“ Brand: Alberto / Texture: Gel / Type: Hair Gel / Product line: Alberto Balsam „
==Alberto Balsam Styling Gel==
I am always buying different products for trying to style and curl my hair. Generally these products cost over £5 each and although I have a few favourites I am still always on the look out for that perfect product which is cheap and can make my curls defined whilst looking natural and not crispy. My favourite product so far has been the Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly. This costs around £6 from Boots and I do try to stock up when it is on a buy 3 for 2 sort of offer.
However disaster struck when I hadn't realised that I has run out of the scrunching jelly I was using and didn't have a spare in my box of tricks under the bed! I had wet hair and none of my expensive products to use on making it look sculptured. So this is where I picked up the Alberto Balsam Styling Gel that I had previously bought for my other half from Poundland (I treat him well). I wasn't holding out much hope for this product considering its cheap price tag but using it was bound to be better than using nothing.
The Alberto Balsam styling gel claims to be "invisible hold" and comes in a 200 ml sized plastic tube where you can see the clear jelly like product inside. There is a screw cap which the bottle itself stands up on and it doesn't actually look as cheap as it was although it still doesn't look like a high end product.
The product is easily squeezed from the tube and at first I used a little 50 pence piece sized amount and thought that I could keep building it up if I needed more. The scent that comes from the gel is a little strong and rather chemically. I can't say exactly what the aroma is but I don't really find it in the least appealing. The clear jelly is very thick and there are little air bubbles noticeable in the product even once it has been dispensed into my palm.
I rubbed the jelly over both of my hands before then working the gel through my damp hair and then scrunching it. I did need to apply a few more of the 50 pence pieced sized squirts to my hands and then my hair before I felt my long hair was covered in the right amount of the product. The next step was to diffuse dry my hair which took around 15 to 20 minutes and on first use I decided not to look at the finish before I had totally dried and felt my hair was done.
I can't actually state how amazed I was with the outcome of this cheap styling gel. My hair was not only curlier than it usually is but also looked soft and natural and there was no hint that I had used quite a fair amount of gel in it. The smell of the chemicals that I had previously smelt had seemed to disappear and my hair just smelt styled and fresh from the wash.
The huge factor that really matters is whether this gel is able to stand the test of time and whether I still have a curly look by the end of the day and again this item was ticking the boxes. My hair, although it had dropped slightly, looked light and bouncy with full curls even by the end of the day and in my opinion this product has worked better for me than my usual favourite which costs 6 times more!
I was so pleased with this product that I rushed back to Pound land to see if they had this same gel. Which of course they didn't! They did however have a different version of the same gel which I have of course bought several of to stock up while I can.
I really cannot rate this product highly enough. It suited my hair and needs exactly. It is super cheap yet works better than any other hair curling product I have used in all the years I have been curling my hair. I think it has to be a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read
After much persuading and the final realisation that his hair looks much better cut and styled rather than hidden under a cap al the time, my 5 year old son Connor has gone the compete opposite way and has insisted on wearing hair products to school, hence this review!
The product I will now review is - "Alberto Balsam styling gel"
This particular gel comes in a stand on the lid plastic tube, meaning that I should be able to get every last scrap of gel out of it.
It is screw lidded and soft bodied, so is easy to open/close and easy to squeeze the product out.
You can use this in two ways, as a securing base for hairstyles, meaning that it could be applied to damp hair before drying and styling....we have tried that but it makes your hair a bit greasy looking, or as we intended to use it, to spike my son's hair from dry, which it works fine with!
To use I squeeze a small amount, around the size of a fifty pence piece into my hand and then emulsify it between both hands, I then drag my fingers through my sons hair to coat the strands I want to style, then simply tweak the style until it looks how I want it too.
This takes seconds to do, and you are left with a nice wet look style, that will last for a good few hours.
The downside.....well this is of course the fact it is being used on a 5 year old for school, the spikes are there when I drop him off, but my daughter says that by lunchtime when they meet up, he looks like he has been dragged through a hedge backwards, so there is not a great longevity to this product, though in fairness there isn't or at least shouldn't be many adults playing power rangers and Ben10 for a couple of hours a day!
The gel doesn't however, leave any sort of residue in Con's hair, no flaking or greasiness to speak of, so I can apply daily but don't need to wash his hair anymore regularly than his usual once a week, also the fact that the obligatory nits going around find it harder to get in is a blessing and a bonus!
Price wise this available for around the £1.00 mark in Asda.
For more information visit - www.asda.com
Thanks for reading x
I have a fringe called 'Frederick' that is called an 'emo' hairstyle and sometimes Frederick can be really unruly and hard to control!
Sometimes I have to use a gel of wax to smooth him down and hold him more in place and one of the best hair care products that I have found as it is strong is ;Invisible Hold Styling Gel' made by Alberto Balsam.
Advertised as: 'Performance you can trust for creating styles at a price that just makes sense', this 200ml bottle cost only a pound...
The black and see-through bottle is upside down and rests on a black lid and the solution is really thick, clear and gloopy and full of bubbles. The container is recyclable and lasts for a year once opening which is pretty good!
On the back of the bottle write up there is a list that says this product saying this is a salon tested formula with a long lasting hold and a clear light formula with no residue.
Alberto Balsam says that this transparent thick gloopy gel washes out easily plus is non sticky and non greasy but although I would say it's definitely not greasy it is very sticky like wallpaper paste.
You can either apply it to dry or damp hair and after running through the hair you just allow it to dry and then style as usual...
It smells a bit like swimming baths to me but is not unpleasant, it isn't a very strong smell once applied either so doesn't cover other hair product scents.
The invisible part of the claim I wouldn't say is true as it dries quite dry and shiny; but it definitely is very strong holding so it's a good gel to use if you don't mind the fact you can tell you hair has been gelled.
There is no residue which is good and it does wash out easily so I would say this product is worth four stars as it is pretty decent quality and is good for the money :)
We have used the Alberto Balsam Invisable Stying Gel for about eighteen months now and to be honest when doing the shop I would never pay any extra for another brand now.
The gel is priced at under a pound and my husband uses it every day and one tube normally lasts him about three weeks. The hold is long lasting and he does not have to reapply for the rest of the day. There is no stickiness on the gel which means that everything else he touches does not get sticky after he uses the gel. The gel gives him the hold he needs without it looking really wet and sticky, however, I think this gel is much better for a man to use than a woman as you can not get your hairbrush through the gel after it is applied.
My local supermarket was out of the gel one day so I bought another gel for about £2.50 and it was definately not as good as the Alberto Balsam gel.
Also, unlike other gels when this gel dries it does not leave any dandruff or flakiness. This gel is a bargain at under pound and we would pay more for it.
A completely clear formula which gives long lasting hold without stickiness /