Sunday, 23 March 2014

How To: Big Voluminous Hair

I love to get my hair dyed varying shades of red, but the upkeep can be pretty frustrating as that's the one colour that fades the quickest. Is there anything more annoying than paying a a fistful of £££ to get beautiful Titian locks, only to see the colour gradually ebb away back to boring normalness? Well... probably lots of things are more annoying, but today let's just concentrate on hair, shall we.

As well as maintaining the vivid colour, I also like to try and recreate that salon blow dry look. You know the one I mean: big, voluminous, bouncy hair that makes you want to whip it about in glee. Maybe in slow motion. Maybe whilst in a meadow. Just me? Oh.

It's fortunate then that I came across the new John Frieda Luxurious Volume range, as it's developed to protect the colour AND fullness of dyed hair. Sold! Problem One re. colour: tackled. Problem Two re. a salon-like blow dry... for that I consulted the internet and came across a handy step-by-step how-to guide on the Cosmopolitan website (here). I thought I would recreate it for you as I can't be the only one wanting to learn how to achieve this, right?

So here we go:

Step One - wash hair with a volumising shampoo, then apply conditioner to the ends only, so as not to weigh down the roots. I used the John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner for colour treated hair. It left my hair feeling soft and has the most gorgeous melon-y scent. Delicious!

Step Two - gently towel dry hair by squeezing it in sections, apply some volumising mousse, then blow dry the roots, tugging the hair upwards to add height. Inexplicably start thinking about that film 'There's Something About Mary' (probably).

Step Three - fasten the majority of hair up in a clip, leaving the bottom layer down. Then, wind a small loose section around a round barrel brush, pulling the hair out and down whilst blow drying from above. This will help the hair dry smoothly. Continue for the rest of the hair, repeating this step to infinity. Get arm ache. Regret having ever started the whole process.

Step Four - I have A LOT of hair and Step Three took absolute yonks before it was completely dry. The next step is much quicker: holding sections of hair upright again, quickly blast the roots with the hairdryer, keeping the hair held upright until it cools. This is quicker than it sounds and inspires more 'Mary' reminiscing.

Step Five - the fun part! Swish all the hair over onto one side and give the roots a final blast, before swishing it all over to the other side and blast again. Repeat. Repeat. Imagine that meadow. Repeat. Repeat. Eventually (and reluctantly) put down the hairdryer and quietly revel in your newly huge hair.

 The 'Meadow Swish':
Big hair achieved. Hurrah!

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  1. Such a great tutorial! I have really annoying hair when my roots are really flat but the ends of my hair are really curly so just frizz out haha. I will have to try and blow dry the roots like you've done in the tutorial! xx

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  2. Looks super nice! Can understand that your arms begin to hurt though haha.
    Too bad i don't have straight hair, when i use a blow dryer i usually end up looking like a sheep no matter how hard i try to comb it nicely XD

    1. Haha, thanks! Everyone has their own hair issues don't they :)

  3. I'm so glad you've written this! I've been on a look out for a volume and colour product for ages, I normally sacrifice volume for colour protection. Red hair is amazing but equally as annoying sometimes! I'm definitely going to give these a go now :)


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    1. Thanks! It's good stuff, you should definitely try it!


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