Instantly thickens for a fuller style

Aveda Thickening Tonic is a great product for people out their struggling with fine, thin and limp hair. The thickening tonic is a great alternative to texturising powders and sea salt sprays. It helps to add natural feeling texture and body to the hair, really helping to maintain lasting volume and shape for the hair. Unlike Label M thickening tonic it feels more weightless and gives less of a matte effect, but more of a natural feeling boost. It doesn’t dry out the hair, and leaves your hair feeling healthy.

Since using it, Aveda’s Thickening Tonic has become one of my daily drivers, and with my short hair (2.5 inches at the front) I can go through the day comfortably with this as my only styling product. 

Price and Affordability 

$$ Premium Range 

Priced around $25-$30 (£20) Aveda Thickening Tonic is a little on the expensive side for 100ml. For most people this won’t be a solo daily driver. However, the thickening effect can improve the performance of your other styling products. So it’s nice to have, if you’re willing to spend the extra money, but not something you can solely depend on. 

What is it

The Aveda Thickening Tonic is a liquid spray prestyler derived from mostly natural ingredients. The tonic is intended to build thickness and volume, for all styles. It can be used for a natural looking boost and also compliments other styling products really well, helping to add fullness, volume and shape to the hair.

Who is it for?

Aveda’s Thickening Tonic is best suited for fine to normal hair types to help add more structure, control and fullness. It gives more thickness and definition to any hair type, but might not be necessary for thicker hair types.

How and when to use Aveda Thickening Tonic

Use it in damp hair (applying to the roots) before blow drying to the desired style. It can be used in conjunction with other prestylers or on it’s own. For me it usually only take 5-7 sprays for an optimal finish so I can spread it evenly throughout all my hair. The amount you need to apply may vary slightly depending on your hair type, but over applying might make your hair a bit stiff and less natural looking. 

Where to buy it

Widely Available Worldwide:

Amazon – https://amzn.to/37cn71V

LookFantastic – https://www.lookfantastic.com/aveda-thickening-hair-tonic-100ml/11095596.html


From my experience the tonic’s hold is long lasting but quite light, I usually use it with post styler (e.g. a wax, paste or clay) to get the desired style.


Application is pretty easy since it’s in liquid form and an easy to use spray bottle. I usually use small sprays all over to make it easier to spread evenly throughout your hair. The only drawback to it’s application, like most other prestylers, is the you need to blow dry your hair after to activate the full affect. But this is pretty normal, and frankly, worth it for the results. 


It has a nice natural botanical scent, that is presence during application, but isn’t noticeable to the user after styling.


While most products tend to fade and drop the style throughout the day, the Aveda thickening tonic lasts all day, helping to lock in the shape and style to get you through the day. When used right with other products, it has the potential to make your hair more lifeproof. 


Packed with botanical ingredients, its 97% naturally derived formula is ideal for fine or thinning hair, allowing you to achieve a fuller, denser appearance after just one use. With these natural and carefully considered ingredients, your hair is left feeling great and healthy. 

Water\Aqua\Eau, Propanediol, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Dimethicone Peg-8 Meadowfoamate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Brazil Nut Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Hydroxypropyl Starch, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dihydroxypropyl Arginine Hcl, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dimethiconol, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Polyquaternium-4, Polyquaternium-10, Dimethicone, Acacia Senegal Gum, Maltodextrin, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Farnesol, Eugenol, Linalool, Benzyl Salicylate, Citronellol, Citral, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Sodium Gluconate, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol <ILN41216>

Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.


Easily washed out with shampoo, but has some resistance the sweat and light rain.

Finished Look

For thin/fine hair this helps to coat the hair, boosting the appearance of the finished style, by giving a fuller and shaped look with added control and structure. I usually use it with another pre styler and post styler, and get great results. It helps me to feel a lot more confident about my fine hair and achieve durable long lasting styles. 

Would I buy it again 

Yes. For me this is something that helps a lot, and I feel like having a thickening tonic dramatically helps me deal with my fine hair. 


While I like love using Aveda Thickening Tonic, Label M Thickening Tonic is another one that works really well. It’s slightly cheaper and gives off a more dry matte finish, but it is also performs really well. I also still like to use a co-prestyler, like Original by Blumaan, with the tonic so I’m less dependent on a post styler. It helps to prevent me from having too apply too much post styling product, which might what my hair down or make it look less natural. Find out more in my reviews linked below.