Volumizing mousse? Meh. Root-boosting sprays? Too sticky and just so-so. What’s a fine-haired person to do when flat, stringy hair seems to hold no hope of holding texture or lift? Discover this serious gamechanger: hair powder. Not to be confused with dry shampoos, these sprinkle-on products create thickness and volume, so it feels like we’ve simply added more hair to our heads. Here’s five essential hair powders to try, stat. —Catherine Dunwoody
OSiS+ Dust It ($25) is a lightweight mattifying powder that creates nice bedhead. Layer-able, too, so start with an application, then add more product if you’re after more texture.
Schwarzkopf The Powder ($26) from the brand’s Session Label pumps a fine dispersion you can target right at the roots for volume and grip.
Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray ($42) has the strongest hold of all we tested, and what you’d expect from this luxury brand in a get-what-you-pay-for way.
Tecni.Art Super Dust ($23) sprinkles on to create volume and texture with a matte finish. Use your fingertips to make sure its dispersed well into your scalp for full thicker-hair results.
Aveda Pure Abundance Hair Potion ($41) transforms in your hands from powder to a light lotion that you work through your hair, concentrating on the roots for va-va-volume. We can thank natural bulking agents kaolin clay and acacia gum for the results.