Gentle Volumizing Products for Fine Hair

If you have fine hair, you know how frustrating it is to get volume into your hair.  Finding the right product to give your hair body and movement can also be a challenge. Volumizing products are supposed to lift fine hair from the roots to achieve a thicker and denser hair look. Proper care and styling can also help to increase the appearance of fullness.

Today’s market offers a wide selection of products made specifically for individuals with fine hair. Your biggest challenge is figuring out what products will work for your fine tresses and what products you should avoid.

Always choose lightweight products formulated for fine-textured hair. Lightweight styling products will lift your hair from the scalp for more pronounced volume, while still keeping a natural look. These products also help tame frizz and flyaways while giving your hair holding power for lasting voluminous hairstyles.

Opt for natural, toxin-free products to prevent scalp irritation and exposing your hair to chemicals. Chemicals from personal care products can be absorbed into your body through the skin and respiratory system, causing toxic effects. Haircare products such as hairsprays may affect the quality of indoor air and expose you and your family to health-damaging pollutants. These pollutants may linger a long time after application, increasing the chances that you will inhale them.

Avoid products that are not designed for your hair texture. Products that are formulated to smooth coarse hair may not be appropriate for fine hair. Stay away from oil-based products, as they can add weight to fine hair and make it look flatter.

To start with, select a volumizing shampoo specifically designed for fine or limp hair.  The range of volumizing hair products also includes body-building mousses, dry shampoos, root amplifiers, and volumizing hair sprays.  Let’s take a closer look at volumizing products designed for styling fine hair:

Volumizing Shampoos

Volumizing shampoos contain special ingredients that can make fine and flat hair look fuller. Many of these shampoos are formulated with wheat, rice, and silk proteins that literally coat your strands for a thicker look.

Opt for a shampoo that is formulated with mild cleansers and natural hair thickening ingredients. Such shampoo will invigorate fine and limp hair with volume and bounce while working to improve your hair’s health.

Look for shampoos that are translucent (or clear) and steer away from creamy shampoos. Creamy shampoos are too heavy and have a tendency to weigh your hair down, whereas clear shampoos work better for people with fine hair.


1. L’ANZA Healing Volume Thickening Shampoo is formulated with keratin amino acids and natural bamboo extract to boost volume and thickness and provide the lift to fine, flat, or thinning hair.

This thickening shampoo gently removes excess oil that can weigh hair down, leaving your hair full, bouncy, and easy to style. It is formulated without sulfates, parabens, and gluten and is also suitable for color-treated hair.

This shampoo comes with the matching conditioner which is formulated with natural bamboo extract and keratin amino acids to increase the fiber diameter and boost volume to fine, thin, and flat hair.

On the other hand, L’ANZA Healing Volume Thickening Conditioner promises to increase hair thickness by up to 55%, without leaving it feeling greasy or weighed down. Don’t use this conditioner if you have keratin-treated hair because it contains sodium chloride in its formula.

2. Davines VOLU Shampoo has mild clarifying properties to be capable of removing product build-up from your hair.

It is suitable for fine hair types and is ideal for people who use a lot of styling products, which makes their hair feel limp and greasy. The formula includes turnip extract, which is responsible for giving body and volume to hair.

The mixture of mild cleansers dissolves product buildup and removes all impurities to leave your hair clean, bouncy, and with increased volume. The shampoo itself doesn’t leave any residue on the hair.

It has a fresh and light floral scent.

Dry Shampoos for Adding Volume to Hair

Fine hair will become flat if not shampooed regularly in order to maintain freshness and bounce.  Unfortunately, in some cases, too-frequent shampooing can lead to dry, flyaway, and unmanageable hair. You can solve the problem by using a dry shampoo.  Dry shampoo absorbs excess oil, impurities, and product build-up while leaving hair with an extra boost of natural-looking volume. This product is an excellent solution for someone with a busy schedule.

Simply spray, or shake, a generous amount of dry shampoo into the roots and massage with your fingers.  Start by concentrating the shampoo at the root area, then spray all over the rest of your hair for increased texture and volume.

Brand: Dry Shampoo Volume Powder is a cruelty-free and organic product and a good alternative to aerosol dry shampoos. It is made without harmful chemicals, so you can feel good about using it on your scalp and hair. It takes away the grease and adds instant volume to your style.

This dry shampoo is suitable for all hair colors and is especially convenient for traveling.

It has a mild lavender scent that fades quickly.

Volumizing Mousses

Hair mousse is a foamy styling product used to create more body while keeping your hair the way you styled it. Hair mousse is a must-have styling product for people with fine hair, as it offers a long-lasting body that fine hair desperately needs. Hair mousse is also lighter compared to other styling products that can weigh down fine hair or leave “crunchy” deposits behind.

Hair mousse works best when worked through damp hair. You can either allow your hair to dry naturally for voluminous waves or blow dry it for an added lift and volume.

When choosing hair mousse, opt for a lighter formula that gives a volume and texture your hair without leaving it stiff.  

Aveda Phomollient Refill Styling Foam is formulated with flower and plant extract to provide flexible hold and add a boost of volume to fine hair. It also conditions hair, keeps your hair frizz-free, and adds a beautiful shine. Add to damp hair to help with detangling and prepare your hair for a full-body blow-out.

Volumizing Hair Sprays

This popular hair product is designed especially for full-bodied, blow-dried hairstyles. When choosing hairspray, opt for one that does not have harsh chemicals, but does have natural ingredients that will help thicken fine strands.

If you have fine hair, consider a lightweight spray that offers enough holding power and volume, but allows your hair to move naturally. Use as little as possible to hold the hair in shape while still keeping a natural look after spraying.

Hairspray is a personal product that is used on a daily basis. It is advisable to choose a toxin-free product because you leave it on the hair and breathe in during and after application.

Verb Volume Spray is a gentle and lightweight spray that promises immediate lift, more volume, and touchable hold. The formula uses hydrolyzed proteins and sunflower seed extract to add fullness and bounce to your hair.

Volume Hair Gels

PHILIP B Styling Gel is a multi-purpose soft-hold gel that enhances shine and texture and adds fullness and manageability to hair. Gel also increases hair strength and gives you long-lasting hold and a flake-free style.

To boost volume, apply a dab of the product to freshly washed hair prior to blow-drying, focusing on the roots and the midshaft of your hair.

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Root Lifters

Root lifters work great for hair that needs an extra lift at the roots in order to achieve a voluminous look.  Root-lifting products raise the hairs of the scalp, helping fine and flat hair look fuller and thicker.

Goldwell Style Sign Double Boost 4 Root Lift Spray is a highly effective root lifter. It contains bamboo proteins and a blend of vitamins and antioxidants to provide fullness and lift to fine and flat hair and make it feel thicker and stronger.

Blonde girl after applying a volumizing product

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  1. I really appreciate this article because I struggle with very fine hair, as I get older and am losing hair. I definitely need healthy, safe alternatives that don’t weigh my hair down!!!

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