If you live in the NYC area or, well, any area that has a few hair salons, you’re probably familiar with the concept of a blowout. Blowout salons are VERY popular around these parts, and for good reason. Your hair looks fabulous afterward! — and the style lasts for days.
But blowouts get expensive after a while, which is why I only get them when I get my hair cut/colored.
What’s a thin-haired girl to do?
When I wash my hair, I don’t blow dry it often because of its texture, but sometimes I still crave a finished, full hair look.
When I do improv and give myself a “blowout” at home, here are the products I use to help get my baby fine hair looking voluminous and shiny.
Here’s my hair right after a wash…
Now, I don’t do my home blowouts like many people do because I don’t use a round brush. Because round brushes cause more knots in my hair (yes, it’s that cranky). Instead I use a comb and my hands.
Lately I’ve been washing my hair with Loreal Everpure Volume Shampoo. It’s color-safe and has lovely notes of rosemary and juniper, and I don’t find it to be stripping at all.
Flipping my head upside-down, I dry my hair until it’s about 80% dry, then turn to part one of this duo…
I wasn’t impressed by earlier iterations of this line, but these I like. Mousse is always SUPER tricky for me, it either weighs my hair down to the point that I need to wash my hair again the next day, or it makes my haircrunchy, but the Perfectly Full and Forever Full formulas from the Luxurious Volume line have been doing a great job for me lately.
As far as fragrance goes, well…it smells like mousse. Less like hairspray (not as heavy on the chemicals), and more like a light mix of clean and floral.
The product itself feels very light and almost a little too watery, so be careful because it might just melt in your hands.
After scrunching a bit into my hair, especially at the crown of my head, I finish by blowdrying on low with the diffuser attachment, and to avoid knots, I continuously comb/finger-comb my hair while I’m drying.
I’ve been OBSESSED with this comb right here, and I was devastated when mine broke a few days ago. Even more tragically, my Target hasn’t been stocking it anymore. 🙁 Thank goodness for Amazon!
And here’s what my hair looks like when I’m done…
Please forgive my awful under-eye bags. This was pre base makeup.
Sweeping my hair to one side usually gives me much more volume.
After my hair is dry, I’ll hit it with a light spray of Luxurious Volume Forever Full Hairspray to lock in some extra oomph.
Even after a few minutes, I already start to lose a little volume up top, but it’s nothing that a light flipping of my hair can’t solve. Since I don’t use a round brush for the sake of my hair, I don’t expect it to last all day long.
What I really love about both of these products is how soft they make my hair, and how the softness lasts for a couple of days after using them. Even after I’ve touched up and sprayed it on my hair repeatedly, my hair always feels touch-ably soft.
The John Frieda Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse and Forever Full Hairspray are both great drugstore buys at about $6.99 each if you’re looking for good, solid products to add volume without breaking the bank.
Have you ever given yourself a blowout at home? What are some of your favorite volume-boosting products? And does anyone else out there have a hard time using a round brush on fine hair?