Which products are the best root boosters?

It depends on your hair type, how you style your hair, etc. Root boosters come in spray form, spray mousses, and even sometimes a powder form.

I consider the powders and foams to be in their own category, and the spray mousse to be just a mousse…not necessarily a root booster.

So, here are a few of the best root boosters that will give you more volume. Root boosters work best when applied to damp/towel-dried hair, and then blow dried with a round brush.

*If you’re not comfortable blow drying with a round brush…just flip your head upside down and dry the roots a bit. This is NOT the proper way to blow dry your hair! You should not do this and direct the dryer at your ends because that can promote split-ends and damage.

The Best Root Boosters

Moroccanoil Root Boost


Moroccanoil Root Boost

Moroccanoil Root Booster is very light, but it gives you amazing volume at the root! It’s like a wet hairspray, and you should spray it in key areas at the root before you blow dry! Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Creates a strong texture at the root.
  • Infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil.
  • Best for medium to fine hair.
  • Helps control static and provides a natural, long-lasting finish!

*This root booster pairs well with Moroccanoil’s Volumizing Mousse!

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus


Big Sexy Hair Root Plump Plus

Big Sexy Hair’s Root Pump Plus is a humidity-resistant volumizing spray mousse that helps you create big volume at the root with extra hold! It dispenses out as a spray and turns into a mousse. It works best when applied to wet damp or towel-dried hair. Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Protects hair from humidity.
  • Great for heavy or thick hair textures.
  • Results will vary and depend on whether or not you blow-dry or air-dry your hair.

*This root booster pairs well with Big Sexy Hair’s Spray & Stay Intense Hold Hairspray!

KENRA Root Lifting Spray


KENRA Root Lifting Spray

KENRA Root Lifting Spray is a volumizing spray fixative that boosts hair at the roots! Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Lightweight formula
  • No stiffness
  • Amazing volume

*This root lifting spray pairs well with KENRA’s Volume Spray. It’s a “super” hold hairspray that maintains your hairs body and volume throughout the day! It’s flake-free, humidity resistant, and proven to withstand 25 mph winds!

If you’re not sold yet, they also claim that this volume spray provides great hold and keeps your hairstyle looking good for at least 120 hours. I haven’t tested this spray for that long, but if you do please share your experience in the comment section! Hairspray challenge, anyone?

RUSK Blofoam


RUSK Blofoam

RUSK Blofoam can help you achieve maximum styling control and flexibility! Microspheres of foam surround and bodify each individual strand, creating invisible, firm, flexible support for styling and restyling perfection. Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Unique spray-on texturizing foam.
  • Herbal extract complex for body.

*This root booster pairs well with RUSK’s W8Less Plus Extra Strong Hold Hairspray! If you don’t need a super strong hold there’s a regular hold W8Less Hairspray as well!

This hairspray is my mothers favorite…I can’t recall how she got hooked on it, but I’m just glad she’s not using Aussie hairspray anymore! It was like glue…seriously. It did smell better than others, and it held her style well but it was a bit heavy. I always pick up two cans for her because I don’t want her to run out and buy Aussie…even if it’s only temporary!

Her hair is very thick and has great natural body. She uses Redken Guts Spray Mousse, blow drys with her fingers, and uses this hairspray to finish the style. So, if that sound like you then you might want to give it a try!

Pureology Root Lift Spray Mousse


Pureology Colour Stylist Root Boost

Pureology Colour Stylist Root Booster protects hair with the Keravis-infused strengthening anti-fade complex! It’s like a wet hairspray, and you should spray it in key areas at the root before you blow dry! Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Created exclusively for colour-treated hair.
  • 100% Vegan formulas
  • No stickiness or tackiness
  • Lasts all day

*This root booster pairs well with Pureology’s Colour Stylist Silk Bodifier. It’s a volumizing foam mousse that really amps up the body and volume…especially when blow dried!

Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast


Alterna Bamboo Volume Uplifting Root Blast

Alterna Bamboo Volume Root Blast can be used on dry hair to infuse hair that has fallen flat! It’s like a wet hairspray, and you may apply to wet, damp, or dry hair. Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Boost fullness
  • Lifts at the roots
  • Natural looking volume
  • Color protectant

*This root booster pairs well with Alterna’s Bamboo Volume Plumping Strand Expand. It’s a light weight lotion that gives her hair the extra fullness it needs. I use this product on my own hair every time I blow dry. I use about a dime-sized amount and work it in near the root (not at the root like you would with root booster), then disperse the product to the mid-shaft and lightest at the ends.

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost


Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Daily Boost gives fine hair a boost of volume at the roots! Spray close to the scalp on damp hair, and style as desired! Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Best for fine to medium hair textures.
  • Panthenol protects fragile strands and adds volume.

*This root booster pairs well with Paul Mitchell’s Extra Body Hair Spray! This was my personal favorite when I had a short hair cut that required big volume and extra hold (for the best look). My hair is thick, but somewhat fine, so when it’s short it looks very flat if I don’t use product and blow dry it.

You can also use this hairspray for setting curls that need to last all day!

TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray


TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray

TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Root Boost Spray provides amazing lift and texture. This root booster adds strength, elasticity, and smoothness while thickening the hair! Here are a few highlights about this product:

  • Fine mist foam
  • Won’t weight hair down
  • Perfect for fine hair

*This root boost spray pairs well with TIGI’s Catwalk Your Highness Firm Hold Hairspray! These products were made to be used together, and they definitely give maximum volume along with extreme hold.

If you like a “movable” style, then these products may be a little too strong for you.


What’s your favorite root booster? Please share in the comment section!

If you’re not sure if you need a root booster, or which one is best for your hair type…feel free to contact me!

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