When it comes to hair loss or thinning, it’s the volume we all wish we could have back. Question is, how do you know what’s going to help or hinder your quest for voluminous hair? See our list of ‘Love it or Leave it’ to discover which products our stylists recommend and which ones don’t make the cut. The list may surprise you!
Revive your VA-VA-Voom
While your mane may lose some of its volume with time, you’re not destined to fall flat on style. On the contrary! We’ve compiled a comprehensive list showing you which products and ingredients will plump up your mane, and which ones will do more harm than good.
Dry Shampoos: Using a dry shampoo between washes will help absorb oil and enhance volume. Look for a dry shampoo with cornstarch or rice starch and a clear formulation – and remember to choose one that matches your hair colour! Dry shampoos traditionally leave behind some pale residue, which is fine for those with blonde hair – but those with brunette or ginger hair can end up looking like they’ve dunked their head in talcum powder! Many brands nowadays offer alternatives for different hair colours.
Leave-in conditioner: Normal conditioners can weigh down thin hair and leave it lacking in volume, so choose a light leave-in conditioner and apply only to the ends of your strands for a glossy finish that isn’t too heavy.
Volumising mousse: A lightweight volumising mousse will help to pump up tresses. Look for formulas that are free of sulfates, silicone, and oil. Apply when your hair is damp and work through thoroughly, before blow-drying or air-drying your hair.
Clarifying shampoo: Product build up can lead to clogged hair follicles that could slow hair growth. Use clarifying shampoo to eliminate build up that might be dragging your hair down.
A satin pillowcase: A satin pillowcase will be gentler on your delicate hair than cotton. The soft, smooth surface can help keep your hair in great condition, rather than encouraging breakage and split ends (which can have an effect on overall volume).
Serums: Be careful when opting for serums. Many of them can weigh down thinning hair, making it appear flatter and sparser. If you really want to utilise a serum, limit its use to the ends of your hair.
Styling products with heavy waxes and silicones: If you must use a styling paste, choose a very light one that does not have heavy waxes or silicones. These coat the hair and end up reducing overall volume.
Regular conditioner: Many normal conditioners can leave build-up in the hair, especially around the roots. This seriously compromises your chances of real volume! Swap the heavy formulations of some conditioners for a light leave-in conditioner, and use it on the ends of your hair only.