How to Use Root Lifters

By Tabitha Harwell

Lift up your coif and express your individual style by applying a root lifter to the roots of your hair. Root lifter is designed to raise the root hairs off the scalp and give volume to the hair. The products available for lifting roots include direct sprays, which offer a nozzle on the end of the bottle for a direct hit to the area, and liquid serums that you rub in your hands and apply to the scalp with the tips of your fingers.

Root lifters will help volumize flat hair.

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Step 1

Make sure the hair is completely dry before applying the root lifter. Applying a root lifter to wet hair may cause the hair to dry awkwardly, especially if the hair will be air dried instead of dried using a hair dryer.

Step 2

Insert a rat-tail comb, which is a comb that contains one long end and the comb teeth on the other end, into a section of hair at the crown of your head. Pull the hair upward so your roots to expose your roots.

Step 3

Back-tease the hair at the crown of your head using a teasing comb. This will help the root lifter lift the hair upward. Keep one hand on the hair while you use the other hand to open the root lifter.

Step 4

Apply the root lifter directly to the area and spray the lifter once or twice. Work the spray into the roots of the hair using your finger tips. If using a serum, apply the serum to your finger tips and gently massage the root lifter into the scalp right at the base of the roots.

Step 5

Release your hair and allow the root lifter to dry slightly. Just before it dries, massage it again with the tips of your fingers. This ensures the lifter will not dry to a hard, crunchy texture. Massaging the lifter will soften it slightly to give the hair a more natural look. Use a hair dryer to dry the area completely.

Step 6

Style your hair as usual. Apply the root lifter to maintain the look of volume or apply the lifter to a more casual look such as the pony tail. Use hairspray to help hold the style.