After a truly epic homemade pupusa recipe fail today (I’m officially leaving that one to the experts!) I decided to scrap a dinner post in favor of sharing a fantastic tip for adding tons of volume to otherwise flat hair via, what else, Pinterest.

I realize this is primarily a food blog, but hey, variety is the spice of life! Pun intended.

A Ridiculously Easy Way to Add Volume to Flat Hair:


(Pardon the fuzzy iPhone pic!)



I have the most ridiculous hair in the world (is it just me, or does every girl feel this way?!) Each hair is fine, but there’s lots of it, and my mane will hold a curl for approximitely 13 seconds before becoming flat and stringy. Therefore I can wear it straight, straight, or – wait for it – straight.

Because of my hair’s texture, it’s also really hard for me to achieve volume at the roots and crown of my head without a wicked teasing sesh and barrage of hairspray. It works, I suppose, but then I’m walking around with crusty hair all day, ya’ know?

Anyways, last week I was surfing Pinterest when I came across a post for giving straight hair, lasting volume. The post (which I can’t find now) was great, but a lot of the tips had to do with blow drying your hair upside down. This worked really well for the gal in the post, but I have wicked baby hairs and flyaways that stick straight up in the air all day if I blow my hair out upside down.

Still with me?

The moral of the story is, there was one tip in the post for achieving epic volume at the roots of your hair that I had never heard before, and was positively giddy to try.

The Tip:

Shampoo your hair with volumizing shampoo, then rinse clean like normal. Next, condition your entire head – roots to tips – with volumizing conditioner. Before you rinse the conditioner out, squeeze a bit of shampoo into your hands, then add a little water and work it into a lather. Work the lather into just your scalp, then rinse the shampoo and conditioner out. Blow dry and style like normal.

I am telling you, with no other changes made to my hair routine, I have gone from nearly no volume at the roots and crown of my head, to this (which is a lot of volume, for me!)


(Pardon the same fuzzy iPhone pic!)

I was leery about putting conditioner into my roots, because I’ve always heard it weighs hair down creating the dreaded flat-head effect, but from just this one, teeny-tiny change in my shower routine, my hair now has oomph like it’s never had before. Plus it lasts all day! I just had to share. :)

While we’re on the topic, I had some people ask what products I use on my hair after my last KCCI appearance. For shampoo & conditioner I use TRESemme’s 24 Hour Body Healthy Volume line, which is like, $2.50 for a giant bottle of each at Target.


After towel drying my hair, I work a pump of Pantene PRO V’s Split End Repair into the hair at the crown of my head, and onto the ends.


Lastly, I work in a squeeze of Pantene’s Triple Action Volume Mousse for Fine Hair into the roots at the crown of my head before blow drying.


Like I said – the mousse kind of gave me some volume on its own, but the simple conditioner all over + shampoo just at the roots tip really amps things up. So easy, right?!


Who knew it was so hard to take pictures of your own hair?! Meet creeper eyes, half-nose mcdoogle, and Cousin It.



Do you have “challenging” hair? What products and tips do you love?

I am obsessed with Aveda’s Air Control in the winter. It’s got that perfect Aveda smell, and completely takes care of the wicked static problem my fine hair experiences in the winter!