Homemade Hair Volumizer

Turn up the volume in your hair with homemade products.

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When limp and lifeless rule the day and you want to infuse mega body into your mane, reach for a volumizer that will bring your hair back to life. Although you can choose from a myriad of volumizing products in the beauty-product aisle, you can also make a homemade hair volumizer for a fraction of the cost.

How Volumizers Work

When you need to plump up your thin strands, volumizers envelop each individual hair shaft with ingredients that bind to the strands and make them fatter. Usually, these volumizers work by clinging to your wet hair -- and as you apply heat with the blow dryer, the products stick to the hair and make them look thicker. The plumpness remains long after you turn off the blow dryer, giving you lasting volume throughout the day or evening.

Beer

Instead of drinking that beer, add it to your favorite shampoo instead for a homemade hair volumizer. You get a double bonus because beer makes hair shiny and it makes the hair shaft expand. Measure out 6 ounces of shampoo and 2 ounces of standard beer and mix the two ingredients together well. This volumizing shampoo stores easily in a standard plastic bottle for up to one month. Don’t forget to shake the shampoo gently before sudzing up.

Coconut Milk

The sugars in coconut milk make this special plant product a volumizing tool. Grab a spray bottle and pour about 1/2 cup of coconut milk straight into the bottle. Seal the bottle tightly and give it a quick shake. This concoction will keep for up to one week in the refrigerator, giving you enough time to use up all the goodness.

Styling

After shampooing with your beer volumizing shampoo, towel-dry your hair gently. Grab your spray bottle filled with coconut milk and coat your hair generously with this good stuff -- then blow-dry it totally dry. To pump up your hair even more, flip your head upside-down while blow-drying. Style as usual and spritz your hair with finishing spray to hold the style.

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