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Pretty Simple :: Everyday Volume

September 11th, 2013

How to get straight, voluminous hair by Martha Lynn Kale | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

When it comes to our hair, we often want it all: a ‘do that’s all at once “straight, smooth, not-too- ‘done’ looking” but also “voluminous, wavy, and full of body.” I’m always striving to achieve hair that flaunts the best of both worlds, and this technique gives volume at the roots, yet keeps the ends nice and sleek. There’s no denying that a certain tress-famous celebrity (last name Aniston) is to blame for making this the most coveted hairstyle, both on the sidewalk and the red carpet! Keep reading for the step-by-step that I demonstrated on Camille, with gorgeous photos by Kate Stafford

How to get straight, voluminous hair by Martha Lynn Kale | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles newPostLabel_Instructions

  1. Start with a very voluminous blow out — it’s much easier to smooth the ends than rather than add volume to a head full of stick-straight strands.
  2. Take a small section of hair from the crown of your head. Use a round brush to over-direct the hair, pushing it forward so the round brush rolls on itself like a roller. Blast it with the hot air, then cool it off either with the cool setting on your dryer or the back vent. Remove the round brush and repeat on the rest of the crown. Tip: Do not remove the brush while the air flow is still directed at the hair, or you will blast the volume out and undo your work!
  3. Focusing only on the bottom half of the hair, start flat ironing the ends so they are straight.  It’s important to not flat iron the roots, as this will remove all the volume and cause that flattened look. Use a comb to detangle and pull hair taut as the flat iron glides down.
  4. Lightly back comb the entire head and smooth out the top layer (here’s a quick how-to on teasing.) This way, you’re left with a smooth exterior and volume at the roots that will last all day!

How to get straight, voluminous hair by Martha Lynn Kale | photos by Kate Stafford for Camille Styles

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26 Comments under :: Pretty Simple :: Everyday Volume
  1. aleandtere says:

    looks simple enough to try it before running out of the house on a busy day! thanks for the tutorial!

  2. Laura says:

    that looks great! easy to do and good for even the busiest day! thanks for sharing.

  3. Sue says:

    thanks for the great post. my hair is similar, and I cannot wait to try this!

  4. diane smith says:

    love the tips~very pretty!

  5. Molly Morgan says:

    Love this! Such a beautiful and simple everyday look!

  6. Stephanie says:

    I am for sure going to try this! Love it ;)

  7. Anne says:

    I love it! But when i back comb my hair… It’s gone in 2 hours and my hair is flat again :(

    • Anne, I have really fine hair and this sometimes happens to me… have you used dry shampoo? It’s my volumizer lifesaver, and I even have a little travel container I can pop in my purse for when I’m going somewhere important enough to do touch-ups. A few sprays and a good massage into the scalp totally revives my volume.

    • Martha Lynn says:

      I second what Camille said…you have to give that soft hair some grip. Baby powder works great too on blonde hair!

  8. My hair is so flat that even with a good blow-out it just lays there. Definitely going to try the “over direct” technique with a round brush. Any recommendations for a some product (lotion, cream, spray, mousse) to use with the blow out, one the can really hold but not be crunchy when dry?

    • Martha Lynn says:

      Yes “over direct” is my secret move for volume! I swear by the Living Proof root lifting spray. It wont weigh it down but gives nice volume that is workable for 48 hours! Also make sure your round brush isn’t too big…that’s another common mistake!

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  10. Charlotte says:

    Gave it a try today and loved it! Thanks Martha Lynn!

  11. Meenakshi says:

    I still love Jennifer Aniston after all these years. There’s just something really relatable about her. And thanks for the tutorial- I have poker straight hair and I often feel it is too flat at the crown!!

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