For centuries, humans have associated luscious, thick hair with strength and vitality. Consider how the biblical character Sampson lost his strength when his wife Delilah cut his hair. Hair also has strong feminine symbolism attached to it.
Today, women around the world are constantly on the lookout for methods to add volume and texture to their hair. Fortunately, there are many effective approaches and products (such as those from Philip B.) for plumping up your hair and making it more interesting with texture.
Here’s a look at some methods and products that can energize your hair:
How to add Volume and Texture while Washing Hair
1. Wash with volumizing shampoo and conditioner, then add pomade.
High-quality hair products, such as Philip B.’s Peppermint and Avocado Volumizing & Clarifying Shampoo, deliver moisture to the hair shaft and scalp, thereby reducing the amount of hair products you need to add later.
Another way to add texture and volume is to rub in pomade, such as Shin-Aid by Philip B. Low-maintenance types can achieve charming shapes by applying pomade to damp hair, shaping with fingers, and then leaving the hair to dry naturally. You can achieve a light, natural texture or a spunky molded look, depending on how much Philip B. pomade you rub into your drying locks. Use this technique with a brightening shampoo to create a carefree “beach-head” look.
2. Use specially formulated hair products for volume, such as Hair Lift by Oscar Blandi.
This breakthrough product has been clinically proven to increase hair’s texture and body by up to 47 percent. In addition to deeply moisturizing sodium hyaluronate derivatives, Oscar Blandi’s Hair Lift also contains Marine Glycogen, which is created from brown and red algae and naturally coats each hair in a sheer film to revitalize limp hair. Those with fine, weak or thin hair find this Oscar Blandi product to be especially useful. To increase your hair’s texture and volume using Oscar Blandi Hair Lift or other comparable products, simply apply a dime-sized amount to your hair after conditioning and before styling.
3. Blow-dry sans brush.
To boost volume at the crown, part your hair the opposite way that it naturally falls, and use your fingers to “crunch up” your hair as you dry it. This will create interesting texture all over your hair. Avoiding the use of a brush will help maintain your hair’s natural volume.
4. Flip hair back to “normal” part and apply hair spray or other volumizing product.
This will keep the volume pumped around your part all day long. Oscar Blandi’s VOLUME volumizing spray is an alternative to hair spray, which can quickly lose its oomph depending on the climate. Along with moisturizing aloe vera and sea algae, VOLUME contains wheat protein to naturally strengthen and plump up your locks. Add any styling you desire.
How to Add Volume and Texture between Washes
Unwashed hair can be rife with interesting textures, but how do you diminish the appearance of natural grease that so often tags along? Dry shampoo is the answer. Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder is especially efficacious. Highly absorbent natural ingredients including oat, tapioca and rice help cleanse hair in this Oscar Blandi innovation. Tea tree oil adds soothing properties to battle dandruff and decrease the itchiness that can accompany unwashed hair. Finally, a clean lemon verbena scent eliminates odor.
To use Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo or other similar products, simply squirt it into your palm and let the product drip to your fingertips. Next, massage into the scalp. A dry bristle brush can then be pulled through the hair to remove excess oil. Finally, style your hair as you wish. For a quick volumizing pick-me-up on the go, skip the final two steps.
If you’re concerned about frizz, flip your hair upside down after brushing. Apply a spritz of spray gel and scrunch your hair randomly, as described above.
Another approach to adding volume to dry hair involves applying mousse to your locks with a boar bristle brush. This method will add volume without adding frizz.
The techniques described above will add bounce and vitality to any head of hair. Experiment to see which volumizing methods work best for you. And once you have the perfect look, don’t forget to top it all off by reducing fly-aways with just a smidge of Philip B. Shin-Aid or other pomade product.