A bouncy blow-dry is one of life’s little perks, but a trip to the salon isn’t the only way to achieve a full-looking mane with heaps of volume. If the cold winter air has left your strands limp and lifeless, it might be time to make some changes in your haircare routine.
With the right products and treatments tacking dull, flat and lacklustre hair can be a simple task. We've put our heads together to find you the best of the bunch – so you can spend more time on feeling fabulous than zhuzhing throughout the day.
L'Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo
It all starts at the root. This lightweight shampoo is created with Filloxane, which penetrates the hair shaft and leaves hair looking fuller and healthier. The results from one use are immediately noticeable – and the longer you use the product, the thicker your hair will get.
£2.49, Boots, Buy it now
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray
For that slept-in look, Bumble and Bumble’s thickening spray is second to none. It provides height and texture without feeling sticky, while creating a barrier against heat damage. It also works a treat on flyaways and frizz. Simply spray on to damp hair before styling – a little goes a long way.
£23, Space NK, Buy it now
Shu Uemura Volume Maker
A root-boosting powder that comes in the form of a makeup-brush. In a handbag-friendly size, it’s ideal for adding body and shape to thin or fine hair. The feather-light formula is completely invisible on all hair colours and can be used to refresh your blow dry. Stroke on a small amount and gently backcomb for extra volume.
£25, Feel Unique, Buy it now
Vo5 Plump It Up Amplifying Volume Blow Dry Lotion
Part of Vo5’s aptly-named ‘Plump It Up’ collection, this spray-on lotion offers a long-lasting bounce and protection from damage caused by heating tools. Unlike most blow dry treatments, this formula is light enough to be used on fine hair and leaves locks with a healthy shine. Spray on damp hair and comb through before styling.
£4.40, Boots, Buy it now
Aussie Aussome Volume Miracle Dry Shampoo
When you’re strapped for time but need a boost, mist this baby into your roots to perk up limp hair and amp up your style between washes. It provides movement and texture while conditioning hair with Jojoba Seed Extract. Not to mention, it smells incredibly divine. Massage in product before brushing out.
£3, Boots, Buy it now
Aveda Volumizing Tonic
This sweet-smelling tonic, enriched with wheat amino acids, works deep into the follicle to leave hair with weightless volume and a healthy gleam. Ideal for fine and medium hair, its formula is also packed with aromatic essential oils that will uplift your senses. For best results, spray directly on to scalp area while hair is damp and blow dry with a round brush.
£18, John Lewis, Buy it now
Remington Keratin Therapy Round Brush
Not a fan of hair rollers? This volumizing brush from Remington is created with keratin-infused nylon bristles that promote strong and healthy locks, while a ceramic finish helps speed up drying time. From soft waves to bouncy curls, it’s a great tool for achieving salon styles in little time.
£10, Amazon, Buy it now
Batiste XXL Volumising Plumping Powder
The UK’s hugely popular Batiste, best known for its award-winning dry shampoo, know a thing or two about turning limp hair into va-va-voluminous tresses. This weightless powder is a simple way to create an amplified effect and will keep big hairstyles in place for hours on end. Sprinkle a small amount on to roots or your finished style.
£4, Boots, Buy it now
Redken Full Effect Mousse
While most hair mousse can leave your hair feeling sticky and crunchy, Redken’s Full Effect, enriched with Vitamin E, offers conditioned volume without residue and allows freedom of movement. It also contains UV filters that protect your locks from environmental aggressors.
£10.80, Look Fantastic, Buy it now
Dove Oxygen Moisture Root Lift Spray
Designed to delicately smooth hair without adding weight, Dove’s root-lifting spray is ideal for fine hair. Its formula is packed with oxygen-fused ingredients to create just the right balance of moisture and volume, so you’re just a spritz away from a healthy mane full of bounce. Use on wet or dry hair.
£7, Amazon, Buy it now
For an instant lift on the go, our top pick has to be Aussie’s Aussome Volume Miracle Dry Shampoo. It quickly adds bounce and freshness to limp second-day locks, while providing a nourished appearance. Its sumptuous smell is also worth a mention.