“Direct the airflow of your blow-dryer the opposite way of your parting—so if you part your hair to the right, blow-dry it to the left,” Liu says. “If you part your hair down the center, blow dry your hair in a lifting upwards motion or rough-dry upside down. If you notice your hair is very flat down the center, opt for a side part which will always create an illusion of lift!” You can always just blow-dry your hair upside, which is probably the easiest, low-effort trick.
And Helen Reavey, hairstylist, trichologist, and founder and creative director of Act + Acre, gives two other tips: “One of my favorite blow-drying hacks is to brush the hair an inch down from the root, and then after bringing the brush back up, blast the hair with hot air for three to eight seconds and release the brush. This will create instant volume at the root of the hair, leaving it looking more full.”
Her second trick is to add four to five hair clips framing your face and blow-drying them for 30 seconds. “This will add movement to the hair, reducing the appearance of thinness. If you have a bit more time, try adding 4–5 hair clips framing your face, and blow-drying them for 30 seconds,” she explains.