Want to get a Victoria’s Secret model body? (Well, the hair kind at least.) Meet these transforming picks. They won’t exactly help with the mile-long legs or the perfectly toned stomach, but a spritz, dab, spray, or rinse with one of these volumizing wonders and even the flattest, finest, flimsiest hair can achieve bombshell status. The best part? They’re each less than $20.
BY LINDSAY COLAMEO
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015
L’Oréal Paris Volume Filler Densifying GeléE
Don’t let the name fool you—there’s nothing stiff, sticky, or dense about this gel. A small blob smoothed through damp hair is all it takes to get impressive fullness that lasts all day. And with repeated use, it helps to bulk up individual strands, thanks to its magic ingredient, filloxane. The tiny, lightweight molecule sneaks through hair cuticles, binding to proteins in each strand to create structure for thinning, weak hair.
Herbal Essences Naked Volumizing Soufflé
It’s as light and airy as the delicious French dish it’s named after. We had to do a double take the first time we applied it, as it disappeared without a trace moments after we ran it through our hair. But the shiny, boosted, frizz-free texture that resulted minutes later confirmed it had done its job. And a very good one at that.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
Volume that lasts all day is great, but volume that lasts all week? This in-shower treatment coats hair with polymers that, when hit with the heat of a blow-dryer, create a flexible, water-resistant layer around each strand (one that can conveniently withstand three to five shampoos). The formula also includes fruit acids that penetrate the hair shaft instead of sitting on top of it.
Suave Professionals Natural Infusion All Day Body Leave-In Foam
This fluffy, root-lifting mousse is perfect for everyday body and bounce and provides just enough control to help tame tangly fine hair. It’s spiked with a cocktail of moisturizing and shine-enhancing ingredients (like seaweed and lotus blossom) that leave hair remarkably soft and shiny, like you just left the salon.
Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing Powder
This little red bottle is your ticket to anytime, anywhere volume (it’s small enough to tuck into any bag for whenever flatness strikes). Sprinkle a thin layer of the slightly tacky powder onto hands, then scrunch it into the crown, fluffing hair at the roots as you style. It melts to a waxy consistency as you apply it, making hair gritty enough to provide hold that won’t turn crunchy. And worry not: The white powder turns translucent as you apply it, so your boosting secret is kept, well, secret.
Dove Refresh + Care Dry Shampoo
Want to revive a flattened, three-day-old blowout? Just blast this dry shampoo strategically at your roots, focusing on any particularly wilted or greasy-looking sections. The formula sops up excess oils at the scalp, giving new life to sad, dirty hair in seconds. (It makes hair smell better, too.) Oh, and it costs less than four bucks.
Nexxus Diametress Volumizing System Shampoo
Meet the ultimate volumizing powerhouse: This silicone-free formula is spiked with hair-thickening ingredients, like panthenol (a.k.a. vitamin B5), to help increase the diameter of each hair shaft, making hair appear noticeably fuller over time. Then there’s the trio of elastin, keratin, and wheat proteins that help to repair hair’s structure and strength. Overachiever? Most definitely.
Pantene Volume Triple Action Mousse
While most volumizers focus on the roots, this editor favorite doesn’t discriminate; it thickens hair all over. Polymers fatten individual strands, root to tip, making hair appear fuller and thicker. As for the triple threat promised on the label? You can add humidity protection and medium hold to this mousse’s résumé, too.
Fat Hair “0” Calories Advanced Repair Formula Amplifying Hair Spray
A few spritzes of this volumizing hair spray and hair is turned up. OK, no, not literally pointed toward the sky. But it is lifted and plumped, with the kind of body you normally only see when watching a shampoo commercial. Given the light floral fragrance and brilliant shine, you might be tempted to overdo it with this spray; resist the urge, unless a dry, crunchy look is what you’re going for.
Wella Professionals Enrich Volumizing Shampoo for Fine to Normal Hair
It won’t exactly take your hair to new heights the way that a styling product can, but one lather and rinse with this luxurious hydrolyzed-silk formula and hair feels noticeably fuller—not to mention a hell of a lot smoother—than it did precleansing. Couple this shampoo with any one of the products on this list, and you’re well on your way to bouncy, va-va-voom volume.