Volume. It’s the one magical hair power we all aspire to possess and go to great lengths to achieve. By “great lengths” we mean the aggressive teasing and backcombing method that occurs as we try to give our hair “natural” bounce and fullness. This method may be an easy and harmless option for those with thick, strong locks, but for fine, fragile hair, teasing can lead to breakage and damage. So how do you make fine, limp locks big and beautiful? Get a load of these tricks and you’ll be ready to jump on the volume train!

Trick #1: Mousse It.
When applied correctly, mousse can be a great ally in giving your locks some much-needed volume. All you need to do is apply a golf-ball-sized amount of volumizing mousse like L’Oréal Advanced Hairstyle BOOST IT Volume Inject Mousse to damp (not wet) hair. To do this just flip your hair over and, starting at the roots, distribute the mousse evenly throughout the hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb the product through. Blow dry your hair with a round brush or paddle brush.

Trick #2: Powder It.
It’s hard to believe that a couple taps of powder on the roots of your hair can produce such dramatic results, right? Well believe it, because the rumors are true. Texturizing powders like L’Oréal Professionnel True Grip Texturizing Powder have magical properties that increase friction in the hair fibers and result in the “bulking” of hair. Just sprinkle a bit of powder onto dry roots (or all over your hair if you want some serious va-va-volume), gently fluff the hair with your fingers and you are good to go.

Trick #3:  Shampoo It.
We love a good multitasker, and volumizing shampoos definitely fit the bill. In addition to giving your fine hair some bounce and fullness, formulas like Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo also help tame flyaways and frizz and lend some softness and shine to your locks.

Trick #4: Lotion It.
If you’re not a mousse or foam enthusiast, volumizing lotion is the way to go. Lightweight creams like Redken Thickening Lotion 06 All Over Body Builder delivers body texture and shine to fine, thin locks. Use the same damp-hair application as mousse and blow dry with a round or paddle brush.

Trick #5: Dry Shampoo It.
By now, we’re all aware of the miraculous freshening properties of dry shampoo. But did you know it can add some serious volume to your locks too? A couple of spritzes of a spray like Garnier Volume Extend Instant Bodified Dry Shampoo will help absorb oils in the hair and eliminate weight. Your hair will feel and look more buoyant, full and fresh!

Which of these volumizers will you be trying first? Tell us your fave in the comments below!

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