As someone who has had fine hair all her life, trying to get and keep volume has been a reoccurring obsession of mine. While making the decision to go back to my natural roots was a major game changer, I still struggle with wanting to get my curly fro as big and voluminous as I possibly can.
Over my 2 years of being natural, I’ve picked up a few tips and tricks along the way and if you are one with fine hair hoping to get and retain volume this post is for you!
Style with big hair in mind
First, when going after hair with volume, you have to keep in mind the fact that styling plays a major role. Although you can’t physically change the thickness of your hair in a day, you can apply certain techniques to make your hair appear fuller.
With that said, when you are are selecting ways to style your hair, do it with big hair in mind.
Shoot for medium to large size twists and braids
Twist and braid outs are mine, and arguably almost every natural’s, favorite styles to do. They’re super easy to complete and I find that it gives my hair the most volume throughout the week.
However, as a natural with fine hair, I have to keep in mind the fact that I need to target medium to larger size twists to get optimal voluminous results.
While smaller twists offer more definition, my hair will be extremely shrunken and flat especially on day one. If I want to ensure bigger hair I have to make the twist bigger and risk forgoing a little definition.
Try twist out patterns
If you are one that doesn’t want to give up your definition and would rather not do a chunky twist out, twist out patterns might be what you need.
A twist out pattern is ultimately a pattern of different twist methods throughout your hair to obtain desired results of both volume and definition.
For me, a favorite that I like to complete is a pattern of alternating between flat twists and two strand twists. I start by applying 2 flat twists in the front going down each side framing my face.
I then add 4 medium sized two strand twists at the crown of my head. Followed by another 4 flat twists in the middle-back of my head. Lastly I have 4 two strand twists along the nape of my neck. Sound confusing? Check out this quick video to see how I complete it! Twist out patterns are definitely one of my favorite go to techniques if I want more volume on day one hair.