You guys, I’ve been dying to show this to you for months, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy.
I’ve been using this iron since last summer since I was one of the first to have it, and I HAVE to tell you all about it. It’s called VOLOOM, and it’s a flat-haired babe’s best friend. Have you seen how fine my hair is? Well, you’ll see below in the “before” photo, that it’s flat as a board. No lie. If you’ve seen photos of me out there on the interwebs with volume and curls, it comes with lots of product, teasing, and zhushing—and often professional styling. (Or however you spell that crazy word that means shaping and improving your hair with a little messy zhush with your hands.) For the record, I dislike teasing my hair, and will shy away from it whenever possible!
Now, I can get volume without all the pomp and circumstance. I swear it!
No crazy products involved here—it’s just this unique iron. Unlike a flat iron, this is a volumizing iron. It has rows of deep squares that meet up. I call them a waffle weave pattern, that takes the hair you have inside of it, and crimps it for lack of a better word. But believe me, it’s not like those crimping irons in the 80’s. And yes, I did use one of those in high school. Oh, memories.
Here’s a closer look at VOLOOM:
- Deep grooves that catch hair on both sides for maximum volume effect—this creates volume “pockets” due to its beveled edges
- Power button with + and – buttons for temperature control
- Iron can reach 320-350F for fine, damaged, or chemically treated hair; 350-370F for thick hair; and 370-390F for coarse or curly hair — these are the recommended settings for safety
- Digital temperature display so you know when your iron is safe to use for your hair type
- Locking mechanism to keep your iron closed for compact storage
- It also comes with sectioning clips, a teasing brush (should you need it), and a case
The pattern is very minimal, and not visible at all once my hair is down.
Using it is EASY.
- Start with dry hair. When drying my hair before using, I’ll apply a heat protecting product while my hair is still damp, but I don’t recommend using VOLOOM while your hair is damp with styling products, hairspray, etc. Crispy isn’t what you’re going for, and the high heat can cause damage or breakage to your hair when met with wet products. Especially those with high alcohol content. This is meant solely for use on dry hair!
- Section your hair. VOLOOM will include sectioning clips in your order. Since my hair is fine/thin, I section my hair in 2 or three layers, about 2 inches away from each hairline. So I’ll start 2 inches away from my front hairline, etc., so no one knows about VOLOOM except for me!
- You will NOT slide this all the way down your hair like a flat iron. You will only apply it near your scalp where you need the bump in volume!
- The beveled crimp pattern is mostly seen UNDER the layer, so it’s not super visible for me. I can still use this if I wear my hair in a ponytail, etc., due to the way I keep it away from my front hairline. I love using it just under my crown in the back of my head, because it gives a nice little bump to that area when I wear my hair up!
Here’s my before, this is REALLY how flat my hair is on any given day without a lot of styling effort:
This is immediately after using VOLOOM on the same flat hairstyle above! I used NO teasing, and no extra products, other than a light finishing spray to keep it in place for the day when I was finished (like I would with any other style):
See why I’m hooked? I use VOLOOM on the 350º setting since my hair is both chemically treated with color, and it’s very fine. Depending on your texture, you may need to take your iron temperature up.
In all honesty, this adds about five extra minutes to my styling routine overall, and that includes sectioning my hair. It also works great on second day hair for me, which will hold the volume even more. Especially if I spray a little dry shampoo after using VOLOOM to remove excess oil. (But that’s optional. I need it because I get oily roots overnight.)
What do you think? Is this something you would use?
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How-to video courtesy of VOLOOM