How An Ishonest Editor Adds Volume to Her Hair Without Tools or Products

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Not to brag, but if I had a dollar for every time someone complimented my hair, I'd be pretty well off. Don't get me wrong — having hair that falls down to my lower back is a blessing. It allows me to play around with different tools, products, and accessories. But it's not all roses. You see, I have a really hard time getting my hair to hold volume — my hair is often flat as paper. If I load on hairspray and other volumizing products, I can sometimes get that oomph, but sometimes a girl wants to be all-natural with just a little bit of added lift in my roots. So how do I do it? Well, years ago, before I even thought about becoming a beauty editor, I discovered the easiest way to get volume. It's a high ponytail. Confused? Keep reading.

Believe it or not, about five years ago I had a bob — and while I love a short haircut, mine was not one of them. It was uneven and, honestly, just a true hair disaster. It took five years (with a few trims in between) to get my hair to my present-day, desired length. And while it's now the length I want, it's a bit heavy. You can't win them all.

To back me up, I had to ask an expert, so I slid into the DMs of hairstylist Justine Marjan for input. According to Marjan, this trick directs the roots of my hair upward. For a little bit of extra help, she also suggests spraying your roots with dry shampoo or a texture spray before pulling the hair up into the high ponytail, as this will give the hair some hold when you take it out. One of my personal favorite dry shampoos is the Tresemmé Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo, it's volumizing and gives a clean look without residue (which explains why it won a best of beauty award.)

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