You know that midday slump? No, not that post-coffee or post-MSG crash you get at work (although yes, group hug, fans of the Great Chinese Takeout). For those living with fine, thin or stubbornly straight hair, that dreaded afternoon loss of steam can mean something else entirely. Having your locks literally give up on that carefully coiffed look after several hours—or worse, just right after your morning sprint to the office—can be a daily source of frustration, one that, till now, a lot of us have just learned to accept. And though mousse and hairspray do help, having a first line of defense right as you step in the shower, via a shampoo and the best volumizing conditioner for your needs, can make all the difference.
The Best Volumizing Conditioner for Different Hair Types
1. Normal Hair
Normal hair (what a concept!) has sheen, typically with a smooth and healthy look and feel. Void of split ends or other signs of damage like brittleness and porosity, it also has a tendency to fall flat, especially with straighter hair, due to a lack of texture. The best volumizing conditioner for this hair type is one that infuses hair with effortless body and volume, such as Suave Professionals Sea Mineral Infusion Moisturizing Body Conditioner. Used with the shampoo, the volumizing conditioner offers just the right amount of conditioning for a natural bounce, as well as a bit of texture for a healthy, beachy oomph.
2. Dry or Damaged Hair
Hair that’s been colored or otherwise chemically processed can be notoriously difficult to detangle, much less style. It’s also prone to breakage and split ends, and a lot of products that target these concerns can also weigh down the strand—leaving most of us in the real world in an exasperating Catch 22 situation. Thankfully, Bed Head by TIGI Epic Volume Styleshot Conditioner is kind enough to let us have our cake and eat it too: It’s humidity resistant (a must for frizz-prone damaged hair) and smoothens hair without the weight, giving you thick, voluptuous hair with a lightweight touch. Used with the shampoo, it also provides style memory and helps protect your new color from fading, because who says you can’t have it all?
3. Wavy or Curly
Women with wavy and curly hair are no strangers to an effective co-washing regimen. Cleansing conditioners are the foundation of most no-poo routines, which promise to clean hair with less friction and more nourishment and “slip” than regular shampoo systems. TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner is a cleansing conditioner that takes this revolutionary method one step further. Used before the shampoo (so it’s still a part of a system, for those sticklers who want a good cleanse but without the pouf), it has a bounce-friendly formula that actually binds to the cuticle to leave hair smooth and polished, even after shampooing. And hey, it’s safe for color-treated hair as well, and smells so delightfully fresh and light, just in case you were wondering.
Whether you’re born with a finer texture or have just begun noticing some thinning lately, fine hair comes with its own set of headaches, sparse-looking topknots the least of them. This hair type is prone to going limp the quickest due to a lack of fullness, which means that beehive you’ve always wanted to wear might need twice as much work on you than on those with thicker, coarser strands. In this case, it’s what’s on the inside that counts: The best conditioner for your needs is one that, when used with the shampoo, plumps the hair fibers themselves, which helps increase the diameter of each strand. Nexxus New York Salon Care Diametress Conditioner does just the thing, as well as smoothens, softens and rebuilds your hair’s strength from within.
Want some style inspiration that gives you va-va-volume? Check out these volumized hairstyles you can ask from your stylist.