Monday 22 January 2018

Pump up the volume: Give your hair a lift

Fed up with flathair days? Then give your barnet a boost, says Aisling Keenan

Aisling Keenan

What's the one part of our appearance that makes us ladies feel most womanly and glamorous? Our locks, of course.

Whatever way you wear it -- short, mid-length or Rapunzel-esque -- having bouncy, shiny hair gives everybody a confidence lift.

What's the difference between what we do at home and what a stylist can magically do at the salon? Volume.

Stylists have years of practice. We, on the other hand, might need a little help.

Realistically, fancy shampoo doesn't always do the job. Sometimes, for real volume, you need to call in the big guns.

The tools and cult products you need are just a shopping trip away, and if there's nothing here that can give you some volume, I'll eat my bad-hair-day hat.

Denman Thermoceramic

Hot Curl Brush, from €9.79, and Jumbo Rollers, from €3.56 (stockists: 0800 262 509) The bigger the roll brush, the more volume you’ll end up with. Drag through your hair during or post-dry and it’ll give your hair a lift. Denman also does giant rollers — leave them in while you do your make-up.

Label M Resurrection Style Dust, €12.35 (3g) and €19.85 (7g), Toni & Guy salons Sprinkled in at your roots, this magic powder gives you that ‘just out of bed’ look. It's a wonder when it comes to volume and those meant-to-be-messy hairdos.

Remington Pearl Wand, €39.99, electrical retailers If you always wear your mane poker straight, try a loose curl. This curling wand gives natural- looking curls, and is great when used to define curls achieved with rollers.

Jessica Simpson ‘Bump Up The Volume’ Hair Extensions, from €67, Cathal O’Reilly Hair & Beauty, Cork If all else fails, check out hair extensions. They are easy to put in, too. Jessica Simpson does a fantastic range that is specifically for creating volume. They are well worth the price.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, €3.19, Superdrug, Boots and leading retailers Your hair benefits from fewer washes and blowdries, so it makes sense to use this in between washes. It removes oil from roots, refreshes your hair and gives much needed body.

Batiste also does an ecofriendly, nonaerosol version called Nude that is just as amazing.


Try to use lightweight, volume-specific shampoo and conditioner to stop hair being weighed down.

After you comb your wet hair, flick your head back and forth a few times to separate it into strands.

Use a vent brush for combing and a barrel brush for styling.

If you're using a volumising product, concentrate on roots, but don't add too much.

Blow-dry your hair with your head upside down and start the volume early.

Backcombing — in strict moderation — can help give the illusion of volume, but can damage hair.

All prices correct at time of going to print

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