“Volume and movement are what hair with life and body is all about,” says Nexxus Creative Director and Celebrity Stylist Kevin Mancuso. “It expresses health, resilience and fluidity, all characteristics that women of all ages aspire to achieve and retain when it comes to their hair.” Here’s a 360-approach to making these gorgeous hair x-factors part of your hair style’s DNA.
THE BEST CUT
“When I cut hair to achieve maximum natural movement, I focus on liquid architecture,” says Mancuso. That’s because, he says, it’s crucial to create the perfect foundation for your style. “Although the word foundation may sound rather static, most physical structures are built to move or at least be flexible enough to endure the elements so I take that same approach to hair.” The key component of a cut that’s built to move: layers. “Fine hair should have some layers to give the hair more bounce and movement because hair that is fine tends to be limp and flat and layers create shorter pieces and thus a weightlessness to the hair,” explains Nexxus Celebrity Stylist Lona Vigi. But you don’t want to take it into choppy territory: “Over layered fine hair can actually loose movement and lays flat in a static shape,” says Mancuso, who suggests asking for slightly beveled ends and longer layers to retain the shape, volume and movement. Vigi’s favorite move-enhancing cut: the LOB. “Not only is the long bob right on trend, it hits just at the collarbone in front and can be cut to the same length or a little shorter in the back, plus be slightly layered to achieve even more volume,” says Vigi. “It’s flattering for just about everyone.”
THE BEST STYLES
While a full, smooth blowout is sure to move and swing, it’s not your only option to show off hair’s fluidity. “For a woman that doesn’t want to wear her hair down, you can still do a style that is more about capturing movement than a slicked back look,” says Mancuso. “An up-do doesn’t have to be static and can be just another representation of movement.” For fine long hair, try a low pony with wavy ends tied loosely at the nape of the neck. For wavy medium length hair, try a 70s-inspired half-up half down style coupled with a center part. If you have shorter hair and are looking to wear your hair completely up but don’t want a static style, you can work twists and turns into your up-do, he says.
THE BEST PRODUCTS
When it comes to which products to reach for, it’s all about balance, says Mancuso. “Some women have the support of natural density but their hair doesn’t have overall body, and some have no lift at the root and plenty of body.” To create extra movement and volume, he suggests a combination of products that will enhance hair from roots to tips. You want to keep the weight out of the roots to help create more natural lift and support,” says Mancuso, who recommends spraying Nexxus New York Salon Care Hydra-Light Root Lift Mist directly at the roots and working the product in with your fingertips. Next, “spray the rest of your hair with Nexxus New York Salon Care Diametress Lavish Body Gel Spray and comb through with a round brush from root to tip,” he says. “Then, blowdry using the same round brush, heating the hair that is held in the brush with the dyer then finish with a blast of cool air before releasing the section. “Drying hair in this way will set your look in place without compromising natural movement,” explains Mancuso. For hair that has its own lift but needs body and movement, “apply Nexxus New York Salon Care Mousse Plus from root to tip before blowdrying,” he says.
THE BEST BLOWDRY TECHNIQUE
To get extra volume in seconds, “tip your hair upside down to pre-dry,” says Mancuso. “This helps build and retain body and movement and the finer your hair is, the less you should smooth it with a brush afterwards.” And always opt for slightly undone texture over super sleek styles to amplify movement and volume. “Smooth and voluminous styles are difficult to achieve with fine, dense textures of hair,” he says. “The rougher and unpolished the dry, the more volume you will achieve—sometimes a brushless blowout using your hands is actually the best to create tons of volume.” And never aim the nozzle of the blow dryer directly down on strands. “Instead, direct the stream of air into your hair at an angle so you don’t flatten strands,” notes Mancuso.
THE BEST STYLING TOOL
Whether it’s having a bouncy blowout or lush waves, combing through strands can be the demise of all the body and volume that you spent time creating. Your best bet: “A paddle brush is a great way to get hair smooth without removing the life, body and movement out of your hair,” says Vigi. “I like to use it in a back and forward motion, lifting and brushing in multiple directions and it’s perfect for blowing out your hair upside down.”