I have straight hair, but I'm lucky with it. It also has a lot of volume – most of the time. Some days, however, it's both straight and totally flat, which is the biggest bummer and invariably forces me to wear a hat. I hate having flat hair, and I'm sure many of you do as well. At least when you have natural curls or waves, you can do something, you know? When your hair is straight and flat, it pretty much just sits on your head like a helmet. So, here are quite a few ways to give body to straight hair. I hope this makes you feel better too!
1. Choose the Right Shampoo
The right shampoo is a great way to give body to straight hair. If you choose the wrong shampoo, it can weigh your hair down and make it look flat. Instead, look for a shampoo that promises to give your hair volume. For that matter, you need choose the right conditioner as well. Look for something lightweight that will give your hair added volume.
2. Braid It
You can also give your hair body by braiding it. If you braid it while it is damp, let it dry, then remove the braids, you'll have lots of waves and body. Remember, however, the smaller the braids, the more the kinks. If you want big, loose waves, then you need to make thick braids. Also, never brush your hair after you take your braids out. Finger comb your hair instead, and do it gently.
3. Curl It
Curling your hair is another way to give body to straight hair. You can keep it curly, or brush out the curls once you're done. Either way, your hair will have bounce and body. A little hairspray while you're curling each section will help add volume as well.
4. Flat Iron Tricks
There are many things you can do with a flat iron as well, since it can be used to curl your hair. Mostly, however, if you remember to start as close to the root of each second of hair as possible, you'll be giving yourself a lot of lift. Sometimes that is absolutely all you need for a little extra body.
5. Dry It Right
You also have to be careful about the way you dry your hair. You don't want to use too much heat, because that will leave your hair flat. Instead, try to towel dry it as much as possible. When you do need to use your hair dryer, don't put it on the "hot" setting. Try "warm" or "cool" as much as you can.
6. Use the Right Products
Using the right product is another great way to give body to straight hair. However, you have to be careful here as well. While products that promise body and volume are great, you have to make sure they aren't too heavy. Otherwise, they're just going to drag your hair down and make it look just as flat as it did before.
7. Don't Wash Away Your Volume
Finally, I've said it before and I'll say it again: do not wash your hair every single day. When you wash your hair every day, you are literally washing away all your volume. Just wash your hair every other day; that way, you keep the natural moisture your hair needs to have body and life.
You might be tempted to despair over your flat hair, but there's really no reason too. Look at all the ways to give body to straight hair! You can have tons of volume and body, and it won't take you that much effort. How do you deal with those flat hair days?
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