Oribe Volumista vs Maximista: What’s the Difference?

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If you’re suffering from hair thinning or out looking for volume building shampoo, you may have heard about the Volumista and Maximista.

Both are made by Oribe, one of the top brands everyone should consider when choosing hair care products.

Both are very popular and have been around for quite a while. The Oribe Volumista and Maximista are two similar brands aimed at pumping hair growth.

Most people are confused about what they do and if there are any differences between them.

In this article, I look at the similarities, qualities of both, and most importantly, the differences which are quite subtle. Stay with me…

Oribe Volumista vs Maximista: What’s the Difference?

What is the Volumista?

Oribe describes it as a mane-plumping mist. Which means it is designed to make your hair round and fatter.

It is packed with polymers that help to add body to hair along with a natural luster that’s always absent in thin, brittle hair.

Since the hair’s natural texture and body are fixed, you can’t do much in that area.

But the shaft, you can boost and stimulate it so it can grow out thin and limp hair so thick, textured, and stronger hair can grow in its place.

This volumizing mist will work on all hair, whether it’s fine, limp, weak, dead, or thick.

The Volumista is formulated for plumping the hair and has the same scent as the Maximista. In 2014, Instyle named the Volumista as one of the best volumizers of the year.

One of the downsides is that it’s sticky, so it might give your hair a greasy feeling.

Full List of Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Isobutylene/Ethylmaleimide/Hydroxyethylmaleimide Copolymer, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Panthenol, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Panthenyl Ethyl Ether, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Benzophenone-4, Litchi Chinensis Pericarp Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Styrax Benzoin (Amber) Resin Extract, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Glycogen, Phospholipids, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Moringa Oleifera Seed Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Citral


  • Provides heat protection for your hair
  • It can plump the hair for volume and thickness
  • Adds a medium hold and lasting lift


It’s equally easy to apply to hair. All you have to do is towel-dry your hair. Start from the roots and spray to the ends, then start covering the whole hair.

You can spray from section to section for even more volume and blow-dry for a bigger body. You can use the product on a blowout or roller set, whatever your choice.


Thanks to the plethora of natural plant extracts and the signature Oribe technology, the Volumista can condition, add envious body to hair, and protect it from heat and humidity that can destroy the hair.

Suffering from dry, brittle, and thin hair? Try the Volumista.

What is the Maximista?

This is a hair builder that is supposed to add body, roundness, and volume to hair. In other words, it’s a thickening spray that you spray to your hair to grow magnificent volume.

Unlike the Volumista, this thickening spray is formulated for flat hair types that need more volume and long-lasting hold.

Aside from the volume activity, it also provides heat protection, which makes hair styling easy.

From reviews, it’s clear that users love this product because it doesn’t just add volume to hair but it also smells nice and doesn’t make the hair greasy.

Full List of Ingredient: SD Alcohol 40-B (Alcohol Denat.), Water/Aqua/Eau, VP/VA Copolymer, Isopropyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Cetrimonium Chloride, Polyquaternium-11, Glycerin, Keratin Amino Acids, PPG-12-PEG-65 Lanolin Oil, Polyquaternium-59, Trimethylsiloxyamodimethicone, Trideceth-12, C11-15 Pareth-7, C12-16 Pareth-9, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Flower/Leaf Extract, Litchi Chinensis (Lychee) Fruit Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Styrax Benzoin (Amber) Resin Extract, Parfum/Fragrance, Citral, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.


  • Provides flexible hold
  • Creates natural luster and volume
  • Swells hair shaft for more body


  • Not great for fine hair. If you have fine, thin hair with no volume, you may want to check the Maximista.
  • Might make your hair greasy. Quite a few customers mentioned that it makes their hair feel sticky and frizzy.


Aside from moisturizing hair to the shaft, amplifying volume, and strengthening the hair, the Maximista also helps to prevent breakage and help hair grow fatter.

It’s free from paraben and sodium chloride and is manufactured in the United States.

Differences Between the Volumista and Maximista


Maximista will add extra weight, thickness, and volume to hair while also providing heat protection to the hair.

The extra volume comes from the nourishment and conditioning of the hair. Volumista, on the other hand, only swells the hair so it develops a natural, soft volume.

Hair Type

If you’re looking for a starchy spray that swells hair from the roots, you’re looking at the Volumista. However, if you’re looking to add density and width, and some extra volume, go for the Maximista.

The Maximista is a hair bodybuilder that adds volume and thickness to hair in addition to thermal protection.

Volumista, on the other hand, will swell the hair shaft so the hair can grow a natural, soft volume.

You’ll use the Volumista for setting, for example, and the Maximista when you need to blow dry your hair without damage.


The Volumista is infused with Oribe Signature Complex, in addition to marine glycogen and amber extract.

Whereas, the Maximista features keratin amino acids, cetrimonium chloride, and multilayered UV protection in addition to the Oribe Signature Complex.

Sizes Available

I like that you can order the Maximista in a regular or travel size, which is great if you’re always on the go. It’s also affordable and cheaper.

I couldn’t find something similar for the Volumista and it looks like you can only order one size. It’s also pricier than the Maximista.


The Oribe Volumista Mist is slightly more expensive than the Maximista Thickening Hair Spray.

When I checked Walmart, you can get a 6.8oz for just 25 dollars. A 5.9 oz of the Oribe Volumista, on the other hand, will cost you more than 30 dollars.

The price difference isn’t much I know a lot of people won’t mind the price if the more expensive product can provide what they want.

Similarities Between the Volumista and Maximista

Both products are cruelty-free and are not tested on animals, just like the rest of the Oribe hair care line.

They are both suitable for colored hair. So, if you have colored hair, you can use either product without serious adverse consequences.

The two products have the same fragrance so whichever you use, your hair is going to smell the same. Plenty of users commend the shampoo for its excellent scent.


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