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How To Get Your Curls To Lift

by Chelsea Castonguay
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Are you feeling as though your curls have no lift or volume? Sometimes, the weight of our strands can really drag down our hair, and make it so there isn't a lot in the way of volume. Therefore, you'll need to know how to get your curls to lift. These are some techniques for getting your strands to stand up, and encouraging more scalp volume. Give these suggestions a try, and let us know what you think.

How To Get Your Curls To Lift

Rinse upside down:

Now hear us out; this isn't as out there as it sounds. When you're rinsing your strands, flip your head over and allow the water to begin doing the work of creating volume for you. Instead of the water beating down on your head, it will lift your strands away from the scalp.

Upside down styling:

Similarly to rinsing, you can do your styling upside down as well. Squeeze excess water from your curls, flip your strands over, and use your fingertips to gently lift your curls away from your scalp. Apply product throughout, scrunching your strands to help create a curl cast. Allow to air dry, flip your hair back over, and gently break the cast.


This is a tried and true method that many curly girls swear by. It's also pretty simply. After a shower, lay a microfiber towel, or an old t-shirt out on a flat surface, such as a counter or bed. Flip your head over, spreading your curls out on the towel. Gently wrap your strands in the t-shirt, thereby “plopping” your curls on the top of your head. Allow to dry to about 80%, apply products, and use a diffuser or air dry to finish. This allows the curls to lift away from your scalp while drying, creating more volume.


Using clips is a great way to get your curls to develop some volume. Using duckbilled clips, slide the clips into the base of your strands after applying product. Take small strands to really lift the curls away from your scalp, and allow to air dry. If you need more time, you can also use a diffuser. Don't forget to scrunch the bottom of your strands to help shape your curls.

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