February 18th 2017
In the past, achieving volume usually came at a price (read: greasy roots, dry ends and matted backcombing efforts). However, times have thankfully changed and today’s roster of body-boosters boast a bevy of root-lifting capabilities that work for a range of different hair types.
From budget to blowout, fine to thick hair, there’s an option for everyone and every bank balance. Which buys are the best of the bunch? Click through the gallery to find out more about the ones that carry mine and the GTG team’s seals of approval.
Turning your hair care regime on its head, this budget beauty friendly pick from Tresemme acts as the perfect root pick-me-up should you find that conditioner can cause your final style to fall flat. With the conditioner designed to be applied first, it helps create a tangle-free base on which to add your lather to; plus, it helps prevent hair from getting too greasy, too early for maximum blowout for your buck.
Ideal for fine to thick hair types, this body boosting spray adds lift and thickness from root to tip. A heat protectant and styling product double act, its sulfate-free formula is particularly effective for helping reduce colour fade, while its strengthening properties also act as an effective detangler to aid softness and fullness in one fell swoop.
A common problem that I’ve often found with volumising products is that they can leave my hair feeling dry and coarse. However, this volumising conditioner added height and hydration in equal measure to help allay my concerns. Ideal for fine to medium thick hair types, its softening and smoothing properties act as the perfect way to add a polished touch to parched hair.
Sweetly scented and silicone-free, this duo makes for an economic yet effective way to add shine to lank and lacklustre locks suffering the effects of product and pollution build up. Gently cleansing to leave hair feeling fresher, softer and bouncier, its serves as a treat for tresses and senses. While the combination of crimson orange and mint isn’t usually what I’ve gone for fragrance-wise in the past, I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it. The blend proved to be one of my favourites, leaving both roots and spirits uplifted.
Launching in January 2017.
When it comes to textured hair and adding texture, Aveda is one of the best brands around for enhancing and adding volume, body and thickness to a range of different hair types. Its Thickening Tonic acts as a great styling spritz for adding extra dimension to finer hair types - simply apply to damp hair and blowdry to add density from root to tip.
Promising both volume and hold, this clever dry shampoo and body-building hybrid provides a purse-friendly fix for a range of hair types and hairstyles. Enriched with a blend of strengthening keratin and inca inchi oil, it conditions as it cranks up the volume to act as the ideal deskside or handbag companion for when it comes to going from desk to dancefloor. One word of caution though - don’t use a curling tong afterwards to keep your curls crunch-free. It’s better put to use as the perfect finishing touch instead.
An industry insider favourite, this pick is one of the most universal volumising products I’ve come across. Perfect for creating the type of non chalant texture ideal for first-thing-in-the-morning hair, just spritz on roots and twirl and twizzle (technical term that) ends for instant oomph and to give your blowdry a couple days extra longevity too.
Providing gentle yet effective cleansing for coloured, over-processed or dry hair, this nourishing sulphate-free shampoo serves as a treat and treatment in one. Enriched with botanical oils to repair and restore ends at the end of their tether, it provides the best of both worlds when it comes to volume and care to leave hair softer, suppler and heaps more manageable.Buy online.
Think mousse belonged in the 80s? Think again. The styling product that defined a decade is now bigger than ever, but reformulated for a new era and new audience. Long gone are the formulas that would leave hair more crisp than silky, and this volume-boosting mousse exemplifies that point to a T. Created to be used on either damp or dry hair, it allows hair to reach new heights, while also helping tame flyaways for a dose of pumped up amplification for the ideal 80s throwback.
For a blowdry that’s more mermaid than Mayfair, look no further than this wave enhancing duo from one of my favourite brands - Redken. More for a matte, beachy finish than high shine and high gloss, it helps mimic the effect of saltwater - so not one if your hair is already pretty dry and has a tendency to break. That being said though, if you’re looking to recreate holiday hair without having to rack up the air miles, this shampoo and conditioner make for the perfect way to achieve it.
Akin to a salon blowdry in a bottle, this pre-wash treatment increases both shine and volume from the very first use. Reducing drying time too, it adds thickness and weight to finer hair types, allowing it to hold better in the humidity and stay frizz-free in the process too. Just smooth onto wet hair for five minutes before shampooing, rinse and commence your usual routine as usual to reap its impressive list of rewards.
Doing just what it says on the label, this clever backcomb in a bottle provides the type of full and mussed up texture that works a treat for mid to thicker hair types. Spray sparingly to roots and blowdry or use alone for a beehive boost, or alternatively, add to mid-lengths for greater movement. Adding extra hold to any actual backcombing done too, it provides a range of different looks with which to experiment with.
An intelligently formulated mousse that works with the heat of your hairdryer to literally inflate locks, this pick works a treat for fine hair types in particular. With a lightweight texture that doesn’t leave hair feeling weighed down nor straw-like, it really delivers on its promises to add lift, definition and fuller body to a multitude of different hair textures.
The most expensive volume booster in my edit, could this blowout sulphate-free buy convince me and our willing GTG tester that it was worth its pricetag? After putting it through its paces, we can say that it certainly did deliver on its claims. Providing massive thickening from the first use, it proved itself worthy of the pick best reserved for the most special of occasions. With impressively fast results, it not only looks good, but does good too, with the brand’s signature oils sourced through Amazonian tribes who’ve passed down the techniques that help preserve the natural environment and rainforests from which the key ingredients originate from.
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