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, yes, isn't anything to complain about. In actual 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 just letting it do its thing most days.
But again, we want what we don'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 just hair with a ton of body, I feel a tinge of envy. I especially feel it during those moments when I do put in the effort to curl my hair and spend all of this time on it only to have it lie flat as a pancake in just a few hours.
I've learned to deal with what I have, though, And one trick I have up my sleeve that's super quick? A volumising hair powder. These guys really do the work for me by adding some body to the roots. All I have to do is sprinkle on the product, tussle and fluff up my roots a bit, and shake off any excess powder. While it doesn't give me the exact big hair that I have in my dreams, it does give me some extra lift and oomph that I otherwise wouldn't have. And I just love that it's a quick fix for when I'm going out.
Take a look at some highly rated volumising hair powders below and try it for yourself if you're wishing for thicker strands like myself.
Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder (£43)
Oribe's powder is like a dry shampoo and volumiser in one. it absorbs oil, buildup, and odour, while also lifting the strands. Plus, it has aloe vera to moisturise the scalp and hydrolysed quinoa to prevent breakage.
SexyHair Big Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder (£11)
SexyHair's powder absorbs quickly for instant lift. The odourless and colourless formula is so lightweight that it will be like you're wearing zero product.
Briogeo's ultra-fine root powder adds texture and lift to the 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.
Verb Volume Texture Powder (£16)
The tapioca starch in this product absorbs excess oil which helps to increase volume. There's also pro-vitamin B5 to hydrate and smooth, plus glycerin to lock in moisture and promote softness.
Toppik Hair Building Fibres (£20)
Toppik's hair building fibres are made of coloured keratin protein and blend into the hair to create some fullness.
Bumble and Bumble Mini Prêt-à-Powder (£23)
I love a multitasking formula, and this one is it. It's a dry shampoo, style extender, and volumiser.
Redken Powder Grip 03 Texturizing Powder (£14)
Achieving volume with 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.
Boldify Hair Fibers for Thinning Hair (£18)
This is another powder with hair thickening fibres. It covers any thinning or any patchy spots and leaves your hair looking shiny.
Virtue Lifting Powder (£32)
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.
Paul Mitchell Invisiblewear Pump Me Up Texture Powder (£23)
Paul Mitchell's hair powder goes on invisible 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.
Kristin Ess Hair Working Texture Loose Styling Powder (£7)
Use Kristin Ess's styling powder to create grip and hold to your hairstyles. It provides fullness and texture and keeps everything in place. And if you're braiding your hair, this one's a winner to make it long-lasting.
This powder will give instant volume and body to your roots and the rest of your strands. 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
R+Co Dallas Thickening Spray (£25)
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 Volume Lift Fine to Full Blow Out Styling Spray (£7)
John Frieda's volumising spray adds volume and also softens the hair so has some bounce and zero stiffness.
Oribe Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray (£68)
This thickening treatment spray has densifying polymers for extra body. It's also a bonus that the formula contains nourishing ingredients for the hair and scalp like biotin, niacinamide, pea sprout extract, and peppermint oil.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Volume Texture Spray (£24)
Bumble and bumble's texture spray is a great option if you're looking for something that's like a hair spray but you don't want a product to weigh you down. It's an airy formula that creates lift and hold.
Kérastase Densifique Bodifying Mask (£25)
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.
R+Co Balloon Dry Volume Spray (£30)
Ultra light and long-lasting, this spray pumps your hair with some volume, texture, and shine. The formula includes nourishing calendula, hops, and oarweed botanical complex to moisturise and hydrate.
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