When I cut my hair into an a-line bob in high school, not only was it the start of my “signature” haircut that lived on for many, many years but it was also the beginning of ENORMOUS hair. Massive volume was high on my list, so my hair was often sprayed to death with hairspray.
In hindsight, I totally overdid it. But hey, what can you do except look back, laugh, and agree with the few brave souls that gently suggested that I should slowly step away from the can of hairspray.
Since then, my hair has changed through the years, and I’ve chilled out on the hairspray a bit. I still use hairspray daily, but I’ve decided to let my hair look like hair (instead of like a wig) and it’s much more flattering and realistic.
But I’ll never quit loving volumized, full hair and wanted to round up my favorite products for maximum volume!
The products in this round up that I’ve used the longest are Aquage Uplifting Foam and Kenra Volume 25 hairspray. I’ve been using both since high school and their performance cannot be beat. But over the years, I’ve tried lots of other products and wanted to include a variety in here for those of you with different hair types!
Newest to me is the Kenra Dry Volume Boost. It’s similar to Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, but it leaves a bit more texture behind. I’m able to get more volume out of the Kenra product, but it doesn’t offer the cleaner, lighter feeling that the Living Proof product does.
My go-to volumizing and texturizing shampoo is Redken Beach Envy Volume. The conditioner doesn’t cut it for me, but the shampoo is great. I typically use Pureology Hydrate Conditioner with this shampoo.
On one of my trips to NYC this winter, I ran out of my Kenra Volume 25 hairspray so I picked up Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play at Target. I was pretty impressed with the hold and flexibility it offered. I’m happy to have a back-up option if there’s a time that I can’t get my hands on Kenra!
The Living Proof Full Shampoo is a great light shampoo for fine or thin hair. It will definitely add volume, and the conditioner is a good pair as long as you don’t need a ton of hydration like I do (my hair is quite dry).
The last two products in the round up are a texturizing powder, that you sprinkle in at your root area for seriously intense lift and thickness, and a spray for damp hair that will add volume as you blow dry. Both are great for fine hair, but you may find the powder to be a bit too heavy if your hair is already heavy or thick.
Do you have a tried and true volumizing product? Share it in the comments! I’m always looking to try out new things!