The Big Hair Kit

Me and big hair; it’s a love affair that just won’t fizzle. These days I’m less in my ‘Cheryl Cole big blow out’ phase and more in a ‘yes I know it’s October but please can I channel my inner beach babe’ one. Over the years I’ve developed quite a knack for the disheveled look – though some days I actually just am exactly that – a few tips, tricks and top products of which I’ve shared on VDM. But I thought I’d pile it all together in one big serving of volume. I’ve dubbed it ‘The Big Hair Kit’, original, huh? Five steps, five tools and products. Easy as pie.

WASH. The cleaner your locks, the lighter they’ll feel, the higher to heaven you’ll get. I like to use some quite clarifying and volumising – utilising every step here – so it’ll be no surprise to regular readers of this blog that it’s Bumble and Bumblers Surf combo that gets called into action. With just the right levels of lift and freshness, it’s my every two days go-to rinse duo.

PREP. The key step. Adding a bit of something post-wash pre-dry will help to hold everything in place. Skip whatever step you fancy, just not this one. My spritz of choice is Oribe’s Maximista Thickening Spray; a formula that gives just as much follicle fattening to the lengths as it does the roots. Oh and it smells awesome.

DRY. I don’t bother with fancy brushes or techniques when it comes to drying my bonce – oh no. I whip my hair back and forth Willow Smith stylée trying to get as much breeze though it as possible. Side to side, upside down – it’s quite the workout.

TEASE. Now this step is negotiable and one I’d suggest saving for when you want some real va-va-voom. Teasing can be a little time consuming and overuse is a bit of a no-no. The Denman Dressing Out Brush is d’bomb for this and I like just to take the hair at the crown and on the sides and brush-up slightly just to give it more shape. Nothing to crazy, not like my uni days…

SET. The final touch is a light mist with some sort of spray; hairspray, volumisers, whatever you fancy. I tend to use something like Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture and Volume Spray which works exactly how it’s titled. A final insurance spritz to make sure your oomph doesn’t droop.

See told you it was easy – just check out the video above. Pop a little Dry Shampoo at the roots on day two and you’re laughing. Now hands up who spotted the Grace Face?


  • Anna Blush

    I love the little video! x

  • Bianka

    This is a great post, thank you Anna! I find that the Phytovolume Actif works similarly to the Maximista, it might be a good alternative in countries where Oribe isn’t as readily available.

  • Marina

    Anna you have great hair! Have you tried Babyliss Big Hair rotating brush?

  • Alice Porter

    I need to get a texturising spray! I was going to get the Oribe one but now I don’t know whether to get this one! Big decisions, I know!


  • Mika Avila

    You look absolutely gorgeous!

  • Anya Cross

    Your hair looks brilliant! I’m so useless when it comes to styling my hair. I just normally stick a hair oil in and go x

  • PeonyandPeach

    I need that Oribe thickening mist!

  • Katherine

    With long hair, I’m always trying to find ways to make it look bigger, I’m hoping this might help!

    Check out my blog!

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I’ve got long hair and more volume is like the Holy Grail, so thanks for the recommendations :o). Xx

  • Lydia Helena Snape

    Oribe’s thickening spray looks great! Need, want, must have! xo

  • Leah

    Love this big hair look! Wish we had smellivision for the Oribe’s thickening spray! #sorrynotsorry xx

  • Emma and Emily

    I already have enough hair, but I really need volume in my roots! Will be looking into the Oribe asap!

  • Marisa

    Love the little video!!!! What an amazing idea!

  • clareelise

    Bumble an Bumble are such great hair products… I wish they were for sale here in Dubai 🙂 Clare Elise ….

    • Anna

      Hey, B&B products are available at the Bloomie’s hair bar on the ground floor of Dubai Mall. xo

  • Martha Reece

    Anna – how does the Bumble and Bumble thickening spray compare to the Oribe’s one?

  • Joysteib

    That was so cool!! Love your hair!!

  • hayley durrant

    My grandma used to allways tell me “the higher your hair, the higher to heaven” I love big hair, adds so much drama and makes me feel like Beyonce!

    Great bog

    check mine out at

  • Ana Rita Mendes

    Amazing post! But if I dried my hair like that it would turn into a rats nest with knots! 🙁

  • Lauren B

    I love big hair, great advice!


  • love the video anna hahaha so fun! Your hair is so shiny and smooth looking, I just want to touch it!

  • Leanne Graham-Hall

    What is this song???????

  • Maddy Cane

    Your hair is so beautiful, mine is so thin though so I don’t think it will ever look like yours 🙁 x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD


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  • Claudia

    isn’t it kind of a contradiction to brush your wet hair down when wanting more volume? I think it would be better to brush it upside down – ditto the blow-drying 🙂

  • Abbie

    I really want to try B&Bs Surf Spray! Heard nothing but good things about it!

  • Mette

    Lovely tips – thanks! 🙂 x

  • nazalie iqbal

    An excellent video with good recommendations. You looked so beautiful as usual. However, I am unable to locate the O Blandi volume apray in UK. Your reply would be great.

  • need a gap

    I love how your blog is very helpful and well written.. I should definitely try that!

  • Tracy

    Excellent post as always xx

  • nina

    great video 🙂

    whats the name of that song its so good ! you have such a good music taste x

  • hanna

    whats the song on this video??????

  • Christina Abdilla

    I need my hair to grow cos I can’t use this much products on my extensions and I miss big hair! 🙁


  • poppy

    what is this song!!

  • Amy

    I need to try that Denman back-combing brush! My hair is so limp and life-less at the moment!

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  • I definitely want to try a thickening spray after reading this! xx