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How to Add Texture to Flat Hair

October 5, 2020

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Is there anything cooler than the sultry, just-got-out-of-bed textured hair you often see celebs like Alexa Chung or Gisele Bündchen rocking every day? Yes, it might be true that these glam gals have a hairstylist at hand more often than us regular folk do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t achieve their cool-girl look in the comfort of your own home—below, we’ve rounded up 6 ways to add texture to your hair.

Find the best option for your hair type

The type of texture you add to your hair really depends on the type of hair you have—texture can mean different things. “For example, straight hair can use sea salt sprays or powder dry shampoo to create a layered, piecey look within their hair cut,” says Faith Huffnagle, Director of Education at Prose. “Curly and coily hair already has a natural texture, so adding color or highlights can really create dimension between various pieces of hair, making hair appear fuller or thicker.”

A haircut can make all the difference

A solid foundation is key to making it that much easier for you to achieve the textured hair of your dreams. “Having a great haircut can really add the perfect texture to all hair types and can even reduce the amount of styling products needed to style your hair on a daily basis,” explains Huffnagle.

Pick the right product

The appropriate texturizing product for your tresses really, again, depends on your hair type. For hair that is naturally textured, Huffnagle suggests looking for products like hair oil to add nourishment to strands while reflecting light and shine. “Curl cream or wave sprays help support definition and encourage ‘spring’ to wavy and curly textures, while light-weight leave-in conditioners help reduce frizz and moisturize hair,” says Huffnagle.

Invest in great tools

If you’re ready to invest a little more time and money for perfectly textured hair, look no further than a trusty hair tool. “For those looking to add texture regularly, tools like a flat iron, curling iron, or curling wand can help create texture in various ways, depending on the size and position of the hot tools,” says Huffnagle. Adding heat to your hair might even help the look last longer, too.

Try dry shampoo

Not only does powder dry shampoo help reduce oiliness on the scalp, but it can also help add texture back into the hair while also helping to salvage a previous heat-styling session from the day before. “The best way to revive flat hair without washing is to use a powder dry shampoo to absorb excess oils and product build-up,” explains Huffnagle. “Since a powder is very versatile, adding it to your hairbrush before brushing your hair or applying it to your scalp before bed can offer an easier morning of hairstyling (with volume) for the next day.”

Go heatless

Of course, there’s always the option of going heat-free if you’re worried about damaging your hair with hot tools. “If you prefer to go heatless, setting hair in rollers, braids or twists overnight can add texture to your hair once you remove them in the morning,” says Huffnagle.

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