Rated 4.19 out of 5 stars
This product is excellent for thickening and volumizing fine and thinning hair when used as a pre-styler before blow drying. The finish is soft and conducive for further styling. When I use this, I am able to use less of my other styling products due to the light hold of this product. The scent is similar to the Volume Injection products and is pleasant but not too feminine. My criticism of this product is its spray mechanism, which delivers the product, not in a spray, but a stream that requires further combing the product into the hair. The solution is simple: spray the product into your hand, emulsify the product in both hands, and then work the product into the hair. The stream might be helpful if root lift is the main goal. Some negative reviews mention a "too-soft" or "flat" finish. This effect may be from using too much product or not distributing it evenly in the hair, which might be alleviated from spraying the product in the hands before applying. Furthermore, if you are used to the stiffness or product-feel typical of mousses or root lifters, this product does not have the heavier, stiffer feel of those products.
I received this as a sample and was pretty thrilled. Little did I know, I would quickly become disappointed. The first thing is the spray vavle. You can change how the spray comes out, so instead of spraying & covering a large area of hair, it focuses on a specific area by coming out in a single, rapid stream.
I sprayed it on my roots and overall length of my hair, which is down to the middle of my back. While very fine, I have a lot of hair. I use a round brush on my bangs & a "dry" brush on my length. Both brushes got stuck, as if I had put hair spray on my hair.
After blowing drying, I noticed no considerable difference in my hair texture. That is until the second day. As well as having fine hair, I tend to have oily hair. The second day, my hair still looked good. Better than if I had used dry shampoo.
Would only recommend if they changed the spray face to allow for an allover spray. Maybe then it would work a bit better for those of us with limp, fine hair. Other than that, save your money.
Ann from central Texas
I have used this product for a long time and I love it. It is the best I have used. It gives my hair just the right amount of body without stickiness and my hair retains its manageability. It is hard to spray and it would be great if they fixed that - other than that I have no complaint.
Chrissy from Florida
This formula is thick. It is difficult to spray, and it does not evenly spray. It is more of a stream. I would not buy this again. I usually use the Chi brand volumizing spray/root lifter. It works much better.
Pam from Bolingbrook, IL
Smells like lighter fluid. Doesn't spray but a stream comes out. Be careful not to get on skin.
Nicole from Connecticut
I tried this product several times. The first time was a sticky mess that did not add volume and made my somewhat thin hair severely tangle to the point I had to cut some off. And that was after combing it through before blowdrying. Even with that disaster, I surprisingly tried again a couple of months later. As others said, spray into your hands and use sparingly. That helped with stickiness, but it is completely ineffective at thickening or volumizing, so don't waste your money.
Prairieberry from Calgary
I have medium length, straight, fine hair (but a lot of it) so my hair quickly gets heavy and flat. This kept my volume for 4 days without needing dry shampoo. Not sticky, or heavy, and kept shine in my hair. Strongly recommend for my hair type.
ALB05 from SC
As others mentioned, this comes out as a stream, not a spray. You definitely need to apply with your hands. Feels slightly sticky. It gives a little volume, but not enough for the price.
MJ from Cicinnati
I tried this product to replace Redken's Thickening lotion 6, due to it's discontinuation. It did not work for my straight thin hair and it caused a lot of static in my hair, which is not a usual problem for me. So a "no-go" for me and I hope Redken brings back #6 !!
Fun Deb from Claremont, NH
I have tried this product twice since I bought it. First time I sprayed it directly on my hair and I didn't get the results that I wanted and the second time I sprayed it in my palm and massaged it through my hair and maybe got a little bit better results. I'm still undecided if I like this product or not.
kforst from WISCONSIN RAPIDS
I have thinning hair and this product gives it great hold and texture without feeling sticky
Mutti from Tucson AZ
I am very happy with this Volume Maximizer. Have tried many other volume products but this is the one for me. Never ever sticky and is so light!
KellyD from Moorestown NJ
Love all things redken but this is my new favorite. I use it along with the thickening lotion and it gives crazy volume. I bought a few different sprays as my favorite was discontinued and they're all great but this has been my go to. Just super amazing volume!!
MB from Palm Coast FL
Noticeably more volume
Norma from IL
adds thickness & height
Country Woman from Hagerstown, MD
I use this product immediately after shampooing my hair. It gives me just the lift I need and it holds all day.
Lainie from New Jersey
I have been looking for a product like this for a while now. So glad I found it!
Jen from 54115
Hair is just as flat as ever, didnt do a thing for me
Professor Chaos from Cincinnati, OH
N/A from Indiana
Pleasantly surprised that there is a notable thickness after use.
Bottle states a "spray", not really a spray more a "stream" but easy to use with hand application.
T64 from Illinois
I've been battling hair loss for a couple years. This did absolutely nothing to add lift. I'm pretty sure my hair was flatter than usual. Wore my hair back the day I used it. Threw in the garbage.
Virginia Beach gal from Virginia
My stylist used this product on my hair on 8/28/21. WOW...I could feel the difference even before my hair had finished drying. The sprayer isn't the best, but we unscrewed the top and poured it into my hands, and I spread it all over my hair like I would a mousse product. I did not just spray it as a root product, I spread it on every stand of hair and scalp. My hair is extremely fine and thin and I have to use a root concealer all over the top of my hair to hide areas that are thinning. This Redken product made my hair look much fuller after it was blow-dryed and styled. My stylist is going to purchase a bottle for me so I can keep it at home. I highly recommend you give it a try.
Frds grl from Florida
My Ulta stylist used this on my hair after spraying with Redken United. No mousse, no root lifter. Then she used Redken 23 hairspray, which actually is very flexible. I hope they NEVER discontinue this! I have more volume than ever!
Debbie from Berlin NJ
I've read some reviews about spraying the product onto the hair. I spray some onto my hands rub it together then apply roots. Having arthritis you just have to figure out other ways to use. This works for me.
As far as the product it's great. I put it on my damp hair and let it dry. Then just play around until I get the look I want.
Margarita from San Antonio
This is the first time trying this product, just thought I would switch from my favorite, unfortunately its not as good as my usual volume product, and had to use quite a bit more cause my hair was flat next morning.
Alley from San Jose, CA
Believe me, I've tried any and all products promising more volume. To my surprise, this one actually works! Gives fine hair just enough volume consistently. Not sticky and doesn't have an overpowering smell. Very pleased to have found a product that works even if it's a tad high in price.
Squirt from Ohio
Probably will not purchase again unless they change the sprayer.