Olaplex's new Blow Dry Mist gave me 'straight out of the salon' hair at home

Hello Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist...

Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist
(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)
My Imperfect Life Verdict

A nice styling addition to the Olaplex line-up, Volumizing Blow Dry Mist yields a nice, fine spray, doesn't feel heavy on the hair and provides a nice amount of lift—plus, it smells lovely.

Reasons to buy
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    Ultra-fine mist

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    Adds a nice amount of volume

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    Smells great

Reasons to avoid
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    Won't add moisture, if you need this in your routine

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    Fairly pricy

Its range is the talk of TikTok and legendary within the hair industry, so whenever Olaplex launches a new product, team My Imperfect Life listens. Hence why one of our beauty experts had to get her hands on the newest addition to provide you with a thorough Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist review.

The best Olaplex products are known for their bond-building abilities, thanks to patented technology that works to repair damage in each strand of hair. And while the No. 3 treatment is the at-home hero of the hour, the brand has several great styling products on offer to help you build a haircare routine for damaged hair—including this newbie.

Here’s what you need to know about the latest launch from the brand, Volumizing Blow Dry Mist, from its key ingredients to what it's like to use and how it actually performs, according to a beauty expert.

Meet the tester
Lucy Abbersteen
Meet the tester
Lucy Abbersteen

My hair is color-treated, naturally curly, prone to dryness, and ever so slightly fine. I frequently change how I style it, washing with the best shampoos for curly hair one week to a sleek DIY '90s blow-dry the next. My hair has a decent amount of natural volume, though when I blow dry it straight it can sit a little flat at the roots, so I may add a bit of volumizing spray to counter this. Because of its natural curl and dryness, I also look to add moisture and smoothness when styling my hair in this way, as well as shielding it from humidity. 

A beauty editor’s honest review of the Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist

Ingredients: What’s in the Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist?

First and foremost, the Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist contains the same patented bond-building ingredient that is found across the entire range. As a spray, it’s not going to give you as much reparative action as the treatment or No. 8 Mask, but it’s a feature that’s unique to the brand all the same. 

The other ingredients in the formula that the brand calls out are pea peptides, which work to shield your hair from humidity, and polymers and jackfruit polysaccharides to smooth and hold, promising to do so without any crunch. I'd also note that it smells great—the same as the Olaplex Dry Shampoo—slightly sweet but not overpoweringly so.

Application: How to apply Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist

Collage of images showing the Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist results and the product itself

(Image credit: Lucy Abbersteen)

The first time I used it, I focused mine at the roots because this is the only area where my hair falls flat (although the strands aren’t particularly thick, I have quite a lot of hair with natural body). However, it’s designed to be used all over as an all-rounder first and foremost, then more is applied for a volume-boosting hit. The instructions from the brand are as follows. 

  1. Apply the mist all over clean, damp hair.
  2. Blow dry your hair until it is around 75% dry. 
  3. For more volume, apply more mist to the hair at this stage, focusing on the roots.
  4. Section and blow dry the hair away from the roots, or use a round brush to lift the roots.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 if re-styling dry hair. 

My hair needs a fair bit of moisture, so I layered the mist on top of a couple of other of my go-to products—which those following an Olaplex routine for curly hair will also do. But for those who keep styling products to a minimum because they are worried about weighing their hair down, this formula is very fluid and the spray bottle itself dispenses an ultra-fine mist. It's not completely undetectable on the hair, as I felt it created a little texture to give that root lift, but it's not sticky or at all heavy feeling.

The verdict: Is Olaplex Volumizing Blow Dry Mist worth it?

I wouldn't go as far as to say that I was blown away by this product—though I'd caveat this by saying I try a lot of hair care products as part of my job!—but I think that existing Olaplex fans and those who like to invest in their haircare products will enjoy this newcomer.

While I did initially think its name suggested more of a root-lifting volumizing spray, the product is more of an all-rounder that smooths, holds, and adds a little volume and body. It’s not particularly moisturizing, so bear in mind that you’ll need to get this from other steps in your haircare and styling routine if your hair has a level of dryness. I'm looking forward to continuing to experiment with it in my routine. 

The price tag is in more premium territory, no question, but because the mist is so fine I think the product would last a fair amount of time. All in all, this is a nice addition to the Olaplex line-up that I’ll definitely continue to use when blow drying my hair at home.

Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, woman&home and Women's Health, as well as regularly contributing to My Imperfect Life. Her work covers everything from skin and haircare tips to trying and testing the latest beauty launches, and interviewing celebrities and experts. A certified dog person, her other interests include mental wellbeing, books, piña coladas and not getting caught in the rain.