One of my favorite beauty products of all time used to be my Redken Guts 10 Volume Spray Foam. I have a chin length, layered hair cut and it gave it just the right amount of bounce and volume without being crunchy (Who wants crunchy hair right?) However, since it was hair products that started my whole journey, it was one of the first to go. Yup, my allergist thought something in my hair products was contributing to my eyelid itch since it was mainly on my right eyelid, and I have side sweeping bangs that brush across that eye.
So, began my journey to try to find a volumizing product that could compete with my old Redken favorite, yet didn’t contain potentially incriminating ingredients. The two I came across were these: Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray and Shear Miracles Pump Up the Volume Mousse. After 5 days of one and 5 days of the other, I’m ready to make my verdict.
First Up: Intelligent Nutrients Volumizing Spray
Intelligent Nutrients is an interesting company with a lot of buzz behind it since it was founded by the founder of AVEDA who left the company after it was sold to Lauder (yes, Estee Lauder). Thus, I had some high expectations for this one.
Price: $29.00 for 6.7 oz.
Purchased From: Amazon.com
(it qualified for my free 2 day shipping with Amazon student - yay free shipping!)
Also available through the Intelligent Nutrients Website
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Acacia Gum (Acacia Senegal) Extract (1), Alcohol Denatured (1, 3), Glycerin (1), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (1), Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Nigella Sativa Seed Oil (Black Cumin, 1, 2), Cucurbita Pepo Seed Oil (Pumpkin, 1, 2), Rubus Idaeus Seed Oil (Red Raspberry, 1, 2), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (Red Grape, 1, 2), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (Cranberry, 1, 2), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Oil (Bitter Orange, 1), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamon) Seed Oil (Cardamom, 1), Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil (Mandarin Orange, 1), Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Oil (Matricaria, 1), Lavandula Angustifolia Oil (Lavender, 1), Vetiver (Vetiveria Zizanoides) Root Oil (Vetiver, 1), Cymbopogon Martini (Palma Rosa) Oil (Palmarosa, 1), Citrus Auranitium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil (Bergamot, 1), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil (Orange, 1), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil (Lemon, 1), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Fruit Peel Oil (Grapefruit, 1), Limonene (1, 4), Linalool (1, 4), Geraniol (1, 4), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E) (Vitamin E)
(Wow! Long list, but it IS all natural and USDA Certified Organic.)
I’ve always been more of a fan of mousse volumizing products than sprays so I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out. I will say that I love the packaging which looks very modern. It also has a cool little flip out thing that plugs the sprayer when not in use to prevent leaks, so +1 for packaging and design.
When I first sprayed it, I noticed the nice, herbal/citrus scent. It smelled like an AVEDA product so bonus points for scent.
However, I’m not really sure this did anything for my hair. It didn’t make it worse, but I’m not sure that it actually added any volume. My hair is really fine and doesn’t hold much of anything well, so it might work better for someone with a thicker hair texture.
Next Up: Shear Miracles Pump Up the Volume Mousse
This brand was recommended to me through a friend online. They have pretty much every hair product you can imagine, and a wide variety of shampoos for different hair types that I’m looking to try.
Price: $18.00 for 8 oz.
(Definitely cheaper! + 1 for affordability)
Purchased From: Shear Miracles Web Site
Ingredients: Distilled water; certified organic aloe vera; organic non-GMO corn extract; vegetable glycerin; organic herbal extracts of: black currant, beet root, kham thai and blueberry; Vitamin A; natural plant sourced vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C; organic shea butter; organic oils of: avocado, olive, coconut, palm, jojoba; vegetable castor oil; grapeseed; apricot and evening primrose; organic African black soap; silk protein; extracts of organic peppermint, wild-crafted yucca; wild-crafted horsetail, organic nettle and organic melissa; certified organic plant source xanthan gum; vitamin E; organic essential oils of: rosemary and litsea cubeba
(The list looks shorter, but that may be because it doesn’t give both the common and trade name for each ingredient. Again, everything is natural!)
Yay! A natural mousse! I was really excited to try this product. I massaged a few pumps into my hair after towel drying, focusing on the roots as per the directions. The texture wasn’t as thick as most synthetic hair mousses. It was more like the texture of foaming hand soap, but I’ll take it. This one had an even better scent than the Intelligent Nutrients - very citrus-y and fresh smelling. Love!
Upon blow drying, my hair DID have more bounce and volume. It wasn’t as much as with my old Redken product, but it was noticeable. Hoorah! My friend uses this along with the Medium Hold Hairspray also from Shear Miracles and said she gets a lot of volume and hold from using the two together, so I may want to try that. I’ll update if I do.
The Verdict: Shear Miracles Pump Up the Volume for the win!
The Shear Miracles wins for being a mousse, great scent, affordability, and the fact that it actually makes my hair look noticeably bouncier and fuller.
I have heard good things about the Intelligent Nutrients though so this may work for someone who has a thicker hair texture, or who is more accustomed to using a spray product for volume.