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Celebrity trend: Big hair

02:00 Mon Jul 25 2011
Melissa Williams King, MSN NZ Beauty Editor
Kate Beckinsale; Drew Barrymore. Images: Getty
Kate Beckinsale; Drew Barrymore. Images: Getty

Thin may be in for Hollywood starlets, but right now bigger is better when it comes to hair. After a decade or more of slimline hairstyles (thanks to the advent of high-powered straightening irons in the early 00s), it was only a matter of time before the pendulum swung back to more bouffant 'dos.

Big hair was huge (both literally and figuratively) in the 50s, 60s, 70s and of course the 80s, but today's big hair trend come with its own modern twist. What's more, the latest products and techniques are much kinder to your hair and make it easier to achieve maximum volume. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get the look.

Start with the right products It's not just about backcombing and overdosing on hairspray. New ranges, such as Sebastian's Volupt, start the bodifying process right from your shampoo - and are much kinder to your hair. "The range gives your hair noticeable volume, leaving it soft and supple to the touch," says Sebastian Design Team Director Joey Scandizzo.

He recommends applying Volupt shampoo all over, before rinsing and applying the conditioner mainly on ends (conditioner at the roots can weight down and flatten your hair). "Shake Volupt Spray and spray directly onto towel-dried hair. Leave it to air-dry to enhance waves or blow-dry for incredible volume."

Sebastian Volupt, from $36. Other body-boosting buys: L’Oréal Professionnel volume riche mousse, $31.50; and Goldwell StyleSign Jelly Boost, $29.95.

Roll with it Hot rollers worked for the ladies of the 60s and they'll help you achieve high volume too. The only difference is that we are lucky to have high-tech new versions, such as The O by Cloud Nine ($380 for the device, rollers $40 per pack). Set your hair in rollers, lightly mist with hairspray and gently brush out the curls to achieve impressive volume.

Cheat a little Skyscraping hair isn't an easy feat, especially when your locks are on the thin side. Try clip-in hair extensions, such as Jessica Simpson's Hairdo range, from $189, available at Servilles salons. Much kinder to your hair (and cheaper!) than real extensions, these come in a wide range of shades to perfectly blend in with your real hair.

For volume at the crown, you can add some reinforcements with devices such as Bumpits, plastic moon-shaped combs that you insert under hair to add lift. Look for local sellers on TradeMe or buy direct at

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