I agree that root lifters don't work - at least they didn't work for me. I think it's a gimmick. I mean, how would the stuff in the bottle know whether it's your roots or your ends that are being targeted?

I've had a little success with using a mix of volumizing mousse and water on my fingertips and kind of "scrubbing" the roots of my hair to distribute it, after my hair is dry. It seems to give me some lift.
2/c. Coarse hair med. density.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
Best 1st day method: Ice Queen!
Stylers: Mix Curls in a Bottle into everything for shine. Terrible pj
Sometimes try roller sets or use a curling brush - classic glamor.
Every day is a gift