how to get volumized hair

Adele. She’s got the pipes of an angel and the eyelashes of a goddess, but what we’re really envious of is that perfectly voluminous hair. If you’ve ever stood in the mirror, fruitlessly scrunching your limp locks into a would-be bouffant, lament no longer. We got the expert tips from celebrity hair stylist, Mark Townsend, on how you can nail that perfect crown volume that hits the high notes.

1. Start In the Shower

“I tell my clients all the time that volume starts in the shower,” Townsend says. Reach for a volume-building product that will give you body without weighing down your hair. Townsend recommends Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. We’re also fans of Kérastase Bain Volumactive and Lait Volumactive.

2. Apply When Damp

“Apply products to damp hair because they require heat to bring the volume out,” Townsend expains. When shopping for the right product, you might see a familiar face making big waves in volumizing game. “Mousse is making the comeback of the century! Forget about those crunchy mousses from the 80s, now we are seeing moisturizers added to mousses and foams,” says Townsend.   

MDC Recommends: Redken Full Frame 07- Protective Volumize Mousse; Ojon Volume Advance Volumizing Styling Spray

3. Style Like a Pro

“The texture and thickness of the hair should determine which products you choose but the styling techniques remain the same. After applying mousse or root volumizing spray, blow dry with a round brush—they give the hair more volume than flat brushes,” Townsend suggests.

Next, “set the hair at the crown in barrel curls (wrap the blow-dried sections in that area around 2 or 3 fingers and secure at the scalp with a clip) and let the hair cool for a few minutes, then take the clips out and tease at the root for extra volume.”

If you want even more of a boost, Townsend suggests throwing in a few hot rollers at the crown. “Spray a flexible hold hairspray on the hair before wrapping the hair in the roller and make sure to let them cool down before removing the rollers.”

The Quick Fix

What happens if you’re hair’s already dry and you need volume stat? “I’ve spent years on photo shoots and the hair can go flat pretty quickly under those harsh lights, so when that happens I ask my client to flip her head upside down and I spray dry shampoo at the roots and massage it in with my fingers, then flip the hair back up and tease the roots around the crown of the head. Dry shampoo has starches in it that will literally build on top of each other creating amazing volume in seconds!” Towsend says.

MDC Tip: Don’t miss our guide to our favorite dry shampoos—and how to use them.

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