During all the ups and downs with my hair I really discovered, that for me, starting with a great base really shows great results. Shampoo and Conditioner. I love Bed Head. It really works best with my hair and has given me desired results. I rotate between Self Absorbed and Moisture Manic. Plus they smell amazing!
I always use a thickening spray or root booster before I dry. I have two that are my favorite; Catwalk Root Boost and BedHead Queen For A Day. You don't need both, just one will do. Just spray onto your roots around your crown and part before you dry for some added volume.
Then I roll my crown with Velcro rollers. These things are such a gem and wish I had been using them for years! They add lots of volume to my hair and cut down on styling time. I normally let those set for a while. After I remove those I just run my fingers through my hair and do a few touch ups here and there with a straighter. Finally I add some Osis Dust IT to the roots around my crown. This is a volumizing texturizer that has become my hairs best friend! It adds volume and holds it there. You can either apply directly to the root or add a little to your fingertips then rub in the roots while pulling the hair up for added volume. Then add a little hairspray and done.
So those are my secret go to products. Every hair type is different, so just play around and see what works for you. Be sure to leave a comment with some of your "go to products" for others to try.
"The hair is the richest ornament of women." -Martin Luther