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How to create more volume in curly hair

You’ll probably recognize this: you have a good curly hair day, but it’s flat at the roots. You’re not alone! Many people with curly hair struggle to create volume at their roots, because the weight of their curls pulls their strands down. We don’t just want super defined curls, we want volume! Luckily, there are some tricks to add more volume to curls. We’ll share a few awesome ones below.

Also read: How to care for fine curly hair

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Get a haircut

First of all, it’s a good idea to go to the hairdresser regularly so that your hair doesn’t become too heavy. If your curls haven’t been trimmed in months, the length may be working against you. Because the shorter your hair, the firmer your curls will be. And the longer your curls, the heavier they get. This stretches your hair, making your curl pattern appear looser and flatter. A good haircut can help create a lot of volume by taking off all that extra weight and creating natural lift. That doesn’t mean you need to have short hair in order to add volume. A stylist will be able to advise you on what’s best for your specific curl pattern, density, width and length.

Also read: Cutting curls: the different curly hair-cutting methods

Use a volumizing shampoo

You can also create more volume in curly hair by washing it with a volumizing shampoo. These are often light and don’t weigh your hair down. There are many options, so pick one that will give your curls what they need, as well as providing a lift and thickening.

Get thickening hair products

Like volumizing shampoos, there are many thickening hair products that can add volume to curly hair. Focus on products that are specifically for volume. A thickening mousse, for example, is lightweight and the airy formula will give your roots lift and volume. This is especially a good one for people with fine curly hair.

Clarify your curls

If your hair is flat at the roots, it may be weighed down by product buildup from your moisturizers and stylers. Therefore, occasionally use a clarifying shampoo to remove all buildup from your hair. It gives both your scalp and strands a fresh start. As a result, your curls will feel lighter, look more lifted, and your styling products will work more effectively too. 

Hair plopping

Hair plopping is a way to make your curls dry faster on a wash day. It also provides defined and frizz-free curls with volume. Instead of letting your curls dry “hanging”, plopping will accordion your curls, helping them keep their defined, spiral shape. 

You don’t use a normal towel for this, because that’s made to absorb the moisture from your hair. And moisture is very important for curls, which are naturally very dry and sensitive. That’s why you should use a soft fabric, such as a cotton t-shirt, microfibre towel or hydrophilic cloth. You plop your wet hair after you’ve applied your styler and before you start to dry your hair. Whether that’s in the morning or at night before going to sleep doesn’t matter.

Also read: The pros and cons of hair plopping

Try root clipping

Another way to add volume to curly hair is root clipping. This is a technique where you apply hair clips in your hair to create volume at the roots. Duckbill clips will be the easiest to use without frizzing up your hair. Do your normal wash and style routine, and start with clipping your roots while your hair is still wet. Grab a small section of curls at the roots, lift it upwards and clip close to the scalp. Focus on the sections around your crown and surrounding your face. Let your hair air dry and expect a lot of volume!

Diffuse your curls

Within the Curly Girl Method, the use of a hair dryer is not recommended. Air-drying is much better for the health of your hair, but it doesn’t always help with volume. Wet strands are weighed down by moisture, which is why your roots appear flat even when your curls are completely dry. Luckily, there is a correct way to blow-dry your hair, and that’s with a diffuser.

A hair dryer that’s really suitable for this, is the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. It has an intelligent heat controller, that measures the air temperature 20 times per second and adjusts it if necessary. This way, you won’t damage your hair with high temperatures, and you don’t have to use extra protective hair products. To protect your curls from heat damage, it’s important not to use the hottest setting of your Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. It’s best to use the medium or cool setting. Use the diffuser attachment and flip your head upside down and diffuse for an extra boost. 

Also read: Review: Dyson Supersonic hair dryer for curly hair

Fluff your roots

Use your hands to add volume to your curls! At various moments throughout the day, flip your head forward and fluff your roots. It’s best to do this only when your hair is completely dry, to avoid creating frizz instead of volume. This might be the most fun way to create more volume in curly hair!

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