We all dream of waking up to voluminous, bouncy hair. So what to do when your version of "bed-head" translates to flat, stick-straight strands? Follow our expert tips below to give your tresses their am boost.
Choose the Right Shampoo
Using less-than-ideal products in the shower can set you up for instant hair failure, no matter how hard you try styling afterwards. “If your strands tend to be oily, use a clear shampoo instead of a creamy one,” says celebrity stylist for Garnier Fructis Marc Mena. “They’re free of silicones that can weigh fine hair down and make it seem limp.” He recommends Garnier Fructis Pure Clean 2in1. Suffering from dry, weather-beaten or over-processed tresses? “Choose a super hydrating shampoo, and use it every other day, at the most,” Mena advises. “Over-cleansing and conditioning will make your hair go flat.” We like L’Oréal Vive Pro Hydra Gloss Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner.
Get Color Happy
Want to know an insider secret to boosting volume? “Highlights,” Mena says. “They can be as subtle as tone-on-tone, but they rough up your hair’s cuticle just enough to give strands the extra boost of body they need.”
If your hair is a day or two old, apply a little dry shampoo just to roots to give strands an instant lift. We love Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, but “You can always use a little baby powder to help absorb oil if you don’t have dry shampoo on hand,” Mena says. If your hair is freshly washed, comb a quarter-sized dollop of mousse from roots to ends to add body before blowing it dry. Mena likes Warren Tricomi Style Hair Mousse.
“Everyone should have a large, ceramic round brush,” Mena says. “It’s great for creating volume at the roots.” First, blow-dry hair using just your fingers until it’s about 80 percent dry. (A paddle brush will make them smooth and sleek—not the look you’re going for). Next, wrap 2-inch sections all across the hairline around your round brush, and blast them with heat at the roots for several seconds. Finish by spritzing a lightweight hairspray all over strands to lock in body. We like L’Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray Strong Hold.
Make it Last
To stretch your blowout and wake up with Victoria's Secret-worthy body, wrap one- to two-inch sections of hair around your fingers from roots to ends, and secure with large bobby pins or clips before going to sleep at night. “In the morning, you’ll have tons of bounce,” Mena says. For added volume, tease hair at the crown of your head with a rattail comb, then use your fingers to comb it all through for a sexy-but-natural finish.