Long gone are the days of boring short buzzcuts for men. These days, men are experimenting with longer, more voluminous styles that accentuate their features and give them an effortlessly stylish look.
From more creative haircuts to curly and tousled textures, men are starting to digress from the boundaries of tradition and express themselves more through their styles, and we love to see it!
One of the most popular new trends for men’s hair is natural-looking soft texture, sometimes called fluffy hair. It looks effortless and healthy, and makes women want to run their fingers through your hair all day long.
Fluffy hair is all the rage these days – whether you’re going for a longer messy shag or a shorter bouffant, fluffy texture is a must to achieve those looks.
So how do you get fluffy hair (for men)? It’s a combination of the correct technique and the right products. It’s actually easy to achieve that fluffy texture with a few simple steps, including using volumizing products, blow drying, and sealing in your style.
In this blog post, we will walk you through all the steps and everything you need to achieve the trendy fluffy hair look at home.
What Is Fluffy Hair, Really?
Before we dive in, let’s discuss what fluffy hair is and isn’t. Fluffy hair is a soft touchable texture – no greasy or heavy products here. It’s also voluminous; to have fluffy hair is to have a lot of volume and height.
Fluffy hair is different from poofy or frizzy hair, however. Poofy or frizzy hair results from your natural texture – some men naturally have hair like this, but it’s not really the same look as fluffy hair.
Fluffy hair, although it looks effortless, is always styled that way with intention.
So, if you’re after the fluffy hair look, be prepared to put a little bit of effort into it every morning. Be ready to have the right tools on hand. And don’t despair if your “natural” texture isn’t fluffy at all – it doesn’t have to be!
Thankfully, everything about the fluffy hair look can be created by hand. And we’re going to show you how!
How To Get Fluffy Hair
If you’re interested in getting fluffy hair, make sure you have the right haircut, the right products, and you are using the right technique. Here’s what you’ll need:
Start With The Right Cut
This goes without saying, but the right haircut is paramount to achieving the fluffy hair look. Certain haircuts are simply not well suited for fluffy hair.
For example, you can’t expect to get fluffy hair if your hair is buzzed short.
So what kind of haircut is best for fluffy hair?
- Length – Make sure your hair is long enough to achieve the fluffy hair look. At least 3-4 inches of length is needed in the areas of your head where you want your hair to be fluffy. If you’re not there yet – focus on growing out your hair first.
- Layers – Fluffy hair needs to be textured and lightweight, which means you’ll likely need to ask your barber to add some layers to your hair. If all your hair is the same length, you’ll have a hard time achieving the fluffy look. Ask for uneven layers with some shorter strands and some longer strands.
If you’re not sure what kind of haircut you need, here are a few common men’s haircuts that are great for fluffy hair:
- Long hair on top, fade on the back and sides
- Quiff haircut
- Undercut with a longer combover on top
- Faux hawk
- Long crew cut
- Pompadour with tapered sides
- Long textured hair
- Long hair with undercut
As you can see, a lot of these cuts feature uneven hair lengths, such as long hair on top and short on the sides, or lots of different length layers.
The key to fluffy hair is uneven lengths and at least 3-4 inches of hair in the areas where you want the hair to have the most volume.
Wash Your Hair With Volumizing Shampoo
The next thing you want to make sure to do is to keep your hair clean. The fluffy look is completely ruined if you have any oil, dirt, or heavy product in your hair.
So, starting with clean hair is important, and you should wash your hair regularly – as often as you need to prevent it from getting oily and stringy.
When it comes to the right products, aim to use a shampoo and conditioner that adds volume to your hair. Volumizing shampoos and conditioners don’t have any heavy silicones that weigh down your hair, and they usually do a good job of cleaning, too.
Some of the best volumizing shampoos contain biotin. Biotin strengthens your hair and gives it more lift, making it naturally more fluffy.
Our favorite biotin volumizing shampoo and conditioner is this one by Marc Anthony – this stuff will instantly plump and fluff out your hair, creating the perfect base for your fluffy style. It also comes with a styling cream which you might be able to use to style your hair (more on that later).
If you’re on a bit of a budget, this shampoo and conditioner combo also contains biotin, collagen, and other vitamins that help plump and thicken your hair. We’ve seen good results with them, too.
Add Post-Shower Texture
The next step to achieving the perfect fluffy hair is to add a little bit of lightweight texture to your hair while it is still damp.
The key here is to use a lightweight product that will make your hair easier to style but won’t weigh it down or make it sticky. You need something that will add a bit of hold to your hair but won’t change the texture too much.
Remember that Marc Anthony styling cream we mentioned earlier? That would be a great product to use right after the shower. Simply spread a quarter-sized amount of the cream through your hair – from root to tip – while your hair is damp. Then proceed to blow-drying your hair.
Another alternative you can use after washing your hair is this Sea Salt Spray. Salt sprays are great because they give you texture and a little bit of hold without adding any shine or waxiness.
They have a nice, matte texture. However, be careful not to use too much because if you overdo it, your hair can start to get sticky.
The right way to use a sea salt spray is to spritz it 2-3 times into your damp hair, then use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to gently spread it through your hair before blow-drying it.
For those of you who have very straight, flat hair naturally, you might need a product with a little more hold than the styling cream or the sea salt spray we mentioned above.
A volumizing mousse has similar qualities – it’s lightweight, it has a matte finish, and it adds hold and volume to your hair.
It’s a little stronger than the other products, so only use it if you truly need the extra boost. We love this IKG mousse for creating fluffy hair for guys with naturally straight hair.
Pump a big glob of mousse onto your palms and work it through your hair, focusing on the roots and pulling it out towards the ends.
Blow Dry And Style
Many guys are hesitant to blow dry their hair because they worry about all the frizz blow-drying can create. But don’t worry – if you used a styling product while your hair was damp, blow-drying won’t make it look crazy.
The texturizing product you used will help keep the hair neat and obedient, while the hot air will help style it right and add natural-looking volume and fluffiness. That’s what we’re after!
Begin by blow-drying on medium heat and pointing the blow dryer at your roots, tipped slightly in the upward direction.
Use your fingers to tousle your hair around as you get through all of the roots. This will add volume and lift to the areas where you want fluffy hair.
Once your root sections are mostly dry, you can move on to drying the lengths and tips. At this point, you want to be more strategic about it.
Do you want your hair to be off to one side? If so, point your blow dryer to that side as you blast your hair with it, guiding the hair to where you want it to go. Continue using your fingers to gently put the hair in place as it dries.
Do you want to create some roundness or wave in your hair? Use a round brush to create the shape you want and blow-dry your hair while it’s wrapped around the brush.
By the time all of your hair is dry, it should already have the appearance you want. It should be fluffy, well-styled, soft, and touchable. There should be no unnecessary frizz or areas with sticky, stiff, or shiny product build-up. This is how you know you’ve done everything right up until this point.
We recommend looking up some YouTube videos like the one linked below from Alex Costa if you don’t have your blow-drying technique down, as this is one of the most important steps to creating fluffy hair.
Secure Your Style
Now that your hair looks amazing, you need to secure it so that it doesn’t get ruined throughout the day.
Fluffy hair can get ruined easily by humidity, rain, wind, or its own weight. This is why it’s so important to finish your styling routine with some more products to lock everything in place.
As with all the other products we’re using for fluffy hair, your finishing product should never be heavy, sticky, oily, or waxy. It needs to be lightweight, soft, and matte with just enough hold to protect your style.
Run a tiny bit of this matte styling clay through your hair to secure everything in place before you head out the door.
If you live in a humid climate or unpredictable weather, you can opt for something a bit stronger – like a few spritzes of this light-hold matte hairspray.
The key here is to go very light on the product so that your hair looks natural – as if you rolled out of bed with your perfectly fluffy hair and put zero effort into it.
If your hair is still falling flat even after following the steps above, consider using a volumizing powder like this one from Toppik. Most guys don’t need it, but if your hair is naturally very fine and straight, this powder, in conjunction with the styling products and blow-drying technique above, will give you the “fluff” you’re looking for.
Maintaining The Look
The steps might seem overwhelming, but realistically it will take you less than 20 minutes to do your hair in the morning for that perfect fluffy look.
Plus, you don’t have to do it every morning. Many guys can get away with not washing their hair every single day because it’s not going to get greasy that quick.
If you do your hair on Monday, you’ll probably be able to roll out of bed on Tuesday and still have fluffy hair.
If it starts to look a little off, consider spraying a little bit of dry shampoo on your roots and tousling your hair with your fingers. Voila – you have fluffy hair again!
We love this dry shampoo by Redken – it cleanses your scalp, adds a little bit of touchable volume, and smells very sexy. Perfect for second-day fluffy hair.
Although you probably can’t get away with doing this two days in a row, it will save you a lot of time and keep your fluffy style going for a whole extra day.
Achieving fluffy hair is simple, but it requires some planning. You do need to start with the right haircut, and if your hair is currently too short, it might be a few months before you can start styling your hair this way.
Be patient. It’s worth the wait! Start thinking about the haircut you want and talk to your barber about what needs to happen for you to get there.
For example, if your goal is to get the hair on top of your head long and keep the sides short, your barber can give you intermediate cuts in the meantime that help you get there faster without any awkward stages in-between.
Once your hair is at the right length for fluffy styles, make sure you’ve got the right products. As we discussed, you’ll definitely need a good volumizing shampoo, a product to put in your hair before blow-drying, a blow-dryer with a medium heat setting, and a finishing product to keep your style in place all day.
The types of products you get will ultimately depend on your natural hair texture. If your hair is flat and straight, don’t be afraid to go for stronger stuff that will add hold to your hair – such as mousse and hair spray.
If you’re lucky enough to have naturally voluminous hair, it will be easier for you to achieve the fluffy look without elaborate products, but you will still need a styling product in your hair for it to look nice.
If your hair is curly, you’ll want your products to have some moisturizing factors in them to keep your curls from getting too dry or frizzy looking, especially as you blow-dry your hair.
As you can see, there are a few things to consider, but we hope this article helps you understand what steps you need to take to achieve that awesome fluffy-hair look!