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    May 4, 2019

    19 Hair Products That Will Actually Deliver Some Volume

    The bigger the hair, the better the secrets.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A got2b thickening mousse formulated with instant collagen to add elasticity and strength. In English? It'll help your "I spent 45 minutes with a hot tool in my hands" style hold all day, whether that style is super curly or stick straight.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is one of my all time favorite hair products. I have long, stick straight, super fine hair, and this product really helps it hold some volume and curl after blow drying and styling. It also leaves my hair feeling thicker and more nourished. I've used much more expensive volumizing products in the past and this is the best one I've used by far. I seriously can't live without it! Plus, it's great that it's affordable." —jjbanana

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    2. A John Frieda hot air brush because that straightener you’re currently using is going to take ALL the volume out of your roots. This easy-to-use tool will give you a salon-quality blowout worthy of a shampoo commercial (*patiently waits for that royalty check*).

    amazon.com

    This hot brush is designed to look exactly like a lightweight round brush, except this one is fancy and emits even heat! It's also designed with ionic technology to increase shine and prevent frizz.

    Promising review: "I am no professional hair stylist, nor do I have time to do my hair everyday (I'm a mommy of two) but I must say that this brush makes getting ready so much easier. It's fairly simple to use. I like my hair to have a lot of volume (I have thin hair) and my layers to show (please excuse my dead ends), so that look is easy to achieve with this tool. This adds lot of volume and adds a nice wave to the end of your hair. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a nice, easy blowout!" —C.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    3. A Garnier Fructis finishing spray that will become the ~pièce de résistance~ of your daily styling routine. This provides a non-sticky, light hold while texturizing every single layer to trick everyone into thinking your hair has body. If only they knew the (#thin, #flat, #boring) truth.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this stuff! It gives my layered bob the texture it needs to stay full and piece-y (I prefer a messy look for my hair). Plus, my hair looks thicker when I use this and I never notice any white residue. I was using another volume spray and that works well too, but it’s so much more expensive and it was not better than this Garnier product. Anyway, this is a holy grail item for me. I go three days between washes and, on days I don’t wash, I just freshen my hair with a bit more of this stuff (less than on freshly washed hair), and piece my hair into place and I’m good to go. And I love the smell. And the money I save." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.27.

    4. A TIGI Bed Head styling cream here to nip frizz in the bud without weighing down your hair. PLUS! This potion is packed with Pro-Vitamin B5 for a punch of hydration while anti-static agents get rid of ALL those pesky flyaways.

    Amazon

    Just add two to three pumps of this into wet hair + then proceed to blow dry and style as per your usual routine!

    Promising review: "My hair is thin, frizzy, and curly, and very hard to control without weighing it down or making it greasy. This product makes my hair thick, shiny, and manageable and you don't have to use a lot of it to get results!!" —Kiki L.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.27.

    5. A Sexy Hair texturizing powder you simply dab into your roots or throughout your hair and bam! It'll instantly liquify to provide fullness and slight tackiness AKA your hot tool will become so much more effective.

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    Promising review: "Background details: I have fine, but pretty dense hair that tends to pull flat at the crown and absorbs oil and moisture like a sponge. It has a slight wave and tends to frizz, so even air drying is out of the question. It also usually refuses to hold a style, slips easily out of most clips and fasteners, and collapses if curled. Hairspray won't hold it, gel makes it crackly, and if I try to wear it down, it just slithers into my face and picks up oil from my skin. And it's humid as all get-out here. Ugh. I used this on my roots (at the crown) of day two hair with a scant spritz of dry shampoo at the temples, and at the end of the day, I've still got volume and texture, and my style (down, not pulled back) actually stayed in place. My hair doesn't look greasy or limp, and I don't feel totally disgusting. I'm sold and will absolutely purchase this again!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    6. A Hair Dance powder dry shampoo which is especially great at vacuuming up grease and adding body sans any leftover chalky white residue. Pro tip: If you add some into your roots before bed, you'll wake up with a completely refreshed scalp that looks like it was shampooed five minutes ago (...as opposed to five days ago).

    amazon.com

    This vegan and cruelty-free dry shampoo doesn't contain any talc, parabens, or baking soda (hooray).

    A personal note: As someone with thin, greasy, flat hair, I can confidently say that powder dry shampoos are so much better than aerosol ones. Like, they actually make your hair look freshly-washed.

    Promising review: "My hair is ALWAYS oily at the roots and aerosol cans of dry shampoo make my hair stiff, but this stuff...this stuff is amazing! Adds volume, doesn't completely dry out my hair, and does not leave residue or build- up (I have black hair so this is very important). Also, my hair smells super fresh after using it. Would give more stars if I could!" —Gabriela

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    7. A shampoo brush to stimulate your scalp and improve circulation, but more importantly? It allows your shampoo to be more effective, actively working to clear away all the built-up product in your scalp that would (inevitably) lead to dullness and lack of body.

    Amazon

    Because it stimulates your scalp and improves circulation, this nifty little tool is also a beast at helping with hair growth (see proof above!).

    Promising review: "I have been using this for about three weeks now and I LOVE it. It feels amazing! I haven't changed my shampoo or anything, but my hair definitely has more volume...like my roots are standing up or something! I don't know exactly what is happening, but I am all for it." —Lsn1986

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    8. A John Frieda sea salt shampoo that increases volume by up to 40%. How the HECK is that possible, you ask? Repeat after me: caffeine vitality complex.

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    This caffeine complex will plump up your strands to thicken fine strands of hair. ALSO! This formula is safe for color-treated hair.

    Promising review: "After finishing the whole container of this shampoo, I have to say WOW. My hair is noticeably fuller without being coarse or rough. It is soft, shiny, holds better, and seems healthy! I was paying a fortune for other products that initially worked, but would eventually weigh my hair down into coarse, stick-like cartoon hair. This shampoo does a much better job at a fraction of the price." —Lori

    Get it from Amazon for $6.12.

    9. An OGX coconut water oil with electrolytes to hydrate brittle, damaged hair without making it look like you haven't showered in seven weeks...and without weighing your hair down. YIPPEE!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This works wonders for me! It's super easy to use because of the spray bottle, and the formula itself is not too greasy and doesn't weigh my hair down. I use this daily and it has helped transform my once overly dry hair in only two weeks." —Nikki Stinson

    Get it from Amazon for $5.22.

    10. Wake up with ready-to-go hair by sleeping in these flexible curling rods, which are pros at giving you the perfect waves...without subjecting your 'do to any more heat damage. My burnt split-ends are already feeling oh so grateful.

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    Just wrap individual sections of hair around each rod, spritz with some hairspray to ensure a longer hold, go to bed, and THAT'S IT! Remove the rollers after your morning coffee and your hair will be set for the day.

    Psst, do you have straight, thin hair and are assuming these won't work for you? Well you are WRONG, because even reviewers with straight and thin hair swear by these things!

    Promising review: "These things are AWESOME. I have very long, fine/pin-straight hair and these curlers give my hair so much bounce. Since I wash my hair every other day, I use these when my hair is dry and leave them in overnight. I was expecting my hair to look like a frizzy poodle mess...but no. Just perfectly wavy curls (although I did brush the curls out a bit with a round brush because I don't personally care for perfect ringlets). The results are awesome!" —Brianna

    Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $10.99.

    11. A Kenra weekly scrub formulated with activated charcoal to get rid of yucky product build-up in your scalp. Leftover dry shampoo still stuck in your roots = hair that looks sad, flat, and lifeless. (Sounds harsh, but it's also true.)

    Ulta

    Use this charcoal clarifier once a week to keep your hair looking (and feeling) healthy, shiny, and full. I personally use this and cannot recommend it highly enough. (This coming from someone who has very thin, straight, and oily hair.)

    Promising review: "This is an amazing clarifying scrub! It truly removes all of the product build-up and leaves my hair looking shiny and vibrant! I get so many compliments on how shiny my hair is after using this." —Kierst

    Get it from Ulta for $28.

    12. A boar bristle brush designed to evenly distribute all 👏 that 👏 oil from root to tip because oil at your roots = super flat hair. Detangling and volumizing at the same time? Talk about sorcery.

    amazon.com

    Psst, this also comes with a small wooden comb — all bundled up into an adorable bag perfect for gifting (to yourself).

    Promising review: "This is just what I was looking for. This doesn't pull out my hair when hitting a knot and it is pain-free, which makes my 6-year-old love this brush as well. My hair is shiner, has less split-ends, and more volume since using this brush." —grandmother

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. An Amika dry shampoo free of any talc or aluminum! Instead, a natural rice starch will absorb oil and add body — it'll be almost as if you just shampooed, conditioned, and scrunched volumizing mousse into your hair this morning.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Let me say that I've tried almost every single dry shampoo on the market. I have wavy hair that gets greasy around 10 hours after a shower, and every single dry shampoo that I've tried before made my hair feel weighed down and greasy. But this stuff is now my holy grail! Before, I could barely get away with washing my hair every other day. Now, I could stretch it out to three days and my hair still looks AMAZING. This dry shampoo gives you volume, there is no white residue, and it doesn't weigh down your hair. If you're thinking about purchasing this, DO IT. You will not be disappointed!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in two sizes).

    14. A Davines sea salt spray for that tousled, messy, my-hair-is-naturally-this-voluminous look. Just apply this to damp hair and trick everyone into thinking you were just at the beach.

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    Plus, this splurge-worthy formula smells delicious enough to eat. *pretends to be bathing in a sea of coconut milk*

    Promising review: "This is the only product that will make my stick-straight fine/thin hair have any kind of volume, and I know all the tricks. Couple sprays of this on my roots on damp hair, massage in with fingertips and pull lightly through about half the hair, then blowdry the opposite direction of how your hair falls. I'm as low-maintenance when getting ready in the morning as they get and this is a life-saver. Totally worth the price in my opinion." —Christine DeLapp

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    15. A teasing brush with tourmaline-enhanced nylon bristles to really thicken each strand of hair. Plus, the tapered handle makes fixing (or switching) your part into a breeze.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my life and how did I not know about teasing brushes? I have never been able to get a good tease using a rat tail comb, so thought I would try this and WOW. I have fairly fine hair and I am amazed at how well this works to give me volume. The brush is well made with no loose bristles, and it's just the right width for my bangs." —Judi W

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    16. A Bed Head curling wand that lets you create loose, beachy, voluminous waves in mere nanoseconds — even if your mane is off the stubborn, stick straight variety.

    amazon.com

    This wand is designed with a tourmaline ceramic barrel to prevent frizz and increase shine, PLUS it heats up within a minute or two of being plugged in. It also comes with a heat-protective glove to prevent you from burning yourself whilst curling your hair to perfection.

    Promising review: "My hair NEVER holds a curl...no matter the wand or products I'm using, it always falls flat within a few hours. This wand is hands down the the BEST!!! Not only is it super easy to use, but the curls manage to stay even with very little product in your hair. The first time I used it, the curls lasted all day, I slept on them, and they were still there in the next morning." —MTrampe

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in seven styles).

    17. An Aveda volumizing conditioner formulated with kaolin clay and Acacia gum, both of which work together to create amazing body and bounce. PLUS, the scent is incredible: Be prepared to envelop your senses with peppermint, jasmine, palmarosa, ylang ylang, and other pure flower essences every time you step into the shower.

    Aveda

    Promising review: "I have used this conditioner for several years now because of how great it is. I use it daily (whether I shampoo or not) and it leaves my hair feeling soft, plus it gives it the boost it needs to look fuller. Another plus is that a little goes a long way, so it lasts me quite a while." —TL

    Get it from Aveda for $23.

    18. An EVA NYC conditioning mask that contains keravis protein and argan oil to repair and strengthen your 'do. This fabulous jar gives dry hair some much-needed hydration sans adding a tub of grease (which would completely take away any volume).

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    This mask is particularly great for fine, thin hair because it moisturizes without making your mane greasy in the process. And as someone who has thin hair prone to oiliness...that's pretty damn hard to find.

    Psst, you can also use this mask as a regular conditioner!

    Promising review: "THIS STUFF IS MY HOLY GRAIL! I was not blessed with luscious locks. I have thin, lifeless, shoulder-length, color-treated blonde hair. I use this as a normal conditioner and it doesn't weigh my hair down at all! I just leave this in for a few minutes and wash normally. It leaves my hair so soft and extremely manageable. The price is also great because you get such a large size!" —laura hart

    Get it from Amazon for $5.61+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A Rusk amplifier spray perfect for anyone with thin, lifeless hair: Just a spritz of this wheat protein formula through towel-dried hair will make the 🌎 of a difference.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is great! Unlike other products I've tried, this gives my hair lots of volume and texture without it becoming sticky, greasy, unworkable, dry, or stiff. It makes my hair feel thicker without feeling bulky or like I have tons of product in my hair." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.50.

    Flaunting all that extra volume like:

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    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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