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The best hair volumizing products

Want big hair? The best hair volumizing products are those that are strong enough to hold your hair high but lightweight enough that they don't flatten your style. Choosing the right products for your hair type and styling needs will ensure your hairstyles gets, and keeps, the volume you want.

Shampoo and Conditioner

Big, sexy hair starts with the right shampoo and conditioner. Choose volumizing formulas, as they will plump up your hair strands for added volume. A lightweight conditioner is also a must when aiming for big hair. Keep the conditioner light, and only use it on the ends of your hair, where it's needed most. Those with fine hair should opt for a spray-in or leave-in conditioner that will moisturise but not weigh the hair down.

Products for Volume

Generally, there are three styling products that help create volume. Mousse is probably the most familiar, and it comes in a variety of holding strengths. Those with fine hair should opt for the lighter formulas, whereas those with coarse hair will prefer the firm hold variety. Mousse should be applied to damp hair, starting at the roots and working down the hair's length.

Volumizing spray is a lightweight product that adds body to hair. Spray from root to tip on damp hair, and style as usual. Spray volumizers give you control over where the product is placed, so you can focus on the areas of your hairstyle that need the most volume. Sprays are great for medium to fine hair but may not be strong enough for very coarse hair.

Another alternative is a root-lifting product. As the name suggests, this product is sprayed directly on the roots of your hair only. These products provide lift and volume in the root area. Root lifters are perfect for those with fine hair or those who like their hairstyles to feel very natural when finished.

Using Products Correctly

Once you have chosen volumizing products, be sure to use them correctly to achieve the best results. Always focus application of your volumizing products where you'll want the most volume. Apply to roots first if you want "high" hair, or mid-length to ends if you want wider or fuller volume.

Blow-dry long hair one section at a time for best results. Use round brushes or vent brushes to pick up the roots of your hair, and aim the blow dryer at that section for maximum lift. When hair is dried, remove the blow-dryer but keep the brush in place for a few seconds to allow the hair to cool and set. Blow-drying your hair upside down helps any volumizing hair product work well.

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About the Author

Sophia Darby is a former professional hairstylist who has spent the last six years writing hair-related articles for both online and print publications. Her work has appeared in Celebrity Hairstyles Magazine, as well as multiple websites.