Let’s face it, there is nothing glamorous about lifeless flat hair. Unfortunately, many of us were born with it and have no idea how to style it. Ponytails are cute but it does not have to be a life sentence. There are more options to adding life to your hair than you can wrap your brain around and I am going to tell you about a few. Teasing is not the best option, especially for Black hair as our hair is naturally dryer and already tangles easily. I do not know about you, but I already spend a great deal of time and money trying to prevent tangling in my hair so I am definitely not going to do so purposely.
Do It Naturally
When our hair grows, the texture of our new growth naturally has more volume. If you have natural hair then this should not be an issue when you straighten your hair because you can choose how straight you want it to be. However, if you relax your hair, allowing your new growth to hang around a little longer before your touch-ups will greatly assist in adding volume. Wash your hair thoroughly, condition for moisture, and blow dry for more lift. This is the most highly recommended way to add volume to limp hair.
Some shampoos for creating volume contain ingredients like paraffin wax that coats the hair and weighs it down. TRESeme’ Volumizing Shampoo is among the best available that adds a healthy boost of luster and fullness to even the flattest and limpest hair and is safe to use daily. As you are shampooing, you can feel the silk proteins adding softness and moisture. Shampoo by gently massaging into hair from roots to tip, removing excess build-up and oil that may contribute to the flatness of your hair. Blow dry, add a little oil sheen, and style as usual.
If you want to focus on the roots alone, then simply add a little volumizing mousse to wet hair and blow dry roots. Using a brush with ball-tipped bristles, grab portions of the hair ends upwards and blow dry the hair at the roots being careful not to comb or brush them while wet. As with most mousses, they contain a holding ingredient that causes the hair to stiffen, allowing it to be molded. While this works for some women who love the idea of a strong hold, it is not my favorite option because I do not like using gels and mousses for their hair drying properties.
These are great and every woman should have a couple on reserve just in case. They are easy to apply and just as easy to remove. Clip-on tracks are snippets of weave tracks that can range from about an inch to about six inches in length, depending on where on the head it is being placed. These snippets of hair are firmly attached to wig clips or combs for effortless application. If you cannot find a color or texture to match your hair then all you have to do is purchase a bulk of weave and some wig clips and you can easily make them yourself. There are small holes on the wig clips on either side that allows you to attach the clip to the hair by sewing. You can quickly create various styles by just rearranging the order of the clip-ons.
Fortunately, Black women were blessed with the best of both worlds. We were born with naturally kinky hair, which can be styled in limitless ways and does amazing things. Today we can choose to have an afro, and tomorrow, straight hair. While the market is littered with convenient products, I prefer to utilize the God-given ones as a first option, and then the chemically charged as a last resort and you should too.