Without any added dyes or fragrances, this is easy on hair and won’t leave strands sticky. With a loose powder consistency, this is easily sprinkled onto roots to give a boost in volume or on strands to create a textured look.
Some buyers found it was too easy to shake out a large amount of powder, which made it challenging to work into hair completely.
Creates a thicker, more voluminous look. Gloss makes hair glow under UV light. Contains conditioning ingredients that smooth down frizz and stray hairs. Formula’s consistency isn’t sticky, and it has a blueberry scent.
Several customers reported issues with the spout being broken upon arrival.
With a precise tip on nozzle, it can be accurately applied to roots to give a quick boost. A lightweight formula makes this great for all hair types and won’t leave hair feeling sticky or heavy, plus it won't leave bulky product buildup on scalp.
A little goes a long way — avoid a crunchy look and go sparingly with this product.
Featuring a pleasant scent, a lightweight, vitamin-rich formula, and a convenient spray application, this works wonders on limp hair. Simply spray onto damp hair before you style and watch your hair go from blah to ta-da!
Due to the lightweight, natural formula, this product may be better suited to fine hair as opposed to thick.
This volumizer spray features a formula that multiplies inter-fiber space so hair stays big and full all day long. With a spray bottle design, this is easy to use for beginners, either at home or the salon.
Some buyers found the consistency to be quite thick and recommended shaking the bottle well before applying to hair.
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There’s no such thing as having too much body in your hair. Whether you’re already blessed with thick hair, are struggling with thinning hair, or are shedding strands from stress, adding a volumizing hair product to your daily routine can create fuller, thicker hair that’ll make heads turn and add bounce to your step (and hair!).
While volumizing hair products are ideal for fine, wispy hair, anyone looking for a root boost or a way to strengthen existing strands can benefit from these products. Volumizing hair products don’t prevent hair loss, but some do stimulate hair growth, and others plump up what you already have and make a huge (so to speak) difference.
Volumizing hair products can be spritzed, lathered, dabbed, or rubbed into your hair depending on what form they take.
These aren’t just limited to hair sprays. Volumizing sprays focus more on lift and texture than on hold, though they certainly can provide a light hold, too. Some sprays work as dry shampoos while others are formulated to spray onto wet hair before styling either with a hairdryer or without.
Formulated to create volume and body, volumizing shampoos include ingredients that thicken the hair while you wash it. These may include panthenol (vitamin B5) to increase the diameter of the hair or biotin (vitamin B7) to promote hair growth. Other common ingredients in volumizing shampoos are keratin, rice or wheat protein, and caffeine.
Similar to volumizing shampoos in their ingredient list (B5, biotin, keratin), volumizing conditioners are designed to be used after cleansing the hair. There are also more natural options that contain botanical ingredients, such as algae, that are designed to strengthen and add body to fine hair.
These are designed to add volume by coating the entire hair while damp. They also add softness, smoothness, and some shine. Many of these double as styling products.
With a liquid consistency, volumizing serums are designed as leave-in treatments, often for overnight application. Serums work gradually to thicken hair and stimulate hair growth, so give these products a few weeks to see results.
Also known as foams, these are fluffy, light hair products that provide lift to the roots along with hold and texture. Traditionally, these are designed to apply to wet hair, but there are newer products on the market formulated to plump up dry hair.
Hair-volumizing gels thicken strands by binding to proteins in each strand and providing structure to weak or thin hair. Unlike regular gels, a volumizing gel shouldn’t feel sticky or stiff or leave behind a “gunky” residue.
These work on dry hair. Simply sprinkle some of the white powder onto your hands and scrunch it into your roots. The powder should feel slightly tacky, then waxy as you apply it, providing invisible lift and hold as it drys translucent.
Other volumizing products on the market include clay pastes, masques (masks), and soufflés, all of which tend to be high-end items.
Panthenol, aka vitamin B5, has been scientifically proven to thicken hair by increasing the diameter of individual hair fibers. Strands thickened by panthenol are also more resistant to breakage. It can be taken orally as well to stimulate hair growth.
Another impressive B vitamin, B7 (biotin) rebuilds hair shingles that have been damaged by shampooing, sun exposure, and heat styling. It can be taken orally as well to promote hair growth.
This protein is naturally found in your hair and will strengthen it when added topically, making it less prone to breakage. It bonds to the rough edges of the hair cuticle, resulting in smoother, shinier, thicker hair.
Other proteins, such as rice or wheat, are common ingredients in thickening products. They strengthen hair strands and fill in gaps, working especially well for those who have porous (aka curly/kinky) or damaged hair.
Caffeine is a popular volumizing ingredient that has been proven to stimulate and extend the life of hair follicles.
Either synthetic or naturally derived (from cellulose and starches), these molecular chains “stick” to your hair, coating individual strands from root to tip and creating overall thickness and fullness.
You can find hair volumizing products in a wide array of price ranges.
A basic volumizing mousse or shampoo that can be purchased at drugstores or online starts at $7 and goes up to $14. Low-priced sprays and gels also fall at the higher end of this price range.
A mid-priced volumizing product can range from $15 to $24. The products in this range encompass a good variety of thickening products.
High-end hair volumizing products, typically shampoos and foams, range from $25 to $35. Luxury hair volumizing products can cost upwards of $40.
A. The main difference is hold. A hair spray is designed to hold styled hair in place; by default, it maintains voluminous styles. Hair spray is used after hair is dry and styled — not before like volumizing products typically are. A volumizing spray may or may not be formulated to hold a style in place, but it will definitely add volume. To make matters more confusing, volumizing hair sprays exist and will add substantial hold and substantial volume.
A. We recommend a thickening serum that you can apply at night to work on hair growth while you sleep. A volumizing shampoo is also a great product for that. Depending on how “styled” you want your hair to appear, foam or powder could give your roots a little boost as you go throughout your day.