Flatter than ideal hair has always been an issue for many women through time, and there are a variety of ways for counteracting the issue. Some people are simply born with thin, fine hair, while others suffer damaged hair from over-processing. Then, later in life, it is a common complaint that with aging, the hair not only becomes thinner, but it also simply lies flatter on the head. This being the case, plumping up your hair at the roots can become an amazing method of giving yourself a more youthful appearance than you might ever imagine.
If you wish your hair had more lift, you’re not alone. Women preceding these times, particularly during the time of the Gibson Girl when ultra thick hair was the norm, it was commonplace for women to save their hair extracted from their combs and brushes. As it matched each woman’s hair, being her own to begin with, this was the best way to create volume that could not be perceived as an extra, artificial measure. Hair receivers were small containers with a round hole in the lids where all this extra hair would be placed and when there was enough, this hair would be formed either by braiding or being rolled into a hair net. They then became supplemental hair add-ons, known as “ratts.” Today, women are going back to this method with some impressive (and free) results.
Product-Inspired Boost Power
You might want to check out some of the root-boosting products out there. They create lift at the roots, and some are formulated specifically for fine hair, which means these will be more lightweight, so as not to weigh down your tresses. These products must be applied to wet, freshly shampooed hair in order to work, and won’t perform otherwise. If you blow dry your hair with your head upside down, and with a root booster product in your hair, you’ll gain even more volume. The upside down drying thing even works without a root booster, and you might try drying your hair upside down with some gel or hairspray applied to your wet hair, for some extra lift.
Depart From That Part
If you, like many others, typically wear your hair in a go-to style, this is the style that will ensure that your hair is its flattest, due to repetition that has trained it. Whether your part your hair or it naturally falls into its own part, you can add impressive volume just by changing the location of your part. Try parting your hair on the opposite side, or as far as possible from your current default part, and you’ll immediately see the difference. At first, it may take a little time to stay put, but you can circumvent this with a light spray of hairspray to secure.
Switch Your Shampoo, and How You Shampoo
There are some really good volumizing shampoos out there that won’t strip your hair and won’t affect your hair color. Generally, these products are translucent or clear. The more white and opaque they appear, the more the conditioning ingredients, which will weigh down your hair. And if you use conditioner–when applying, stay away from those roots–only condition further away. You can gather your hair into a ponytail and just apply the conditioner there, avoiding the scalp side. While it’s not recommended to wash your hair more than every two days, nothing gets those roots standing up better than a washing. Try creating a ponytail that you form into a bun, and only wash your roots, leaving the longer hair alone.
Other Root Boosters
Freshly colored hair always looks fuller, as well as hair that has received a little bit of dry shampoo for lift. Some women are using those old crimping irons from the 80s just at the roots, and only to the under layers for impressive lift. Setting your hair with hot rollers will do the trick, and then there’s always the old standby of teasing, or back-brushing your hair. With teasing, the only drawback is that you’ll be combing it all out later and it’s time-consuming and you always loose a little hair in the process.