Lots of people ask me how I get big hair, and I had a special request from EmmaBeans to show you how I do it so here's my secrets.
and I LOVE my big hair, it's a complete obsession. My hairstyle hero at the moment is Diana Vickers for always having big, but smooth and gorgeous hair.
I have thin, limb, boring hair so it's a daily battle to make it look decent but I've practiced a lot and I think I do a pretty good job! People think making your hair huge is difficult and takes time, but here's my way of getting big hair in the mornings without wasting any time. So here it is...
STEP 1. Wash your hair and condition as normal. I use TIGI Headshot hydrating shampoo, but this has been discontinued (sob!) so any moisturising shampoo and conditioner will do. You've got to look after those locks.
STEP 2. Use these products!
TIGI Bed Head Superstar Queen for a Day Thickening Spray and TIGI Bed Head Superstar Blowdry Lotion - this two miracle products dramatically make it so your hair miraculously thickens and plumps.
Comb your damp hair and spray on the thickening spray, then apply a bit of the blowdry lotion into the roots, crown and mid-lengths. Again comb through. If you have REALLY thin hair, you can also put a tiny bit of mousse at your roots, but I've never needed it and I don't like product overload.
STEP 3. Dry you hair - if you have a fringe, dry this first, then turn your head upside-down and blast it with the hairdryer until it's completely dry.
STEP 4. Now put in the most stylish rollers known to man. The ones I use are 80mm velcro rollers (usually blue) and I have about 12 of them (I couldnt' fit anymore on my head!). You can get these anywhere on the internet. I think I got mine from eBay.
Put in these huge rollers while your hair is still hot from the hairdryer, starting at the crown, section off a 2 inch bit of hair which is the same width as the roller, roll into your hair and pin in if you need to. Then blast your hair with a hot hairdryer, and put your makeup on as you wait for your hair to cool down. Here's me looking stylish in my dressing gown and rollers!
My housemate Basil once laughed at me when he saw me wearing these. I said, you'll see - I'll look like Beyonce when I've finished with these rollers! Later I came out my room and he went "Oh my god, is that Beyonce?" I <3 him for it!
STEP 5: Pull out the rollers and get volumising!
Once you've applied your makeup, take out the rollers. After these steps, your hair might be bouncey and volumous enough for your taste, if so - thanks for joining me on this journey. If you crave bigger hair like me, read on!
STEP 6: Backcombing
Meet your new best friends:
Here's my Vidal Sassoon tail comb and my Schwarzkopf OSIS+ Dust It powder
You may not need the Dust It powder, but if you suffer from very soft-unmanagable hair when it's freshly washed, this adds some oompf and "dirt" into it, so you can squeeze your hair up and it'll hold but without feeling or looking dirty or greasy in any way.
Next, section off a line of hair under your crown and backcomb it. Backcombing has to be done carefully, and apparently if you do it right, it shouldn't actually damage the hair at all. So pick up this section into the air, and then comb the bottom 2 or 3 inches down against the scalp firmly, in gentle but firm movements about 2 or 3 times. Remember the smaller the section, the bigger your hair will turn out. If you need some video help, this video shows how to do it really well, without damaging hair. Sadly the same can't be said about a lot of other videos which seems to rip into people's hair! OUCH! I've also added it to my favourites on my YouTube channel to check it out. Moving forwards from the crown, keep sectioning off long rectangles of hair and work your way to the front. I also then do the hair at the temples and some around the crown for added effect.
You hair will come out looking something like this:
I think it's a great look! If you don't want to go out looking like a scarecrow, then use your fingers and the tail end of the comb to gentle pat your hair down and look smooth. You can do it just a little and have big hair like this or smooth it down for more of a daytime look
and finally, you can scoop it up for a texturised up-do. All I've done here is twirl the hair around into a chignon.