Maximizing My Hair’s Volume, Length and Shine
For hair that’s anything but basic
We’ve all washed our hair with the same type of formula for decades. Shampoo, rinse, repeat, condition, rinse. Then blowdry into whatever style you want. It’s as though you’re on autopilot when it comes to tending to your hair. But is your hair routine really leaving you with healthy hair?
My strands, which have survived a battery of blowouts, bleaching, hair ties, and indelicate brushing, need a considered maintenance strategy. And thus, I have mastered some tricks that make my hair look 10X times better.
For all hair types, better hair starts with your routine. For fine hair, like mine, it starts in the shower with the right shampoo and conditioner that are giving you all the nourishment your hair needs but also giving it volume. I’ve noticed that most shampoos leave a residue that is supposed to help moisturize hair. It actually weighs my hair down and makes it flat. I’ve been loving Pantene’s Pro-V Micellar Shampoo. My hair is left squeaky clean but isn’t stripped of its natural oils. Conditioners can be tricky, you need to find the one that won’t take away your volume. I’ve been using Keratase Aura Botanica on my ends and it keeps my hair super soft.
I read that Jen Atkins, celebrity hair stylist, recommends for her clients dry their hair with an old cotton t-shirt instead of a towel after they shower. I tried it out last year and I’ve been hooked ever since! Wet strands are much more fragile and prone to breakage, and the harsh fibers of a towel can be too aggressive. It feels more gentle on my hair to use a cotton t-shirt, try it out and report back to me! You should also be wary of what kind of brush you use on damp hair. Something with too much tension will stretch the hair too much, which also exposes it to breakage. I use a tangle teaser!
The Finishing Touches
For hair-raising volume, there’s only one thing to do: Shake up a bottle of Kevin. Murphy Bedroom.Hair really well, then flip my head upside down. Spray it directly on the roots, then shake up with my fingers. It acts as a support for the roots and it gives my hair instant life and volume! To finish, I spray a little more on my ends; giving my hair a ‘lived in’ look. I’m loving this texturizing hairspray – it’s like dry shampoo and hair spray had a baby.
I always want my hair to photograph with incredible shine. I opt for a spray that emits a super-fine mist. The lighter it feels, the less likely the formula is to weigh down your hair. This barely-there blend by Kevin.Murphy Shimmer. Shine. adds a brilliant shine to hair with no oily residue.
For ponytails and slicked-back looks, I always use L’oreal Magic Retouch in Dark Brown to fill in the part and hairline. This makes my hair look significantly fuller. Trust me you need to try this one, it’s one of my favorite beauty hacks. Don’t go overboard and spray too much, your hair will look powdery, a little goes a long way when using a touch-up spray.
The Extra Steps
Clarifying will rehab your hair in five minutes or less. Just like our skin, our scalp and hair need to be deep cleaned every so often. Clarifying is the process of stripping away product buildup with either purifying shampoos purchased in store or through a variety of DIY home remedies. Invest in a good clarifying shampoo to slough away build-up. I’ve tried and approve Kevin. Murphy Maxi.Wash. The result is hair that is less weighed down and easier to style.
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