Whether your hair texture is thin and limp or coarse and frizzy, there’s a volumizing product out there that will smooth your hair and add shine, with just the right amount of thickening. So read on to find the right hair products to give you healthy-looking, balanced volume. Based on an article by Aubrey Almanza for RD.com.
If you have flat hair and want root lift that lasts, it’s essential to use the proper tools and styling products. “Rather than having hair lying flat against the head, getting a root lift will make hair look thicker,” says session stylist and Viviscal ambassador Neil Moodie. There are a lot of thickening hair products around and plenty to choose from. “The Viviscal Densifying Elixir is great for hair that’s on the thinner side but needs a bit of a boost,” Moodie says. The lightweight styling serum can be added to wet or dry hair to add thickness and volume. “Thin hair needs plumping without weight,” adds Eufora International style director Mirza Batanovic.
For truly thick hair from within, Moodie recommends taking hair growth supplements. “When people have trouble with hair breakage, or if they are finding that their hair is shedding a lot, I always recommend taking supplements as a way to repair the hair and promote hair growth.” After all, nourishing the hair from the inside out is the most effective way to get fuller, healthier hair. Moodie recommends taking Viviscal Extra Strength dietary supplements for 3-6 months. “I promise you that the improvement in the condition of your hair will make the wait worthwhile,” Moodie says.
“A Brazilian blow-dry works very well to overcome unwanted frizz,” says REDValentino hairstylist Philippe Tholimet. “The treatment process transforms the hair by using natural sources of keratin, which penetrates …and coats the hair to prevent further damage. The results are smooth, silky, and straight hair,” Tholimet raves.
However, the high heat and the chemicals needed for a salon keratin straightening treatment can be damaging to hair. For a gentler way to smooth hair, try a shampoo and conditioner with keratin. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner have keratin to smooth hair, biotin and zinc to strengthen and repair damage, plus an exclusive thickening complex called Ana:Tel.
When you have naturally oily hair, greasy roots can make hair look dirty even on the same day you’ve showered. But shampooing every day isn’t the answer. “The best way for oily hair to get a boost without the full wash and blow-dry would be to use a great dry shampoo,” says Batanovic. “A dry shampoo like Eufora Fresh Effect is ideal for this, since its primary function is to absorb excess oil from the hair and scalp, then leave the hair feeling rejuvenated and fresh.”
Foaming products have a bad reputation for leaving hair hardened and “crunchy,” rather than bouncy and full of movement. However, this is absolutely not the case for most high-quality foam products, and they can especially work in your favor if you’ve got natural curls. An anti-frizz mousse helps “form the curl consistently, whether you diffuse or air dry and keeps frizz at bay,” says Batanovic. Simply work it through your curls with your fingers while scrunching as you go. RD suggests DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam or SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse.
When it comes to damaged, brittle hair, Batanovic has three words of advice: repair, repair, repair. “Brittle hair is most likely lacking protein and some moisture,” he says. “You want to be careful not to use too many heavy oils here, since the hair may not have the ability to absorb them. Restoring the protein comes first; then add in a moisturizer” with the help of a leave-in repair treatment such as Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment.