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A Yen for a Full Head of Hair

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Gillian Jacobs shows her full head of blonde hair in the sixties style without fringes. The hair ends are turned outward
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Creating more hair volume is easy! You can get a good start on a full head of hair by pulling your hair over a round brush while blow-drying it. Teasing your hair and styling large waves also adds volume. These are just three of the many ways to add volume to your hair for the best and most interesting hairstyles of stars. With our styling tips and video tutorial on creating more hair volume we like to add more hairstyling tools to your arsenal

  • No doubt, hairstyles with exceptionally large volume are right for special events and for women who are comfortable with attracting a lot of attention. A luxuriant head of hair certainly draws plenty of attention if only because the styles are certainly not of the ordinary type and rarely worn at home and at work.

  • A Full Head of Hair: Volume as Styling Element

    Creating more volume can have very different effects. Building volume in the back of your hair hardly comes across as particularly ostentatious. It is hardly noticeable when the hairstyle is viewed from the front. You don’t even expect the high-volume waterfall ponytail (Nicole Richie) or the large chignon (Marion Cotillard) while admiring these stars from the front. We show their hairstyles in the gallery below. Increased volume starting right behind the crown of your head tend to make you appear taller; you can tell by looking at Gemma Arterton’s updo in Cannes. Added volume in the upper back of your head like a banana updo has the same effect. Bouncy and voluminous glamour waves in the upper top part of your hair or a voluminous quiff over your forehead also appear to lengthen your face and add inches to your perceived height. You can use these optically enhancing styling elements to your best advantage.

  • How to Create a Full Head of Hair

    You can add volume to your hair with these tools and styling aids:

    Volumising mousse: Work volumising mouse through your towel-dry hair where it is needed, i.e. close to the hair roots and at the ends. Adding the mousse in both places also works well.

    Blow-drying with your head hanging upside down: This method adds a lot of bounce to your hair right from the start.

    Using your round brush: Start pulling the round brush from the root portion to the ends of the hair strands while following the strokes of the round brush with your blow dryer.

    Teasing your hair: Lift individual strands of your hair to tease them with your styling comb while intermittently applying a whiff of hairspray.

    Using Velcro rollers: After shampooing work styling mousse through your hair. Then briefly warm up individual strands of hair with your blow dryer and roll them on Velcro curlers. Start with the hair on the crown of your head and work your way toward the neck. Apply hairspray and allow the Klett rollers to remain in your hair for 15 minutes before removing them. Tease the root portion of each strand of hair as you remove the rollers. You are creating more volume with every step.

    Turning curls: Sure, curls are naturally more voluminous than straight hair. Did you know that separating your curls into many tiny curls adds additional volume?

    Hairspray or volumising hairspray: Use these styling aids particularly for open hairstyles. Apply the spray while hanging your head upside down.

    Volumising powder: Lift your hair up and distribute the volumising powder in the hair near your scalp.

  • Enjoy the hairstyles of stars in our gallery. You may also like to try out our styling instructions.

    In our video, hair stylist Armin Morbach shows how to create terrific volume using Velcro rollers.

  • Video Tutorial: How to Create Terrific Volume

  • Gallery: Stars Showing a Full Head of Hair

    Full Hair: Busy Philipps

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    A Full Head of Hair: Teased Back Hair

    Busy Philipps built plenty of volume in her hair in the back of her head. Such full hair is best created using a teasing comb and hairspray.

     

    Styling: Simply use your styling comb to comb your hair against the grain in tiny strokes (tease your hair) while intermittently applying a whiff of hairspray.

     

    Shape your hair into a banana in the back of your hair. To form the banana, gather the hair to a low ponytail and tightly twist it. Keep twisting the ponytail while pulling it up toward the crown of your head. This will create the typical banana updo. Hide the end of the ponytail underneath the banana before securing the updo with bobby pins. Hairspray provides additional hold

    Full Hair: Nicole Richie

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    A Full Head of Hair: Waterfall Ponytail

    Nicole Richie shows another fancy ponytail look with plenty of volume in the back of her head.

     

    Styling: Separate a wide strand of hair from the back crown of your head. Tease this strand of hair before tucking it away for the time being. Then separate the remaining hair in three portions. Gather the lower portion to a ponytail and secure it with a scrunchy. Comb and twirl both side portions of your hair. Once a side portion is twirled, guide it to the base of the already formed back ponytail and wrap the ends of the twirled side hair around the ponytail base. Secure the ends with bobby pins. Now go back to the tucked away top strand of hair, tease it some more before layering and straightening it over the ponytail. This is all it takes to create this extraordinary ponytail waterfall

    Full Hair: Marion Cotillard

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    A Full Head of Hair: The Extra-Large Chignon

    Marion Cotillard looks elegant with her giant chignon in the back of her head.

     

    Styling: Gather the hair to a ponytail in the middle back of your head and tease it while intermittently applying hairspray to the teased hair until the ponytail shows a lot of volume. Gather the ends of the teased ponytail in a scrunchy and hide this end inside the fluffed up ponytail. Secure the ponytail end using bobby pins. Now spread the ponytail hair out into an extra-large chignon, which must be secured with hair pins. Apply hairspray for extra hold. As a final touch, wrap a ribbon or band around the base of the chignon and secure it with bobby pins

    Full Hair: Demi Lovato

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    A Full Head of Hair: Teased Top Front Hair

    Demi Lovato demonstrates slenderising fullness. The teased hair over her forehead is fluffed up while her side hair is pinned back close to her head. This hairstyle gives the face a slender oblong appearance. If your face is already on the long side this hairstyle is not going to be your most flattering style because the hairstyle tends to emphasise the length of your face.



    Styling: Work volumising mousse through your towel-dry hair before using the blow-dryer only briefly. The hair should remain damp. Roll the long ends of your hair onto large rollers and completely blow-dry the rolled up hair. Allow your hair to cool before you remove the rollers. Use a styling comb to slightly tease the hair over your forehead. Secure this front portion of your hair together with the pinned back side hair in the back of your head using bobby pins or a slide. Apply some hairspray for extra gloss

    Full Hair: Julie Bowen

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    A Full Head of Hair: Retro Waves

    Actress Julie Bowen looks neat with her large retro style waves.



    Styling: Work volumising mousse through your towel-dry hair. Create a side parting before starting to roll large strands of hair onto medium-diameter curlers or a curling iron. Alternatively, you can also shape waves with your fingers and secure them with clips and hairspray. Now blow-dry your hair, allow it to cool and remove the rollers. Pluck the waves and curls in shape using your fingers. Comb in some gel to prevent fly-away hair

    Full Hair: Vanessa Hudgens

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    A Full Head of Hair: Curls

    Rich curls provide Vanessa Hudgens’ hair with plenty of volume.

     

    Styling: Curling mousse is very helpful for curly tops. It is worked through the freshly shampooed hair. Then roll the hair onto a curling iron. (Don’t forget to use heat protectant!) Curl thin as well as thick strands of hair for a lively look. Hang your head upside down while shaking your head and shaping the curls with your fingers. Finally, apply volumising powder or hairspray

    Full Hair: Tina Fey

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    A Full Head of Hair: Layered Hair

    Layering adds volume to Tina Fey’s shoulder-length hair.

     

    Styling: Shampoo your hair and use a rinse, which does not weigh down your hair. Then blow-dry your hair while pulling it through a round brush. Start your brush strokes near the roots of your hair and pull the brush all the way to the end. This adds volume to your hair. Direct the blow-dryer toward the temples in front and toward the back on the crown of your head. Shape the hairdo using your fingers and accentuate individual strands with hair wax

    Full Hair: Adele

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    A Full Head of Hair also Works with a Plumper Face

    Singer Adele demonstrates that voluminous hairdos are very attractive for faces on the plumper side as well.



    Styling: Work volumising mousse through your towel-dry hair and blow-dry it against the grain over a round brush to give your hair more volume. Only in the final step, carefully comb your hair in the desired direction. Moisten the hair ends again and roll your hair onto large-diameter curlers (or a large-diameter curling rod). Completely blow-dry your hair, remove the rollers and secure the hairdo by applying some hairspray