Is your hair feeling flat, limp and lifeless? It doesn’t have to! Pumping up the volume on all hair types is easy with the right products and styling techniques. Aveda Artist Jen Hughes shares her pro tips, honed behind the chair at Juut Salonspa in Minneapolis and behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week, for the full, pumped-up volume you want.
Toolkit: blow dryer with nozzle, Velcro rollers
Shampoo and condition hair using lightweight products like Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Shampoo and Conditioner or Rosemary Mint Purifying Shampoo and Weightless Conditioner. Keep the conditioner only on the ends of your hair to avoid weighing down the roots.
Pure Abundance Style-Prep is Jen’s go-to creating grip in straight, fine hair. Apply it from the roots to the ends, then pre-dry the hair to about 90%, lifting the roots with your fingers as you go.
Wrap subsections of your hair around large Velcro rollers — make sure the ends are inside the roller and the roller is sitting on top (that is, on the base of the subsection). Dry the remaining hair subsection by subsection using high heat. Finish each subsection with a blast from the blow dryer’s cool button to lock in the root lift and bend.
Remove the rollers and separate the waves with your fingers. Add a puff of Shampure Dry Shampoo or Pure Abundance Hair Potion at the roots to lock in the lift and backcomb for even more volume. Finish with Control Force Hair Spray.
Toolkit: Blow dryer with nozzle, Velcro rollers, small round brush, duck bill clips, Paddle Brush
In the shower, cleanse with Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, then detangle with the accompanying conditioner. Scrunch dry with a towel, microfiber towel or T-shirt, whatever you prefer.
To create more oomph for fine, wavy hair, spray Thickening Tonic from roots to ends. Use a smaller round brush and a blow dryer with a nozzle. Starting at the roots, take sections of hair the same size as the round brush. While elevating the hair, wrap each section around the brush and blow dry the sections with the nozzle directed down the hair shaft as you go. Pin each section on base with duck bill clips for added root lift. When all the sections are completed and cooled, brush through the hair with your fingers or with a Paddle Brush. For definition, add Light Elements Defining Whip, and for hold and texture, finish with Air Control Hair Spray.
For coarser wavy hair, utilize the steps below for curly or coily hair, but use bigger sections.
FOR CURLY OR COILY HAIR
Toolkit: Paddle Brush, Hair diffuser, double prong clips
Detangle the hair in the shower using a Paddle Brush and a curl-enhancing or detangling shampoo and conditioner like Be Curly or Brilliant. Towel dry with a cotton or microfiber towel or a T-shirt, depending on your hair routine.
Apply Be Curly Style-Prep from roots to ends followed by Be Curly Curl Enhancer. (If your hair is curly but fine, select just one curl-defining product.) For an added boost, spray Volumizing Tonic at the roots only.
Diffuse dry the hair to create the most volume and greater curl definition in most coily hair types. For maximum root lift, tip the head upside down while diffusing. The “fingers” of the diffuser can be used to lift and manipulate the roots while diffusing. You may also set the hair at the roots using double prong clips. When the hair is completely dry, remove the clips, and spray your hair with Be Curly Curl Enhancing Hair Spray.