Hair Expert Paul Johnson give’s you some hints/tips on how to achieve more volume in your hair and what products you NEED!

How to Add Volume for Fine Hair

You’ve teased, brushed and coiffed but despite your best efforts, you just can’t seem to give your fine hair the boost it needs. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not alone! Fortunately, the good news is that with the right products and a few styling tricks up your sleeve, it is possible to cheat your way to voluminous red carpet-ready locks!


Backcombing is one of the fastest, cheapest and most reliable way to create instant and impressive volume. However, it can also cause havoc with hair, especially if it’s fine, leaving it tangled and frazzled, which can lead to further hair loss.

Using a comb, insert it into the mid-sections of your hair and gently push down to the root. Don’t move the comb up and down on the same section of hair as this may cause damage and actually undo the backcomb and all of your hard work.

As to where you should be backcombing, it’s best to take a targeted approach. Only backcomb the sections wherever you want a bit more ‘umph’ and height. This is usually at the crown or at the root, depending on the style you’re going for. Before backcombing, hold each section of hair up and spray hairspray or texture spray in at the roots. If you don’t use product before backcombing, the hair can feel too slippery, it needs some texture to add grip.


One of the best ways to create volume is during your blow dry. When blow drying your hair, use a round brush to lift the hair at the roots, introducing warm air beneath the brush at root level. This will add mega amounts of volume! When you remove the brush, make sure you twist it out of the hair instead of brushing it through, this will make sure the shape and volume of the curls stay intact.


Flipping your head upside-down when you blowdry is a bit of a no-brainer, but try parting your hair on the opposite to where it naturally falls, dry it in place then when you flip it back, your roots boast instant body.


Straight locks don’t encourage volume so pack in some body with a curling tong. Pad out your lengths by wrapping them round a wide barrel for loose, large waves. Keep the style from looking ‘prom queen’ by stopping the curls an inch from the tips, then brush them through with a boar bristle brush for a natural-looking injection of ‘oomph’.


For more volume, start with the right hair care routine.

While investing in a good haircut certainly helps, real volume starts in the shower. Using Kerastase Bain Volumifique shampoo which is specially formulated to cater to fine hair, gently cleanse your tresses whilst creating feather-light volume.

Next, supersize your locks with Kereastase Gelée Volumifique conditioner for added substance. Applied to damp hair and rinsed out, it nourishes whilst providing a light-weight touch and long-lasting volume. Pro tip – always finish your hair care routine with a cold-water rinse to give your hair an extra boost.

Reach new heights: style to create volume!

Before you begin styling, either spritz your strands with Kerastase Volumifique Leave-in Volume Expansion Spray or apply a small amount of Volumifique mousse to amplify your styled look. But remember – when it comes to fine hair, less is more!

For maximum volume, blow-dry your hair upside-down using your hands or a diffuser to spread the heat evenly and give your roots a serious lift.

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