Most volumizing shampoos leave my hair dehydrated, frizzy and prone to snapping off easily. And ironically volume hair products claiming to leave my hair more bodacious, have actually left it flat and devoid of any body. This Fudge shampoo imparts an incredible shine, while offering significant volume to the roots. The clear-gel formula also reduces knots and makes my hair easier to comb. I don’t need to use a conditioner after this, as it’s so softening. But it also adds body throughout my hair, so it doesn’t leave me with super-boosted roots and limp locks everywhere else. Tip: Doing a double cleanse with this formula makes the hair more bouncy, airy and fresh. If you want that extra oomph, I recommend bending over and blow drying the roots of your hair from the inner layers of your hair – it magnifies the shampoo’s volumising effect.
But remember: Volume hair products can cause build up over time, so always remember to use a good clarifying shampoo to give your hair a mini detox.
Beauticate’s Editor in Chief, Sigourney Cantelo, constantly raves about the Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste. She says it’s one of the few volume hair products that add grit and bodacious bulkiness to her slippery soft locks: the paste made her strands thicker, giving the illusion of a fuller head of hair, without the feeling of sticky residue. Sigourney knew it was a keeper when a professional hairstylist asked what she did differently, because her hair was so easy to style and significantly thicker.
This product removes oil, doesn’t weigh the hair down, and acts as a fantastic stand-in for hair teasing. While the Fudge shampoo adds gorgeous body, the Batiste dry shampoo takes things to another level. It adds a dramatic root boost without making your hair look frizzy – consider it the Rolls Royce of volume hair products (at least in my books!). And on my hair, it adds this soft curve on the side, that prevents my hair from looking dead straight. It feels like a hairspray/dry shampoo hybrid, as my hair certainly feels more textured and the volume is maintained throughout the day. However, be careful: while it’s fantastic at adding body, it also does leave a white cast, so you will need to spend extra time combing your hair out.
Conditioners can often make your hair look dangerously limp. The EVO Bride of Gluttony conditioner softens the hair and adds subtle volume. I find using a pea sized amount of this volume hair product is enough to minimise frizz and infuse moisture. Although it doesn’t add significant volume, it’s one of the few conditioners that doesn’t leave my hair a flat disaster (even if I use a pea sized amount, most conditioners leave me looking like Professor Snape). But while this conditioner doesn’t leave my locks looking lifeless, be careful not to apply too much as it is still an emollient conditioner. I once slathered it all over my hair and was left with seriously greasy locks!
For people with damaged or chemically processed hair, you may need to opt for a more nourishing option. I highly recommend Previa Volumising Conditioner for that subtle lift and extra hydration.
Story by Kristina Zhou. Holding shot via @romeestrijd.