Volumizing powders have fascinated me since I read a piece on them back when I was way into 60s faux-beehives. I hate backcombing as it makes me feel like I'm killing my hair, one brushstroke at a time, so volumizing powders sounded like the perfect way to cheat myself out of that. When I was given the chance to review Shu Uemura's Volume Maker, I jumped at that opportunity!
The Shu Uemura VM separates itself from the competition with its brush. This supposedly makes it a lot easier to measure the amount you're using, and to spread it evenly on your flattened hairz. I have to agree with this, as the Schwarzkopf volumizing powder I also own just comes in a tube that looks and works like salt and pepper shakers: shake, and powder comes out of the holes. This makes it very hard to get the right amount in the right place. The brush and the dispenser button fix this problem perfectly.
Now, when it comes to the volume created, my experience is similar to the Schwarzkopf one: it gives your hair some texture and "grab", much like dry shampoo on slightly greasy hair. But you still need to poof it up every now and then. This might just be because of my hair type, but my volume deflates in no time. Whether I use hairspray or not.
I would suggest buying volumizing powders or texturizers if you like backcombing your hair for some volume as these are sure to give your hair even more grip. The powder is also a great way to get your hair more managable when it's freshly washed and all silky and slippery. However, don't expect this to be the miracle solution!
And now some pictures of ma hairz, all volumized!
To get this result (I imagine it would be a great base for more elaborate, voluminous hairdos) I brushed in a few clicks of Shu Uemura volumizing powder around my parting and at the crown of my head. If you have tips on volume, volumizing powders or backcombing, do share!
PS: I've just bought a new packet of bleach. I'm thinking of doing a more dramatic ombre again. Totally want to go purple, but I'm looking for a job and shiz! #firstworldproblems
PPS: I was having an EPIC eyebrow day, as you can see. LOOK at those badasses! The secret behind looking "done" is filling in your eyebrows, I'm telling ya. More is more.