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The Best Volumizing Conditioner
Next to using a volumizing shampoo, it would make pretty good sense to add to this using a volumizing conditioner. Right?
In this article, I’ll explain what a good conditioner is and how you can benefit from this, plus I’ll list a number of well-rated (according to Amazon) products.
A Volumizing Conditioner is Not Always a Necessity
This might sound like a strange statement, to begin with, but let’s be honest: very often you do not need a conditioner. In most cases, and with most people with flat, lame hair, a shampoo that will add (some) volume to your hair will be plenty enough. Just thought I’d make that clear
What Is It?
Volume adding conditioners are supposed to be the icing on the cake when it comes to hair care. Most often a conditioner is applied after shampooing and will be the last thing you rinse out. After which you would dry your hair. However, there are also products that you actually leave in your hair.
There are a number of typical ingredients in conditioners:
- De-tanglers: a substance used as a sort of coating over your hair, making it more manageable.
- So-called “Reconstructors“, containing hydrolyzed protein. What they do is penetrate the hair and thereby strengthening its inner structure, giving it more volume.
- Acidifiers: these maintain the conditioner fluid at a constant PH of 3.5.
- Thermal protectors: help in protecting your hair against too much heat (from a blow dryer for instance).
- Anti-static ingredients: do what they say they do.
- Moisturizers: does what it says.
- Specific oils: this will typically help people with very dry hair since the oil will be absorbed by the dry hair.
Who Should Use It?
Haircare products like conditioners are best used for people who want to have more volume in their hair (obviously), and people with really fine hair.
Also, people with curly hair can really benefit because using a conditioner will make your hair much better manageable in any case (whether you want more volume or not).
The last category of people who will benefit are people with thinning hair (see another article on this website about hair re-growth shampoo). If you have thinning hair, you can use a volume adding shampoo in combination with a good conditioner for maximum effect.
What are the Best Brands
Most big brands (and in fact also little brands) will carry a full line of hair care products, including conditioners. Here are a few popular ones:
- Pantene Pro-V® Fine Hair Solutions Volume Conditioner
- L’Oreal Paris EverPure Volume Conditioner
- Keranique Volumizing Conditioner
- NEXXUS Diametress Luscious Volume Conditioner
- Yes To Volumizing Conditioner, Tomatoes (it’s really called like this!)
Most users of these products are very happy with them. Someone actually called the Yes Conditioner a “Life safer“.
To show you that you can actually pay quite a bit of money for a conditioner, here’s the most expensive one I could find:
- Volume Advance Volumizing Conditioner (For Fine Limp Flat Hair)
For a 33.8oz bottle, you pay a little over $83
Other Products to Consider for More Volume
There are even more products on the market today, next to shampoos that add volume and hair conditioners.
Here are just a few:
- Hair sprays: usually not very good for your hair; they force your hair into a certain position by adding sticky, aggressive chemicals to it.
- Hair serums: potentially beneficial, but also potentially very expensive. Whenever a hair care product carries the word “serum” the price triples if not more. While the benefits are often very overstated.
- Gels: usually not as aggressive as a spray, and used for the same reason: to fixate your hair in a certain position. If it leaves a so-called “wet look” it is usually not very suitable for people with thin hair, since wet hair gives the appearance of having less hair than you actually have.
- Mousse: possible the best 3rd option to consider if you’re looking to create more volume in your hair. An added benefit is that it will make your hair a bit firmer (but not as much as a spray or gel).
A Final Word of Caution
Whenever you see a TV ad with the words “Clinically Proven” or “Clinically Tested“, be very careful and cautious. Why? The fact that it is clinically tested does not tell you what the outcome is. Maybe the guinea pigs all lost their hair?
The clinically proven claim is also shaky because it says nothing about how many people it was tested. If it works for one person, it does not mean it works for every one…
Other Stuff You Might Want to Read:
- Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Combined
- Adding Volume to Your Hair Using a Blow Dryer
- Different Hair, Different Products, Different Shampoos for Curly Hair
- Applying Shampoos Correctly