Curly Hair and VolumeQ: How do you get volume? I have curly hair that can contain volume, but I don't know how to do it appropriately. And how do you get the bump with low pony tails and with just letting you hair down?
A: Well, when you have curly hair, you are always going to have a certain amount of volume in the hair, but to enhance the amount of volume, you have to maintain the integrity of your curls while the hair is drying or dry the hair so that you get the most lift possible. This is accomplished best using a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer and using the fingers to hold the hair out from the scalp while drying it. There's no need to pull the hair tightly, since that will just pull out the curl, simply lift the hair using the fingers like a comb.
Also, you don't need to dry the hair fully, and you should avoid running your fingers through the hair the drier it gets since that will break up the curls further and can lead to a frizzy look. You can use smoothing serums and smooth-curl hair products if desired to help keep the curls silky and intact while drying and styling.
As for the bump you mention: I'm not sure what you are referring to, but I'm going to hazard a guess that you want lift at the top front of the hairstyle that falls, curves back over the head. As with building volume, this is simply a matter of lifting the hair in that area while drying the scalp portion of the hair. By drying the hair more fully at the scalp and leaving the ends damper, you will maintain the needed weight to prevent flyaway hair, while getting the most lift possible.
Keeping this lift at the forefront of the style is simple once the hair is styled this way. All you need to do is use a little hairspray for added hold. If you want to wear a low ponytail and keep the lift in front, you have to remember not to pull the hair back, but rather to simply gather the hair at the nape of the neck. If you pull on the hair, you are only going to flatten the lift you worked so hard to achieve.
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