When you have ultra-fine hair, greasy roots and ponytails are a fact of life, even after a fresh wash. Day two usually kicks off with harboured moments of hate and sometimes a hat, and there’s usually no such thing as day three. But as someone who wasn’t genetically blessed with bouncy Disney princess-like locks, I’m pretty good at faking it when I want to.
The key to faking it wasn’t an easy discovery. In fact, in my short 24 years, I’ve gone to great lengths to try to give my flat hair some body, all the while doing some serious damage: permanent wave treatments, clip-in extensions, impulsive haircuts involving layers, bobs, bangs and even shaved undercut sides, skipping conditioner and daily heat styling. So yeah, I know the struggle is real.
Volumizing styling products and leave-in treatments may seem like the most obvious first remedy, but the truth is, for myself and others who have the same flat hair problems, a lot of products that promise to deliver bodacious volume can sometimes weigh hair down (hence why I sometimes skip conditioner altogether).
With that being said, I was surprisingly shocked to discover the key to faking and achieving the hair of my dreams was packaged in a bottle — five bottles, actually. Believe it or not, these five hair products instantly transform my hair and deliver tons of bounce and body up until day three, all without heavy greasy roots and lifeless ends. Read more about these life-changing products here:
Unlike traditional conditioners, the John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner, is, as its name suggests, clear. The Core Restore Conditioner was designed with a protein-strength complex to help strengthen hair and to hold your style. The super-weightless formula conditions, detangles and easily absorbs into hair instead of coating it, leaving your hair feeling full, bouncy and clean.
Prevent lifeless bedhead from last night’s wash with this nourishing blow-dry primer. Designed to reduce drying time, the Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Cream protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees, prevents breakage and gives hair amazing body without weighing it down. Apply to damp hair to be primed and ready for blow drying and heat styling and wake up with healthy, full-looking hair.
Achieving effortless beachy volume has never been easier with the IGK Beach Club Texture Spray. What makes this hairspray the best is its cool, matte-finish. Simply spray onto wet or dry hair to hold style and deliver volume and body, without the sticky and sometimes crunchy feel of typical hairsprays. And because of its matte finish, you can even spray directly onto your roots for the ultimate lift.
Strong and voluptuous hair begins at the scalp. Formulated with grape extract, hyaluronic acid and acacia collagen, Phyto Phytodensia Plumping Serum plumps up hair as it fortifies weak strands. Gently massage the non-oily serum on a wet or dry scalp and then style as usual. The serum instantly absorbs into the scalp(!), so you never have to worry about slick roots.
For a product that’s super affordable, Garnier Ends Plumper Amplifying Serum does a kickass job of transforming your limp strands into shiny, wispy and luscious hair. For the full effect after styling, apply from mid-lengths to the ends.