The Rise of Big Hair

No, this isn’t the ’80s call­ing— we’re talk­ing about healthy, body-full locks that never go out of style.

SHAPE (USA) - - Contents - By Re­becca Dancer

Get healthy, vo­lu­mi­nous locks

Gone are the crunchy hair­sprays and flaky gels of the past. A new crop of vol­ume-boost­ing mousses, sprays, and sham­poos are here to re­store limp, life­less locks. Add these prod­ucts and tips to your arse­nal, and you’ll get fab­u­lous, fuller-look­ing hair.

Get to the root of it

“To achieve vol­ume, it all starts at the scalp,” says Jonathan Colom­bini, a L’Oréal Paris con­sult­ing hairstylist. Keep your roots clear of oil and de­bris that could weigh them down by sham­poo­ing reg­u­larly with a nu­tri­ent-dense, vo­lu­miz­ing for­mula, such as Love Beauty and Planet Vol­ume & Bounty Sham­poo ($9, drug­stores). That doesn’t mean you need to be afraid of con­di­tioner: To­day’s for­mu­las are in­fused with in­gre­di­ents like amino acids, which will for­tify and den­sify strands with­out heavy sil­i­cones. Look for a thick­en­ing for­mula, such as Aveda In­vati Ad­vanced Thick­en­ing Con­di­tioner ($33, aveda.com) or John Frieda Lux­u­ri­ous Vol­ume Core Re­store Con­di­tioner ($12, ulta.com).

Style strate­gi­cally

It might seem as though noth­ing you do could ever match the vol­ume you can get from a pro­fes­sional blowout, but a few small tricks can go a long way to­ward mak­ing your hair look fuller. “If you’re not adept at blow-dry­ing while lift­ing your hair by the roots with a round brush like a pro, flip your head over and use a pad­dle brush while dry­ing in­stead,” says Jen­nifer Yepez, a celebrity hairstylist for Kéras­tase. “This will en­sure that the air hits the roots at an up­ward an­gle, cre­at­ing more lift.” Pre­blowout, prep your hair at the roots with a few spritzes of tex­tur­iz­ing spray, such as Hair Rituel by Sis­ley-Paris Vo­lu­miz­ing Spray ($90, hair-rituel.com) or Philip Kings­ley Max-imizer ($38, philip­kings­ley.com). Post­blowout, set your style with a light­weight spray, like Tre­semmé Com­pressed Mi­cro-Mist Hair Spray ($5, drug­stores)—it pro­vides last­ing hold with­out any hard, sticky residue, so your hair can still move nat­u­rally.

Mas­ter mousse

Those who pre­fer to air-dry their hair should con­sider us­ing mousse as their styler of choice. “The lat­est for­mu­las will thicken your hair with­out mak­ing it stiff,” Colom­bini says. Ap­ply a golf­ball-size amount of a light, vol­ume-boost­ing mousse, such as It’s a 10 Hair­care Mir­a­cle Styling Mousse ($17, it­sa10hair­care.com) or Kéras­tase Den­si­fique Den­si­mor­phose ($37, keras­tase-usa .com), to clean, damp hair. “Work it through from your roots down the hair shaft but not to the ends,” Colom­bini says. “It will plump your strands while also giv­ing them a soft look.”

Do your part

Some­thing as sim­ple as chang­ing your part can also make your hair look fuller. “By flip­ping your hair to the side you don’t nor­mally wear it on, you cre­ate nat­u­ral lift at the root,” says celebrity hairstylist Christo­pher Naselli. An­other pro tip: When styling, spray a bit of vo­lu­miz­ing prod­uct, such as Oribe Dry Tex­tur­iz­ing Spray ($46, oribe.com), on a clip and at­tach it length­wise along your part line. “Let it sit for a few min­utes be­fore re­mov­ing—it will give your part a great root boost,” Naselli says.

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