Fluffy hair is one of those things that’s hard to describe, but you know it when you see it.

It goes by many names: tousled hair, big hair, voluminous hair… but one thing is for sure, fluffy hair is never going out of style.

But for those unfortunate types who aren’t born with it, we have compiled a list of 19 different methods you can use to give yourself the same wild fluffy hair.

So read on, fluffy hair enthusiasts!

Curl the hair shaft closer to the hair cuticle (i.e. crimp)

We don't recommend crimping to get fluffy hair, but it works
We don’t recommend crimping to get fluffy hair, but it works

One of the secrets to getting your own hair to look fluffy is to give it more volume. And what better way to give yourself volume than by putting some bouncy curls in your hair?

But if your hair is naturally lifeless and flat, then the curls will just hang down around your face. Not a bad look, but we’re going for poofy hair here.

In order to make your hair fluffy, the strands need to “stand out” more. And that’s why we want to curl the hair closer to the scalp, almost down to the roots if possible.

You can use a flat iron to curl your hair, but be careful not to burn your scalp!

Trying dyeing your hair to make it fluffy

While we are not against the idea of dyeing your hair, we don’t think it’s a good idea to add color to it for the purpose of making it more voluminous.

The reason that hair dye makes your hair fluffy (sometimes) is because many hair dyes are ammonia-based. They’re cheap, easily accessible, and wreak havoc on your hair.

When your hair is dried out and damaged from the cheap dye, it looks more fluffy.

Get fluffy hair with a diffuser

Never met a curly-haired girl who doesn't love her diffuser
Never met a curly-haired girl who doesn’t love her diffuser

If you told us we needed to tell you how to get fluffy hair but we were only allowed to use one word, it would be this: diffuser.

A hair diffuser is a round, plastic attachment that you can slide onto the nozzle of your hairdryer. A diffuser works by spreading the airstream over a wider area in a more controlled way.

Select a low heat setting and gently work through your locks, simultaneously moving in a circular motion in order to catch all the ends of the hair in the cone for maximum fluff ability.

Place your middle and index fingers on either side of the hairs close to the roots.

Then take the diffuser down slowly to your ends, gently pulling out as you do so. This gentle “tug” helps create volume by stretching out strands vertically rather than just drying them horizontally.

Dry your hair before going to sleep

Adorable little hair model right here
Adorable little hair model right here

Hair follicles are more open when you sleep versus during the day, so if you’re looking to infuse volume into your hair, try drying it before heading to bed at night.

The bonus is that your head will rest on soft, fluffy hair instead of a soggy pillow. Bonus points!

Remember to use the cool setting when drying your hair

Using a medium or high heat setting when you dry your hair is not only damaging, it flattens and reduces volume.

The good news? You can simultaneously reduce frizz while going for a sleek style by using a low heat setting with a cold blast.

Using this method, you eliminate the static that typically causes fly-aways , while still giving your hair some texture.

Have a baby

We’re also kind of joking with this one, but not really! Many women report changes to their hair after giving birth. Straight, flowing locks turn into curly/frizzy hair. We’ve seen it many times!

Scientists still don’t know why this happens for sure, but some say that it’s the fluctuations in hormones that can cause straight hair to curl. Pretty wild!

Give hot rollers a try to get fluffy hair

Gorgeous red hair with a little bit of fluff, thanks to our friends - hot rollers
Gorgeous red hair with a little bit of fluff, thanks to our friends – hot rollers

As lockdowns increased in 2021, so did the use of hot rollers.

Instead of straightening your hair, you can throw curls into it with the use of these old school hair tools. By wrapping the hair strands around the rollers, you can cause the hair gently to change it’s shape temporarily.

This method is especially good for thin hair, as hair rollers are much more forgiving than a hot hair iron.

Curls and fluffy hair without the damage? Sounds great.

Thin hair? Tie it up into a bun for some extra fluff

If even putting your hair up in hot rollers sounds like too much work for you, we’ve got another solution: tying your hair upside down in a bun.

For an extra bit of fluffy, do this with wet hair. Damp hair works as well, just make sure the hair strands aren’t pulled too tight, as tight hair styles can lead to hair loss.

Comb your hair towards the back of your head (back comb)

Combing your hair from front to back is an excellent way to get fluffy hair.

Most people have a natural part on their scalp that goes either down the middle or off to the side. Left untouched, the part will deepen and hair on either side of it will get further pressed into the scalp, leaving it looking flat.

To give yourself some added lift, just grab a comb and brush it straight back. You can blow dry it as well (a great trick if you have oily hair and don’t want to wash it again!).

Want your hair fluffy? Use a hair dryer

Want fluffy hair? Just grab your hair dryer
Want fluffy hair? Just grab your hair dryer

Perhaps THE most powerful tool in your fluffy hair toolbox is going to be the blow dryer.

This tool is one of the best regardless of your hair type or length. If you have short hair, you might not need to blow dry it, but for that added lift it will definitely come in handy.

It is a great tool to give the hair volume. And instead of letting the hair air dry, you can get it done in just a few money.

Simply blow dry your hair in all directions, making sure to dry the scalp. If you haven’t cleaned your hair, make sure it doesn’t feel greasy. And if you have particularly dry hair, conditioner before drying works great for some added fluff!

Use natural hair styling products

When it comes to having healthy hair, nothing beats natural products.

Imagine thinking you could make something better than nature?

Bringing out your natural texture is KEY to giving yourself fluffy hair. When our hair is over-processed, it loses porosity and becomes brittle.

By cleaning, moisturizing, and treating our hair with natural products, we increase porosity and ability to absorb moisture. The hair’s volume around the entire head will naturally increase, giving you a fluffier head of hair.

Moisturize your hair with nourishing oils (use on wet hair)

Absolutely gorgeous hair here being treated with a mix of castor and Moroccan oil
Absolutely gorgeous hair here being treated with a mix of castor and Moroccan oil

Hair care is confusing, but it doesn’t need to be. Your hair only really needs 2 things: to be clean, and to be moisturized.

Using a moisturizing shampoo is one solution. But we shouldn’t stop there.

You don’t need to be a professional hairstylist to know this, but if you can get your hair to absorb oils, it will feel softer, have a beautiful shine, and will give the appearance of thicker hair.

To add volume with oils, just rub them into your scalp and hair before going to bed. Cover your head in a shower cap, and then rinse them out in the morning. Blow dry your hair afterwards to complete your fluffy look!

Use heat styling tools less frequently

We all love our flat irons, but sometimes it feels like an abusive relationship. We give and give and give, and they take and take and take.

And what do they take? The moisture – right out of our hair.

If you want more volume in your hair, you’re going to need to cut back on the heat styling in the long run. These tools can strip the hair of its natural oils, thinning the hair shaft and leaving the hair lifeless and dry.

Use styling products that give lift and bounce

This blonde bombshell rocking the fluffy hair style
This blonde bombshell rocking the fluffy hair style

You may have not ever thought about using a styling cream to give yourself fluffy hair, but you can. In fact, adding a styling agent to your hair is a great way to give yourself more volume.

The coolest part about this strategy is that it will mimic a natural look that doesn’t look like you’re trying too hard to be beautiful.

If possible, try to use hair products that do not have sulfates or parabens, both of which are bad for hair.

Go through chemotherapy (yes, but no)

Many women also report changes in their hair after going through chemotherapy.

While we would never recommend anyone do this just to get fluffy hair, we have to add it to this list because it’s something that we’ve heard so many times!

Sprinkle some dry shampoo on your scalp

Dry shampoo is not a substitute for cleaning your scalp
Dry shampoo is not a substitute for cleaning your scalp

Dry shampoo is one of those things that you probably use a little too much of. And while it is convenient (it does make your hair dry), it’s one of our least favorite hair products.

Why would you sprinkle chemicals on your head when you could just take a shower and wash your hair?

Still, we have to admit that adding a bit of dry shampoo to 2nd or 3rd day hair will definitely make your hair fluffy.

Use a volumizing shampoo

When researching how to get fluffy hair, we pulled out all the stops. And one simple trick you’re not going to want to ignore is going to be to use a volume building shampoo.

Simply put, a volume building shampoo is just a regular shampoo that is better at getting product build up off of your scalp. It works best for limp/lifeless hair.

Tell your stylist to give you a layered haircut

If you want to add volume to your hair, but your thin strands are not cooperating, you might have to ask for professional help.

In this case, that means telling your hairstylist that you want to add some layers to your hair.

The difference in length of the layers will cause the hair to appear like it is taking up more space than it is. This is because layered hair creates an optical illusion where the hair appears to have more volume.

This trick is best for shoulder-length hair, but it works with long hair as well.

Use a hair straightener (and sea salt!)

The hair fluffing power of sea salt spray
The hair fluffing power of sea salt spray

We’ve saved the most obvious tip for last. Using a flat iron (or a curling iron for that matter) is an excellent way to give yourself fluffy hair.

What you’re going to want to do is make some very loose curls in your hair going in opposite directions. Brush the curls out completely and then spray a salt mist on your hair.

The salt will give you that beachy, fluffy-haired look like you just got back from a trip to Malibu.

Use hairspray to tease your hair

Last but not least, you can tease your hair with a little hairspray to get that fluffy look.

This works best for fine hair.

Alternatively, you can use a little hair mousse and give the hair a good scrunch.

Once you’ve added the styling product, run your fingers through your hair or use a comb to give the hair some added lift.

Final Thoughts

Thanks to TikTok and social media, fluffy hair is back in style again. And you do want to be in style, don’t you?

Of course you do. Which is why we compiled this list of 19 expert tips on how to get fluffy hair.

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