Add Some Bounce To Your Lifeless Hair With Osmo Extreme Volume Root Lifter

by Gio

osmo extreme volume root lifter

Name: Extreme Volume Root Lifter
Brand: Osmo
Size: 250ml
Price: £10.00

From the packaging:
Achieve noticeable body and fullness where you need it most with Extreme Volume Root Lifter. This weightless formula with extracts of Soybean Oil and Rice Protein fortifies the hair and encourages volume for long-lasting bouncy results.

What I liked:
– adds some volume to hair
– holds hair in place for most of the day
– hair doesn’t feel too crunchy (unless you apply too much)
– easy to use

What I didn’t like:
– if you expect miracles, you’ll be disappointed by the somewhat natural result

Popular haircare brand Osmo has recently revamped its volumizing range. And I like it a lot. The shampoo removes all buildup from my hair, and the conditioner nourishes it with a weightless formula that doesn’t leave a heavy residue on my scalp. This dual action allows them to give my hair its natural volume back.

But that’s not much. My hair is fine and limp, and always needed a lot of help in the volumizing department. Shampoos and conditioners help, but it’s volumizing styling products that make the biggest difference. And that’s why the Extreme Volume Root Lifter is my favourite product in the range.

It is very easy to use. Wait until your hair is partially dry, and then spray it onto the roots. Next, distribute it through to the ends for best results. The only tricky part is to figure out how much product you need. The first time I used too much and my hair became very stiff and rough to the touch. The second time too little and it didn’t work that well.

Now that I’ve figured out the proper amount (just a few quick sprays will do), I’m really pleased with the results. Osmo Extreme Volume Root Lifter uses polymers like PVP that coat hair, giving it the rigidity it needs to be held in place throughout the day.

Although I’m a bit sad to report the Root Lifter didn’t turn my hair from dead and lifeless to Fran Nanny style, I can’t say I expected it to (just hoping it a little). That kind of volume would have been a bit much anyway. Nope, the end result is a lot more subtle. Used together, the three Osmo products give my hair a slight curl that doesn’t feel too crunchy to the touch.

To those blessed with thick, voluminous hair, the natural effect achievable with the Osmo range may not seem like much. But those who, like me, are used to see their locks hanging lifeless from their heads, wondering how they can give it some bounce (and the range is aimed at them after all), will be pleasantly surprised. Even the smallest amount of volume makes a world of difference to us!

Even better, the curl it gives actually lasts for most of the day. So you don’t have to worry that your hair will be a lifeless mess again for that important appointment at the end of the afternoon. But if you sleep on it or wash your hair, it disappears, of course.

Osmo Extreme Volume Root Lifter is housed, like the rest of the range, in an eye-catching and huge blue bottle. But, unlike the other two bottles, this one is thinner and has a spray dispenser, so you won’t mistake it for something else. No risk of spraying your locks in the shower because you mistook it for the conditioner bottle!


Aqua, PVP, Lactic Acid, Chitosan, Panthenol, Cocodinomium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Soybean Oil, Rice Seed Protein, Polysorbate 20, Alanine, Glycine, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Parfum, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl, Carnitine. Dipotassium Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Glutamic Acid, Glycerin, Lecithin, PCA, Proline, Serine, Phytic Acid, Gluconolactone, Calcium Gluconate, Sodium Metabisulfite, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, CI 60730.

Available at: UK salons

Osmo Extreme Volume Root Lifter adds some volume and bounce to limp and lifeless hair, and holds it in place for most of the day.

Rating: 4/5

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Janessa July 2, 2015 - 6:09 am

I get volume by blow-drying my hair upside-down and a bit of texturizing spray samples or volumizing hairsprays work too. Adds a bit of texture to my otherwise too-smooth hair since I add oils to my hair and it leaves my hair a bit deflated for my taste.

This sounds like a wonderful product for my hair type which is thin-medium but quite long and the weight weighs the hair on the crown of my head more. (<— long sentence inspired by Harry Potter kid you not! J.K. uses long sentences but they flow so effortlessly. I only imitated the long part lol.)

Janessa July 2, 2015 - 6:10 am

Now that I re-read, my sentence isn’t that long after all. :}

Gio July 2, 2015 - 8:50 am

Janessa, oh I hate blowdrying my hair, so I rarely do it. But that helps too. I think this root lifter would work well for you. It does add some volume and, with hair like ours, every little bit helps! 🙂

Janessa July 2, 2015 - 5:59 pm

Why do you prefer to not blow-dry? I read your post on how it is damaging but Beauty Brains by Perry says getting your hair wet is damaging and a hair dryer isn’t that damaging because it allows hair to get dry faster.
Please correct me if I’m wrong, but it was in one of his podcasts a few months back. So my apologies for the vagueness.
Anyways, I do find my hair a bit dry if I don’t use any hair oil and if I blow dry it but if I use that, my hair looks healthy at least haha.

Gio July 3, 2015 - 8:43 am

Everything you do to hair damages it a bit sadly. Hair is particularly fragile when wet, and the longer it is in that state, the more damage is likely to occur if you comb it, style it, or handle it in any way. Blowdrying damages it with heat, but because it is faster, it may be less damaging indeed.

But I still prefer to air dry it for two reasons. One, I find blowdrying so boring. It always feels like a chore I could do without and so, unless I don’t have a choice (it’s winter and I have to leave the house soon), I won’t bother with it. But my hair is also softer and a bit more shiny if I let it air dry. I know some people find their hair looks better when they blowdry it, though, so I guess it depends on your hair type and what products you use.

Janessa July 3, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Thanks so much for your reply!

Gio July 4, 2015 - 7:49 am

My pleasure. You know I’m always happy to answer your questions.

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