Hair-Styling

U-Shaped Haircut: How It Creates Fuller Hair + What To Ask For

After you’ve strutted out of the salon sporting a bouncy, U-shaped style—maintaining the look is a whole other battle. How do you keep your U-shape full and fluffy at home? “I love a great volumizing shampoo and conditioner,” says Rubenstein. “There’s no better way to prep the hair for this look.” As we’ve said time and again, a top-notch hairstyle starts in the shower. Specifically, Rubenstein praises the MONAT IR Clinical Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner. “It’s a great foundation for a full, bouncy, layered blow-dry,” she notes.

If you choose to blow-dry, a heat protectant is nonnegotiable. Find our favorite picks here, or feel free to snag FEKKAI’s Root Lift, which provides protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and contains a triple-boost technology to volumize and restore broken keratin bonds, so you can add instant lift and prevent those fragile strands from becoming brittle (thus appearing thinner) over time.

Then to add a coat of shine—fullness and shine are quite the power couple, no?—apply a finishing cream over the ends to keep your cut looking and feeling silky. Just make sure you use a lightweight product that won’t weigh down the strands and sacrifice their bounce, like the Smooth Ends from Mela & Kera; the brand even describes it as “lip gloss for hair” since it adds instant radiance, and you can easily toss it into your bag for on-the-go touch-ups.

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