Having full, voluminous, and bouncy curls is a natural hair goal for many people. Unfortunately, not everyone has naturally big curly hair or that extra volume that comes with it.
Thin hair can result from hair texture, flatness, or shrinkage. However, there are simple techniques you can use to achieve the big curly hair you want.
Here are 7 easy ways to add extra volume to your curly hair.
1. Use a Diffuser to Dry Your Hair
If you have curly hair, using a diffuser dryer can make a big difference. It adds heat to your roots, which gives you more volume and better curl definition.
The diffuser's job is to stretch out your roots without making your hair frizzy.
When diffusing, dry your hair upside down and then flip it from side to side. This helps lift your roots as it dries and adds volume.
In this tutorial, Brianna demonstrates how to use a diffuser to dry curly hair and get more volume.
2. Use a Clarifying Shampoo
To get big, voluminous curly hair, you need to make sure your hair isn't weighed down by product buildup or mineral deposits from hard water.
This is where clarifying shampoo comes in. Wash your hair with clarifying shampoo to get healthy-looking hair, defined curls, and added volume.
To maintain this extra volume and weightless bounce, clarify your hair once a month and follow up with a deep conditioning treatment.
3. Use an Afro Hair Pick
Many of us grew up with Afro hair picks in our homes. This is an easy, heatless way to add volume to your curly hair.
After styling your curly hair, use the Afro hair pick to lift your roots to add volume. You can also use a wide-tooth comb for this technique.
To see how to add volume to your hair with an Afro hair pick, watch this video by My Natural Sistas.
4. Separate Your Curls
To get the volume you want, gently separate each curl into smaller ones.
After using protective styles like twist outs, braid outs, or perm rod sets to define your curls, apply a small amount of oil to your fingers.
Then, gently separate the curls to add more volume to your hair.
5. Install Curly Clip-In Hair Extensions
To make your hair fuller, longer, and more voluminous with defined curls, you can try using curly clip-in hair extensions.
Clip-ins are easy to install and remove, stress-free, and you can always find ones that match your hair texture.
If you have curly hair, the Kinky Curly Clip-Ins is the right texture for your hair type.
6. Part Your Hair Differently
If you dry your hair parted the way you want it to be when it's dry, it will end up being flat at the roots.
Instead, try drying your hair in the opposite direction of how you want it parted. This will give you more volume when your roots dry.
Once your hair is dry, you can then go ahead and part it where you actually want it. It's an easy trick to try!
7. Give Your Hair a Break From Products
If you've tried these techniques and still can't get volume for your curly hair, it may be time to evaluate the hair products you use.
The hair products you apply could be weighing down your curls, making it impossible to achieve big, curly hair.
The creams, gels, or mousse you use may be too heavy for your curls. Consider taking a break from your hair products or using them sparingly when styling or moisturizing your hair.