We know how to get fuller, longer hair: eating a diet rich in proteins and healthy fats, taking our vitamins, and practicing good hair habits all contribute to encouraging the growth of the hair of our dreams. But sometimes, time is of the essence, and that’s when we turn to this arsenal of fine hair products that all but guarantee instant gratification. (That doesn’t mean you should skip the Viviscal.)
When you’re styling with a blowdryer, a volumizing product is a must-have for using on damp hair to create body and bounce. Creams and gels that purport to enhance volume can go awry very quickly—creams and pomades can weigh hair down at the roots, gels can make hair sticky and crunchy—which is why we tout volumizing sprays as the absolute best method for infusing volume without potential adverse effects.
Our Pick: Phyto Phytovolume Actif Volumizing Spray
If your last experience with mousse was in the ’80s, you’re definitely not alone, but we assure you that today’s formulas do not present the same issues as their predecessors. Quite the contrary: they impart touchable volume that won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy or brittle. The proteins and polymers in a good bodifying mousse are ideal for making hair look and feel much plentiful than it actually is.
Texturizing products give hair that sexy, tousled texture that seems so difficult to achieve on fine hair that tends to fall flat. We like to use them as a final step in our styling routine in place of hairspray to give hair hold and texture all day long. Just mist a light veil of the spray all over, then use your hands to tousle and add definition.
Our Pick: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
Fine hair still needs to be conditioned to fend off dryness and split ends, but rich, heavy formulas will weigh it down. Instead, opt for something lightweight that softens, detangles, and nourishes hair without tons of moisturizing ingredients, which will make hair feel too “soft” and lifeless. It’s also important to condition just the lengths and ends, avoiding roots entirely.
Our Pick: Living Proof Full Conditioner
Oil and grime at the roots will weigh fine hair down big time, so it’s in your best interest to keep your scalp clean to allow volumizing products to work their best. Look for clear formulas rather than white pearly ones, which tend to contain more richer, more moisturizing ingredients that fine, oil-prone hair doesn’t need.
Our Pick: Alterna Bamboo Abundant Volume Shampoo
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