best hair volumizer/root lifter?

4:12 pm - 01/03/2007
hi, I'm asking this question for my mom. she has really fine, thin hair with no life to it. she always wants more volume, but has NO idea on what products to use. she is a sucker for salespeople telling her which products they love....I'm always really skeptical whenever people try to sell stuff.

my hair is VERY VERY different from my mothers so I have no idea which products would be best. I've never used anything to give volume or lift.

SO--I was thinking you lovely people here could be of some help! :-)

what products would you recommend?

my mom remembers someone using the Big Sexy Hair, "such a tease: backcomb in a bottle" ....she really liked it. has anybody here used it? if its crap, can you recommend something better? (I searched "MakeupAlley and nobody had reviewed the product!)

does anybody know of a generic form of it?

I was thinking Sally Beauty Supply might have something similar but when I looked online I couldn't find anything specific that said "generic version of --". I could ask someone who works at sallys but a lot of times they aren't very good at helping me.

thank you so much! I know my mom will be psyched if I find a great product for her :-)

edit: my mom always blowdries her hair and it looks good at first but falls flat very quickly. she wants to learn new tricks on styling, but she gets lazy pretty easily and doesn't do much usually. (which is part of the reason her hair is so lack-luster)

sooo, any styling tips that are QUICK would be great too!
lgoin 4th-Jan-2007 12:48 am (UTC)
i have used Big Sexy Hair and it's been the only stuff to work on my disgustingly thin/flat hair. local salons usually sell it. the mousse works great (although it's about $16-$21 a bottle). BUT i have yet to find anything else that works as well as this stuff. :/
persephonesix 4th-Jan-2007 02:47 am (UTC)
thanks! what mousse are you referring to? which products from that line have you used and liked the best? the price is a bit much, which is why I asked about the generic forms, but if its a good product I'll just look around for the best price because my mom isn't the best shopper lol
lgoin 4th-Jan-2007 06:29 pm (UTC)

i used the Root Pump Plus. i hope it works for her. sometimes i think it just depends on the individual's hair. :/ also, when she blowdries upside down, use the coolshot button (hopefully she has one) because cold air "sets" the hair. and tease the hell out of it!! :D
boo40 hair care13th-Mar-2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
yes. i have the same kind of hair that your mom does. i know what she is going thu. you fix your haif and with in a few short hours is flat dull and life less. i have found some thing it dont cost lot of money under 5 dollars and it's panteen root lifter i use it and it's great spray on the roots of your hair when your hair is wet and blow dry last all day hope this helps sorry bout the miss spelled words..
blue_hours_too 4th-Jan-2007 02:09 am (UTC)
This is rather obvious but has she tried blow-drying on high with her hair upside down? I have fine hair as well and have done that successfully for a long time. If I want even more volume, I use some good quality "extra hold" hairspray on it as I go, with the hairdryer on low. All these other products such as foam and gels and voluminizer spray etc don't seem to work for me at all. All they do is make my hair all greasy and weird.
persephonesix 4th-Jan-2007 02:49 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure she has. she blowdries her hair every day. she has a problem with products causing her hair to get greasy or weighed down or flat ect...her hair is VERY fine
chelsi_loves_it 4th-Jan-2007 04:17 am (UTC)
Tell her to get Aussie Volumizing Foam/Leave In Conditioner and also Aussie Volume Hairspray. It works miracles on my hair, and my hair is pretty much the same as your moms. They are cheap too and smell delicious. Tell her to back-comb her hair. If she doesn't know how to do that, then you could show her, but she probably does since she probably lived through the 80's.
ahota84 4th-Jan-2007 05:17 am (UTC)
I use Big Sexy Hair too!!! I love it, it's the Root UpLifter in the HUUGE red bottle. Yeah, its 16 dollars a bottle but has lasted me with regular use over a year.

Although time consuming, teasing/back combing works amazingly well....

With very fine hair, she could use a dry volumizer that doesn't weigh hair down very much, Stila makes a wonderful smelling kind.
caliginous 4th-Jan-2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
She might do better getting rid of products with -cones in them. I've got fine thin hair too, and cones build up and weigh it down, and make it greasy looking fast. I expect the blow drying is adding to the greasy thing as well, it takes moisture away and her scalp is probably trying to compensate.

Have her try an apple cider vinegar rinse after she conditions. Use a diluteion of at least 4 parts water to 1 part vinegar, weaker is fine too. Rinse it through the hair well, and she can rinse out a little if she feels the need. The smell goes away when it dries. Her hair should be softer and lighter after that, and as long as she can stay -cone free she'll be fine.

If she still needs products, herbal essences volumising spray (when last I bought it, read the ingredients) was -cone, alcahol, butyl, and butane free. the alcahol etc dries hair out, and gets you back to oil production. She can also try making a lemongrass tea and spritzing that on her roots before she dries, or MOP has a lemongrass volumising spray that is amazing. Lemon grass inhibits oil production, so she won't get greasy as fast. It will require that she condition well (and/or go sulfate free in shampoo) or use an oil treatment weekly-ish though so her hair doesn't get really dry.
lalea878 fine hair ):8th-Apr-2012 02:13 pm (UTC)
I have very fine hair, each hair shaft is just thin! I have been using diamtress and have liked it best so far for a volumizing shampoo and then would use Tri-aero-infusion as a leave in product for volume. I notice the aero-infusion has alcohol in in and dont like that as it dries my already fragile hair! I was having my hair done and the stylist used a product called Osis Upload and scrunched my hair while she blew it dry on low setting. Not sticky and cant even feel it in my hair. It is supposedly all natural and it looks great! I can even do it like the stylist did which is uusual! (; I get confused as Nexxus also has a volumizing conditioner, headress which is a leave - in conditioner...on and many products! I want to find a routine and stick to it but do not have time to put 3 different products on my hair for 3 minutes each as I wash my hair daily
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