I am always amazed by women who have naturally thick, full, wavy, tresses. Big hair like that only exists in my dreams. It certainly doesn’t exist on my head. My hair is fine, strait, and pretty much lifeless. This has led to a lifelong quest for products that will give my hair body and volume. I own two sets of hot rollers, a curling wand with a brush and the prerequisite quasi-professional hair dryer. Although I’ve never found a shampoo that does much more than clean my hair, I have found foams, gels and sprays that help to give my lifeless locks a bit of body. These hair potions coupled with heat from hair styling appliances take my hair from blah to bodacious. Well, they make it look pretty good. Here are my favorite big hair products. They all work well to give my fine hair volume, but they all have their drawbacks. I’ve yet to find the holy grail of hair products. If I ever do, you’ll be the first to know.
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Spray it on – big hair in a bottle
I purchased CHI Volume Booster because I really loved TIGI’s Bed Head Superstar Volumizing Leave-in Conditioner and I thought it might be similar. Why not just buy the Bed Head stuff in the pink bottle you ask? Because like all of TIGI’s otherwise fabulous products the fragrance is overwhelming. It gave my hair volume but smelled like bubble gum. The CHI product smells like nothing but gives my hair a good dose of volume.
My main problem with leave in hair products happens on day two. If on day one I have big, full, pretty hair, by the next morning it’s developed a layer of gunk. The bigger the product makes my hair, the gunkier it is next day. Dry shampoo really helps with this problem and allows me to go a couple days without shampooing. Since washing and styling my hair takes some time this really is a blessing. Oscar Blandi’s Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray is more expensive than most, but it works really well. Dry shampoo is also a good way to add a bit of body to hair that I’ve let air dry.
Massage it in – big hair gel and foam
My favorite everyday hair lotion is Aloxxi Thickening Serum. I received it as a gift at a fashion blogger party hosted by the company. They gave me a bag full of surprisingly fabulous styling products, but this is the product I reach for the most. It doesn’t give me really big hair like my other hair products. Instead my hair looks soft and natural yet full. Unlike many other volumizing hair products this stuff doesn’t make my hair gunky. It stays pretty for more a couple of days and it smells lovely too.
Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam is a classic. This is what I use when I want my hair really big and I want it to stay that way for several hours. It comes out crunchy and stiff, but the volume lasts for hours. Regardless of how full and fabulous my hair is on the first day, by the next it must be washed. Hair mousse turns into greasy gunk by the second day of wear, and this is no exception, but for sheer volume it really can’t be beat. I use it with hot rollers when I want curls that will stay curly all day and night long.
Keep it fluffy – big hair spray
If I want big hair to last for hours I give it a good spritz of hair spray. My mega bottle of Big Sexy Hair Spray and Play Harder keeps every strand in place and works as well on up-dos as it does my hot roller induced curls.
The Next Generation of Big Hair?
What does the future have in store? Recently both Lucky Magazine and Allure have presented some new volumizing hair products that look intriguing. I might have to hunt down a bottle of Kerastase Lift Vertige. According to Lucky Magazine it contains “micronized particles that envelope hair in a think, cushiony veil to create space between strands…” The author of the article Into the Gloss raves about this new hair gel:
It smelled incredible and felt like a luxe face serum; despite the less-than-ideal hotel dryer, my hair doubled in size. And it was shiny, as if each individual hair were covered in sheer cellophane. It looked like I had someone else’s hair, and then I put my hands in it, and it felt like someone else’s hair. Downstair, I caught myself in the lobby’s collection of antique mirrors: From every angle, this was the kind of hair I’d wanted for over a decade. – Maura Lynch
Strong words those. The article reads like a love letter to a hair gel. I found the same product mentioned in the August 2013 issue of Allure. I think I must try it!
Do you struggle with fine, lifeless hair? What do you use to make your hair fluffy and full?