Top 8 Styling Products for BIG Hair

As a member of the Beauty Spotlight Team, I’m wrapping up the “My Top” series. If you have read this blog for any length of time, you know of my hair woes. I hope this helps with some of YOUR hair troubles!

Conair John Frieda Hot Air Brush ($39.99) – 

is THE only tool (besides a hair dryer) I use on my hair. I’ve found through the years that this type of curling iron is the only thing that works for my thin, fine hair. For years I put up with a Revlon hot air brush that would get way too hot and leave my hair tangled. Thank goodness for the John Freida Conair Salon Shape Hot Air Brush!  The bristles are soft and pliable so they don’t hurt my scalp and don’t leave my hair in tangles. The John Freida Conair Hot Air Brush also has ionic technology that produces up to 50% more ions when compared to hot air brushes with natural ion sources, and delivers voluminous curls and waves. The 1″ ceramic barrel is perfect for my hairstyle. There are two heat settings, as well as a cool setting with 500 watts of power to help dramatically reduce frizz. After  ashing my hair, I use my Sultra hairdryer, leaving my hair damp then switch to the air brush (on the high setting) to finish drying and curling. Finally I give my roots a shot of cool air to add additional volume. The whole process takes about 10 minutes. I’ve noticed too, that my hair dries faster with this brush.

Not Your Mother’s Tease Me Hairspray ($5.99) – I was worried that this would weigh my hair down as most hair products seem to do, but I was pleasantly surprised that it doesn’t. It actually gives me some volume! Yay, I can ditch that stupid Bumpit!

She’s a Tease is infused with apple blossom and bamboo–I have no idea why or what this does for my hair, but it does makes the spray smell good. Originally created for up-do’s, it works great for my fine lifeless hair. I spray on the roots and then blow dry or use my curling iron and viola instant volume–and here’s the best part–it lasts! All for about $6 dollas.

Alterna Bamboo Beach Summer Ocean Waves Spray ($20) – gives me the volume I’ve craved well……nearly all my life! After trying 9,637 voluminizing hair products, who knew all I needed was salt water?? There’s a whole friggin’ ocean of it! Ah, grasshopper, but this is not just salt water…it has nourishing Tahitian coconut, milk and Brazilian Mango. There are no nasty sulfates, parabens or phthalates. It’s extremely lightweight and even has UVA/UVB protection to help combat the effects of sun and chlorine.  It’s not sticky and doesn’t make my hair crunchy.  This gives my hair the texture it naturally lacks and really boosts the volume.

Alterna Bamboo Beach Dream Waves Spray

Alterna Bamboo Beach Mango Coconut Refreshing Dry Shampoo ($20) smells so heavenly you may want to use it even when you HAVE washed your hair that day! It still has all the good stuff–eco-certified organic bamboo & Tahitian coconut and the UVA/UVB protection and none of the nasty stuff. I like that it doesn’t feel gritty in my hair or seem to leave a residue and leaves my hair feeling clean and refreshed.

Alterna Bamboo Beach Dr Shampooy

Mark Hill Love Big Hair! Collection – for those of us with fine or thin hair looking for more body and bounce. Both the shampoo and conditioner smells delicious and you only need a small amount of each to get your limp locks looking luscious.

Mark Hill Professional Hair Care

 Moroccanoil Root Boost ($29)  Root Boost is key to giving my fine hair more volume and bounce. After I towel dry, I spray on my roots and rub in at the scalp. The nourishing formula fortifies volume at the roots and lifts each strand to provide texture and shape. This formula also has argan oil in it to nourish the hair and scalp. I can see the volume immediately when blow drying my hair after using root boost and it’s doesn’t feel sticky in my hair. I’ve even used this on dry hair the next day to plump up my tresses and it works!

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Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse ($28) – first let me say I haven’t had good luck with most mousse’s (mice, meese)? Most do the opposite of what they are intended to do and weigh my hair down terribly. Most make my hair sticky and crunchy (soooo 80′s)! This formula is truly weightless and gives my hair an added boost in volume plus gives me texture for that “piecey” look. Do not overdo it with this mousse–I use about a quarter size for my whole head. I rub my hands together and run pieces of my hair between my hands where I want more texture and volume. I also use this to calm those new gray hairs that like to stand at attention in my part. Love this stuff and it’s smells divine!

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I hope this helps some of you with fine, thin or aging hair. Let me know what works for you in the comments!



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  • Hey Cindy, thanks for sharing your top picks! I don’t really look for volumizing products, but I have tried a Redken mousse that gives me a full head of mane (Volume 04 Full Effect Mousse)! Kerastase recently launched a new line of volumizing products as well, and I have a spray to test out. I’ll keep you posted about how it works!

    • Thanks Sunny, I’d like that!

  • Thanks for the tips! You’ve made me very curious about the dry shampoo 🙂

  • Arathael

    Thank you for this post!!! I am in the same boat with thin fine hair. This year I’ve started using the Topstyler to curl my hair and fake volume that way, along with a host of similar products. It’s made by Instyler that has the spinning barrel, I got both on eBay but with stick straight hair I don’t really need the Instyler. I put my hair up in the clips and do my makeup while it cools, yay multitasking!!! Otherwise would take me twice as long to do hair and makeup separately, I’ll bet…. I will keep an eye out for these products!

  • I just ran out of my NYM Kinky Moves cream. I will definitely pick up that hair spray when I go to ULTA later today!

  • I love ‘it’s a 10’ root volumizer. I buy it at Ulta. It’s pricy, but I have fine straight hair and love the all day volume I get from this product. A little goes a long way, best to use on almost dry hair at the roots …if you spray it on wet hair I find it hard to work my brush through my hair. I too have tried 100’s of different products over the years, this one hands down gives me volume. Also, have you tried the volumizing powders? These provide good texture too, I use sparingly as I hate how dry my scalp feels when I go to wash it, but great for special occasions. The one I use is from Big Sexy Hair… My friend uses this daily. The great thing about these two products is throughout the day, when your hair starts to flatten, you can just fluff it using you fingers… And voila, instand volume again… Without teasing.
    I want to look into the conair device you mentioned… Thanks for the review.

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