Eight Tips To Help Add Volume And Shine To Your Hair

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We all want that ‘because you’re worth it’ hair look. You know the one. Where the hair is voluptuous and shiny. Healthy hair is achievable, despite what you might think your own hair can achieve. Whether you’re in your mid-twenties or fifties, taking care of your home is something that takes a little investment over time. 

With that being said, there are plenty of helpful tips to keep your hair in good condition. If you’re looking to add volume and shine to your hair, here are eight tips to take on board.

1. Pick the right shampoo and conditioner

The shampoo and condition you treat your hair to every day or every few days is important to get right. There are lots of different brands out there and all the brands offer various lines of products in both the shampoo and conditioner sections.

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Think about what ingredients go into these products and how they react with your own hair. It’s something that will likely vary from one individual to another. It’s therefore good to test out new products every so often because your hair will begin to get used to certain products that you’re using over and over again.

It’s worth to also look at certain shampoos and conditioners that cater to your hair type. For example, those with curly or frizz in their hair will benefit from niche shampoos and conditioners compared to those with straight hair. Experiment with the ones available and which are suitable for your budget, as certain ones can be quite expensive to buy regularly.

2. Apply a hair mask weekly

Hair masks are those extra additions to your hair that most people forget to apply to their haircare routine. However, hair masks, are particularly effective in boosting the hair’s health and shine.

Each hair mask is individually unique in what it can deliver to the person. Some specialise in delivering more oompf to the hair and others add more shine or help repair split ends. It’s worth pairing up your hair masks with the shampoo and conditioners you use. By doing so, you’re delivering even more to the hair follicles from the root to the tip.

Applying a hair mask weekly is a recommended amount. Too much and you’ll likely drag the hair down, leaving it a little limp and less voluminous. Too little and it might not have much effect over time. With that in mind, make sure you have some hair masks on hand to apply once weekly. It’s worth looking online to see how to apply hair mask properly.

3. Massage your scalp daily

Massaging your scalp is a great way to encourage the growth of the hair. Not only is it a good way to kickstart the growth of follicles but it’s also a great stress reliever too. There are massage tools that you can get and use while having a shower or taking a bath so that it doesn’t feel like an extra task to do for your hair.

With massaging your scalp, you ensure blood circulation is flowing around to all of the areas where you want to stimulate hair growth, particularly in areas where it’s thinning or missing.

A good use of massaging your scalp is during postpartum, where hair loss can often occur. By using the massage tool, you’ll be able to encourage further growth and regrowth of the hair.

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4. Blow dry your hair upside down

If you’re looking to achieve more volume within your hair, then it’s always a good idea to blow dry your hair upside down. Blowdrying your hair upside down can help add volume because the roots lift off the scalp as a result of the heat.

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In order for this to be effective, you should do this for 90% of the drying process before you flip your hair back up. That can sometimes be a little strenuous if you have a lot of hair to blow dry, so you might want to focus on the roots upside down last or first depending on how easy you’re able to manage it.

You may also use a hair brush to give it a bit more lift but avoid tugging on it too much while wet as this might cause more breakage.

5. Avoid using too much heat 

Heat is something that can damage your hair, especially if you use it too much and too often. In order to keep your hair in good condition, you should avoid using hair dryers, straighteners, curling tools or any other heat tools too much.

Of course, using them occasionally is not going to cause too much damage but using them daily will. It’s therefore beneficial to use heat protectant sprays every time you apply heat. If you’re using them daily, then it’s worth trying to wean yourself off them so that you’re reducing as much of the heat to your hair as possible.

Hair protectants are your best friend when it comes to keeping your hair’s health in the best condition possible.

6. Start taking hair supplements

As you get older, the amount of collagen and other vitamins you produce in your body, reduces. It’s therefore important to start taking more hair supplements in order to top up your body’s supply when it’s needed.

Ideally, you want to take hair supplements from your twenties onwards but there will certainly be more reason to take them as you approach your forties or fifties. Biotin helps to improve the structure of the protein, keratin. You should also look at folic acid as an option as that can be beneficial for hair health too.

Supplements can be hard to keep up with but if you’re incorporating them into your routine early on, then you’ll find it easier to set. Consider which supplements are essential and take them every morning before you start your day.

7. Think about your diet

Diet is everything and it’s influential to your hair’s health. There are certain foods and drinks you should be consuming in order to add volume and shine to your hair in general. These include:

  • Salmon for shine
  • Spinach for helping with brittle ends
  • Lean poultry for thickness
  • Sweet potatoes to help with dull hair

The more you incorporate into your diet, the healthier and more robust your hair will become. It’s worth adding these foods above but there are also plenty of foods to try that can further add to the hair’s health.

Start eating more of these foods and even experiment with some foods as hair masks. There are certain foods like Avocado, Honey and Olive Oil.

8. Avoid rough towel drying

Towel drying your hair is not always good to do, especially when it comes to handling your hair roughly. If you’re too rough with it, then it’s likely to cause more damage and breakage. Instead, you want to very lightly squeeze the hair with the towel. That way, you soak up as much of the water in your hair and reduce the breakage.

If you want to dry the hair effectively but with less damage, then it’s worth getting an old t-shirt or getting a microfibre towel. These materials won’t drag on the hair and will still do the job of soaking up the excess water without fuss.

These eight tips are a great introduction to looking after your hair better while adding the volume and shine it needs. Use these tips to make the most out of your hair’s health and ensure it stays in good condition, all year round and for many years to come.

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