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Adding Oomph to Stubborn Flat Hair

Written by: Susan Hang


Hair is not my forte at all!

As a matter of fact, I hate my hair so much I hardly bother with it, let alone brush it… It was always a life-long dream to achieve bouncy, super touchable lush locks. That explains why I was often on the hunt for adding oomph to stubborn flat hair. And as a result, I’ve learned a handy thing or two so I thought my flat-haired companions might appreciate this post.

To start, take the time to understand your hair. I have have flat, slick straight, heavy Asian hair except I don’t have much of it. You’d think because I don’t have much hair, it’d be easy to get volume, but nope, that’s how annoyingly stubborn it is. I’m notorious for being impatient to the point where I was just putting anything labeled “volumizing” in my hair at first, which was probably one of the dumbest, most wasteful things I ever did. I learned quickly that overloading product in your hair ultimately weighs it down and makes it feel quite crunchy (not sexy) so try the below instead.


I shampoo my hair everyday… I’m not telling you to do this, but if I don’t, my hair gets pretty greasy, which only weighs it down more. So if you know you have a big day coming up and you want really want to amp up the volume, double cleanse the night before…by that, I mean shampoo twice and no conditioner. This really strips away the oil and leaves you with squeaky clean strands (that also means your hair might feel pretty dry).

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The Blow Dry

After you get out the shower, spritz your hair all over, focusing on the roots, with a root booster + heat protectant spray. I’m currently using Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray, which does a pretty good job. I was a devoted user of the Sally Hershberger Supreme Root Lift, but it’s become quite the pain in the ass to get a hold of – that would be my first choice. Half-way through blowdrying, take a texturizing spray, like L’Anza Beach Spray and blast it all over your hair. This stuff is pretty amazing for adding grit and creating piecey, undone tresses. I discovered it last summer and now have a 3 bottles just in case… Anyway, finish blowdrying, but use the cold air setting the last 20 seconds.

Finishing Touches

Once your hair is dry, tease the shit out of it in sections using Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I admit, I was highly skeptical of the magnified Oribe – at $44 a pop, it was a risky buy. And when I first attempted to use it, the nozzle was so hard to press down, I had to do use two hands! But now that I’ve broken it in a little, I absolutely love it! Oribe is heavy in texture and latches on to the hair well – so well that the volume is surprisingly long lasting. This product married with the L’Anza Beach Spray is MONEY! In the photo above, I’m only using these three products – I added some waves with a flat iron.

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Final Oomph Factor

If you’re not happy there or have an extra 5 minutes, take a crimper and crimp the top sections underneath the outer layer of your hair. I’ve had my beat-down Conair crimper for over 15 years – no lie and I’ve been using this method for over 12 years now. On a good day, I’m often asked how I get so much volume…well that’s it –

the real secret to adding oomph to stubborn flat hair.

Notice how the bottom right picture looks much fuller than the top?

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