Want to volumize your hair during the summer to beat the heat with a sexy style full of body? Here you’ll find five easy ways to volumize your hair for a variety of different summer hairstyles, whether you want your hair to look sleek and smooth or full of beach-worthy waves. As an added plus, these ways to volumize your hair are all easy and breezy for a summer gal on the go:
Pump Up the Volume While Staying Sleek
One of my favorite simple ways to volumize my hair during the summer is by taking one dollop of volumizing mousse and using my fingers to run it through my hair, starting at the roots and going to the tips. I then let it air-dry for half an hour or so before blow-drying my hair with my head upside down for about five to ten minutes. To volumize just a bit more, I blow-dry my hair normally, using a big, round bristle brush to lift my hair up, starting at the roots and curling under at the ends. I then further curl the ends under using a flat iron if the brush doesn’t do the trick. After summers of experimenting, this has easily become my favorite way to volumize my hair while creating a sleek look perfect for a night on the town in a slinky summer dress, and it’s a great way to use a little heat to create red-hot summer hairstyles.
Volumize Your Hair and Go Glam
Really big hot rollers are a girl’s best friend when it comes to looking hot in the summer. In my experience, rollers always work best on hair that hasn’t been washed for a day, but if you’ve got a little too much grease going on near the scalp, you might want to sprinkle a little dry shampoo on your roots. Now apply your rollers, starting in the front and rolling your hair away from face (instead of curling your hair under). After about ten minutes, spritz your hair with some hairspray and immediately take the rollers out. Part your hair to the side and shake your curls out a bit with your fingers, and you’ve got one of the sexiest summer hairstyles for going old-school glam with a retro sundress and a pair of peep-toe heels.
Naturally Volumize Your Hair with Beachy Waves
One of my favorite ways to volumize hair in the summer to create a sexy look that says, “I’m a beach babe,” is to create a natural wave. And the easiest way to do this? Well, you get a little help from the beach itself in the form of sea salt. To volumize your hair naturally while creating waves, mix eight ounces of water (distilled works best) with one teaspoon of finely-ground sea salt in a spray bottle. (If your hair is prone to drying out, you may also want to add a half teaspoon of conditioner or your favorite natural essential oil to the mixture.) Just shake the mixture well and spray it on damp hair, scrunching it with your fingers before letting it air dry. Now you’re all ready to throw on your favorite maxi dress and gladiator sandals for an easy, breezy look that will make you feel like a summer goddess.
Naturally Volumize by Losing Length
If you can let go of your longer locks, another way to volumize your hair naturally is by simply looking for shorter summer hairstyles with layers. I recently cut a whopping 5 inches of my own hair off, and my new shoulder-length layered ‘do has loads more volume than my old, flat (and very damaged) one. It may be hard to let go of your hair, but getting rid of all those split ends and scraggly bits will give you a more polished look and make your hair much easier to volumize with hairstyles like those found here. Plus, a shorter style will help you stay cool and look smart on hot summer days.
Beat the Heat and Volumize Without It
Sometimes it can seem way too hot in the summer to volumize your hair using hot rollers or a curling iron, so you might want to try curling your hair without the heat. My favorite way to do this is by washing my hair at night; applying a dollop of volumizing mousse from the roots to the tips; letting it air dry for an hour or so; and sleeping with a set of cloth rollers in. Take them out in the morning and run your fingers through your hair for soft but voluminous waves that will have you looking great for a summer lunch date.
So whether you’re looking for ways to naturally volumize your hair for a beach-worthy look or trying to look hot for a hot summer night on the town, these tips for achieving hairstyles full of body will keep you looking fresh all summer long.