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Video:How to Pick a Volumizing Shampoo

with Omar Saad

Volumizing shampoo can really give your flat, limp locks a lift. Here are a few things to consider when picking a volumizing shampoo to boost your hair.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Pick a Volumizing Shampoo

Hi, I’m Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today we’re going to talk about how to pick a volumizing shampoo. If you have fine hair that tends to fall flat, there are certain products out there that can effectively give it a lift. Consider the following when purchasing your next bottle of shampoo.

Check Shampoo for Volumizing Ingredients

When choosing a shampoo for its volumizing capabilities, be sure to check the label for the necessary ingredients. You want a shampoo that contains protein, which will bind to the hair shaft, thus adding volume. Other ingredients that aide in boosting the hair are Polyquaternarium-10; Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3; Panthenol; Peppermint; and Alpha-Hydroxy acid, such as citric acid.

One of the most highly regarded volumizing shampoos on the market today is Kerastase Volumactive. It’s a bit pricey, but well worth the expenditure if you're looking for a top-of-the-line solution for your limp locks. If you prefer to keep your shampoo expenditure under $10, then try Garnier Fructise Body & Volume Shampoo.

Avoid Products that Decrease Your Hair's Volume

Just a tip: Unless your hair is incredibly dry or damaged, be sure not to over-condition, which can actually sap volume. You should also avoid hot oil treatments, heavy gels and waxes, and silicone sprays which can also make hair appear limp. Additionally, be sure to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove any build-up that your volumizing shampoo has left behind.

After Shampooing, Use Additional Techniques to Volumize Hair

Once you’ve picked a volumizing shampoo and put it to good use, there are a few extra steps you can take when getting out of the shower to give your hair a bit more boost. Consider investing in a quality volumizing spray, which you’ll apply directly to your roots to give your hair some added lift. You can also use a light, volumizing mousse on your hair before blow drying for the same effect. When blow drying, use a round brush to lift your hair up as you dry it, which should provide some nice lift to your do.

Flat, limp hair is a downer, but taking the time to choose the right shampoo and hair care products can solve this particular issue fairly easily. Just be sure to check the ingredient label on any shampoo you’re considering, and don’t over-condition, and you’ll be on your way to full, voluminous hair in no time.

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