The irony of being named Gretchen is that my hair isn’t as big as Gretchen Wieners (”That is so fetch!”), so when it comes to keeping secrets, my hair probably can’t hold much.

I was born with super fine strands, and though my hair stylist reassured me that I have a lot of hair on my head and need not worry about going bald, one of the challenges I face (especially when I have events or special occasions to attend) is how to maintain the volume of my hair. Here are a few tried-and-tested tips to get gorgeous locks without it looking dull or flat after just a few hours.



1. Start strong!

One of the keys to maintaining volume is having healthy hair, and having healthy hair doesn’t just mean zero split ends. Make sure your scalp is in good condition, too! Since I discovered Aloe Derma’s Shampoo and Conditioner last year, I’ve never stopped using it. I feel like it’s made my hair ten times healthier than it used to be, especially because it contains 80% aloe vera! I also apply Aloe Derma’s Hair Tonic on my scalp every night for added nutrients.


2. Put your mousse to good use!

While your hair is wet or damp, use a volumizing hair mousse and comb an ample amount from the middle section to the tips. You can also use serums if you prefer this over mousse. I like using L’Oreal Professionel’s Serioxyl Thicker Hair Serum, which I comb through my wet strands right after taking a shower in the morning.

If I want extra, extra volume (this is usually for all-day events like weddings), I also spray John Frieda’s Luxurious Volume Fine to Full Blow-Out Spray before blow drying my hair. But on a normal day, I just apply the serum and use an electric fan to dry my hair.


3. Flip it!

Once you’re done with your volumizing mousse or serum, use a detangling brush or comb like Tangle Teezer (I’m so obsessed with mine!) and remove the tangles. Then flip all of your hair and start drying! I only blow dry my hair on days when I have events, but on a regular day, I just flip my head against an electric fan and gently comb my hair from root to tip with my fingers.


4. End strong!

On a regular day, I have zero time to do this so after drying my hair against an electric fan, I just go straight to work. But if I need my hair to look super glam, I wear rollers for about an hour and once I remove the rollers, I maintain my hair’s lush volume with hair spray.

It may seem like a tedious process, but remember that your crowning glory isn’t just in a strong and on-fleek makeup look, it’s also precisely in your crown!



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