I Didn't Expect This Easy TikTok Hack For Instant Hair Volume to Work, but Here We Are

POPSUGAR Photography | Jessica Harrington
POPSUGAR Photography | Jessica Harrington

Like most people, I spend more time than I'd like to admit scrolling TikTok. However, I won't say it's all been for nothing — I've found an endless supply of genius Amazon buys, learned more about DIYs than I could have ever imagined, and discovered beauty tips and tricks that even as an editor in the industry, I didn't know existed. (Not to mention a lot of cute dog videos that bring me joy.)

TikTok and its 800 million users are a wealth of knowledge, and if you tap into that mix of self-proclaimed and professional beauty experts on the platform, I can pretty much guarantee you'll learn something. When I was scrolling the other day, I stumbled upon this hair hack by user Alessa Miki for adding instant volume to your roots, and I decided to try it myself.

I have relatively flat roots and am always looking for something, be it a product, hairstyle, or tip, to add some boost to my hair. In the TikTok video, the user simply switches her part to add instant volume to her roots. Now, I know what you're thinking: people rotate between a middle part and a side part to add volume all the time. But in this video, she went with the classic (and by classic I mean totally old-school, throwback) way of parting your hair: a zigzag.

I can vividly remember asking my mom to part my hair in a zigzag, securing my glittery butterfly clips in place, and heading off to school feeling like the coolest kid in the world. While this attempt at the hairstyle was for the purpose of volume and not to look trendy, I felt nostalgic just the same.

POPSUGAR Photography | Jessica Harrington

Using the end of a comb, I switched my middle part to my best attempt at a zigzag. While it wasn't perfect (I don't remember it being this hard . . . where's Mom when ya need her?), I could definitely tell a difference. Where my roots laid flat before, they had some natural lift, sans any products or heat.

Who knew when I was in elementary school I was unintentionally adding some major volume to my roots? Not me.