Usually, when we feel overwhelmed by the fullness of our hair, we are inadvertently doing some of the volumising ourselves. See which of the miss-steps listed below you have been taking, and find out what to do instead if you want to lower the volume on your curls.
Not moisturising enough:
Dehydrated curly hair will swell like no other. Make sure your hair has all the layers of moisture, from a smoothing conditioner, to the richest treatment, followed by a highly-emollient leave in to keep it at its natural ideal volume. Brush it through to make sure the moisture hits every strand. If you want to decrease volume beyond this point, then opt for a butter or thick gel as a final sealing layer with added weight. Don't overdo it though, or you'll end up with stiff, unnatural looking hair.
Washing your hair upside down
If you are washing your hair with your head bent over, you are giving it extra lift at the roots. To counter this effect, wash your hair standing up in the shower. The weight of the water pushing it down will tone down the bloom of your curls. It's also much easier to detangle this way.
Neglecting the middle
Usually the people with the most volume drama are the ones who tend to take very good care of the outer layers of hair but pay scant attention to the middle, particularly when detangling or applying products. You can't reduce your volume if you don't get all your hair involved, particularly when a large section of it is lying as dry as tumbleweed right in the centre. Styling or washing a head of curls en masse is probably not the best approach. To have better control over your hair, period, and even more so when volume is a factor, work with it in sections. Depending on density, you can choose to work from anywhere between 2 to 8 sections while washing, and up to 32 while detangling or applying leave in. You'll get much better coverage and control if you approach each section of your hair with the up-close attention that it deserves.
Getting the wrong haircut
To keep volume low (and to also easily create pulled back styles when you're in a rush), ask your stylist to keep your layers long, i.e. past chin length. This allows the hair to grow long enough to weigh itself down some. Avoid short layers underneath; they boost volume, while on top, they can create a strange wedding cake effect and a tendency to randomly spike out on their own. And while it may appear a tempting solution, beware of “tunnelling”. This haircut involves a stylist strategically hewing out a portion of your hair, as if digging a tunnel through your thickest area to reduce volume. The problem with this cut is the awkward grow-in that follows. After a few months, not only will you have your volume dilemma all over again, but unevenness, too, due to the fact that for the "tunnel" to work, some sections in your hair must be cut as low as an inch, while a section right next to it may be left long.
Using humectants in dry weather
On some hair it oddly has just the opposite effect, but typically, when you use humectant-rich products in an environment lacking in humidity (in high humidity, they attract water which smooths and weighs down your hair) you often just end up swelling the hair shaft and making your hair huge. Soft hold gels are the most common culprit, as are activators and other products aimed at people with curly perms. To avoid this effect, try to keep your use of products with a high concentration of humectants (towards the top of the list of ingredients) to a minimum or seal them with an anti-humectant, a product that repels water.
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