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Pump Up Your Hair Volume

Want to add lift to your tresses? We asked for hair-raising tips and product picks from three experts.

Top Product Picks of Hilary Young

Young is the owner of Cheveux Studio for Hair in Corte Madera, Calif.

Enjoy Professional Hair Spray ($18.64) "It's easy to get lift with hair spray, a blow dryer, and the right technique. Flip your head so your damp strands are pointing toward the ground and dry with a dryer set to medium. Flip your head back up and 'over-direct' strands by brushing them upward, against your scalp in the opposite direction you would like hair to fall. With hair still over-directed, wait 15 seconds for it to cool in that direction. Style as usual and spray with a light mist of this strong-hold, fast-drying hairspray."

Goody Start.Style.Finish Get It Smooth Double-Sided Smoothing Comb ($2.49) "To get the most effective and volume-enhancing backcomb or 'tease,' lift small sections of hair straight up and hold the ends with your fingers. Insert a comb about three to four inches from the scalp and push the hair straight down. Pull the comb completely out of the hair and then reinsert at original starting point. Repeat until you get the desired amount of height. Backcombing itself isn't damaging. It's the way we comb it out at the end of the day that causes most of the damage. Be gentle; start at the bottom and slowly work strands smooth."

Desert Essence Organics Lemon Tea Tree Shampoo ($8.99) "Clarifying shampoo is designed to break down and wash away all of the buildup from the various hair products we use daily, returning strands to their original state. Just getting rid of the additional weight gives hair a lift. I recommend using a clarifying shampoo every fourth wash."

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse ($17.50) "When using a root booster, start with a little and add more if you need it. If your hair flops or looks super stiff, you've used too much. Root booster should be applied by holding wet hair up and spraying the product 1 to 2 inches from the roots."

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