The quest for volume can sometimes feel as fruitless as unicorn hunting, but attaining full hair is easier than we thought.
The quest for volume can sometimes feel as fruitless as unicorn hunting—but after spotting these styles on the red carpet, we hoped that attaining full hair with loads of body would be easier than it looks. “Creating a really deep side part allows for a lot of extra lift,” says Living Proof celebrity stylist Chris McMillan who gave Ellie Goulding sky-high roots for the Grammy Awards. “It’s also a way to make a simple hairstyle more interesting and dramatic,” says pro Cesar Ramirez, who styled Taraji P. Henson’s hair for the Golden Globes. It can give a simple hair cut—like a bob or lob—some edge, Ramirez says.
To get the look at home, use a round brush and blow-dry damp strands in the opposite direction of your normal part. “You want to start with damp hair because once hair dries, it’s nearly impossible to train it to go in another direction,” says Ramirez. Build additional height by misting roots with hairspray once dry. "That will push roots off the scalp and adds more texture,” says McMillan, who used Living Proof Flex Shaping Spray ($25; sephora.com) on Goulding. While McMillan uses his fingers to create a more natural part, you can use a comb and place the part by the highest point of your eyebrow, which is typically the most flattering, says Ramirez. Blow out the rest of your hair as you normally would and finish off the ends with a bit of styling wax. Ramirez likes Mizani Defyne Wax High Definition and Hold ($17; folica.com). You’re welcome.