JUST KIDDING. I care. Big time. I love me some big hair.
My favorite hair styles usually come from the 1950’s and 60’s. I love the big hair, with it’s smooth volume that many of the styles had. The clothing from those decades also makes my heart flutter but that’s some chit-chat for another day.
Today is all about hair, hair, hair.
*There is a cheat-sheet at the bottom of this post for when you are styling and just want the fast tips, as well as a product list.*
SO… for me, big hair starts in the shower. It can be tricky to find volumizing shampoo and conditioner that are also safe for colored treated hair. And as any gal knows who colors her hair, when you finally find that perfect shade, you don’t want to the color to change one bit.
I have found that Living Proof FULL shampoos and conditioners give me great volume and keep my color in tact. I’ve also recently started using Suave Professionals Natural Infusion shampoo and conditioner in the anti-breakage formula and it’s the first time ever that I’ve been impressed with drugstore shampoo and conditioner. Like, seriously impressed. Suave also makes a volumizing shampoo and conditioner in that Natural Infusions line that I want to try next.
After the shower, I towel dry my hair then apply Aveeno Active Natural Nourish & Style Volumizing Foam. I apply it at the roots and it gives your hair a huge boost. It’s been discontinued, which make no sense at all, because it’s seriously amazing. Non crunchy, lifts your roots up a half inch, and is completely invisible when it dries (no wet-hair-mousse look). I use it every time I wash my hair and one bottle has lasted me over two and a half years. (Maybe that’s why it’s discontinued, everyone is still working through their first bottle. Bring it back, Aveeno, I’ll buy more!!) You can find it on Amazon still or next I will try the Suave Natural Infusion Foam, because I liked the shampoo/conditioner from this line.
If I want my style to last me three or four days without touch ups, I use Living Proof Prime from my roots to my ends. This stuff is so lightweight, yet somehow makes your hair hold its style forever. It’s a miracle product. I feel like I’m putting a magic trick on my head.
Then I apply either Living Proof Perfect Hair Day cream or the Full cream if I want crazy big hair. The PHD cream gives you medium volume and smoothness with heat protection and the Full cream gives your huge volume. Like Dolly Parton hair. And you all know how much I love Dolly. Oh, you didn’t know? Yeah, I’m obsessed with her. I apply either cream from roots to ends.
I use a quarter sized amount of oil on my ends. My ends are dry from hair color and heat styling, so you might not need as much product if your hair is not dyed or heat styled. I work the oil into the last inch of my hair, then with whatever is left on my hands go through the rest of my hair. I’m using Pequi oil here, I think it was from an at home color kit, but I will use Argan oil, coconut oil, whatever, as long as it’s a more pure product (not a ton of chemicals and fillers that can weigh hair down.)
I always blow dry my roots to give them extra lift, even if I’m not blow drying the rest of my hair. For this post, I didn’t blow dry my hair fully, because I knew I’d be heat styling my hair when it dried, and wanted to protect it a little from too much heat. I use Got2B heat protectant ($4) lightly misted all over. I’ve also used the Kenra heat protectant spray and it’s fantastic ($22). I always blow dry my hair at the roots in the opposite direction than I want it to lay. So, I blow dry the sides straight up and the back of my head forward. Then I flip my head upside down while I’m blow drying to get the bottom dry and give it some extra volume.
When I’m heat styling my hair, whether I’m using a flat iron or a curling iron, I always start styling an inch below my roots if possible. If possible means = if I didn’t sleep on wet hair like a LAZY DAISY and my roots are smooth and not too kinky. This helps keep that natural volume in your hair.
After I’m styled, I part my hair at the top of my head in three places, and lightly spray hair spray on the part. I use L’oreal Elnett, because it’s not sticky and is super, super light, with amazing hold. I then flip the hair back down and gently brush everything out, so that it’s not crunchy where the hairspray is.
For major volume, I’ll tease the crown. I did a full post on how to tease your hair HERE. If I’m lazy and don’t feel like teasing, or I’m trying to give my hair a little break, I’ll use Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder at the crown and scrunch the hair at the crown. It’s not as volumizing as teasing, but is gentle on your hair.
On days two and three of my hair (and days 4, 5, 6- I only wash my hair once or twice a week), I will part my hair in those three places again and mist with dry shampoo. If my hair is getting really dirty, I’ll dry shampoo all over.
For big, big hair, you can add clip-in hair extensions. This will give you a huge boost in volume and length. For a special occasion – night out, photo shoot, grocery store run when you’re single- clip in extensions make your hair look amazing! Full post on extensions HERE and HERE. I’m too lazy to use clip ins every day, but you best-believe when Saturday Night rolls around I’m clippin’.
These are ALL my tips and tricks that I have for you. I hope they help!
Shampoo & Conditioner: Living Proof Full ($24 each) or Suave Natural Infusion All Day Body ($4 each)
Root Booster Mousse: Aveeno Active Natural Nourish & Style Volumizing Foam ($10)
Cream: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Cream or Full Cream ($26 each)
Oil: Pequi, Argan, Coconut, or Olive oil product that is more natural
Hairspray: L’oreal Elnett ($13)
Dry Shampoo: Bastite ($8), Khlorane ($18), or SHHH ($6)
Volumizing Powder: Bumble & Bumble Pret-a-Powder ($26)
How to get Major Volume:
1. Use a body building shampoo and conditioner.
2. After towel drying hair, apply mousse, volumizing cream, and oil.
3. Blow dry at least the roots.
4. Blow dry hair in the opposite direction than you want it to lay.
5. Start your heat styling an inch down from your roots.
6. Part hair in three places at the crown of your head and spray with hair spray.
7. For extra volume at the crown, tease your hair or scrunch with texture building powder.
8. Refresh every day or every other day with dry shampoo.
9. Clip In extensions for bonus points.
10. You are lovely and you have big hair. Go get em’, Tiger!
Comment below with questions or if any of these tricks worked for you!
Go Get Glam!