Let’s Talk Volume: Redken Volume 04 Full Effect Mousse & Shu Uemura Volume Maker Review

If you long for big, pouffy hair, Redken Volume 04 Full Effect Mousse and Shu Uemura Volume Maker are two products you might want to look into. Both of them deliver what they promise, but they are not used in the same way so you can pick and choose depending on what you need!

This travel-size can of Redken Volume 04 Full Effect Mousse came in my September Deauty box. I usually approach styling products with caution, because I personally dislike the crunchy, stiff, or just a general weird feeling you can sometimes get. However, one day my curiosity got the better of me, and I gave it a go.

The instructions are petty easy. One is supposed to dispense this into palm (the funny thing: in French it stresses a small amount, but not in English or Spanish) and work it into damp hair before blowing it dry. I used about the size of an egg, and mainly on hair that’s underneath and close to the scalp. I then blew my hair dry and wow, I didn’t have hair anymore — I had mane!

The great things about this mousse is that my hair doesn’t become crunchy or sticky with it. I was also worried that putting anything on the roots would weigh it down faster, but that didn’t happen. My hair stayed bigger and didn’t oil up more all the way till I shampooed again, and I was more than impressed!

The only potential problem I can think of is as this is very effective, and you really only need a tiny bit, it might take a couple of times to figure out how much to use. Frankly speaking I overdosed the first time, but the second time it got better. I’m sure if I need volume for a hairdo I’d pull this out in a heartbeat!

Bottom line: Redken Volume 04 Full Effect Mousse is a volumizing mousse that delivers great results. If you want more volume, pop it on freshly-shampooed hair and blow dry. You will be amazed!

Now, volumizing mousse might not be that rare, but a volumizing powder in pen form? That’s Shu Uemura Volume Maker for you! Not that packaging matters so much as long as it’s functional, but I find this aesthetically pleasing. There is a cap and a movable part over the brush, and when you click on the end the powder comes out.

You don’t have to click too many times before you can see some powder, and believe me you only need a little. After that you can brush it on dry hair. It doesn’t have to be freshly-shampooed per se, but I wouldn’t use it on greasy hair either. This is more of a styling product than dry shampoo, and it could get messy on greasy hair! Also, if you have dark hair, remember to rub it in well so your hair doesn’t end up looking like salt and pepper!

The powder makes hair slightly rubbery, and you would get much better results by combining this with back-combing or teasing. When it is used alone, it props the roots up a little but then they go back down after a while, so you have to constantly fluff your hair up. The good thing is since you only need a tiny bit each time, I can see this lasting for quite some time. Also, this can be carried in your purse easily. Since it’s used on dry hair, even if you change your mind or want to do something with day-old hair, it can be done pretty quickly (as opposed to the Redken mousse since it has to be used on damp hair).

Bottom line: If you want a portable volumizer, Shu Uemura Volume Maker might be one to consider. It works best when you style your hair afterwards, but since it doesn’t have to be used on damp hair if you make a spur-of-the-moment decision to do something about your hair, it’s easy to use!

Do you use volumizing products for your hair? What’s your favorite? Have you tried any of these?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx



  • http://charlies-choice.blogspot.com Stasja

    These sound great, but not for me. I’m always trying to tame my hair as I have too much volume, in a non-cute Monica from friends kinda way. :) So I’m forever taming my frizz. Great review though.

    • Sunny

      Haha you should be happy though! I think you have fabulous hair! I used to complain about having way too much hair, but after hearing some hair loss stories I’m kind of happy with what I have :)

  • http://glamorouslittlemango.blogspot.be Glamorous Little Mango

    I really want to give the Shu Uemura Volume Maker a try! Next time I’m in Antwerp I will definitely buy it!

    • Sunny

      I hope you’ll like it!

  • http://www.peggytimmermans.be/blog Peggy Timmermans Visagie

    I never use volume products, they tend to make my hair greasy very quick. I go for straight hair.

    • Sunny

      Oh I know what you mean! Some styling products weigh hair down I think. While these two don’t do that to me, I do like your hair so keep it that way!

  • http://eyeheartit.blogspot.com Larie

    The volume maker sounds interesting! Sometimes my hair is very flat and sometimes very poofy… ._. I think it has to do with how dry my hair can get? I’m not sure. Hahahaha.

    • Sunny

      It might have something to do with build-up on your scalp? I have noticed that when there’s build-up on my scalp my hair looks flattened!

  • http://www.beauty-reflections.com Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    That Shu Uemura volumizer sound like exactly what my daughter needs! She loves volume. LOTS of it. I have a big head, so haha-I only like volume at the crown. Otherwise all you see is this HEAD coming at you :))

    • Sunny

      If she combines that with some styling then yeah, she’ll get volume!

      Same thing here. The first time I used the Redken mousse my head looked twice as big for like 3 days!

  • http://www.valleydollbeautyblog.blogspot.com ValleyDoll

    I overdosed with the mousse too under the motto : more is more :d !

    • Sunny

      Haha if you have fine hair I think it’s going to be less of a problem, but after I used this for the first time I spent 3 days afterwards walking around with my head looking twice as big!

  • http://followmarla.blogspot.com/ Marla

    That portable volumizer is a cool idea. I really like Got 2b Rockin’ It and Batiste brand Dry Shampoos, but this would be great for traveling.

    • Sunny

      The Batiste volumizing dry shampoo works well in terms of volumizing (though it does dry my hair out), but so far nothing beats the Redken mousse! I should totally keep the Shu volume maker in my bag next time I fly, because flying tends to really flatten my hair!

  • http://www.pinklavenders.com Rainy Days & Lattes

    That’s a cool technique to put the brush into the hair :D It would be great for someone on the go! :)

    • Sunny

      Yup that’s what makes this one special!

  • http://www.bellachique.be/ Teri

    I really love the shu one, it doesn’t make hair sticky or white and it really works!

    • Sunny

      It has a bit of that rubbery feeling that’s common with volumizing products, but you’re right about it not being sticky!

  • https://www.zibbieko.wordpress.com Zibbie

    Tempting volumizing products!!! I am always taunted by flat and limp hair and the humidity in SG does not help either :(

    • Sunny

      OOO this is weird, because humidity is supposed to make hair fluffy! I know what you mean though. I think in a warm climate it’s easier for the scalp to become grease, and that drags the hair down. Hope you’ll find one of these useful!