How to Get Volume at the Roots of Curly Hair

With the right after-shower routine, you can transform your lifeless curls.

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All curly-haired girls know that sometimes it feels almost impossible to get the right amount of volume at the roots of your hair. Sometimes you're left with a mess of dry, flat hair that's voluminous around the bottom but lifeless on top. Those girls you see in magazines with enviously voluminous and frizz-free hair didn't get it by letting their hair air-dry. There are some simple and some not-so-simple steps you can take to have healthy hair with just the right amount of volume at the roots.


Choose a volumizer, your key to having full, voluminous hair. Curly-haired girls have to rely on products a little more than those who have straight hair because curly hair is naturally dry and prone to split ends and breakage. The right volumizer won't be sticky after a couple of hours and will prevent frizz. Consult your hairdresser to find the perfect product. To prevent crunchy hair, apply volumizer when your hair is still damp.


Blow-dry your hair. If you have bangs, you probably know that bangs are hard to control if you have curly hair. Blow-dry the front of your hair first while it's still wet to prevent cowlicks. Then turn your head upside down and blow-dry the roots on the lowest setting to prevent frizz. Make sure your roots are completely dry before you turn right side up and work on the rest of your hair.


Run your hands through your hair to create a part and make sure all your strands are in the correct place. If you feel you must comb your hair, use a wide-toothed comb, but combing your hair will break up your curls.


Put the diffuser attachment on your blow dryer. Blow-dry your hair with the diffuser until it's 70 percent dry. If you twist single strands of your hair while you are drying them, you can guide your curls. If your hair is super curly, just scrunch the bottoms before you diffuse. Let your hair finish drying naturally.

Things You'll Need


1.Blow dryer with diffuser attachment

3.Anti-frizz spray

5.Hairspray (optional)

2.Volumizing product

4.Wide-toothed comb (optional)

6.Leave-in conditioner (optional)


Tips & Tricks


1. Once your hair is dry, you might want to add a styling creme to the ends to minimize frizz.

2. Use a lightweight hairspray on your roots to ensure that your style will stay.

3. If your hair is extra flat and lifeless, use a leave-in conditioner rather than a regular one.


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