An Easy Way to Add Volume to Your Curly Hair

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 by 3 Comments
An Easy Way to Add Volume to Your Curly Hair

Since I work from home, I can get away with wearing my hair in a ponytail most of the time. But, during the holidays, I try to look a bit more presentable for the various parties and events my family gets invited to. Normally, I use a flat iron. However, my husband has been trying to convince my to wear my hair in its naturally curly state more often.

If you have curly hair and want to add volume to your locks for the holidays, you must remember that the way your hair looks when it’s wet will ultimately affect how it appears when it’s try. By using clips to strategically position your hair  at the roots as it starts to dry, you can give yourself the volume you crave.

Ouidad’s Curl Clips, available for $5 per clip at Ulta, Sephora, and, are the perfect tool to use to create curls, add height, and style hair away from your face. They are often used to hold rollers, but are ideal for positioning wet hair when you want to add volume to your style.

The technique is a three-step process:

1. Open the curl clip no more than a half inch to one inch wide and hold the clip on its side. Gently slide the clip along your scalp and keep it as close to the root as possible.
2. Position the clip to lift the hair evenly across the crown. You should work from front to back for best results.
3. Dry your hair with a diffuser or allow it to air dry, depending upon how much time you have before you need to leave for the party.

Morgan Willhite, Creative Director at the Ouidad Salon Santa Monica, demonstrates this technique in a YouTube video. I recommend watching the video a few times now and practicing a bit so that you’ll be ready for holiday parties at a moment’s notice.

Photo credit: Ouidad

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Dana Hinders

Dana Hinders lives in Iowa with her husband and son. She has been a freelance writer since shortly after earning her degree in journalism from The University of Iowa in 2003. She writes extensively about parenting, crafts, and creative ways to save money. Visit her at

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  • Ruby T.

    Nice curls! Another quickie way to get loose, easy curls or waves (depending on your hair type) is to use Mark Anthony’s Beach Waves spray on wet hair and scrunch your hair dry. Instantly curlier hair without much effort.

  • Dana Hinders

    I like the Beach Waves tip. Thank you for sharing!

  • Pauline Hawkins

    I love this tip! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it out!