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

  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!

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Comments (27)
  1. 1
    Limezinnias Design September 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Love it!

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    • Martha Lynn September 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      Thanks! Let us know if you give it a try!

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    aleandtere September 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

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

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    • Martha Lynn September 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      That’s why I love it so much 🙂

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    Laura September 11, 2013 at 10:11 am

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

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    • Martha Lynn September 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      The “over directing the brush” part is great to do even on day 2 hair just to freshen it up and add volume!

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    Sue September 11, 2013 at 11:45 am

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

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    diane smith September 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    love the tips~very pretty!

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    • Martha Lynn September 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Thank YOU…and Camille of course makes any hair style gorgeous!

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    Molly Morgan September 11, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Love this! Such a beautiful and simple everyday look!

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    Stephanie September 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I am for sure going to try this! Love it 😉

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    Anne September 12, 2013 at 12:13 am

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

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    • Camille Styles September 12, 2013 at 7:34 am

      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.

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    • Martha Lynn September 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

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

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    Robin @ happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com September 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

    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?

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    • Martha Lynn September 12, 2013 at 10:58 am

      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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    Connie Newton Steele September 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    Great tips!

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    • Martha Lynn September 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Thanks Connie! Glad you are liking the post!

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    Charlotte September 16, 2013 at 11:45 am

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

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    • Martha Lynn September 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      Yay! Love it when readers have a success!

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    Meenakshi October 7, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    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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    Dottie Summers April 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    I have very fine an somewhat thin hair, especially at the crown. Can you help me with products to use along with this unique styling technique? I love long hair and I am determined to find a way to give my hair volume!! Thanks! Hope this message gets to you!!

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