Texturizing Hair Powder

Scoring thick, textured hair normally calls for layering products, heat, and--in desperate times--backcombing. Thankfully you can skip all that and just use volume powder. Seem too easy? The above formulas don’t just soak up oil, they add grip, boost your roots, and immediately make hair look dramatically fuller. But be careful, like wax or hair oil, with even just a little too much you’ll end up with product overload. So start light, and use on your crown if you’re wearing your hair down. Want to wear your hair up? Volume powder adds enough grip to cut your bobby pin needs in half. Work the powder down from your roots to mid-length. Your locks will be easier to manipulate and stay in place longer.

L’Oreal Professionnel’s True Grip Texturizing Powder ($17) and Sexy Hair’s Big Sexy Hair Power Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder ($16) allow for the lightest application. Hold the bottle upright, aiming slightly at your roots, and gently squeeze to make a small puff of product appear. Let it land on your roots.

The above formulas are very similar--they’re mostly made of silica--but if you have thick hair try Brazilian Blowout’s Instant Volume Body Boost Powder ($24) or Matrix's Design Pulse Mega Dust ($15)--both formulas give a slightly denser texture. Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Teasing Dust ($23) is somewhere in the middle in terms of hold, and has a light, fresh scent. Not Your Mother’s Girl Powder Volumizing Hair Powder ($6) is the strongest of the bunch, so trust us when we say a little goes a long way!