We love a glamorous, sky-high, ultra-voluminous hair style. Our founder has been loving the “Siren hair” trend lately, a voluptuous take on really lifted, full-body curls. You can watch her step-by-step tutorial on how to achieve this look here.

Her recent obsession with Siren hair inspired us to take a deep dive into volumizing hair products. Using hair volumizing products can elevate your look by...

  1. Adding body and thickness: Hair volumizing products like mousses, sprays, and powders can make your hair appear fuller and more voluminous. This can also help give your hair more texture and make it look more dynamic.
  2. Providing hold: Many volumizing products also provide hold, which helps your hair stay in place and maintain its shape throughout the day. This can be very useful if you have fine or thin hair that tends to fall flat easily.
  3. Enhancing styling: Volumizing products can also enhance your styling options. If you want to create a voluminous, 90’s-inspired updo (watch Melissa’s tutorial here) or the Siren look, using a volumizing product is key to properly achieving the look.

In terms of volumizing products, we have a tried & true favorite here at Citrine, the Innersense I Create Lift Volumizing Foam. This is a multipurpose foam that is ultra-lightweight and gives multidimensional height and volume while defining, sculpting and shaping the hair. It also acts as a root refresher, so it’s the perfect product to use when you’re in between washes and want to revive your hair. It adds voluminous texture to really lift your roots and thicken each strand of hair.

Our love for this product has us wishing we could shout about it from the rooftops! Using a clean volumizer in your hair is very important because the product gets absorbed through your scalp and into your bloodstream, causing potential health problems ranging from skin irritation to hormone disruption and even cancer. Many chemicals in conventional hair volumizing products are known carcinogens, which often gets overlooked. I Create Lift is formulated with ultra-gentle, high vibrational ingredients that help nourish and protect the scalp and hair.

We decided to dissect one of the most popular hair volumizing products on the market right now... the Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. This is one of those cult classic hair products that works just like I Create Lift, it adds texture & volume to the hair.

While the product is generally safe to use, it does contain a number of ingredients that we consider toxic and potentially harmful. Some of these toxic ingredients to stay away from are...

Butane: This is a propellant that is used to spray the product out of the can. Butane is flammable and can be dangerous if it comes into contact with heat or flames. - This is why we typically don’t carry any aerosol products here at Citrine, including the popular dry shampoos that come in this form.

Propane: This is another propellant that is used in the spray. Like butane, propane is flammable and can be dangerous if it comes into contact with heat or flames. Hydrofluorocarbon 152A: This is another propellant that is used in the spray. It is a greenhouse gas that is known to contribute to climate change.

Talc: This is a mineral that is used to absorb oil and moisture. Talc has been linked to respiratory problems when inhaled.

Fragrance: The spray contains a fragrance that is made up of a number of different chemicals. Some people may be sensitive to these chemicals and experience skin irritation or allergic reactions.

Now, let’s get into some of the ingredients in I Create Lift Volumizing Foam, the clean, non-toxic and nourishing alternative...

Sugercane: Used as a natural replacement for synthetics such as sulfates, silicon, it touts many benefits. Rich in natural humectants, sugarcane which helps to draw moisture into the hair and scalp. This can help to prevent dryness and flakiness and leave your hair feeling softer and smoother. It’s high in antioxidants, which can help to protect hair from damage and help keep your hair looking shiny & healthy. Sugarcane contains glycolic acid, which can help to exfoliate the scalp and remove dead skin cells. This works to prevent buildup and promote healthier hair growth. It also provides hold and thickness and improves manageability.

Pumpkin Seed Oil: This nourishing oil is rich in nutrients such as vitamins A, E, and K, zinc, and fatty acids. These nutrients can help to nourish the scalp and hair, promote healthy growth and add a level of protection. The fatty acids in pumpkin seed oil add hydration and gloss to the hair while conditioning the scalp. Loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, pumpkin seed oil helps to soothe inflammation and irritation of the scalp, promoting healthier hair growth and giving a gorgeous sheen to the hair.

Aloe Vera: Strengthens hair and leaves a silky texture, while providing fullness and manageability. This is what gives the foam the super lightweight, airy texture that prevents strands from being weighed down. Aloe vera is well-known for its moisturizing properties and works to help strands retain moisture, preventing dryness, frizz, and breakage, leaving the hair feeling softer and smoother. Full of enzymes and amino acids, aloe vera strengthens the hair and promotes healthy growth, helping to reduce breakage & leaving hair look fuller and thicker. The pH level of aloe vera is similar to that of the scalp, which can help to balance the scalp's natural pH levels, helping to reduce excess oil production and promote a healthier scalp environment.

I Create Lift is the clear winner here! If you want to revamp your hair game & learn more about top clean hair swaps, we have a blog dedicated to hair serums and shampoo & conditioner as well!


March 2023

March 2023