hair days?

BTW - hot weather (and damp) hates big volume and has undone all my hard work so far so I've not bothered this week, I'd rather have sun than volume! grin

dstill1964 Thu 11-Jul-13 17:13:54

Make sure your hair is layered if long.I tip my hair to one side blow dry then do the other side and to give my hair large waves and curls I curl up and twist fastening with a butterfly clip and allow to dry during the day or if short on time I blast with a hairdryer and then release giving natural looking style and volume.For a full fringe I have a circular brush which I use and blast with hairdryer to make a bouncy full fringe.Dont be scared to really lift it as will drop slightly anyway x

florencebabyjo Thu 11-Jul-13 20:04:42

I find leaving my hair to dry naturally after washing seems to give it a good base. Then I turn it upside down, add a little mousse to the roots and give it a quick blast with the dryer to the roots. After that, I tease it into light curls and give a quick blast of hairspray. It then stays nice and full for ages.

DisAstrophe Thu 11-Jul-13 21:15:56

Nothing really works for me apart from backcombing and hair spray and that buggers up the condition. So I've learnt to embrace limpness

missorinoco Thu 11-Jul-13 22:30:41

Make sure all the shampoo and conditioner is washed out. If I want volume I blow dry upside down on full power, scrunching the roots when it is damp rather than wet. Layering also stops it looking limp, but only if you keep getting the layers cut.....

But I don't generally do big hair. Am I that behind the times? Should I be ditching the straightners again?

NowWhatIsit Fri 12-Jul-13 10:34:52

Blow dry upside down or sleep with it wet fanned out upwards!

HelenSw4les Sun 14-Jul-13 16:47:28

I have very fine hair and my top tip is not to wash it everyday and rarely condition it; this just makes it more fine and floppy than usual. Also I make sure I use the cold burst on the hairdryer to set the style.

Trevor is so right; everyone wants what they've not got. It sounds like Trevor has a trapeze or something in his salon for turning his customers upside down lol. I'm definitely going to use his tip and change my radial brush to one that has metal inside and hope that helps.

SaltySeaBird Sun 14-Jul-13 21:07:30

Good long blast of the hair dryer upside down. Volumising spray / mousse depending on the make or brand hels too.

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KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 21-Jul-13 18:18:25

I just bought the Batiste XXL dust from Boots - miles better than resurrection dust and cheaper. Perfect for an up do without knackering your hair smile

AllThatGlistens Wed 24-Jul-13 20:27:36

Definitely blow dry upside down with a diffuser and then huge Velcro rollers, does the trick every time!

auldspinster Thu 01-Aug-13 12:56:41

I just sleep on mine and it turns into a voluminous Robert Smith style frightwig.

Allthingspretty Fri 02-Aug-13 17:53:59

On day old or longer dry shampoo seema to.make my hair more valumimous

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 06-Aug-13 14:30:51

Congratulations IncaAztec, you've won the prize draw! We'll be in touch shortly grin

ScrambledEggAndToast Sun 08-Jun-14 10:38:53

Label M volume mouse is fab. I got it from the hairdressers and all you do is spray a bit on your hands and work it in and dry as normal. Always makes my hair look really volumised and glossy. Before I tried that I would dry upside down and that would help.

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