For those of us not blessed with thick, voluminous hair, it’s always been the classic case of you want what you can’t have.
Whether it’s genetic or due to stress, postpartum thinning or the results of an unhealthy diet, having fine hair is a common concern that has become exacerbated by all the chaos of the last few years.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Google trends has seen a 60 per cent increase in searches for hair thickening products over the last 12 months. Many of us have noticed our hair getting finer and lacking the va va voom volume that we once knew and loved.
But while the hair growth supplements, lotions and potions are getting underway, there are some quick fixes that you can do to plump up your roots. In some case, these are not long-lasting solutions but instead are quick-fix products that you can add to your hair care routine to coat the fibres, bulk up the strands and transform flat and lifeless locks into the enviable fuller head of hair of your dreams in a seemingly miraculous fashion.
Whereas others are products encourage faster growth, bring density and protect against damage - be it chemical, thermal or environmental.
Be wary not to incorporate products that are too heavy as this may have the opposite effect and actually weigh down your tresses even further. Sprays, serums and mousses are the textures that you need to have on your radar in order to bring thickness and give your locks a boost from root to tip.
See below for our selection of the best hair-raising thickening products.
Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray
Bumble and bumble’s invisible product is designed to be applied onto dry hair for instant body and texture. With its aerosol applicator, it creates airy styles that helps with future styling thanks to the powerhouse combination of wheat protein, silk powder and sunflower extract that enhance manageability and protect from damage.
When you have fresh shampooed locks and any form of heated look falls flat, call in this product to bring long-lasting hold without a sticky residue or weighing it down. Your locks will stay in place, and look luscious and bouncy - what more can you want?
Buy now £19.20, FeelUnique
Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Spray
Thicker, fuller locks need not be a pipe dream. A quick spritz of this product and you’ll have a bouncy boost in an instant. It’s lightweight and has a lovely aroma, while also upping the body, especially for fine, thinner hair types. The product contains a cocktail of pea peptides, rice and flax proteins and amaranth seed extract that bring lustre and give an immediately noticeable thicker look.
Coming particularly appreciated by those who have experienced hair loss, you’ll find your mane looking bouncier and more voluminous from root to strand.
Buy now £25.00, lookfantastic
Oribe Maximista thickening spray
When you have fine hair, the covetable loose beach waves style feels like an impossibility - until now. This thickening spray not only offers a luxurious experience, but when sprayed in layers, gives a lustrous blow-dried look that holds throughout the night, offering volume and depth at the same time.
Apply onto damp hair and it nourishes the strands and protects against the likes of heat as well as pollution so that styling devotees can curl, dry and straighten to their heart’s delight without exacerbating the fine appearance. Edelweiss flower and watermelon contained within the formula shield the keratin and leave locks feeling silky smooth.
Buy now £33.00, Space NK
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
This serum differs from many of the other products on this list as it is not the instant boost that the others offer. Instead, apply the concentrated formula onto your scalp and lengths for an extended period of time and it works to add density to your locks.
Recommended by hair stylists the world over, the results are a thicker, fuller and healthier head of hair, especially when paired with supplements. It is lightweight but does leave the hair looking slightly greasy after use so is best applied at night before hair wash day. It combines a whole host of trademarked complexes as well as AnaGain and caffeine. Slow and steady wins the race.
Buy now £15.80, lookfantastic
Living Proof Full Dry Volume & Texture Spray
Back to more immediate voluminous hits and it’s the powerhouse label Living Proof that has got the spray our thin hair has been calling for. We are already huge fans of the brand’s dry shampoo (and that works well to bring the texture and a boost to roots), but the Dry Volume & Texture Spray takes it to the next level.
It packs a serious punch. Spray the formula and the molecules attach to your locks to add dimension and texture without leaving any casts or residue. Best applied to clean hair, use in the styling process to set the foundation for bouncy locks that will last till after dark. While it’s a treat to fine hair types, it can be used on thick hair and for those with curls to breathe new life into any flat mane.
Buy now £28.00, Cult Beauty
Shu Uemura The Art Of Styling Awa Volume Volume Mousse
When a bad hair day arises and you need to add an extra oomph into your regime, Shu Uemura’s Awa Volume Volume should be ready and waiting in your haircare collection. Forget the mousse textures of your childhood, this formula won’t leave your hair feeling crunchy. You’ll find the opposite, in fact, with just volume and shine. Apply on towel dried hair and use your hands to encourage the style of your choice. It feels lightweight and non-sticky but has serious hold.
Buy now £16.35, FeelUnique
Philip Kingsley Density Thickening protein spray
Philip Kingsley’s Density range does what it says on the tin. It’s a collection of products designed specifically for thickening fine and fragile hair types, encouraging growth and preventing breakages in a preventative way.
The formula of this protein spray combines a unique pea peptide to give more texture to your style and enhance volume right from the source. There’s also gavar bean seed extract, panthenol, and yeast extract for conditioning and to shield against external aggressors including thermal damage. Best of all, it has an instant effect so the thick, plumped up locks of your dreams may be just a few spritzes away.
Buy now £36.00, lookfantastic
Color Wow Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer
Give your ‘do the va va voom effect with this voluminising product from the experts at Color Wow. One of the most lauded formulas on the market, it is clear why this is a favourite with Chris Appleton - the stylist behind the manes of Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian.
When your hair is looking limp and tired, the featherweight polymers turn them on their head, encouraging a fuller appearance and a smooth finish. The addition of bamboo extract brings hydration and the formula is free from any alcohol or salt that can cause drying and thus frizz.
Buy now £23.00, lookfantastic
Aveda Invati Advanced Thickening Foam
Spray in a new era of thicker, healthier hair with this foam hair treatment from Aveda. All day results, it fortifies the condition of thin or thinning lengths with a liquid to foam texture. Each strand is dosed in the supercharged formula that is 96 per cent naturally derived and contains the likes of alma and rice protein for its lock-plumping effects. Bring out the tongs, blow-dry or straightening iron as it also acts as a heat-protecting formula and works to tame static and frizz.
Buy now £9.00, Space NK
BeautyBio Rejuvenating Scalp + Fuller Hair Therapy
You may be familiar with microneedling when it comes to your facial routine, but BeautyBio has incorporated similar technology into a product for hair. The pain-free device works to stimulate your scalp, which in turn encourages hair growth by reviving the follicles and removing any build-up. It also results in a better absorption of the hair products to follow and so can be used in tandem with the formulas above as well as the brand’s own Healthy Scalp Serum that comes alongside the tool. Use around one to two times a week and you should start to see the impact in a month or two.
Buy now £199.20, Current Body