Plumping Up Thin Hair

Does anyone know of something that really works and is really good to plump up thinning hair in women?

By Sharon


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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

Some time ago "Consumer Report's" magazine did research on a couple different shampoos that claimed to make thin hair thicker. They found that the only one that really did what the company claimed to do is Amplify shampoo which is a Matrix product. I use it and it does work. None of the salons here carry it so I made arrangements for a salon to get it for me from a beauty supply place. The beauty supply place would only sell directly to a licensed beautician. I paid $10 for a 13.5 oz. bottle. Since I shampoo twice, I use Amplify for my second shampoo only and it seems to last forever. "Consumer's" also tested a Redkin product but it did not perform as well as Amplify.

(We received this from Betty as well...)

Last week I answered this question with my recommendation of using Amplify shampoo which is made by Matrix. The very next day I opened my September issue of "Consumer Reports" to their article on shampoos. In it they discuss briefly the shampoos that claim to give more fullness to hair. They feel that just shampooing hair helps to plump it up some. However, they say that Pantene Pro-V Ultra V Shampoo Plus Conditioner for normal hair is "moderately effective."



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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

I don't have a formula to plump up thinning hair, but I do know that most women need a vitamin E supplement, a B-complex vitamin, and LOTS of fresh water (8 glasses of 8 ounces each) DAILY to keep their hair and skin healthy. That might be a good place to start!


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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

One thing you don't want to do is use lots of conditioner because this weighs the hair down. I have found that volumnizing shampoo works great and after rinsing your hair use a reconstruction spray that can be purchased from a beauty supply house, then set on rollers and dry, you should have the appearance of plumper hair! It sure helped my bad hair days. I got this tip while on a cruise ship recently when they held a "bad hair day" session.


Ms. Syd Barr - Dunkirk, MD

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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

To increase the volume of hair, a second rinse with plain beer works well.

Karin from Holland

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December 1, 20000 found this helpful

I use "Guts" by Redken, this is an excellent product and the amount of volume is wonderful. It is a little pricey but well worth it. You can purchase it at hair salons, if you know someone who has their beautician's license and will purchase stuff for you have them get it for you. It's quite a bit cheaper than buying it at the salon.


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October 25, 20030 found this helpful

I used Toppik hair building fibers by Spencer Forrest. Little fibers bond to your hair and give it body as well as cover thinning spots. I also like a wax type product like Definition which lightly touched to clean dry hair makes it stay better than hair spray. Good luck

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December 9, 20040 found this helpful

volumax freeze spray plumps up hair. But vitamins are what your body needs for healthy hair.

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By Solange (Guest Post)
January 13, 20050 found this helpful

I cant tell you one thing tht work for my hair is Kazam Royal Hair treatement oil , I recommended it to my friends they loved it, my hair got fluffier and shiny, one of my friends had dandruff probems and she was able to prevent it by moisturing her hair with this great ol.


The oil is made out of natural and organic ingredients, excellent herbs and great liquid butters such as shea butter , it even has vitamins.

I'm sick of chemicals and products that never work, this one is a miracle I can telly you this!

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By (Guest Post)
February 27, 20050 found this helpful

Well I know what works for me, I dont need "consumer report" to tell me.

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By Sassy (Guest Post)
March 2, 20050 found this helpful

I use Top Brass Thickening on my thin hair and it is very thick and healthy along with my hair vitamins.
Good luck

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By DarWeen in Ga, USA (Guest Post)
March 28, 20050 found this helpful

This is a subject very near & dear to my heart! My natural hair is very silky and lays flat against my head. For many years I've colored my hair just to get the volume {I used to try perms but the 'look' just isn't me}. Then somewhere along the way I discovered when I used thinning shears on the hair on top of my head it made my hair 'fluffy'. Take each strand of hair and make a snip about 2 inches from the scalp, go out about 4 inches & do it again. This probably sounds crazy to be thinning the hair when it's already too thin, but it works by fluffing up the hair near the head, making it look fuller.


(Just don't get carried away & snip TOO much). It doesn't cost a thing, after the initial cost of the shears [which you can get at Wal-Mart for about $8], plus there's no chemicals involved. Also, in the Farmers Almanac, it says if you trim the ends of your hair on the day of a full-moon it will grow thicker. (this isn't hocus-pocus; the moon has 'pull' over the water on earth, the tides & such, and our bodies are like 75% water ) . Good Luck :)

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By Edith (Guest Post)
April 7, 20080 found this helpful

In addition to any volumnizing shampoo (I have no favorites), use volumnizing conditioner found at Bath and Body Works. I like Pleasures, black raspberry scent. It doesn't weigh down your hair. I mix a tiny bit in with my shampoo, then rinse, then work a small dollop through the hair, then rinse again. Blow dry and see how much thicker your hair looks.

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May 14, 20080 found this helpful

This photo was taken 2 yrs ago when I was 56 yrs old. It was at a time when Gliss shampoo and Gliss Conditioner for Coloured/Permed hair was still available.


My natural hair has always been fine. I naively believed at the time this pic was taken, that my hair had suddenly, miraculously become thicker, with swing, as each hair had suddenly gained girth!!! I was able to leave a towel on my hair whilst I applied my make-up, would then remove the towel to find my hair fell into shape and would only have to blow dry the bottom and sides of my hair into shape. The other added bonus was that because my hair was now so healthy, strong and thick that I could wear it long. I managed to grow it much longer than in the photo. (I would never have believed that any shampoo could give such amazing results). Then the black day dawned when I was no longer able to find my beloved shampoo. Gliss had discontinued it.

I have emailed Schwarzkopf many times asking them if any of their current shampoos have the unique ingredient that was used in the one for coloured/permed hair, but alas, have been ignored. I have found sites that supply the information about ingredients in currently available shampoos but I am still trying to find a list of those discontinued (hence my User name). Every shampoo I have tried since, (and that has been many £100's worth I might add!!) all claiming to 'volumise' have been bitterly disappointing. Unlike the prevailing conditioners that offer to deliver 'volume without weight', I, am looking for one that WILL deliver weight, to gain that 'swing' again to my hair. I can't imagine that I am the only woman who wants the swing back in her hair and also likes to wear her hair long.

I know this is a tall order folks, but if there is anyone out there who knows of a shampoo and conditioner that fits the bill, I would be eternally grateful. Better still, if there are women out there who would like to achieve what I did using the Gliss shampoo, maybe we could get together, petition Schwarzkopf to reinstate their miracle product!!!! Here's hoping, fingers crossed!!!

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By Bonnie (Guest Post)
May 14, 20080 found this helpful

I've recently had great results with Matrix Amplify spray-in volumizer. I haven't tried the shampoo & I don't ever use conditioner, but I just started using the volumizer and love it. It is pricey, though, unfortunately, but a small amount does a lot. Good luck, hope you try it & love it like I do.

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August 18, 20090 found this helpful

I live in the U.K, would I be able to buy that here? Many thanks.

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