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Pump up the Volume.

Pump up the Volume.

How to boost the bounce.

Volume may be the holy grail of the fine-haired, but these tips and tricks to boosting bounce can benefit any head of hair in search of a lift.

Volumising your hair

1) Use the Right Shampoo & Conditioner

Not all shampoos and conditioners are created equal. Nor should they be. Noughty packs its products with carefully selected ingredients, chosen to benefit problems defined by your specific hair type. So use the right product range to address the challenges facing your hairs particular needs.

Noughty’s new volumising range Pumped Up is formulated with a cocktail of amino acids; the precursors to proteins that can help to strengthen and add thickness to the hair shaft. The oil-free formulation is blended to moisturise without weighing down the fine fibres so it’s the right choice for fine or limp hair.

2) Use Your Products Correctly

  • Don’t apply conditioner too close to the roots – this can leave hair flat and make it appear oily, faster. Conditioner should only be applied from the mid-lengths to tips.

  • Do rinse out shampoo and conditioner thoroughly, working from root to tip – this will prevent residues from building up and weighing hair down. Time rinsing is time well spent when it comes to adding volume.

  • Don’t apply too much styling product - this can weigh the hair down, causing volume and style to ‘fall out’ of the hair.

3) Use Cold Water

Hot water stimulates the oil glands in our scalps to produce more oil. Washing and rinsing in cold (okay, cool) water will reduce the stimulation of the glands and the amount of oil produced.

Since fine haired heads have more oil glands per square centimetre than other hair types, the management of oil production is key to keep hair looking clean for longer and full of bounce.  

4) Shampoo Daily

Since oils, grime and residue are the enemy of volume, champion the bounce by washing your hair daily. However remember everyone is different and only you can find the right balance of cleanliness and moisture for your hair, so listen to what your roots are telling you.

 5) Cut Your Hair or Keep it Trimmed

The shorter your hair, the less it weighs. The less it weighs, the less it drags down the hair close to the root and the more volume you have. There’s nothing like a good trim to bring back the bounce.

6) Use Volume-Building Styling Techniques

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  • The Upside Down Blow Dry
    While your hair’s damp, hang your head down flipping your hair over. Using your hairdryer, brush your hair forward, focusing the hairdryer at the roots. Once hair is dry, stand up, flick it back and style as normal. Et Voila; you’ve upsized your volume.

  • Root Lift
    Working in sections, lift damp hair in the opposite direction from the way it grows (like stroking a cat backwards) positioning your hairdryer underneath, as you blow dry. Use a root-boosting spray formulated specifically for fine hair. Once dry, add styling product to the ends of hair, as normal.

  • The Parting
    Hair will lie most flat where it parts, so a change to the parting, is as good as a holiday as they say. Swap your parting around to create volume at the crown.


  • Root Crimp
    Crimping just the roots of your hair creates volume right where it counts.  Making a whole series of little accordions adds fullness and creates the illusion of volume.

  • The Hot Roller
    Whilst this technique may bring back memories of the scene “Beauty School Dropout” from the 80’s film Grease (who didn’t want to be a pink lady?) hot rollers remain a really easy and effective way to add volume.  It’s a great trick if hair is already dry. 

  • Dry Shampoo
    Coating your roots with a layer of dry shampoo as soon as you finish blow-drying creates a barrier to the oil before it has a chance to build. Bonus: dry shampoo is inherently volume building so will create added texture.

Don’t fret over fine hair. Just, up the volume. Down the lights.