How to Get More Hair Volume Without Blow Drying

how to get natural hair volume without using a hair dryer

I’ve finally found some tricks to add natural volume without having to blow dry my hair everyday. Check out these four tips for natural hair volume!

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Let’s talk about hair volume.

I’ve always had flat hair, with very little volume. I have a lot of hair, but it’s very fine, so after washing it and styling it, it just fell flat.

I figured the only thing that could help me get hair volume was to blow dry my hair, but blow drying my hair regularly was damaging my hair so much.

So I started trying other methods to maximize my natural hair volume, and here’s what I do!


Start with a good shampoo.

About 4 years ago I was going crazy trying to figure out why my hair was flat and stringy all the time. I texted two of my friends, who both had incredible hair, and asked them what they used. Both of them said Pureology. A crazy expensive, professional grade shampoo. But look at these reviews!!

So I guess I was getting what I paid for with my cheap shampoo from the drugstore.

Instantly I saw a difference, with the quality of my hair, the healthiness of the ends, and…the volume!

Also, I only wash my hair once a week, so a big bottle of this lasts me almost a year (unless my 2 year old dumps it out in the shower…I don’t want to to talk about it).

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Part your hair on the opposite side while it dries.

I started doing this probably a year ago and it’s made such a difference! It takes absolutely no effort — just part it roughly on the opposite side of your normal part, and let it air dry.

When your hair is dry, flip it back to your normal side and suddenly you have all this volume!


Use Dry Shampoo.

I have a whole post about dry shampoo and how I go a week between washes right here, and this daily addition of dry shampoo on my roots absolutely gives me volume.

I know what you’re going to say — it’s all the build up of the dry shampoo that’s giving me volume! But actually it’s not. It doesn’t feel gunky or gross at all —  in fact, my hair always feels smooth and soft and clean after applying the dry shampoo. But it does give my roots some texture, which in turn gives me some volume.

This is my favorite dry shampoo, but I also love this one


Sleep with your hair above your head.

This has been a volume game changer for me as well. I got some super 90’s scrunchies and I use those every night to pull my hair into a loose ponytail on top of my head.

It’s really cute, guys.

No, actually, it looks ridiculous. But if your hair is pulled up all night, it gives it a lot of natural volume, and keeps it from getting squashed under your head while you sleep.

Don’t use a regular hair tie because it will leave a dent. Also the scrunchies are soft and comfortable, so they don’t get in the way while you sleep.


Try some of these tips if you’re struggling with natural volume, and let me know how they work!


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  1. Chavonne says:

    Merrick, these tips are so smashing!! Im really grateful that youve shared them. Im going to give them a go. Yay! How do you keep your hair looking so clean when you only wash once a week?

    • Merrick says:

      Thanks for your sweet comment! I use lots of dry shampoo, and then brush and re-curl it as needed — it helps it stay looking very fresh.

  2. Lindsey says:

    Hi Merrick! Purple Pureology is my fav, too 🙂
    Is the green Suave similar to the old gold can? The gold has been my go-to Ever since i read about it here.

  3. Carolyn says:

    My hair stylist told me that Kirkland Signature shampoo is actually Pureology shampoo REBRANDed for Costco. I’ve never used Pureology so I can’t verify that, but I have loved the Kirkland Signature shampoo, and it’s not expensive. Thanks for the great tips, this is very applicable to my hair 🙂

    • Michelle says:

      I was going to comment here, I buy the Nexus Humectress from Costco. It is excellent and the Shampoo/conditioner is seriously the same price as just the shampoo at other places.

  4. Natalie says:

    Thank you for these tips! I especially love the idea of parting on the opposite siDe and sleeping with hair on top (I didnt think i’d be wearing Scrunchies again )

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