This stuff does work but has some major disadvantages. It has the potential of giving you mega volume but it can easily give you dirty hobo/cavewoman hair. It's meant to texturize your locks to achieve volume, but the costs outweigh the benefits for me so I won't repurchase. There are better volumizing products out there.
My main gripes with it:
1) It stinks. The smell reminds me of an air/fabric freshener (e.g. Febreeze), powder and glue. Nothing sweet, fruity or floral/herbal here.
2) It makes your hair feel heavy, dirty, and just icky. (Note: I usually use less than half a palm size of this stuff.) I have to wash my hair sooner than I normally would or my scalp will start to itch. I'm actually a bit self-conscious when I have this in my hair. I'm worried people who touch, smell or come near my head will think I haven't showered! I can't even run my fingers through my hair with this stuff in it.
On the other hand, it does give you big volume that lasts. The volume holds up through heat, humidity and long days.
I played around with this product for months and I found this to be the best method of using this product on my long, fine, straight hair: On DAMP hair, I spray this onto my PALM and rub it onto the roots of my crown where I want volume. Then I blow dry with a round brush, lifting the roots up and blast it with cool shot before letting it down. I tried this on dry hair and it works just the same but it made my hair feel so much dirtier and heavier, so I suggest damp hair.
The amount you should use depends on your hair and what you want to achieve. Spraying it into your hands first will keep you from drenching your scalp with this stuff and it makes the product so much easier to work with. A little goes a long way. It is very easy to get carried away with this stuff. It's NOT A MOUSSE so don't expect it to dispense like one and certainly don't use it like it is one.
If you want to try it, I would follow the advice of other reviewers and purchase the regular Root Pump if you have fine hair. The Root Pump Plus is better suited for thick, course, heavy hair. It was too much for me. Better yet, get the travel size first! The full-sized will take forever to get through and it's pricey.
I have purchased this multiple times. I have fine, limp hair and a friend of mine with the same told me about this product. She would use it to keep curls in her long hair all day long and I couldn't believe she could get that kind of hold with such fine hair. Convinced me.
I have shoulder length hair and this product does not weigh my hair down at all. Much like the previous reviewer, my hair is oily. When I use this, it is less oily the next day, though I still have to wash daily. This gives my hair lift that will last all day. It really is an amazing product. I won't even bother to try something else at this point. I spray out a palm-size mound of product. I then use both hands to work the product through damp hair, concentrating at the crown and my roots, and then use a bit on the ends of my hair. Then blowdry and style.
This is perfection with the exception of the large can; however, the quality of the packaging is great. I dropped a brand new can and broke the top on it. I simply pulled the top off an empty can that I was about to toss and put it on top of the can with the broken top. Wallaaaa! Fixed. Love it, love it, love it. I even use it to plump up my limp hair when I'm not even going out. Just hanging out around the house, my ponytail looks so much cuter. LOL!
I have very fine, wavy hair (a lot of it!) that tends to err on the side of greasy after only one day (sometimes by the end of the same day that I shampoo), which makes my hair even more limp than it is to start with (which is pretty limp). I'm not usually a fan of mousse or volumizing products, but since I got this product (Root Pump Plus, not regular) free from a friend, I figured I'd give it a shot - and I am so glad I did!
I have used this product 3 times so far, so I may update as time passes, but so far I love this stuff.
I spray this product right onto my head and rub it in before blow drying. When I blow dry (I alternate between upside-down and right-side up because I can't stand to have my head upside-down for more than a minute at a time; I get a headache), my hair feels *almost* sticky to the touch - it definitely feels thicker and more texturized - but then I go to run my brush through my hair and it glides through effortlessly. What??!?! This is unbelievable to me - usually volumizing/texturizing products leave my hair a stiff tangled mess. Somehow this manages to create volume and texture but also leaves my very fine, prone-to-thousands of-tangles hair manageable. I think this stuff may be magical.
My second-day hair is still voluminous and manageable. It is also LESS GREASY than if I don't use this stuff. I swear - magical. So far I've only used this on the top of my head, but am tempted to see what happens if I branch into using it on the rest of my scalp.
I should note that I also use Aveda light elements smoothing fluid on the tips of my hair as a heat protectant, and the two products seem to work well together.
I tried both versions. This one gives a lot more volume and the volume lasts longer. Yeah, it's easy to overdo and get slightly crunchy (or super crunchy) but the regular version does very little in the way of volume. I can't wait to use that one up so I can buy more of the this one. The smell of neither is noteworthy but tolerable. These were on sale at Ulta for $10 recently which is a more appropriate price point than the regular price. The can lasted several months with regular use.
There are two versions of Root Pump: Regular, and Plus. Regular is best for fine-to-medium hair, and Plus is for thick or coarse hair. I didn't realize this when I bought Plus (ages ago), and I have thin, fine hair, so I wish I had bought the regular one instead. But I didn't, so this review is for Plus, but keep in mind I'm not its ideal user.
All that being said, this stuff is SERIOUS! Serious hold, serious oomph. This, sprayed into my roots and rubbed in, coupled with an upside down blowdry=WHOA! Big a** hair! If it droops during the day, you can just refluff with your fingers and be back in business.
If you absolutely cannot abide the feeling of product in your hair, do not get this. It doesn't LOOK stiff and product-y, but you can feel it for sure. I love the results, but it feels a little too stiff and grungy for my taste. I assume the non-Plus might feel lighter.
The can is huge and if you only use it on your roots, it should last a good long while. If I ever run out of this, I'll try the regular and give that one a whirl. If you want serious body and lift, give one of the Root Pumps a try for sure.
Absolutely cannot live without this! I don't have the thickest hair but Root Pump Plus makes it impossible to tell. After I get out of the shower, I spray Paul Mitchell root lifter then apply Root Pump Plus all over my hair, not just on the roots, then blowdry and brush it out. Makes my hair have amazing body and volume. It's about $21.00 at CVS, but I will never use anything else. amazing amazing amazing
I have very fine, thin hair and this volumizes without weighing down. You only need to use a small amout. The diffuser applicator is kind of worthless, it's easier to just spray into your hands and work in. Need to use at the roots and the mid hair shaft for volume before blowdrying. Results don't last long, looked great after blow drying but was flat again the next morning. For the price, I probably won't repurchase because I like Giovanni's root 66 root lifting spray just as well at a much lower price.
The positive reviews on here really convinced me to buy this spray mousse but I wasn't impressed. It was pretty pricey at $18/19 and it didn't deliver on its promise. I used only 3 light sprays and then I would massage it throughout my crown area. After I used this my hair was slightly volumized but not much better than the usual volume of my hair. Plus, this product felt like it weighed down my hair and it broke me out! I noticed that after a couple uses, my back and chest (cleavage area) started developing acne. At first I didn't know what was causing it. Once I stopped using this, because I was unhappy with the results it gave me, I realized that this was causing my break outs. I definitely don't recommend this to those who are break out prone or those who have sensitive skin. For the price and disappointing results, I say save your money and look for something else.
This product is amazing for people with baby fine hair! I section off my hair and spray Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Plus onto my scalp and rub around with my finger tips, finally combing through the ends with a wide tooth comb. I blow dry my hair upside down holding the roots out and tousling the ends. When I flip my hair up I am left with tons of volume, body and thickness, with tousled looking ends. This mousse holds the style perfect all day! Honestly, at first I hated this product but I found that less is more; I was using way too much product. I have already re-purchased and would recommend to anyone with fine hair.
Price is reasonable
Easy to find
Too much product will leave hair greasy
Trying out a few Sexy Hair products. My thick shoulder length hair is fairly manageable although not good about holding volume. This stuff works great as one of my final products. Applied it to 90% dry hair so it doesn't water down with too much moisture in my hairs. A round brush is all I needed. Followed up with "What A Tease" for extra oomph. Great purchase for under $10.
Warning: Buying professional products outside a salon (Target, Wal-Mart, Marshalls) run the risk of getting watered down diverted/stollen products.