How to Get Big, Wavy Hair With Lots of Volume in 5 Minutes Flat

StylelistStylelist recently posted a video featuring a hairstylist in Austin who demonstrated how she gives clients a head full of volumized curls. The method involved a curling iron, rollers, and a bunch of picks ... and it looked really freaking difficult if you want to know the truth.

When I saw the finished product, I realized I've been achieving the very same look since I was in high school -- with a much simpler technique. Read on to find out how I get the basically the same look in just a few minutes.

I often do this style when I want lots of volume and curl that's concentrated toward the ends of my hair- not all over my head, a la the "hot roller" look of the 80s and 90s. It's a favorite now in particular, because it only takes about five minutes to get the look (and 30 minutes to an hour of letting it set while I do other things).

Hair How-ToStart by making a ponytail at the very top of your head -- the higher the better.

Hair How-ToTake very small sections of your ponytail and roll them up in rollers. It doesn't matter which direction you roll them in- Just make a big pile of them at the top of your head.

Bam! You're done! Let them set for as long as you have time. (I used to sleep this way sometimes as a teenager! And my curls would last all day long.)


Hair How-ToTake the curls out ...


Hair How-ToBrush your hair so that the hot rolled curls settle into a more natural look. You'll have tons of volume from your hair being pulled up for so long -- and none of those horrible hot roller curls around your face!


Hair How-To Style it however you want and spray with a little hairspray to maintain the curl. My wavy, volumized hair lasted all day long today -- even on a 90-degree day with high humidity!

Got any hair styling secrets you'd like to share? Tell me in the comments!


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Heather Swagga

Oh Lindsay, i adore you so. But duckface(popular with 7th and 8th graders in every single facebook pic they take), in the second pic? Nooooooo! Lol. 

PonyC... PonyChaser

Duckface??? REALLY??? You are SO PRETTY!!! WHY would you duckfacify that gorgeous smile???? Please don't do that anymore!

meanwhile, I'm jealous of your hair. If you ever decide to sell it, let me know.

Linds... LindsayFerrier

Ha! I didn't mean to duckface! I just feel dumb smiling like a moron in every picture.  ;D

Linds... LindsayFerrier

And why isn't anyone talking about the THIRD picture? I sort of liked the CRAZY EYES.

MyMommy MyMommy

Lol...I love it! I have a full time job and 4 kids...the simpler the better!

Wendy Peterson

Great tip.  I haven't had long hair since I was a child and I have no idea what to do with it.  When you say brush, do you mean brush like normal or do that finger brushing thing?  I am so use to brushing my hair that it is a big mistake when I using a curling iron. 

Linds... LindsayFerrier

I have a paddle brush and I just brushed through it a few times. I'm going for that Kate Middleton look now. Her hair is AMAZING. 

And I have to share this comment about the "duckface" pic from my friend Sarah on Facebook:

"I wouldn't call that duckface - you do look a little surprised, like you pooted and a little poop came out."

LOLOLOL. I hate to say it, but-- she's right! That's EXACTLY what I look like!

PonyC... PonyChaser

Loved the third picture. You look like you were having fun and being silly. Silly is necessary. Duckface is an abomination. (not that I'm obsessed with it or anything.)


Omg I loved your step by step pics! The third one has me Lmaooo!!! You have the "YOU BETTER NOT MESS W ME, IM CRAZY FACE" priceless!!! LOL I do the same thing you do, only before I take the rollers off of my head I put my blow dryer on low heat to them for about two minutes! It gives it the extra heat and more bounce. Well at least with my hair it does! I also put Chi Silk Infuser before I roll them up so they can set! Thanks for sharing, I love your posts!!!

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