Unfortunately, I wasn’t blessed with thick, voluminous hair. It’s not quite a hardship, but what can I say? We all want what we can’t have. My hair is stick straight, which really isn’t anything to complain about. In fact, it might be a blessing because I’m pretty lazy when it comes to styling. Since my hair is pretty low maintenance and easy to manage, I can get away with air-drying it and letting it do its thing most days.
But like I said, we want what we can’t have, right? So when I’m looking at my flat strands, I dream of big, bouncy hair. And when I see people with the perfect beachy waves or hair with a ton of body, I feel a tinge of envy. I especially feel it during those moments when I put in the time and effort to curl my hair only to see it lie as flat as a pancake in just a few hours.
1. Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder
Oribe’s powder is like a dry shampoo and volumiser in one. it absorbs oil, buildup and odour while lifting the strands. Plus, it has aloe vera to moisturise the scalp and hydrolysed quinoa to prevent breakage.
2. SexyHair Big Powder Play Volumising & Texturising Powder
SexyHair’s powder absorbs quickly for an instant lift. The odourless and colourless formula is so lightweight that it will feel like you’re not wearing any product.
3. Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumising Root Powder & Dry Shampoo
Briogeo’s ultra-fine root powder adds texture and lift to your hair thanks to maltodextrin, which coats each strand but doesn’t leave any residue. The formula also contains biotin to strengthen and ginseng and ginger root to stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
4. Verb Volume Texture Powder
The tapioca starch in this product absorbs excess oil, which helps increase volume. It also has pro-vitamin B5 to hydrate and smooth and glycerin to lock in moisture and promote softness.
5. Toppik Hair Building Fibres
Toppik’s Hair Building Fibres is made of coloured keratin protein and blends into the hair to create fullness.
6. Bumble and Bumble Mini Prét-à-Powder
I love a multitasking formula, and this powder is one of them. It’s a dry shampoo, style extender and volumiser.
7. Redken Powder Grip 03 Texturising Powder
Achieving volume in an updo can be difficult when you’ve got fine, thin hair. This powder is formulated specifically to add a texturising and volumising grip to updos. It extends the life of your hairstyle, too.
8. Boldify Hair Fibres for Thinning Hair
This is another powder with hair-thickening fibres. It covers any thinning or patchy spots and leaves your hair looking shiny.
9. Virtue Lifting Powder
Made with Virtue’s patented Alpha Keratin 60ku™, which repairs damage, this lifting powder absorbs oil and gives some life to your flat hair. It also contains ingredients to nourish, condition and protect against free radicals.
10. Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear Pump Me Up Texture Powder
Paul Mitchell’s hair powder goes on invisibly so you don’t have to worry about any residue or mess. It will also make your hair smell good, as it has scents of amber, bergamot and jasmine.
11. Kristin Ess Hair Working Texture Loose Styling Powder
Use Kristin Ess’s styling powder to give grip and hold to your hairstyles. It provides fullness and texture and keeps everything in place. And if you’re braiding your hair, this powder will help your braid last longer.
12. Vo5 Instant Volume Root Boost Powder for Fine Flat Hair
This powder will give instant volume and body to your roots and hair. One reviewer wrote, “I was about to give up on ever having voluminous hair until I found this product. I have really thin hair and it looked like I was balding at the crown of my head before I started using this. For extra volume, I would suggest teasing your hair after you spray the powder, but honestly, the powder on its own does wonders.”
More Hair-Thickening Products
Spray this product on your hair before blow-drying, and be prepared for big Texan hair. It’s also great at smoothing your strands and adding shine.
John Frieda’s volumising spray softens and adds volume to hair so it has some bounce and zero stiffness.
This thickening-treatment spray has densifying polymers for extra body. The formula also contains nourishing ingredients for the hair and scalp like biotin, niacinamide, pea-sprout extract and peppermint oil.
Bumble and Bumble’s texture spray is a great option if you’re looking for something that acts like a hair spray but won’t weigh your hair down. It’s an airy formula that creates lift and hold.
If your hair is in need of some TLC, this mask will hydrate, smooth and strengthen it. Plus, it’s formulated to leave your hair thicker and healthier.
Ultra light and long lasting, this spray pumps your hair with volume, texture and shine. The formula includes nourishing calendula, hops and oarweed botanical complex to moisturise and hydrate.
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