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Volume at the Base of Your Hair: Straight but not Flat!

Straight and shimmering, that’s how our hair is supposed to look. At the same time, the hair at the base needs bounce and volume. How can you reconcile these two requirements? Is it magic? Not at all, you can do it if you apply our five ultimate tips for achieving volume at the base of the hair.

  • How to achive ample volume
    How to achive ample volume plus a shimmering and straight structure.
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    "Would you like me to blow-dry your hair straight?" Look out! Many a hair stylist first asks this question and then fulfils the promise - or is it rather a threat? Some hair stylists go all out straightening your hair without regard for the shape of your skull or your hair structure. They take strand after strand and pull it tightly over a round brush. Sure, this leaves your hair as straight as never before but it also hangs down limb and flat. For obvious reasons, most women do not appreciate this. This technique will only give you a flattering look if you have very thick and robust hair as well as a classic skull shape. Everybody else should rather strengthen their hair at its base.

    Here is how this is done:

  • Tip 1: The Proper Amount of Styling Aid

    Mousse and blow-drying lotions or tonics are used to build up the volume at the base of your hair. Important: A golf ball-sized volume of mousse or alternatively, six or seven sprays of blow-drying lotion are enough. More could gum up your hair. The styling aids work best if you comb them through your hair from the scalp down to ear length using a comb or skeleton-type brush.

  • Tip 2: The Cool Air Trick

    Don’t just use your hair dryer to blow hot air on your hair. You should apply cool air as well. This step is essential for giving the built up volume staying power. You should therefore first pull strands of your hair over a brush while blowing warm air on it. Then roll the hair over the brush and give it a blast of cool air. Leave the brush in your hair for a few minutes. For chin-length or longer hair you should use a round brush with a diameter of at least six centimetres (2.36//). If you use brushes with smaller heads you will create curls rather than volume.

  • Tip 3: Part Your Hair Differently

    Hair gets used to many things. This applies to the immovable hair parting as well. Hair tends to fall flat especially in the place where you have always parted your hair. See to it that there is some variation in your hairdo every once in a while and part your hair on the other side for a change. Your hair roots will then stand up again and create more volume at the base of the hair. The following trick works great for longer hair: Use a soft ponytail holder to pull your freshly washed and still damp hair up high on top of your head. Let your hair down after a few hours and enjoy the full look at the base of your hair.

  • Tip 4: Creating Illusions

    Teasing is an old standby when it comes to creating more volume at the base of the hair. Of course, you don’t want your hair to look like a tossed up bird’s nest. In order to avoid that look, do not wildly start teasing the top layer of your hair on top of your head. It works much better if you first gather the top layer of your hair and fasten it on top of your head. Then you can tease the hair underneath ever so softly with a fine-toothed comb. Then comb the top layer of your hair back in place and keep it in place using a trace of hair spray. The hair spray will keep your slight finagling under cover.

  • Tip 5: Preserving Your Styling Art

    Hair spray or hair lacquer is the perfect finishing touch for the architecture of your hair style. However, do not even think of holding the spray bottle over your head while distributing the hair spray like a helmet over your head. This may also have the unwanted effect of weighing fine hair down. It is much more effective to lift individual strands of your top hair portion and spray from the side against the base of the hair strand.