Volumizing your hair is really no more difficult than any other styling technique, and if you're wondering how to give your hair more volume, starting with a clean scalp and staying open to changing your hair part are crucial — but so is a great brush. Using a brush that creates volume while you blow dry or a self-heating styling brush will make adding body and movement to your hair a breeze.
There are bedtime hair rituals that will help you wake up with more voluminous hair and top-notch hair dryers for thin hair that are made with frizz-fighting, volume-building ionic technology, tourmaline, and ceramic plates. But, to really make the most of these and build up body in your hair, you'll need to invest in a great heated styling brush or traditional brush that is made specifically for your hair type or features cool qualities that take your blowout to the next level.
The best way to use a volumizing brush is by drying your hair about 80 percent of the way with a quality blow dryer and then using a round brush to work on small sections of hair at a a time. Move the brush and dryer constantly and alternate between flipping your hair under and over to get the most bounce. Oh, and those temperature settings are there for a good reason — use medium heat on your roots and set that cool blast when you're finished for a shinier finish.
These seven highly-rated brushes will give you more voluminous hair in no time.
1This Hot Air Brush With Anti-Static Bristles
Dry your hair with a blowdryer about 75 percent of the way and then grab this John Frieda Hot Hair Brush to lift hair at the roots while you style for a major dose of volume. This ergonomic and lightweight brush features ionic technology that provides up to 50 percent more ions to dry hair faster (which means less damage) and without static and frizz. It delivers 500 powerful watts of energy and has a 1 ½ inch titanium ceramic barrel — so expect big, bouncy waves.
2This Hot Brush With Rotating Bristles
Plug it in and give it a spin — literally — because the BaByblissPRO Nano Titanium Rotating Hot Air Brush has a rotating bi-directional barrel that moves forward and backward to give you incredible volume and texturized waves. This tool has a metal barrel that heats like a curling iron, according to one reviewer, and the bristles grip your hair so that it takes a lot less time to dry and style.
Other reviewers — those with both straight and curly hair who say they lack volume — swear by this hot air brush's ability to leave their hair "shiny, soft, and bouncy."
3This Gentle Porcupine Brush That's Ideal For Delicate Fine Hair
The Spornette Porcupine Brush combines natural boar and nylon bristles for a hold on hair that's both gentle and firm — making it the ideal brush for delicate fine or thin hair. The white balls on the tip provide a gentle massage to the scalp so you won't have to worry about pulling your hair and damaging it as you lift it at the roots and dry it to create more volume.
Reviewers say its glides through hair and detangles it effortlessly, helps make hair look smooth and voluminous, and can last you years — a total bargain, according to many fans.
4This Ceramic Natural Boar Bristle Brush That Can Extend Your Shampoo Time
Whether you crave glossy, big barrel curls and waves or more body and a straighter style, the Suprent Round Barrel Hair Brush is a multifunctional tool made with natural boar bristles, which distributes your hair's natural oils for a shinier mane. It boasts a 2 inch barrel, nano ionic technology to reduce static, and a ceramic barrel that heats up quickly and evenly as you blow dry, which helps create volume for all hair types, but works especially well on shorter and medium styles.
Reviewers rave about how it easy it is to use during blowouts (yay to no more annoying mid-blowout tangles!) and one reviewer even says this brush adds so much volume and life to her hair that she can go a week without shampooing her hair again.
5This Extra Large Cork Round Brush For Coarse Hair
The Ibiza Hair EX5 Cork Round Brush has an extra large barrel and curved bristles designed to rev up normal to coarse hair — but fine hair types have reported that the cork round brush works wonders on their hair, too.
One reviewer with fine, wavy hair says: "If you have fine hair that needs extra volume, this is your brush!" Other users say it has twice the bristles of other hair brushes and is worth the money and that it gives curly, wavy, and course hair tremendous amounts of shine and body that last all day.
6This Ceramic Vented Brush For Long, Fine Hair
It can be a challenge to find a tool that boosts volume in very long, fine hair, but GHD Ceramic Vented Radial 3 is lauded for its ability to create soft waves in a short amount of time. Dry your hair until it is 80 percent dry and then wrap this ceramic barrel brush around medium to large sections of hair. Direct heat from your dryer will quickly and efficiently dry each section so that it looks bouncy and healthy. Reviewers say it "cuts drying time in half," smoothes frizz, and is worth every penny.
7This Hot Brush With Various Temperature Settings That Works For All Hair Types
With dual ceramic and ionic technology and a choice between a 1 inch barrel (for short hair) and a 1 ½ inch barrel for longer hair, the Calista Tools Pro Grip is a volumizing hot brush made for all hair types. The temperature setting ranges from 325-395 °F so you can choose the lowest setting for fine or over-processed hair and increase the temperature depending on the thickness and texture of your hair. Plug it in and proceed as you would with a hot brush, using it on hair that has already been dried about 75-80 percent.
Reviewers with curling and frizzy hair say it smoothes and straightens locks without flattening them, while those with think hair say the lowest temperature setting is effective enough to create major lift and volume in their hair without frying it.
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