As it turns out, there are a variety of different hair volume products and styling tricks you can use to transform hair from thin and limp to voluminous and full of body. From trying a new hair volume spray to switching up your styling habits, there’s a solution for just about everyone. Want to learn how to quickly and easily add more hair volume to your gorgeous locks? We’ve got you covered.
Since we’re going to be talking a lot about various hair volume products, like hair volume sprays, volume powders and volume shampoos, it might be helpful to know a thing or two about how they actually work. Continue reading to learn everything you should know about hair volume products.
How Do Hair Volume Products Work?
So how do all of those hair volume products on the market actually work to create the effect you’re looking for? Well, it all boils down to chemistry and knowing which volume-boosting ingredients to mix together to create the best results.
The way most hair volume products work is by creating a sort of ‘net’ of nourishment around each strand of hair. This net helps strands look and feel thicker by addressing the common problems associated with limp, fine hair, like oil and sebum buildup, dryness and a weak cortex within your hair’s shaft.
Additionally, hair volume products like volumizing sprays create extra hold and friction to actually lift your hair away from the scalp, which helps create the appearance of more hair volume. Certain types of hair volume sprays also include special ingredients that give hair a cationic charge— simply put, that charge allows the hair to achieve even more lift and weightlessness.
What Should a Good Hair Volume Spray Contain?
Hair volume sprays come in many shapes. Generally speaking, there are two types of hair volume sprays:
- Non-Aerosol hairsprays based on natural components with bigger particles and medium hold. A non-aerosol hairspray is packaged as a liquid, usually in a bottle with pump-sprayer.
- Aerosol hairsprays based on synthetic polymers or plasticizing agents with smaller particles and strong hold. An aerosol hairspray is packaged in a container under pressure and a release valve is used to emit the pressurised suspension into the air in a mist propelled by said gas.
For many years, aerosol hairsprays were the standard but in the last couple of years, non-aerosols have gained popularity, in large part because they don't harm the environment in the way traditional aerosol hairsprays do due to the content of chlorofluorocarbons.
If you really care about your hair's health, then it wouldn't be a surprise for you that I generally recommend you to avoid aerosol hair sprays. It's a good rule of thumb. Your hair will thank you later.
When looking for a good hair volume spray (or any good hair volume product really!), you should check to see just how many of these types of key ingredients they contain. The better blend of ingredients, the more hair volume you’ll achieve.
Let’s take a quick look at some of the most important ingredient types a hair volume spray can have.
Ingredients that fall into the category of humectants, such as xylitylglucoside, anhydroxylitol, glucose, glycerin, or betaine, can be super valuable additions to a volumizing spray.
Humectants are important because they help hair retain moisture without weighing it down, which can aid in boosting hair volume. They can be sugar-based like glucose or glycerin, or sometimes plant-based as well. Overall, humectants allow hair to absorb more moisture, which is critical for reducing dryness, frizz and limp strands. These should be one of the top-listed ingredients in any hair volume spray you find.
2. Sugar or Salt
These kitchen stables make great hair volume boosting ingredients. You might have used a salt spray before to achieve beachy texture in your hair. But did you know that sugar is another great alternative for bringing texture and volume home? Thanks to it's moisture binding properties sugar will leave your hair feeling soft and nourished - unlike most salt sprays that can be quite drying.
3. Scalp-Supporting Ingredients
Ingredients like aloe vera leaf juice, oat extract and spearmint leaf oil play a critical part in maintaining proper scalp health, which in turn boosts hair volume. When you’re looking for a new volumizing spray, check the ingredients list for naturally-derived additions like oat, aloe vera and others to make sure the product is good for your scalp too.
Having a healthy scalp isn’t just important for your hair’s overall health, it also plays a big role in increasing your natural hair volume. When you use a lot of products, they tend to build up on your scalp, which in turn weighs hair down. Taking proper care of your scalp reduces this buildup, resulting in shinier, bouncier hair.
4. Strengthening Proteins
Our hair is primarily made up of the protein keratin. So to make your hair stronger, healthier and more voluminous, opt for hair volumizing products that are formulated with hydrolyzed proteins from e.g. wheat or rice.
My favorite volume spray, Volume Wizard™ Pre-Styling Spray, contains sucrose (aka table sugar), hydrating glycerin, strengthening wheat protein, and organic extracts from grapefruit, oat and cranberry. So it checks all of the boxes! It makes your hair appear instantly thicker and more voluminous with just a few spritzes, while maintaining a soft feel.
What Other Types of Products Can Boost Hair Volume?
In addition to using a hair volume spray, there are other hair volume products you can experiment with to get thicker hair. Here are some of the most common options you’ll find.
Volume Shampoos and Conditioners
Washing your hair with the wrong shampoo and conditioner can make your hair look flat, greasy and lifeless. If you want to maximise your hair volume, it's important to start your hair routine right with a high quality volume shampoo and conditioner. How do volumizing shampoos differ from other ones? They are formulated with strengthening ingredients such as micro proteins that thicken each hair strand. Besides, the best volumizing hair products contain lightweight humectants that will nourish and hydrate your hair without making it heavy or greasy. Volume Wizard™ Shampoo and Conditioner are my secret to making my fine hair look super voluminous and healthy!
Hair powders are an excellent way to add plenty of bounce, volume, texture and hold to your hair. They also give a matte finish that makes all that extra volume look natural! My favorite is Volume Wizard™ Hair Powder that contains hydrating and soothing ingredients like aloe vera, oat extract and vitamin E. This volume powder is so easy to use - just spray it onto your roots and massage with your fingers to style your hair as desired.
Foams and mousses are popular choices for adding weightless volume to hair. They work especially well on curly and textured hair types. If your curls tend to fall flat on top, try Curl Crush™ Defining Mousse that gives your hair bouncy volume and definition. To apply, simply scrunch it into damp hair after washing. Use a wide-tooth comb for even distribution and then shape curls with hands. Let your hair air-dry or diffuse with a hairdryer on low heat for for best results.
While it may seem counterintuitive that a hair oil could help lift thin strands, the opposite is true! Hair oils with nourishing ingredients like apricot kernel oil and coconut oil can improve your hair’s overall health and texture, promoting a healthier scalp and happier, bouncier hair.
When applying hair oils, the trick is to focus the product mainly on your ends and mids. Applying too much oil around the top of your head and roots can end up weighing strands down, which is exactly the opposite of what you want.
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How to Achieve More Hair Volume in 5 Minutes or Less
In addition to using a volumizing spray or other hair volume products to get that lift you’re looking for, there are a few styling tips and tricks to keep in mind as well.
Lift Up Your Roots
First of all, if you’re drying your hair from the top down, you’re just asking for flat strands. After washing and applying all your favorite products, flip your head upside down, apply a volumizing spray, and then blow dry your hair. Blow drying your hair upside down creates a natural lift to your hair’s roots, giving you that extra bit of hair volume that will last all day. If you want to go for a more natural look, let nature take its course and air dry your hair. Plus, by air drying your hair you're helping prevent the negative effects of heat damage.
Switch Your Part from Time to Time
Here’s another hair volume trick you might not have heard of before: If you consistently style hair on just one side, try switching your part. When you constantly wear your hair in the same part, it ‘trains’ the hair to lay flatter. By switching up your part from time to time, you’ll be introducing some new volume and lift to your roots. Try it out!
Tease Your Hair
Teasing your hair is one of the oldest hair volume tricks in the book. Aggressive or excessive teasing can actually damage your hair, so be gentle. Start with slowly backcombing sections of your hair starting at the roots, and gently brush down for a cute, volumized look.
Finish Off with Hairspray
After you’ve blow-dried and styled your hair to your liking, coating everything down with a spritz of hairspray can help lock volume in all day. For extra hold and volume, gently flip your hair upside down and spray hairspray from the roots down to the ends.
Looking for Longer Lasting Hair Volume? Try These Hair Care Tips:
1. Start With the Scalp
A healthy head of hair always starts with the scalp. Make sure your scalp is in tip-top shape by using scalp-friendly products that nourish the hair from root to tip. It’s also a good idea to remove buildup about once every week or so. You can do this by using a gentle scalp scrub to buff away excess product buildup and dead skin.
Combine it with a lightweight conditioner that doesn't weigh your hair down, such as Scalp Delight™ Detox Conditioner developed to fit even fine or greasy hair.
2. Try Double Shampooing
Another way to prevent strands from getting weighed down by excess oil and buildup is by double shampooing. It’s exactly what it sounds like! Simply wash your hair twice (with a sulfate-free shampoo, please), massaging your scalp gently with your fingertips to remove any stubborn dirt or oil. For fine and flat hair I recommend Volume Wizard™ Shampoo, whereas to boost hair growth in thin hair try the Grow Perfect™ Shampoo.
3. Use the Right Hair Brush
Using the wrong brush on wet hair causes unnecessary damage and makes strands appear lifeless and limp. That’s why it’s so important to use the proper kind of hairbrush on wet or damp hair. Look for wet brushes with soft bristles that won’t pull or tug on vulnerable wet hair.
4. Change Up Your Pillowcase
Did you know you can damage your hair while you sleep? It’s true. Most pillowcases are made of cotton, which can be harsh on your hair and cause breakage or frizz as well as greasy hair that leads to flat hair. To keep your hair healthy even while you sleep, try switching up your cotton pillowcase for one made from bamboo.
6 Good Hair Volume Products
Feeling overwhelmed? Below are my top 5 products for boosting your hair volume. Choose one or a few of these to amp up your hair volume to the max!
1. Volume Wizard™ Duo
Say goodbye to flat and lifeless hair and hello to nourished locks with bouncy and airy volume! Volume Wizard™ Shampoo and Conditioner help boost fullness even in fine hair, without drying out your scalp and hair.
2. Volume Wizard™ Pre-Styling Spray
Achieve salon-worthy volume at home by applying this volume spray before blowdrying, or spritz it onto dry hair for a quick volume boost throughout the day. It creates the perfect base for any hairstyle by providing touchable texture and body, making it last all day.
3. Volume Wizard™ Hair Powder
Turn your hair volume up to eleven with this hair styling powder that fortifies and thickens each hair strand. It's perfect for anyone who wants to add more body and texture to their hair while achieving a natural finish.
4. Grow Perfect™ Thickening Spray
This volumizing spray creates instant lift when used on clean, damp hair. Besides, this scalp treatment delivers instant soothing hydration to itchy scalps, and improves circulation to support regular hair follicle function and growth.
5. Mineral Clay Wax
This lightweight, 100% natural hair wax offers firm styling to your hair with a dry, matte finish, while providing moisturizing and conditioning benefits. It's perfume-free formula is suitable to add volume and hold to all hair types.
6. Hair Formula Supplements
Boost your hair’s health from the inside out! Formulated with hair-loving ingredients like biotin and zinc, these supplements strengthen and thicken flat hair.
If you (like many of us) weren’t exactly blessed with the kind of full, luscious locks you see on movie stars and runway models, don’t fret. While there’s truth in learning how to rock what you’ve got, sometimes we all just want to give our hair a little boost. And while you may be stuck with having fine hair, there are so many ways to get the kind of hair volume you’ve always wanted! Whether it’s using a volumizing spray with all the right ingredients, adopting a new haircare routine, or a combination of the two, it’s easier than ever to get beautiful, natural-looking hair volume.