Are you feeling as flat as your locks? Women with curly hair, fine hair or low density hair will understand what a lack of volume can do to a hairdo. From age-related hair loss to product build-up, we’re here to help you get to the bottom of your volume problems and have your hair singing again with these volumizing tips and must-have products.
What Causes Hair to Lose Volume
Hair volume is also known as body, thickness or lift. Whatever you call it, we can all agree that there are people who are blessed with it, and others who wish they had it. If you are shedding more than usual, if your ponytail feels less full, or your hair is starting to look thinner at the roots, it’s time to tackle the issue and help your hair add volume.
Here are the most common reasons why your hair may lose volume, and what you can do about them:
Using the wrong products in your hair can lead to build-up that can weigh it down over time. Yep, that volumizing shampoo (and accompanying volumizing conditioner) you paid too much for may be doing more harm than good to your mane. This is because certain ingredients contained in many popular shampoos, conditioners and styling creams are not water soluble. These include heavy oils and dimethicone, which gives your hair that silky, velvety feeling. Look out for natural hair products that work with your hair to add extra volume and don’t clog up your cuticles. For example, every Lu product uses naturally-derived ingredients like Impossible Keratin™, a plant-based keratin formula that helps damaged hair build strength, add shine, and be better protected.
Hard water that you wash your hair with can also weigh your hair down because it’s full of minerals that are prone to buildup around the roots. Need an ally that can help with hard water? Murumuru butter is a key ingredient in Lu's Control Collection. This seed reduces frizz by penetrating the hair shaft and sealing cuticles, locking in moisture, and helping remove buildup deep in the hair roots. Another option is to use dry shampoo and avoid wet hair altogether, but we don't recommend making dry shampoos part of your daily routine.
With age, the rate of hair growth slows down as strands become smaller, often leading to thinner hair and hair loss. Over time, the body also produces less and less keratin, which makes up 95% of hair. Adding more into your hair care routine is a great way to supplement this slowing. Impossible Keratin from Lu increases hair tensile strength and helps it retain moisture, which leads to less breakage and split ends, common side effects of aging.
You Need a Trim
Flat hair is a result of hair that has been weighed down by product residue, dirt, oils, and additional impurities. It only takes a few days without a wash to notice your hair getting flatter at the roots. And the longer we let our hair get, the more it weighs it down and affects its volume. This is the reason why women with curls who decide to get short hair are often amazed by the bounce and volume that returns to their hair after a trim. There’s no need to cut it all off to make it grow back thicker. Shaving your hair won’t make it grow back any thicker because the hair we can see is actually dead. Hair dies the moment it breaks the surface of your body. Instead, get your stylist to trim off the ends and try a blunt hair cut, which is a cut without layers that allows your hair cuticles to pile up while adding volume naturally.
Perms and hot oil treatments that are said to nourish dry and frizzy hair could actually lead to a loss in volume. In addition, high temperatures from blow dryers and styling products can change the shape of keratin strands in hair, which can make it weaker and more prone to damage. Ditch the damaging treatments for Lu’s Control Collection, which will help control frizz without the chance of hair loss.
Air Drying (the Wrong Way)
At Lu, we’re big proponents of the air dry method instead of firing up the hair dryer. Leaving your hair to its own devices after your hair care routine will leave curly girls looking fabulous for longer between washes. However, there’s a right way and a wrong way to air dry. If you leave your wet hair for too long, it can lead to hygral fatigue, which can cause your locks to become brittle, dull, and frizzy. People who shower in the morning and want to let hair air dry can help it along by applying a leave-in styling cream. If you shower at night, try using a microfiber towel on your damp hair before bed to prevent hygral fatigue and losing your natural volume.
Turn Up the Volume with Lu’s Freedom Collection
Fortunately, there are ways to get back to voluminous hair. The right products are essential to recovering volume. Reach for Lu’s Freedom Collection and start your journey toward perfect curls with its powerful blend of Moringa Seed Oil and Impossible Keratin™, which provides three times the strength and flexibility of other keratin products. This improves moisture retention, reduces frizz caused by humidity, and strengthens every hair strand for visibly healthy, bouncy, and beautiful curls.