How do you add major volume to stick straight hair? The best new volumizing products to cross our desks these days aren’t sprays but hair-plumping powders. Texturizing hair powders are like your dry shampoo, volumizing mousse and texturizing spray all packaged into one miraculous, body-boosting product. And while they might be a little messy until you get the hang of them, the massive volume and sexy texture are well worth the learning curve. 

To Pump Up Your Ponytail

Michael Dueñas, Schwarzkopf Professional Brand Ambassador, calls OSiS+ Session Label Dust It Flex, “back-combing in a bottle.” He says texture powders absorb oil at the roots, while giving strands a slightly gritty, lived-in feel. They’re great for locking in updos and giving hair volume without weighing it down. This one’s made with lava rock and silica, and a little goes a long way — just tap it onto your roots and rub it in with your fingertips. 

My ponytail was left looking tousled with tons of volume, instead of hanging limply against my scalp like it normally does. Just don’t expect to be running your fingers through your hair — at all. 

To Get Second-Day Hair (On Day Four)

According to celebrity hairstylist Mika Fowler, the day after your last shampoo is actually your best hair day. Fake that look with Bumble and Bumble Pret-a-Powder, a hardworking volumizing dry-shampoo hybrid. 

You sprinkle it over your hair, and then rub it in like you’re using a traditional shampoo (thus eliminating the possibility of noticeable powder specks). Unlike the other texture powders, it won’t make your hair sticky (I could run my fingers from roots to ends without them getting stuck). Plus, it soaks up oil just as well as your favorite dry shampoo. 


For Super-Fine Hair That Needs a Boost

To get a teased, backcombed look, apply Redken’s Powder Grip right to your roots. The mattifying texture powder adds crazy volume, and is the perfect antidote for fine, flat hair. Just don’t go overboard, or you’ll end up looking more like an ’80s hair band drummer than a model-off-duty. 

To Lift and Separate

If you’re the kind of person who can’t stand going a day without washing, Pravana Nevo Lived-In Powder Potion will help you fake the day-after look. 

One word of warning: Do not apply this product directly to your hair. Sprinkle it onto your hands and rub them together until it morphs into a slightly tacky pomade. Rub this completely biodegradable  vegan and environmentally friendly styling product into your roots for volume, or use a tiny bit on your ends to get a separated, piece-y look. 



Boost Your Braids

Another reason to try a volumizing powder: They make even the saddest, limpest braid look like extensions were added. I would know — my hair is super-fine, but I have a ton of it (as every stylist I’ve ever seen has told me), meaning my hair is constantly weighed down. Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion. Sprinkle a bit into your hands, rub them together, and then use your fingers to loosen your braid and give it tons of texture. Because it has super-hold, it will also keep your braid in place (perfect if your pesky layers are always coming loose). 


For Application Anywhere, Anytime

Shu Uemura’s Volume Maker is like your dry shampoo, but a million times better, because it’s easier to apply and gives your hair a huge volume boost. You apply it with a convenient brush applicator, which makes on-the-go touchups a cinch. Because it doesn’t turn sticky or tacky, you won’t get much hold, but it’s a solid option if you like to be able to run your fingers through your hair.