Friday, February 12, 2016

Turn up the volume ... Michigan Girl's guide to thicker, fuller hair!

Like many, I struggle to add volume to my hair. I have shoulder length, thin strands of hair, but lots of it. To keep it under control, I keep layers in my hair and often have my stylist notch cut and thin it out. I have no intention of spending hours getting ready each day, so it's important to find products that are easy to use and still effective. I'd like to share four products that I have tried and found success with.

Ion Thickening Solutions Energizing Scalp Treatment
Ion's Thickening Solutions Energizing Scalp Treatment adds fullness without hardening or leaving any filmy texture. This is a product that I use every day. I've only ever purchased the one bottle and I can't even remember how long I've had it, maybe a year, so it clearly lasts a long time.

It's a foam, much lighter than a mousse. I add it in when my hair is wet or damp. I start with the roots and run a wide-toothed comb through my hair to distribute. I then style normally. It doesn't provide much assistance with curl hold, but it does create a soft, full, all-over volume that you can easily run your fingers through. This product is vegan, paraban and sulfate free.

I purchase this product at Sally Beauty Supply Online or in the store, however, I just did a search on the website and I'm not finding it. Sally's has made many changes to the Ion line recently, hopefully they haven't dropped it! I rate this product with a 4 out of 5.

This product works for all over-body, unlike Ion's however, Get Lifted also helps with holding curls. I do find this product is a little filmy and you can tell you have product in your hair. You won't be running your hands
through your hair easily with this product in.

This product is a spray that is added to damp hair before
styling. The spray is fairly thin and it distributes well.
Once I add to my hair, I style as normal.

One of the more frustrating things about this product is the packaging. Since it's a spray, there is a small plastic cap that keeps the bottle locked from spraying. It's easy to remove the cap, but usually the top comes with
it every time I take it off.

I rate this products with a 3 out of 5, mostly because I'm picky about
feeling product in my hair.

You can purchase this product through eSalon's website, just select "eSalon's Get Lifted" above for the link. I'll be posting additional reviews of eSalon's personalized hair color service soon.
I'm currently using it and loving!

Ion Boosting Blow Dry Spray
Ion's Boosting Blow Dry Spray is a much thicker product than eSalon's Get Lifted. In fact, it's so thick that it wouldn't even come through the spray bottle, or the sprayer broke. I just pour a little in my hand and disperse evenly in my hair. 

While this product is thicker, it leaves a much nicer texture in my hair. The level of fullness and curl hold is comparable to eSalon's. The bottle shows that it is a light hold product. If you are looking for something stronger, Ion does offer a similar product that is called Styling Spray Starch. I have not tried it, but will in the future.

This product is not vegan, it is parban free and does include Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, and Panthenol as ingredients.

I rate this product with a 4 out of 5. This is also available at Sally Beauty in the store and online, just select "Ion Boosting Blow Dry Spray" above for the link.

If you are interested in the spray starch, click here: Ion Styling Spray Starch

Last, but certainly not least is Beyond the Zone Rock On. This is a volumizing powder. Let me start by saying, I have trouble with dandruff, so the last thing I thought I'd like is a powder. However, this one is my favorite volumizing products. Sally Beauty Supply's website promotes this product was featured on Project Runway.

I use this powder on the top of my hair when it is dry. You have to be careful, it comes out fast and you can easily add too much. I use it when I'm almost done styling, before adding finishing spray.
After adding the power, a light brush will help to evenly distribute.
It creates long-lasting volume all-day.

I believe that Beyond the Zone is sold several places, but I also purchase this one through Sally Beauty online and in the store.
I rate this product with a 5 out of 5.

Just select "Beyond The Zone Rock On" above for the link.

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