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Best Hair Thickening Products

Updated December 1, 2022

There’s a lot of reasons hair can thin out. Genetics, medications, low vitamin levels, protein deficiency, or even being in a postpartum state can cause you to lose your hair. Fortunately, there is a way to enhance thin hair.  Using the right hair thickening products can help make your hair look its best. Here is our rundown of must-have products to combat thin hair.

Fine Hair and Thin Hair, The Difference

The first thing you need to know is the difference between fine hair and thin hair. Fine hair means that the diameter of the hair strand is smaller than usual. On the other hand, thin hair refers to the number of strands you have on your head. In some extreme cases of fine hair, the scalp may be visible.

This distinction is crucial because it will help you determine the kind of hair thickening products or treatments you will use. For example, if your goal is to increase the number of strands you have, you usually need to get specially formulated hair growth shampoos and medication.

It’s not all about the “lather, rinse, and repeat” formula

However, if your goal is to have voluminous hair, then you can go for products that are also made for fine hair. These hair thickening products are similar in that they create lift and bounce in your hair at the roots.

When it comes to limp hair, using the shower is not all about the “lather, rinse, and repeat” formula; you have to work with the right ingredients to make sure that your hair is not weighed down.

It’s About Product Ingredients

For example, look for ingredients like creatine, vitamin B5 or rosemary oil. These ingredients are known to strengthen hair. Less breakage means that you have more strands to work with.

The Saving Grace of  Hair Thickening Products

At The Hair Standard, we exclusively sell Bumble and Bumble products. They have recently released their new and improved thickening line. Not only have they added two new products, but they reformulated the entire line to give your hair a softer feel, but still with fantastic volume.

What Makes Them Thickening

They have laced their hair thickening products with Pro-Vitamin B5. This is explicitly designed to add volume to hair, without sacrificing moisture. These new hair thickening products in the Bumble and Bumble line are called the Bb. Thickening Go Big Treatment and the Bb. Thickening Great Body Blow Dry Creme.

The Bb. Thickening Go Big Treatment is made with Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract which swells each individual strand of hair, actually creating thicker hair.

Thicker Hair is Now Easy

To use the product in your own hair: shower, shake it, then spray it. Bumble and Bumble, and our stylists suggest following up with your favorite Bumble and Bumble Thickening Styler and then blow dry.

Other Heaven-Sent Thickening Products

You also might want to take a look at the Bb. Thickening Volume Shampoo and the Bb. Thickening Volume Conditioner. These hair thickening products have a lightweight formula so that there is less residue build-up, whereas other shampoos are heavy and can weigh the hair down.

More Knowledge to Benefit Your Hair

If you are using a shampoo specially formulated for thin hair, you should also get the matching conditioner. Otherwise, whatever benefit you get from the shampoo may be offset or diluted by the products you use after it.

A Quick Tip on Conditioners

A note on conditioners as well: use it sparingly. Conditioners smoothen out the texture of hair from all the moisturizing it does, so you don’t want to focus this on the roots. Try to mainly use the conditioner on the ends of the hair to give them some lift. If the roots are properly handled, then the hair can appear to be thick.

Watch Out With Fine Hair

In many ways, fine hair can be predictable. It will dry flat when left alone. As the day goes on, the oils the scalp naturally produces will coat the strands and make them even flatter. Your hair might even start to look greasy.

Dry Shampoo is a Must for Everyone

You can refresh your hairstyle by using a dry shampoo product. Dry shampoo can either be in powder form or as a fast-drying spray. It removes impurities and oil from the hair without the use of shampoo and water. Bumble and Bumble supply both the fast drying spray called Prêt-à-powder Très Invisible Dry Shampoo and the powder called Prêt-à-powder. Between you and me, these can be considered hair thickening products because they can be used to create hair that appears thicker and more voluminous.

Styling Thin or Fine Hair

If you want some lift in your hair, your styling products will have to do some heavy – no surprise here – lifting. Most of the work done in bringing out the natural aesthetic qualities of hair is done in the styling stage. Your products will have to work with the texture of your hair, not against it.

Blow Drying Done Right

The first thing you do after washing your hair is dry it, right? A hair dryer can be the fastest route, but it needs a deft touch. The use of hair dryers for limp hair is like a pendulum. It can either swing towards flat and lifeless or to the other side where the hair is thick and voluminous.

A proper technique is to rough-dry your hair. Run your hands across your scalp to fluff up the hair by the roots.

To help the pendulum swing to thick and voluminous, you should use a pre-styling product to protect your hair from the heat while also giving it volume. You can spray it near the crown while your head is flipped forward. You will start to see its effects as you dry your hair.

When drying, a proper technique is to rough-dry your hair. Run your hands across your scalp to fluff up the hair by the roots. Using your hands is more effective than using a brush. Over-brushing can further flatten out the hair. When the hair is slightly damp, you can use a round brush to brush the hair upwards to create lift.

Extra Texture and Volume Tips

Mousse, texturizing spray, hairspray – these are just some of the products that promise volume. These are quite effective. Up to a point. If you are using too many hair products at the same time, the residue can accumulate to knock down any lift you might have achieved. You do not need to check off each product on the list. Just pick a few of the products and trust that they will do their job.


One of the ways styling products are differentiated is because of their texture. For example, the mousse is light and airy while waxes are thicker. Then there is the hair styling creme which is becoming more and more of a popular choice. If you are trying to introduce more lift in your hair, you need to know how the textures of the product affect the hair results.


Mousse is a top choice for styling products because of its lightweight nature. Obviously, you would stay away from wax because it is heavy. Crème products are somewhere in between.


One of the top options for styling cremes is the Bb. Thickening Great Body Blow Dry Crème. This product is also formulated with the Emblica Technology in order to swell the strands creating more thickness and volume, but also while protecting your hair. To use it, after applying the Bb Thickening Go Big Treatment, work the creme through your hair evenly then blow dry with your hands or with a brush.

Extra Hair Maintenance Tips

Thinning hair needs extra care and maintenance to prevent breakage and more hair fall. It starts at the scalp. You can gently exfoliate the scalp to improve circulation. By making sure that the scalp gets enough blood flow, you also encourage hair growth.

If you are using masking powders to hide bald spots, it is better if you save them for special occasions. The scalp needs to breathe so that it can grow hair. If you cover it constantly, then you might be making the problem of thin hair worse.

Products Aren’t the Only Way

Let’s not forget about options besides products for having thick hair; if you don’t want to wait for the products to kick in, we also recommend extensions. They may look daunting, but are actually quite easy for our stylists to install. They come in different lengths, colors, and textures which means there’s always some to match your hair type. You can even learn about washing your beaded weft extensions here, as to keep them in their best state possible.

Rooty blonde weft from Sadie Jane Hair Co

Keep Up the Nourishment

Finally, nourish your hair with products that keep the hair strong. If the number of hair strands you have is less than what you want, you want to make sure you protect the ones that you have. Products that protect against heat and provide hydration are the best because they will prevent hair breakage.

Bumble and Bumble makes a great first step.

There is no one way to perfectly respond to hair issues. Hair comes in different colors, lengths, and textures, so in a way, finding the best hair thickening products is a personal journey. But knowing which products are out there, like the ones made by Bumble and Bumble, makes a great first step.