How To Create Volume Hairstyles – SS12
Backstage at D&G, models’ faces were framed with full-bodied locks, split into slick centre partings. The high-octane volume tapered towards the ends of the hair before cascading into waves and curls.
To style your own tresses similarly, Adam Reed, UK brand ambassador for Sebastian Professional, recommends investing in the right hair tools. ‘To create volume in your hair, a good quality hair dryer is essential. Babyliss Pro Volare (£68), a large round hair brush and velcro rollers will also help you recreate catwalk volume at home.’
The biggest blunder when trying to boost hair is the inevitable afternoon drop but you can easily combat it with a few quick tricks. ‘To prevent your style losing volume throughout the day, backcomb it at the roots in the morning to add longevity to your look,’ Reed advises.
‘If you have particularly fine hair, use Babyliss Root Boost Styler (£17.49) at the top of your hair. Spritz Sebastian’s Shaper Zero Gravity (£12.32) and clamp the crimper to the root, let it cool then brush through. This will give you all-day volume.’
As creating volume hairstyles is fairly labour intensive, Reed suggests getting the most mileage out of your look with some before-bed hair care. ‘Before going to sleep, spray a dressing brush with Sebastian’s Professional Re-Shaper (£12.75) and brush from roots to ends before gently clipping the hair into plastic section clips to help hold the volume. In the morning, remove the clips, brush through again with Re Shaper and you will have perfectly renewed volume,’ Reed suggests.
With chocolate tresses split at the front into a sharp centre parting, Eva Mendes’ stylist focussed on bouffant-style backcombing at the crown and creating body through the lengths of her hair to nail the volume hair trend.
To give your locks a similar volume injection, Philippe Tholiment, stylist at the Josh Wood Atelier, suggests applying different products to different parts of the hair. ‘Don’t apply conditioner on the roots – focus it only on the lengths and end of your locks. After rinsing your shampoo and conditioner well, rinse again with cold water for about 10 seconds – your hair will stay cleaner so your volume will last for longer.’
‘It’s important to give tresses a volume boost with a thickening or setting lotion spray – try spritzing Bumble and Bumble’s Styling Lotion (£19.50) exclusively on your roots then lift and blast with a blow dryer until hair is completely dry. Try backcombing hair once its dry for an extra volume boost,’ advises Tholiment.
To prevent locks getting limp, Tholiment suggests going easy on the hairspray. ‘Don’t use too much hairspray as it’ll make the hair look lank and avoid using any oil-based products as it weighs the hair down to leave locks looking flat.’
Forget hyper shiny tresses this season, at Versace’s spring summer 2012 show, layered locks were given a volume boost and mattified with a dusting of dry shampoo to juxtapose the sugary sweet, pastel palette of the clothes.
To achieve similar gloss-free volume, Andy Smith, Schwarzkopf ambassador and art director at John Carne Hairdressing, has shared his top tips. ‘Adding a dry shampoo like Schwarzkopf’s Dust It Mattifying Powder (£10.45) to styled locks will enable you to boost volume and simultaneously banish grease giving you the matt effect spotted on the catwalk. The texturising powder gives flagging roots a quick boost and the more you use, the more volume you get – backcombing isn’t even necessary.’
‘Using the right products to prep the hair before styling is key though - you want the volume to hold and last all day. Start off with a coin-sized amount of Schwarzkopf’s BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment (£21.20) into towel dried hair and blow dry – it has such a lightweight formula and won’t drag or weigh hair down.’
For a long lasting root boost without stickiness, try using Body Me Fullifying Volume Serum by OSiS (£9.25). Gentle backcoming and lashings of strong hold hair spray will finish the look off perfectly,’ Smith advises.
Incorporating waves and curls for added body, style stalwart Cat Deeley proves volume hairstyles shouldn’t be a strictly straight affair. With volume focussed on the lengths to ends of her locks, the A-lister gave the trend a carefree summer spin.
To coif locks into a similar style, Anna Bloomer, senior stylist at Errol Douglas’ Salon, suggests treating locks to a volume-boosting shampoo and conditioner before starting to style. ‘Washing and preparing hair properly is crucial to creating volume hair styles as it provides a good foundation and plumps up the hair cuticles - essential to the creation of volume. Moroccanoil’s Extra Volumising Shampoo (£17.65) and Conditioner £18.55 are spot on for perfecting these looks.’
‘Before beginning to dry and style tresses use a hair treatment to correct either dry or oily scalps as both conditions are volume killers. A healthy scalp will promote healthy roots - the scaffolding of high volume styles. Try rubbing on Joico’s Daily Care Scalp Treatment (£29.95) to soothe a sore scalp,’ Bloomer suggests.
‘As Cat Deeley proves, volume isn’t just about the roots - it’s also important to create movement throughout the lengths to create body. Try tonging the mid lengths to the ends of your hair to boost volume before adding hair spray. Stick to a light but volumising spray – once hair is dry, spray it up into the style as spraying down onto hair will weigh down your roots and reduce volume.’
Backstage at Burberry, models’ locks were coiffed into lightly tousled textures with body injected through the lengths of hair rather than focussed at the roots. The resounding result was a fresh, wearable twist on the volume hairstyles trend, which simultaneously softened the brand’s urban tribal inspired catwalk collection.
More translatable than other catwalk volume styles, Guy Cammarano, creative director for Regis Salons, explains that proper preparation is the key to adding similarly long-lasting volume to locks. ‘After shampooing hair with a volumising product and working a lightweight conditioner through hair, apply Regis’ DesignLight Root Boost Volumising Foam (£7.99) worked into roots before blow drying, it’ll create body and volume that will last throughout the day.’
‘If you have fine hair though, be sure to only apply conditioners and serums to the ends of your hair as these heavy products will add weight to roots leaving you with flat, unmanageable locks,’ Cammarano explains.
‘My ultimate top tip for boosting volume is to always finish your style with a spritz of hairspray – it’ll prevent humidity travelling into the hair cuticle, which is what makes a style drop.’
‘To help your style last more than one day, try Regis’ DesignLine’s Reactivate Style Refresher (£10.49). A quick spritz of this dream product will reactivate the styling products that you applied the day before to extend the life of your style. What’s more, it’s weightless and flexible which allows you to re-work your volume hairdo for that freshly styled look.’
Proving that volume works even when hair is pulled away from the face, recreating Kate Beckinsale’s half up half down do is an effortless way to translate the volume hair style into a daytime look.
To give your roots a similar volume boost, Neil Cornelius of Neil Cornelius 1st Floor suggests it’s worth investing in a few tried and tested hair tools. ‘Pick up a small box of silver clips – they’re perfect for ensuring your roots stay lifted while your hair cools and will help you achieve a wider range of looks. Also, try taking the nozzle off your hair dryer which will take the smoothness out of the roots and add an extra shot of volume.’
‘Add a good blow dry spray to locks to give your hair guts – Redken 06 Volumising Spray (£12.49) gives hair the necessary lift while still allowing the hair to be workable. The biggest faux pas is trying to smooth locks with hair straighteners - they’ll simply flatten the cuticle and leave the hair flat. Instead use a big barrel brush when blowdrying for added polish,’ Cornelius concludes.
As an effortless alternative, try these super soft Sleep-In Rollers (£16.50) which will give your locks luscious volume while you catch up on your forty winks.
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