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How to Blow Dry Your Hair to Create Volume

by Pamela Miller

Tresses full of vivacious volume may seem to elude you, but it doesn't have to be this way. Mastering a few simple techniques with the help of your blow dryer will turn flat hair into voluminous hair. Certain tools of the trade are also required to bring va-va-voom to flat hair. When the right brushes are partnered with your blow dryer, volume is just around the corner.

Apply a dollop of alcohol-free mousse to damp hair, concentrating on the hair closest to the scalp. Always use a wide-tooth comb to comb wet hair. Avoid using a brush, as this can damage your hair when it's wet; tresses are much more fragile and prone to breakage when wet.

Blow dry your hair until it reaches a slightly damp state and get excess moisture out of it. Use your fingers to gently lift the hair at the roots. This will encourage volume. Use a clip to separate the top half section of your hair. Clip the top section on top of your head and focus on the bottom section.

Hold a ceramic round brush in one hand with the blow dryer in the other. Work in 1 1/2-inch sections, pulling the section around the ceramic brush and allowing the hair to stay on the barrel for a few seconds before releasing. This will allow the hair to set. A ceramic brush is ventilated and helps to move heat through the hair strands, shaping the hair into the desired style.

Take the top section of hair down once the bottom layer is dry. Work again in 1 1/2-inch sections. Apply more volumizing mousse to the crown if desired.

Slightly lift the brush in an upward motion when blowdrying the crown area to create more volume. Start at the root and hold the brush underneath the hair. Point the blow dryer on top of the hair in order to create heat. Gently lift the brush up and move the blow dryer along with it in the same direction. Work around the top section of hair until all hair is dry.

Items you will need
  • Alcohol-free mousse
  • Ceramic round brush

Tip

  • Depending on the length of your hair, adjust the barrel width of the brush accordingly. For example, medium length hair is best suited for a 2- to 3-inch wide round brush.

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