4 ways to give your hair more oomph
From instant volume fixes to long-lasting density
Limp, lifeless hair is on no one’s list of hair goals. But on more days of the week than we care to count, that’s exactly what we’re faced with when we look in the mirror. Be it from your styling technique, how you wear your hair or an issue with hair thinning, the good news is a bouncy looking head of hair can be in your future. Simply choose your solution from these steps, depending on your situation and how much time you have to invest in your ‘do.
If you only have two minutes…
A quick change of your part can do wonders for creating the look of more volume. The more you wear your hair to one side, the more your hair naturally starts to grow in that direction, causing it to sit flatter. So when you flip which side you part your hair on, you’re forcing your strands to lift at the roots. Just take one look at the wonders a simple hair part change has done for these celebs.
If you have 10 minutes up your sleeve…
The best way to boost volume when you only have 10 minutes handy is to concentrate on your blow-drying technique. Flip your head upside-down and pull sections taut with a round brush while you blast it dry. By forcing the direction of the strands away from your scalp, you’ll create instant volume when you flip your hair back. You can also try adding a volumising mousse, like Shu Umerura Art Of Hair Ample Angora Volumizing Light Foam, to wet hair before you begin blow-drying. For even more of a root lift, throw in some extra backcombing once your hair is dry and styled.
If you have a few hours to spare…
It may be time-consuming to squeeze in a trip to your hairdresser, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with less daily maintenance when it comes to creating the look of voluminous hair. Thanks to some strategically placed highlights – using the hair contouring technique – your hairdresser can help add dimension to your hair, which will make it appear thicker. The contrast of lighter tones at the roots of a darker head of hair also gives hair a visual boost of volume. Plus, hair colour swells the hair shaft, so it will actually make your strands that little bit thicker.
If you want a more long-lasting solution…
Be it due to hormonal changes, diet, pregnancy, medication or seasonal changes (just to name a few causes), hair thinning is the most concerning hair problem for Australian women*. So if you’re looking for denser, volumising results, tackle your thinning hair woes at the root (no pun intended) of the problem with a complete hair regimen. L’Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl helps promote thicker, volumised and visibly denser hair by addressing the five main signs of thinning hair: a loss in density, a loss in volume, brittle hair fibres, thinner-looking hair and slow hair growth.
Serioxyl is formulated with a powerful redensifying ingredient, Stemoxydine – to awaken dormant hair follicles – and comes in a range for natural thinning hair or colour-treated thinning hair. Reach for the Serioxyl Denser Hair Serum to encourage the growth of up to 1,700 new hairs^ with continued use for a minimum of three months. Also use the shampoo and conditioner that matches your hair type, and for immediate volume-boosting results, try the Serioxyl Thicker Hair Serum on wet hair to leave it looking thicker when styling.
For more advice on hair loss and thinning, chat to your hairdresser.
*TNS Haircare Usage & Attitudes Presentation – August 2010. Subjects = 1027.
^Clinical Studies vs. Placebo, 101 subjects, daily applications, three months, based on 100,000 hairs on an average head.
Do you suffer from thinning hair or a loss of hair density? What hair volumising tricks do you swear by?
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.