Volume, texture, and face-framing layers are the latest trend in hair this fall. Flat hair is dead, and fuller styles inspired by the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s are back in a big way. Shags, mullets, tossled pixies, and choppy blunt cuts are top of the list. Heavy fringe, curtain bangs, Farrah Fawcett wings, and even volume perms are having a moment too!
These new hairstyles got their start on Tik Tok, and they’ve taken off from there. Now it’s time to pump up the volume, but that’s often easier said than done for gals over 40. The reason? As we age, our hormones play havoc with our hair making it thinner and flatter than ever before. What can you do to thicken it up and start having some fun with these new, fuller hairstyles? Here are some tips for how to pump up the volume on flat hair.
1. Get the Right Cut
Voluminous hair starts with layers. You may not have had them in a very long while, but don’t be afraid of them! Even just a few layers will perk up your locks and also give you an instant facelift!
2. Use a Volume Shampoo and Conditioner
Another quick way to give your hair a much-needed boost is to use a specially formulated volume shampoo and conditioner. My hair is quite fine, and I’ve tried some in the past, but I always found they left my hair feeling thick, sticky, and unnatural.
Recently, I’ve been testing AOB Volume Shampoo and Conditioner by Toronto Hairdresser Aaron O’Byran, and I really love the results. Aaron’s AOB products are clean beauty – sulfate, paraben, silicone, and cruelty-FREE. Is, They are full of proteins and amino acids and are 51% plant-based. And the fun part is, they come in these flexible foil pouches with suction cups and hooks that you can hang on your mirror or inside your shower.
I like that I can squeeze the pouch to get every last drop. A little goes a long way (you only need a dime size), and I think that’s also one of the reasons my hair doesn’t get weighed down. (He also has a great Detangling spray and Bye Bye Brassy Hair Corrector)
3. Use a Lifting Spray
This is the key to volume in my eyes. I’ve used mousse in the past, which I find heavy. I’ve tried creams- kind of goopy and finishing sprays- some which left my hair sticky, some which were just o.k. Aaron’s Big Hair Day Volume Spray, which I use all the time, is one of the best lift sprays I’ve tried. What I love about it is, it is very light and not sticky. Aaron suggests for best volume results that you only spray at the roots and not at the ends. So, I use a few spritzes on wet hair, mainly at the crown and at my part. Then I blow dry my hair.
Occasionally, I will spray it on dry hair and blow that one spot if I need a pick me up. The volume spray gives my hair lots of lift and keeps it shiny and bouncy.
4. Blow Dry Using All the Tricks
Before I use my blowdry brush, I like to rub my scalp where I’ve used the volume spray, and then lift my hair with my finger to blow dry. I find this gives me more volume than if I just use a brush. It also helps if I blow-dry my hair with my head turned upside down. Another way to get volume with your blowdryer is to hold the round brush and blow hot and then give it a blast of cold. That’s if your blowdryer has a button to switch to cold, or just remove the heat for a minute to let the volume set. If you’ve never done this, you will be amazed at what a difference it makes!
5. Add Velcro Rollers
A curling iron can add curl to the ends of my hair, but it doesn’t give me much volume or lift. Instead, I have found that velcro rollers work wonders. Once my hair is dry, I use huge velcro rollers around my crown and my part and at the top of my sides. I also put a couple down the back. I let the velcro rollers sit in my dry hair for about half-hour or so, and when I pull them out I fluff and spray, putting most of the light hairspray under my layers. This gives me big, bouncy hair that settles down into a soft volume.
6. Consider a Perm
Really? Yes, really! According to Aaron, wavy perms for volume, not curl, are making a comeback, and the good news is they are much softer than before. The rods are bigger, the curls are not as tight, and the perms don’t smell horrible like they used to! (Remember how that cold, stinky liquid would drip down your neck? – Yuk)
Volume hairstyles are what many women our age are comfortable with and what they like, so this return big “lion hair,” as Aaron calls it, is a “whoo-hoo” thing! Follow these volumizing steps to get the look, and be sure to check out AOB Hair Products to help. . Right now, Aaron is offering Fabulous After 40 readers a 10% discount on your purchase of any AOB product with code: FAB10. With the holidays coming up in a few months, these cute hanging shower shampoos make great stocking stuffers too!
*Product for this post was supplied by AOB. All opinions are my own.