No Joke: These Are Best Hair Thickeners for Thin Strands

Updated 08/12/19

"Fine," "thin," "limp," "lifeless"… These are all words we'd like to banish from our hair vocabulary forever, thank you very much. Everyone yearns for naturally voluminous hair: No matter the season, big hair will always be in, no questions asked. But just because you weren't born with naturally thick hair doesn't mean you can't fake it till you make it. To help you trade limp for luscious—thin for thick, lifeless for vivacious (okay, we'll stop now)—we're sharing the ultimate roundup of thickening, fattening, volume-boosting products.

From mousses to sprays, and everything in between, keep scrolling for 25 Byrdie-approved hair thickening products for fuller strands.

Tresemmé 24-Hour Body Foaming Mousse $5

If you love styling your hair, this product is the key to killer volume that lasts all day. The foam works in tandem with your heat tools to maintain body and bounce, however you choose to style your tresses. Plus the lightweight texture of the mousse gives your hair a light, fluffy look without feeling sticky or stiff. 

Kerastase Materialiste Thickening Spray Gel
Kérastase Materialiste Thickening Spray Gel $28

Don't let the name "spray gel" scare you away from giving this product a try. Not at all sticky, crunchy, or heavy, this thickening spray is light enough to use on baby fine hair. The formula, which is packed with hair-strengthening ingredients, works by thickening each strand to give life to hair that usually falls flat.

SexyHair Big Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder
SexyHair Big Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder $17

Fine hair and flat strands typically go hand in hand. If this sounds like your hair, you need a product to build up the texture on your otherwise slippery strands. This powder adds just the right amount of grit necessary for building volume and faking thickness.

R+Co RODEO STAR Thickening Style Foam
R+Co Rodeo Star Thickening Style Foam $32

Forget everything you know about crunchy, flaky hair mousse of the past. This foam contains provitamin B5, aloe vera leaf extract, and kiwi fruit extract to keep the hair healthy, hydrated, and touchable (read: not dry and crispy). Apply it to damp strands before blow-drying to add density and thickness to the hair without weighing it down.

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts
Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts $53

You might not know what a volumizing paste is yet, but once you give this product a try, you'll never know how you lived without one. Use a tiny scoop of the gritty formula, which contains rassoul clay, in place of your traditional shampoo to build volume and thickness even while you shower.

Not Your Mother's lump For Joy Thickening Shampoo
Not Your Mother's Plump For Joy Thickening Shampoo $6

Fans of this haircare brand obsess over the affordable prices, the delicious scents, and the impressive results of the products, and this thickening shampoo formula is no different. For just $6, you can get all the volume and lift of a salon blowout for a fraction of the cost.

Atonic Thickening Spritz
O&M Atonic Thickening Spritz $26

With heat protection built in, this pomegranate-scented formula is the answer to all our hair styling needs. The spray is infused with aloe vera, lillypilly, keratin, and coconut oil, all plumping, natural ingredients that help build and boost volume and texture in fine hair.

Briogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Conditioner $24

This dual-action conditioner creates the appearance of voluminous hair thanks to the natural sugar derivative maltodextrin in its formula that coats the individual strands to thicken their diameter. Plus the no-alcohol recipe is designed to increase growth over time rather than cause dullness or damage. Your hair will thank you later.

Full Thickening Cream 1.8 oz/ 53 mL
Living Proof Full Thickening Cream $28

Living Proof has mastered the art of personalized styling products, especially when it comes to texture, and this cream is no exception. It's formulated with the brand's patented thickening molecule, which connects individual hair strands with thickening dots so your hair feels naturally fuller. Not to mention the hint of conditioner that leaves your hair nourished and soft. Trust us, this styling cream will quickly replace the plethora of products in your cabinet.

Thickening Dryspun Volume Texture Spray 3.6 oz/ 150 mL
Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish $31

Most of us crave the beloved beachy waves often seen on off-duty models. And thanks to Bumble and Bumble, we have a better chance of achieving them. Enter the dry, translucent finishing spray we would recommend to everyone and their mother. Seriously—no one should miss out on the airy, effortless texture and fullness this product guarantees. Whether you're refreshing a blowout, adding texture to an updo, or just boosting some second-day hair, this thickening spray has you covered.

Schwarzkopf Osis+ Session Label Dust It Flex $10

Want texture? A matte finish? Flexible volume? Just add Dust It Flex. Meet the perfect product when you need to make second-day hair more "I woke up like this." Sculpt and style to your heart's desire with this fragrant powder to ensure street style–worthy locks every day.

Bed Head Motor Mouth Mega Volumizer with Gloss
Bedhead Motor Mouth Mega Volumizer With Gloss $23

If you prefer a shiny gloss finish to your hair and hate the number of products it takes to get there, this is a godsend. Step one: Apply to wet hair. Step two: Style as usual. Step three: Be amazed at the results. Your hair will have incredible volume, and thanks to the added UV glow in the formula, your luscious locks will have a luminous sheen to them as well.

Cerafill Defy Scalp Energizing Treatment For Normal To Thin Hair
Redken Cerafill Defy Scalp Energizing Treatment $40

Ever noticed more hair than usual collecting in the shower drain (or any other signs of thinning hair)? Give this treatment a try for some much-needed relief. Its formula is concocted to prevent breakage, benefit scalp health, and promote hair growth. Plus, thanks to the nozzle, it's easy to apply—especially when targeting specific areas.

Uka Wake Up Treatment $38

With hydrogenated grape seed, argan oil, squalane, and macadamia nut oil, this treatment is one of the many products from Uka's haircare line that is greatly derived from natural, raw materials. The all-natural plant-based formula works to add luster and moisture to the hair, leaving your strands full and shiny without the heaviness—no risk of damaging toxins here.

Triple Sec 3-in-1 1.67 oz
Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1 $26 $13

Drybar is a total lifesaver. From the amazing blowouts to the standout styling, we can thank this brand for helping us all a have a few extra good hair days when we need it most. For the days when you can't make it into the salon, this three-in-one spray is a must. A few mists revitalize your strands with instant texture, volume, and body. Whether you're new to Drybar or a seasoned vet, this product is definitely worth trying.

Sans Volumising Hair Hydratant $25

With ingredients like phyto keratin and vitamin B5, this hydratant targets the hair cuticle directly to strengthen and protect your hair from within. The nontoxic, light formula from Sans adds a true thickness to your hair and leaves your strands feeling as full as they look. The result? Natural, effortless texture to boot.

Space. nk. apothecary Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray
Oribe Maximista Thickening Spray $39

Oribe is constantly adding new formulas to its collection of buzzy products, but this thickening spray endures as a cult favorite. And it's not hard to see why: You can protect your ends and lift your roots with this amazing double-duty spray. A few quick spritzes before styling is just enough to create amazing volume that holds for the rest of the day.

Thickening Tonic
Aveda Thickening Tonic $30

For anyone whose hair texture falls somewhere in the middle of thick and thin, have no fear. This tonic is for all hair types and works wonders across the board to help add volume. With the help of Aveda's 97% naturally derived formula (from plants, nonpetroleum minerals, or water), add instant thickness without leaving a sticky residue on your strands. Plus, not only does this product add lift, but it also helps smooth and add shine.

Josh Rosebrook Lift Hair Texture and Volume $24

This product leaves hair with a matte, natural finish and weightless texture. And here's an added bonus for those of us who love a good natural product: Our latest obsession is toxin-free. Formulated with organic yucca plant and active herbal infusions, this thickening product creates natural protection and expansion to your hair that helps it grow. For the best results, spray at the roots and comb through to evenly distribute throughout the hair.

Kérastase V.I.P. Volume in Powder $28

In addition to the clever name, there is so much to love about this invisible spray. With the help of this product, you're going to have touchable, styled texture that stays in place without feeling stiff. It's great for second-day styling, with no risk of white residue.

Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo
Sachajuan Thickening Shampoo $28

We'd even dare to say that after one shower with this smoothing, thickening formula, you'll be hooked. Point being, this shampoo is formulated with the best of the best ingredients (like antioxidants and algae extracts) to fortify and texturize thinning hair.

Fructis Style Mega Full Thickening Lotion, All Hair Types, 5 oz. (Packaging May Vary)
Garnier Fructis Mega Full Thickening Lotion $5

The best-value product on our list, this thickening lotion creates body that is soft to the touch and has natural movement with a few quick sprays. Generally ideal for thinner hair, this can also be for anyone who wants long-lasting shine and added bounce in their strands—so pretty much all of us.

Diametress Luscious Volumizing Shampoo
Nexxus Diametress Luscious Volumizing Shampoo $14

Limp hair, begone, thanks to this miracle worker. Nexxus's formula gradually releases strengthening ceramides, replenishing nutrients, antioxidants, and UV protectors to create hair with amazing body that looks as healthy as it feels (sans the feeling of product coating your strands).

Texturizing Hair Spray 4.5 oz
Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray $26 $12

Part hair spray, part dry shampoo, this ultra-lightweight double-duty product is the key to indulging our beauty fantasies of cool-girl hair. The oil-absorbing hair spray builds volume and leaves your tresses with perfect, model-off-duty texture longer than a regular dry shampoo would. Need we say more?

Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo
Ogx Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo $8

If you run the risk of greasiness with a drop of too much product, skip the aftercare and start your routine in the shower. This gel quickly erupts into a sudsy foam as you massage your scalp, a plus for anyone who likes to see and feel their shampoo working. Not to mention the fusion of vitamin B7 and collagen in this velvety shampoo formula works wonders to add dimension and fullness to lifeless hair.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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