The first, and absolutely most important product is this 'plump it up' spray from vo5. I discovered this in boots a good few months ago for around £4 and have since repurchased it twice. It's a dry backcomb spray that claims to 'add fullness for amazing volume' and it definitely does just that! I've also tried the powder versions, but they are such a fuss to apply and leave your roots feeling soo unclean. Once my hair's washed and dried, attempting to backcomb it is almost next to impossible and it's so slippy and glossy. Starting from the bottom by my neck, I part my hair into layers, spray this along the roots and then backcomb along the width of my head and work my way up to my parting. The spray adds texture so the backcombing holds but when put just on the roots it doesn't effect the overall shininess on my hair, nor does it make it look dull as dry shampoo can. I've also used this product without doing anything else to my hair and it really does make a difference, giving my hair a break from the harsh backcombing. Another bonus is that it doesn't seem to build up a chalky residue as many products can, I try and only wash my hair just twice a week and yet it still doesn't feel full of product. Just as long as it's used on the underneath layers, this product really does work miracles and is such good value for money!
Along with volume, having a healthy shine to your hair is so important especially as all the backcombing can make it seem quite fly away. I've tried so many serums and have struggled to find one that doesn't weigh down my fine hair, yet gives it that extra shiny boost. This 'rock out shine blaster' by Tigi does exactly this, with the added bonus of it smelling absolutely amazing (understatement) which lasts for days. After i've washed my hair using a tresemme xxl volume shampoo followed by my beloved banana conditioner from the body shop of which I massively recommend (see my review here), I towel dry it and then comb a small amount of the shine blaster through the lengths of my hair. I've also found with this product that I can apply it to very near my roots (not touching) and it wont weight my hair down whatsoever nor will it make me hair look or feel greasy or oily at all. I purchased it from Tk Maxx (a large discount store in the UK) for about £5, so it's worth a look in there and i've also found it on lookfantastic.com for £11.25 with free worldwide delivery too, click here.
Not quite Cheryl Cole hair haha but it's a hugee improvement from what it was before using these products!
For Christmas I received the full set of enrapture extremity heated rollers, I love the whole curly bouncy look but despise using curling wands and am not fond of the prefect ringlet results so thought these would be the perfect addition to my christmas wishlist. I've read so many amazing reviews and have seen so many great results that I just can't wait to have a play around with mine, especially for creating volume close to the roots. There will be a review to follow so watch this space :)