Confession: I am a huge hair product junkie but because I have tried and tested so many products, I tend to be skeptical about the claims they make. When I had an opportunity to try VOLOOM’s Volumizing Hair Iron, I was all in. After seeing all the photographs of the before and after shots on their website, I was amazed by the results people were getting. Their hair went from lifeless and flat to super voluminous around the crown area of their head. My hair is very long, but I can always use more volume around the crown area of my head. I put this product to the test and wait until you see the before and after photo’s…they are like night and day!
The packaging will definitely make you excited to try the product. Everyone’s hair in the after photo’s looks so much more full of life. It’s basically my dream to have perfectly voluminous, blown-out hair all the time.
The iron itself is very unique looking. It almost looks like a hair crimper.
The actual iron itself has a digital thermometer that you can turn up or down which I love. Depending on your hair type, you will need a lower or higher heat. Coarse, thick hair will require higher temperatures.
The VOLOOM also comes with a lock button so you can easily stow it away in the bag it comes with. It also comes with a small brush that has a separating end on it and hair clips to section your hair off with. I adore that it comes with these items instead of just instructing you to find them around your house. It makes the average woman’s life so much easier that everything comes in one kit.
HOW TO USE THE VOLOOM (per directions inside the box, and several tries of my own!):
- You want to part your hair the way you would normally wear it. If you plan on wearing your hair in an updo, go ahead and section off the top, outer-layers of your hair. Do the same once you part your hair as you normally do. You do not use this iron on any part of your hair on the outer most layer. Clip away these outer most pieces.
- Using the fine end of the red brush that comes with the kit, part a section of your under layers up. I used 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch pieces. You don’t have to be perfect with your parts, but you generally want to take sections underneath the way you usually part your hair, taking about 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch at a time.
- Once you have that section in your hand, use the VOLOOM starting at your scalp. Clamp the VOLOOM down for 1-2 seconds and release. Do this anywhere from 1-4 times, depending on your hair length, or down to around ear level. That is one piece that has now been done, so flip that layer over to the other side of your head and repeat this on the next section of hair.
- Repeat this until you get to ear level. Do not run the VOLOOM down the length of your hair or past ear/chin level. It is meant to be used close to the scalp ONLY to lift up layers and create volume in the hair.
- Once you’ve completed one side of your hair, do the other side, section by section, keeping the VOLOOM from scalp to ear or chin level only. Do not leave your hair clamped for too long, especially if the temperature is high on the iron. I was able to clamp for around 2 seconds each time and it was perfect for my hair.
Once you go back and part your hair now, you’ll notice a MASSIVE difference in your hair. The under-layers of your hair have now been lifted from the root because of VOLOOM and your hair will have a ton of body and volume. Part and style your hair as you usually would and you’re good to go.
The difference in volume and body around the crown of my head is very noticeable. It looks like I’ve had a blowout on the upper part of my hair and I love it!
Some tips from my own trial and error with this product:
- The VOLOOM does add a bit of a textured crimp to your hair where you apply it, so you really want to make sure you’re using the VOLOOM on the inner-most layers of hair. Basically, think of the VOLOOM as your “secret weapon” and use it on the layers of hair that are hidden by your natural hair style. You can go back with a regular hair straightener if you get a crimp that is showing (in my after photo, you can see on the left side of the picture that I have a slight crimp showing).
- The VOLOOM should be used as far down as you feel comfortable having volume. If you’ve got long hair like me, I would stop it around ear to chin length. If you’ve got shorter hair, you can crimp just once or twice and get a ton of volume throughout the whole length of your hair.
- Use the clips the VOLOOM comes with to section off and clip sections of your hair away from your face. It helps tremendously to have your hair out of your face and way.
- Think of your hair in “slices” around your part when using the VOLOOM. Use the VOLOOM on each “slice” of hair you part, and then flip that piece out of the way as you go down.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment in your house! It may take you a try or two to get the hang of it, but the directions inside the packaging are incredibly well written. They even have how-to video’s on their website showing you step-by-step. I’ve watched them myself, just to get a better idea of how to get the most out of my VOLOOM.
The VOLOOM Volumizing Hair Iron currently retails for $129.99 USD on their website and quantities are limited. They offer a 30-day risk free trial of the product as well. While this tool is used only for volume and body in your hair and cannot be used as an overall hair straightener, I can say without a doubt that it 100% does what it says it will. If you’re someone who has hopelessly lifeless locks and you have tried every volumizing product on the market, this will be your magic product. I don’t have the flattest hair in the world, but I do know how much more confidence you can have when you’re having a great hair day. So if limp locks are a serious problem for you, this product will be a lifesaver and completely worth the money for you.
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