Big hair with plenty of volume is the envy of all of us with fine hair or not that much of it and those of us wanting a glamorous hair style for that special occasion. Getting plenty of volume or body and bounce into your hair is the trick when trying to create big hair. So do as your hairdressing stylist would do and grasp your voumizing spray and a 'big hair' brush and make the most of the hair you've got.
The Tools and products you
will need for blow-drying:
- Hairdryer with nozzle to direct
- A 'root lift' product, these generally come in spray form.
- A large round real bristle brush
(although the size of brush will depend on length of hair).
- Velcro rollers again sized to suit your hair length but the larger the better.
- A selection of clips to keep unwanted
hair out of the way (large flat professional hairdressing clips
- Plenty of hair spray to finish with.
The trick is what hairdressers call 'over' direction, all this means is that as you blow dry each section you pull the brush, and so direct the hair, in the opposite direction to which you want it to fall. The result being that when it does fall it has to loop up and over giving that added height, body and bounce.
- Shampoo and condition using products designed to add volume a good blow dry always begins with the right shampoo and conditioner.
- After towel drying use your chosen root lift product by lifting sections of your hair and spraying it in at the roots. If you like to use another finishing product like a gel or mousse then there is no reason you can't use both.
- Detangle your hair using a wide
toothed comb and then rough dry using your hands until your
hair is 80% dry, as your hair does not take any shape until it is at
least 80% dry.
- Starting from the nape, section off a 5cm deep piece of hair. If this section
is wider than the brush, separate it into handle able amounts.
- Use your brush to remove any tangles
that have formed in the section of hair. Draw your brush over
the surface of the section from roots to ends, directing the
hair up and against the direction you want it to fall in. Wind your hair around the brush back towards the scalp
(insuring the ends are not bent). Use your other hand to smooth
the hair as you wind.
- Now unwind the brush to reveal
a length of hair (about 5cm/2") to be dried.
- Pick up your hairdryer (with nozzle attached) and direct
the flow of air along the hair. The air flow should always be in the direction of the ends to help in smoothing the cuticle. It should also be towards the brush but not on the brush. You
are really drying the hair that is pulled straight between the
scalp and brush, using the brush as a griping tool rather than
a brush unless you want curl.
- If you start to get flyaway or
frizzy bits, move the hair dryer and use the air flow to hold
them down. At all times keep the end of the hairdryer about
3 to 5 cm from the hair, it is easy to burn the hair if you
- Once each section is completely dry put your hair dryer and brush down and insert a velcro roller into the section. Doing this as you go allows the hair chance to cool around the roller and set with all that body and fullness.
- When you have your whole head encased in rollers and cool give a light spray with hair spray and remove each roller.
- Pull out the curls and dress as you want your hair. Don't worry that it is way bigger than you want at this point as it will 'settle', down that is!
- Finish with more hair spray to make it last and keep the harmful effects of humidity out.
Courtesy of Shona Cataldo, Cataldo's Canberra.
of Suzie McDonald, Hair Expo Awards 2006.
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