How do you add major volume to flat hair? The best new volumizing products to cross our desks these days aren't sprays but hair-plumping powders. Because of their consistency and excellent grip, powder volumizers can create more volume and texture than their spray-on counterparts. They're like your dry shampoo, volumizing mousse and texturizing spray all packaged into one miraculous, body-boosting product. And while they might be a little messy until you get the hang of them, the massive volume and sexy texture are well worth the learning curve.
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To Pump Up Your Ponytail
Michael Dueñas, Schwarzkopf Professional Brand Ambassador, calls OSiS+ Session Label Dust It Flex, $25, "back-combing in a bottle." He says texture powders absorb oil at the roots, while giving strands a slightly gritty, lived-in feel. They're great for locking in updos and giving hair volume without weighing it down. This one's made with lava rock and silica, and a little goes a long way -- just tap it onto your roots and rub it in with your fingertips.
My ponytail was left looking tousled with tons of volume, instead of hanging limply against my scalp like it normally does. Just don't expect to be running your fingers through your hair -- at all.
The Do-It-All Texture Powder
L'Oréal Professionnel True Grip Texturizing Powder, available in salons, is superversatile. It creates just the right amount of hold for updos, adds edgy oomph when applied at the roots, gives hair Dallas-esque volume (in a good way) when you flip your hair over and apply it to the roots underneath and gives hair piece-y texture when applied only to the ends. Consider all your fine hair complaints solved.
You sprinkle it over your hair, and then rub it in like you're using a traditional shampoo (thus eliminating the possibility of noticeable powder specks). Unlike the other texture powders, it won't make your hair sticky (I could run my fingers from roots to ends without them getting stuck). Plus, it soaks up oil just as well as your favorite dry shampoo.
One word of warning: Do not apply this product directly to your hair. Sprinkle it onto your hands and rub them together until it morphs into a slightly tacky pomade. Rub this completely biodegradeable, vegan and environmentally friendly styling product into your roots for volume, or use a tiny bit on your ends to get a separated, piece-y look.