How To Fake Volume On A Bad Hair Day

by Anjelina Tongco

Sometimes, a bad hair day means waking up to frizzy hair that just won’t be tamed. Other times, it’s having extremely flat, limp, lifeless hair that just won’t stay up. Now, frizz isn’t all that bad. You can solve this bad hair day problem with something as simple as a scarf, a hat, or a messy top bun. Flat, lifeless hair, on the other hand, can be a little bit more challenging. 

So, how do you fake volume on a bad hair day when you’re having trouble with flat and boring hair? Here are some tips for you. 

  • Wash it
  • Grease and dirt might be weighing your hair down. If that’s the case, washing it with shampoo and conditioner can give you more volume than what you originally woke up with. Air dry it if you have enough time or dry it with your blower for an even more voluminous look. Clean and fresh hair packs more volume than unwashed hair so hop in the shower if you have time and give your tresses a good wash. No time to wash your hair? Get yourself a bottle of dry shampoo and spray some on instead! 

  • Blow dry it upside down 
  • For added volume after doing what’s mentioned in #1, you can try blow-drying your hair upside down as well. It might sound a little crazy, but it definitely works in giving your hair a fuller and more voluminous look. 

  • Backcomb it
  • Another really good and easy way to fake volume when you have flat and lifeless hair is to backcomb it. Don’t overdo it lest you end up looking like a character from a 90s soap opera. Back up this method with a few spritzes of your best dry shampoo beforehand or a few spritzes of lightweight hairspray after for that extra oomph. Make sure to use a good clarifying shampoo when you wash it off to prevent product buildup from weighing your hair down in the future. 

  • Switch up the part
  • Sometimes, greasy hair just won’t go away. On those days, what you can do is switch up your part instead for instant extra volume (at least at the top part of your hair, that is). If you always wear your hair parted right down the middle, try parting it from one side instead. 

  • Style closer to the roots
  • Normally, you’d style a few inches down from the roots, right? Some might even start styling their hair with their tools right toward the end. If you’re lacking volume in your hair and are needing a quick fix, though, it might be more beneficial for you to style closer to the roots. A crimper would be your best tool of choice, though a curling iron or a hair straightener would do the trick, too.