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We all dream of having thick, voluminous hair, but unless you’re genetically blessed, it can feel totally unattainable. And over time, this goal becomes increasingly difficult to achieve thanks to natural hair loss. But there is a work-around—10 of them, in fact.
Here are the best products to plump up your hair, plus styling tricks to get even more volume.
ArtNaturals Argan Oil Shampoo.
There’s a reason this organic shampoo is an Amazon bestseller with over 1,500 rave reviews. It does more than make thin hair appear fuller—it also works to prevents your hair from falling out in the first place. Here’s how: One common reason for hair loss has to do with a hormone called DHT, which restricts blood supply to hair follicles, causing strands to fall out. Along with strengthening antioxidants and proteins, this shampoo contains DHT blockers, which promote healthy hair growth.
Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo.
After using a thickening shampoo like this one, which also strengthens strands and boosts shine. Start blow drying your hair away from the direction you want it to lay. This will create volume at the root, where it doesn’t naturally occur.
Living Proof Full Thickening Cream.
This cream works wonders on thin hair by depositing flexible, thickening “dots” on each strand, which increase your hair’s diameter and weight, leaving you with noticeably thicker hair and greater volume. To boost your hair even more, style it with a micro crimper. Thin hair needs texture to give it body. It helps create the texture you see in the braided styles and up-dos all over Instagram and Pinterest by creating tiny little crimps in the hair—just like the 80’s, but smaller.
Bumble and Bumble Full Potential Hair Preserving Shampoo.
This shampoo promises long-term results by gradually strengthening your hair’s three weak spots: the scalp, roots, and mid-shaft to ends.
While your hair begins its thickening recovery process. When your hair is looking limp, lightly mist it with water and then spray with a root-lifting booster spray. Use your hands and a towel to manually rough-dry your hair until it’s mostly dry. Then, using a round brush, smooth out the pieces around your face by blow drying them forward, along with the top layer of the hair. Turn your head upside down and spritz hairspray all over.
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo.
While Bumble and Bumble’s Full Potential range of products works gradually over time to deliver lasting results, their Thickening line is for anyone who wants an instant, cosmetic improvement. After using this shampoo, your hair will appear miraculously full, then you’re free to style it as you please.
Nexxus Diametress Volumizing Shampoo.
Build noticeably fuller hair with this protein-rich volumizing shampoo. And while you’re at it, get a trim. Your actual cut is just as important as the products you use. If your hair is long but the ends are thin, you are fooling no one into thinking you have more hair than you do by keeping those stragglers on the bottom. Let them go and embrace a slightly shorter ‘do. A well maintained, blunted edge will help maintain the weight at the ends and make your hair look fuller and healthier.
Laritelle Fertile Roots Shampoo.
As you’ve probably noticed by now, most of the recommendations here are shampoos. And for good reason. Fine hair can be challenging, but product is the key to success, and shampoo is the first step. Laritelle’s organic shampoo acts as a scalp stimulant, increasing blood circulation to hair follicles to promote hair growth. The shampoo not only prevents premature hair loss, it will also noticeably help boost the strands you do have.
Got2b Fat-tastic Thickening Plumping Mousse.
Many women with thin hair avoid styling products, thinking they’ll make their hair look even flatter. But thickening mousse is a good bet for improving the look of fine strands. The collagen that’s infused into Got2b’s mousse attaches to individual strands of hair, making it feel thicker, denser, and stronger.
Samy Fat Hair “0” Calories Amplifying Conditioner.
Like with mousse, those with skimpy strands often avoid using conditioner because they believe it’s too dense and heavy. And while this may be true of some ultra-moisturizing conditioners, Samy’s “0” Calories Thickening Conditioner is specially formulated to be completely weightless, and features a blend of natural proteins that work to penetrate hair strands and increase their diameter.
Never skip conditioning your hair. Doing so will cause damage, since without conditioner the hair cuticle is not sealed. It’s like moisturizer for your skin; you wouldn’t walk out the door without it, because your skin needs protection.
Laritelle Fertile Roots Hair Oil.
Like its shampoo counterpart, this Laritelle serum works to stimulate the scalp. At night, massage this oil right into your scalp to promote better blood circulation and healthier conditions for the regrowth of hair.