How To Give Hair Volume At Roots – All You Have To Know

How To Give Hair Volume At Roots – All You Have To Know

Gone are the days of pin-straight flat hair. Now, everybody wants thick glamorous hair that is full of body and texture. Don’t worry. We’ve got 6 different tricks on how to give hair volume at roots, all with a guarantee that your hair game will go to the next level.

The ways we used to achieve the voluminous look involved loading up on drying hairspray and damaging teasing.

Teasing hair covered in hairspray can cause breakage, fly-aways and ultimately frizz. Now there are healthier ways to get the look you want that won’t put stress on your hair or bank account.

Having more volume in your hair gives you a lot more versatility when styling. All of the popular braid and top knot hairstyles are much easier to manage when you have more body to work with.

Hair with more volume will also frame the face better and give your everyday look a little bit more glamour. If you follow any one of these tips, you will be well on your way to understand how to give hair volume at roots, salon style.


Flip it

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In order to get some extra volume when blow drying your hair, right before you’re done take 15-30 seconds and flip your head upside down.

For a more focused air flow, you can use the concentrator attachment that comes with most dryers to help aim the air where you want it.

While your head is upside down, lift individual sections of hair and aim the hairdryer at the root. This method gives you the perfect foundation for both straight and curled styles.

Once you flip your head back over you may have a bit of a lion’s mane look but don’t let that scare you! This trick will give you lasting volume whichever way you plan to style your hair.

If you want to smooth it out without additional heat, immediately coil your hair into a high bun for 10-15 minutes and when you take it down you will have smooth bouncy volume! Wanna get ready quicker? Blow dry, flip upside down, coil into buns and let your smooth while you do your makeup.

Take it easy

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With a huge range of the products on the market, it’s hard not to think that you need a separate product for heat protectant, frizz, volume & styling.

The best thing you can do to maintain your hair’s volume is to not weigh it down with multiple products. The more products you use, the more likely you are to have a build-up at your roots. A build-up will not only be heavy on your hair but it will also take away shine and the brilliance of hair color.

Most detangling and leave-in conditioner sprays will also fight frizz leaving out the need of adding an additional oil based serum.

Find a multi-tasking product that will serve multiple purposes without adding too much weight. Ultimately, less is more when it comes to hair product. Be sure you’re using the proper amount for your hair length and thickness.


Just like your body, your hair needs a refresh from time to time. Bring the life back to your hair with an occasional hair detox!

Using a clarifying shampoo once a week or every other week will cleanse the scalp of any build up. After using a clarifying shampoo you will want to follow with a deep conditioner on your ends to keep them smooth to avoid tangling.

You don’t want to do this too often because clarifying shampoos tend to be stripping which could fade color treated hair and cause dryness.

If you’re afraid of color fade, you can use your normal color safe shampoo but treat yourself to a deep scalp massage. Really get down to the scalp with your fingertips and massage in circular motions. Massaging will help cleanse a little bit deeper and improve circulation which has benefits of its own.

Use a volumizing mousse

Apply a volumizing mousse to your roots before blow-drying your hair. These mousses help to add lift and volume to your hair, making it appear fuller and more voluminous.

Air Dry in Style

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If you prefer to air dry you probably know that it can be hard to get the kind of volume a hair dryer provides. The key to air drying with volume are high buns.

One high bun tends to leave a dent in the middle of your hair, but two high buns leave you with voluminous waves. Luckily, space buns are all the rage right now so you can have a little fun while you wait for your hair to dry.

To get this style, part your hair down the center all the way to the back. Now, secure one side in a low ponytail while you work with the other side.

Brush the other section into a high ponytail towards the back and coil the hair until you form a bun and secure with an elastic or hair pins. Repeat on the other side and you’re good to go!

Magic Powder

The powder is finely milled and once absorbed, it has a slightly tacky texture which holds the root of the hair up for more volume.

The key ingredient in this powder that gives it the texture and hold is silica silylate which does the opposite of silicones like dimethicone.

Silicones are often used in conditioners to coat the hair cuticle and give it a smooth feel. Silica silylate creates more texture and allowing the root to stay lifted when applied.

These powders also absorb moisture which makes it double as a dry shampoo. Volume powders are now so accessible that brands of all price ranges are carrying them.

All of these tricks are super simple and won’t harm the health of your hair and better yet they won’t hurt your wallet. Salon volume can be done at home now with any of these tricks.

What tricks do you have for getting extra volume at roots? Let us know below in the comments, we would love to know your go-to method!

About the author

Louise Penman

Hi! I'm Louise and I’m a marketing and content freelancer with a lifelong obsession with beauty products. I have my own blog called Grab Bag where I share all of my beauty, DIY and lifestyle musings. You can usually find me curled up with a hot beverage, swatching lipstick with my corgi Olive by my side.

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