Sally Underwood
Updated on August 22, 2023

We all know that feeling…when the hair you spent ages styling and looked so great on Day One, suddenly goes flat and lifeless. Or, when your naturally styled hair ends up with more volume through the lengths and ends than the roots, that is not a good look, either. Well, one kind of product, hair volume powders, promises to do just that. But, what are they, how do you use them, and which ones are better? Read on to find out.

What Is a Hair Volume Powder?

With a fine powdery texture, hair-volume powders work in a similar way to dry shampoo, absorbing oil and increasing volume, but without any of the potential crispiness or stickiness of a normal spray dry shampoo.

Generally created using rice or corn starch, silica, or even clay (mainly thickeners that absorb moisture and oil from hair), hair-volume powders often also contain other ingredients for adding shine or scent and to make hair look super fresh and healthy. So, which ones are the best?

1. Hairstory Hair Volume Powder

An all-natural three-in-one product, Hairstory’s Hair Powder promises to add texture, volume, and grease-busting action all in one go.

Using microfine mineral and vegetable granules to ensure thicker hair without any visible residue, this powder also smells great (useful for post-wash hair or day 3 hair). And, to anyone worrying that volumizing powder might be bad for hair, the all-natural ingredients here are handily listed in full (even the ones in concentrations so low they do not legally need to be listed)on the label, alongside their safety rating, making it super simple to know what you are putting on your hair.

As an added bonus, and unlike most powders, this one comes with a handy pump spray, making the application on the go a breeze. Simply lift hair up, distribute it near the scalp, and massage in.

Hairstory Hair Volume Powder

2. Schwarzkopf Got2b Volumaniac Spray Powder

Another spray powder formula, Schwarzkopf’s affordable product promises instant volume and gentle control with just a few spritzes. Formulated without parabens or sulfates, this spray comes in a handbag-friendly 28 oz can and has rave reviews on Amazon for its abilities to pump up the volume without residue.

Got2b Volumaniac Spray Powder

#:3 Beyond the Zone Volumizing Powder

Another Amazon favorite, this powder comes in a shaker-style container and is sprinkled onto the palms of hands before being distributed through roots for instant volume, texture and separation. To re-volumize hair throughout the day, simply re-tousle hair.

Beyond The Zone Volumizing Powder

4. Biosilk Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder

For those who want their hair-volume powder with a couple of added benefits, Biosilk’s Volumizing Therapy Texturizing Powder may be the one for you.

Containing silk and rice proteins to absorb oil and increase volume, this shaker-style powder also has UV protection to protect hair from color fading and other damage. Its 0.5 oz can is also perfect for touching up hair on the go.

Biosilk Volumizing Therapy

5. OSIS+ Dust IT Mattifying Powder

With thousands of positive reviews on Amazon, the OSIS+ Dust IT Mattifying Powder promises a matte effect to counteract greasy roots, as well as separation, texture, control and 24-hour volume.

Simply apply directly to roots and massage through for instant volume and texture.

OSIS  Dust IT Mattifying Powder

6. Design.ME Puff.ME Light Volumizing Cloud Mist

In a handy spray format, this cruelty free hair powder promises instant volume; it’s perfect for thin or oily hair types, as well as for adding lift to already styled hair.

Paraben-free, cruelty free and talc-free, this lightweight spray is designed to not weigh down the finest hair types. Simply apply to dry hair, spraying two to four inches away from roots, before styling.

Design.ME Puff.ME olumizing Cloud Mist

7. Rock Your Hair Bombshell Big Hair Powder

A unique formula, Rock Your Hair’s Bombshell Big Hair Powder turns from a powder to a liquid to a gel to add instant volume without residue but has added shine.

Created by celebrity hairdresser Michael O’Rourke, this powder is also sulfate- and paraben-free, vegan, and cruelty free.

Rock Your Hair Bombshell Powder

8. Slick Gorilla Hair Styling Texturizing Powder

Offering a natural look with a matte finish and increased volume, Slick Gorilla’s Hair Styling Texturizing Powder is a product with men’s hair firmly in mind (but can easily be used on all hair types, genders and styles).

Use by applying to the palms of hands or directly to the roots of hair before distributing evenly and styling as normal.

Slick Gorilla Powder

9. Goldwell StyleSign Ultra Volume Dust Up Powder

With a citrus scent to cover up any post-gym hair odors, Goldwell’s StyleSign Ultra Volume Dust Up Powder promises long-lasting volume, as well as hold.

As an added bonus, this color-safe product also boasts heat protection up to 392°F, as well as UV filters and a sulfate-free, cruelty free and vegan-friendly formula.

Goldwell StyleSign Powder

10. Boldify Hair Volumizer Powder

Created with coconut oil and aloe vera for soft, healthy hair with added volume, Boldify’s Hair Volumizer Powder has hundreds of Amazon five-star reviews praising its lifting abilities.

Promising its texture, volume, and grease-beating properties without any residue, this powder features a nozzle spray function, making it easy to target the areas on which you want to concentrate.

Even better, the formula contains only certified child- and pet-safe ingredients for safety, as well as a shiny, natural finish.

Boldify Hair Volumizer Powder

Is a Hair Volume Powder for You?

Well, if you find yourself often turning to your dry shampoo to not only mop up oily roots but to add volume, too, then a hair-volume powder could be the answer due to their abilities to seriously lift hair without any of the residue or crispiness of dry shampoos can sometimes offer.

And, although there are plenty of different products on offer, they all have one thing in common — their easy-to-use formulas all offer volume in a hurry. This is accomplished simply by distributing through roots before massaging in and styling as normal, making them a great styling addition for texturizing and volumizing hair throughout the day.

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