When we picture truly great hair, big, voluminous waves are so often what springs to mind. The likes of Beyoncé, Blake Lively and Julia Roberts are known for that iconic, textured volume, but so many of us can only dream of achieving that look.
For those of us with fine hair, it can feel like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s quick and easy to style in the mornings, but it doesn’t take much to fall flat and lifeless again. A little too much of the wrong product and it starts to look oily, and any attempt at thickening your locks makes them frizzy and dry.
Luckily, all is not lost. Our stylists at Paul Edmonds London are the experts at achieving volume and texture, creating dynamic and stylish looks on all different hair types. Discover some of our top tips to breathe new life into your limp locks.
UNDERSTANDING VOLUME AND TEXTURE: THE BASICS
We often mention hair volume and texture in the same breath, but what’s the difference? While both terms are about adding some “oomph” to your locks, amplifying your hair with a bit of body and separation, they shouldn’t be confused as the same thing.
Hair volume is determined by the density of your hair. How much hair you have, how thick it is and how full it looks. Hair texture refers to the shape and pattern of your locks – from gentle waves to dense spirals and everything in between. Volume and texture work in harmony together to create a fuller, more interesting style.
So whether you’re dreaming of effortless beach waves or the bouncy blow-dry look – by adding more volume and texture to your hair, you can lift your roots and boost definition, saying goodbye to flat, dull and lifeless locks.
HAIR STYLING SECRETS FROM THE PROS
If you have sleek, pin-straight locks then you’ll need some extra help to create those volumising hairstyles. But with the right techniques and some of the best products on the market, anyone can achieve the look.
Our styling pros have some tips and tricks up their sleeves to help you add volume and texture to your hair from home. For the luxury hair salon styling experience, book an appointment and let us do all the hard work for you.
CREATING HAIR VOLUME
With these simple tips, you can breathe fullness and volume into your fine hair.
Prep the hair – Before you start thinking about styling, you need to prep your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner. A volumising range like Shu Uemura Muroto Volume All In One will help to provide long-lasting volume and body, without weighing it down.
Lift at the root – A great trick for adding volume to your roots is to blow-dry your hair upside down. Let gravity do its job while you roughly dry your hair, then flip back up the right way and use a round brush to smooth and pull the hair up from the root.
Less is more – When it comes to styling products, don’t overdo it. Too much product in fine hair will just make it appear greasy and heavy, instantly losing that weightless lift you’re trying to achieve. Once you have perfected the volume, don’t overbrush it and flatten all your efforts, either.
Get a volumising cut – To really improve your hair’s volume, speak to your stylist about cutting in some strategically placed layers. Losing some of the weight to your hair will help to naturally lift it and boost your styling power.
HAIR TEXTURE TECHNIQUES
If you dream of achieving the effortless look with cool, undone texture, follow these steps.
Use texturising spray – For a full-bodied, tousled look, play around with texturising sprays and sea salt prays. These easy-to-apply products are an essential for adding texture to otherwise soft and smooth locks.
Add some movement – Poker-straight hair? Create some movement by adding some effortless beach waves with a curling tong or straightener for a relaxed and care-free look.
Keep it simple – To get that off-duty style, don’t spend too long perfecting it. Your hands are your best tool – scrunch in your texturising products, pull apart sections that look too “done”, and gently shake your waves out for a perfectly-imperfect look.
Go heatless – Add some texture to your hair while minimising damage with a heatless method. You can use braids or a scarf to add relaxed movement to your hair. Follow Paul’s beach wave tutorial to achieve beautiful rippled waves overnight.
VOLUMISING AND TEXTURISING PRODUCTS: WHAT TO USE
Refresh your style with long-lasting texture and body, without weighing down the hair.
Thicken super-fine hair with this fast-action treatment.
Lifting at the root, this spray adds volume to even very fine hair.
Pack your hair with essential vitamins and minerals to leave it full of body, but still soft and shiny.
This easy-to-apply spray provides piecey, defined texture and hold to soft waves.
Define your waves and add texture to any style with this sculpting hair fluid.
Separate and add texture to your locks for the authentically dishevelled, beachy look.
Achieve much-needed texture without losing your softness and shine.
SA barely-there, lightweight mist for that mussed-up, deconstructed texture that lasts all day.
Now you know how to create volume and texture at home, why not visit our online shop to stock up on our product picks? Or if you’d prefer our experts to work their magic, book an appointment at our London blow dry bar.