The Best Volume Hairstyles for Fine Hair (That You Can Easily Get At Home)

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Hello, fellow not-so-proud members of the fine, flat, slippery, über-straight hair club. Our hair type, it’s a tough one.

But if you think you have to accept said lack of volume as the natural state of affairs, think again. You don’t. But you also don’t have to commit to hours upon hours of styling time (read: fighting with it) to get a measly amount of body, either.

I’ve got five go-to volume hairstyles in my repertoire that I want to share with you today. They’re pretty fast and pretty easy—requiring no special skillz or fiddling around with curling irons and hair clips. And most importantly, they WORK! I’m even modelling them to prove it.

Of course, voluminous hair always starts in the shower, so make sure to shampoo and condition with volume products first, and then prep with the right stylers while your hair is still damp. Here we go!

The Bouncy Blowout

Best volume hairstyles:  The bouncy blowout

This is my version of the fancy salon blowout. It’s still straight, but it’s straight hair that has bounce and volume. Both very good things. And you can do this!

  1. Spray a volumizing mist on damp hair from roots to tips for an all-over plumping effect. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray.)
  2. Also on damp hair, spray a root booster close to your scalp to help create lift at the crown. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion.)
  3. Blow-dry your bangs (if you have them) first with a round brush to lift them away from the face and create a nice shape. Flip your head upside down to dry the rest of the hair.
  4. Once dry, flip your head upright again, and use a round brush to shape the uppermost layers, so the ends are softly turned under. (You want to blast the rolled-up hair for a few seconds with the dryer, so it holds.)
  5. Use a paddle brush to brush your hair into its final smooth shape.
  6. Optional: For a bit of extra volume, you can backcomb the roots of some of the under-layers with your paddle brush.

Easy Waves

Best volume hairstyles: Easy waves

Can’t get the hang of curling with an iron? No problemo. It’s actually way easier to just throw your hair into hot rollers to create soft, loose waves.

  1. Dispense an egg-shaped amount of mousse through damp hair from roots to tips. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse.)
  2. Flip your head upside down to blow-dry your hair.
  3. Once dry, wrap sections of hair on heated rollers and secure with clips. Roll them away from your face for sexy, Hollywood waves; towards your face produces more vintage-looking curls.
  4. Optional: For long-lasting waves, spray each section of dry hair with hairspray immediately before placing on the hot roller. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray.)
  5. Leave the rollers in until they’ve completely cooled. Remove them and either tousle the hair with your fingers or brush out with a paddle brush.

Volume at the Part

Best volume hairstyles: Volume at the part

This one is too easy. And it’s also one of my favourite hair looks of the moment—that supermodel-esque swoosh right near the part. It works equally well with straight hair or with waves.

  1. Prep damp hair with mousse and/or a volumizing mist. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse and John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray.)
  2. Flip your head upside down to blow-dry your hair, letting it fall wherever you have your natural part.
  3. Optional: Curl your hair with hot rollers for a wavy version of this look.
  4. Part your hair on its opposite side—it should automatically lift up with natural volume. Shape it and the rest of your hair into place with a paddle brush.
  5. Spray the “swoosh” with hairspray to hold it in place. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray.)

Half-Up Volume

Best volume hairstyles: Half-up volume

The secret to half-up hair that’s not boring is volume—tons of it, right at the front. This creates a slight pompadour situation that’s surprisingly flattering and very on-trend.

  1. Prep damp hair with a root booster and volumizing mist. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion and John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray.)
  2. Flip your head upside down to blow-dry your hair.
  3. Once dry, flip your head upright again, and use a round brush to shape the uppermost layers, so the ends are softly turned under. (Blast the rolled-up hair for a few seconds with the dryer, so it holds.)
  4. Section off the front area. Using a paddle brush, gently backcomb at the roots to build soft volume.
  5. Pull the section back off the face and secure it at the back of the head with a barrette.
  6. Push the section slightly forward with your fingers to give it a final volume boost.
  7. Spray the front with hairspray to keep the volume in place. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume All-Day Hold Hairspray.)

The Voluminous Ponytail

Best volume hairstyles: The voluminous ponytail

Last but not least, the classic ponytail! The right products plus a little curling and backcombing are what elevates a sad, flat pony into a bouncy, voluminous one.

  1. Dispense an egg-shaped amount of mousse through damp hair from roots to tips. (I used John Frieda® Luxurious Volume Volume Building Mousse.)
  2. Blow-dry your bangs (if you have them) first with a round brush to lift them away from the face and create a nice shape. Flip your head upside down to dry the rest of the hair.
  3. Once dry, wrap sections of hair on heated rollers and secure with clips. (The direction of the curls doesn’t matter here.)
  4. Leave the rollers in until they’ve completely cooled. Remove them and tousle the hair with your fingers.
  5. Use a paddle brush to gently backcomb the under-layers of your hair at the roots. You can do this all over, or just focus on the upper half.
  6. Pull your hair back into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic.
  7. Use your fingers to push the hair slightly forward towards the front for a final volume boost.

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