I've recently needed to restock my hair styling products and I bought some VO5 gel wax which did not really do what I needed. I followed this by buying this styling wax, looking for a firmer hold and believing that a hard wax was probably more what I needed.
The appearance of this product is exactly that, a hard white wax product which needs to be rubbed with the fingers to soften up in order to pick some up to work into your hair. I worked a small amount onto my finger ends, about 5p piece size, just enough to rub between my fingers to coat them so that the wax could be transferred onto my hair.
Immediately I knew that this was the product I needed for my short, fine hair because it gave an instant feel of hold and firmness which the other gel-style product had lacked. Also I could easily define individual strands and work a very precise tidy finish and create the look and style I wanted. It also gives a shine to my hair which I also look for in a styling product. The only downside is that it does leave very slightly too much shine for me, bordering towards wet look if you aren't really careful with the quantity.
The other thing which has proven to be a real benefit of this wax is that my hair keeps the style throughout the day. Also, if you touch your hair in the day, it doesn't feel sticky or tacky.
All in all, this has done what I needed it to. I'm not overly fond of the smell of the wax, it's all a bit "teenage boy" - if that was a fragrance, but fortunately it's not strong or overpowering and it certainly doesn't linger beyond the initial application stage. The only other downside for me is that the packaging is absolutely IDENTICAL to the tub of gel wax I bought a few weeks ago - all apart from the actual words "styling wax" which is in letters approximately 3-4mm high. The main thing - the "Groomed" branding is dominant, and if I am styling without my glasses, I was often picking up the wrong product! For these two points, I'd say this is definitely marketed towards a younger audience, but it does a great job for me.
I have short hair which tends to be dry and frizzy so I need to add product to it to get it under control and to style it. I really like mud waxes which matt hair and give me good control over it but I will just grab the first thing that I come to when I am in the shop especially when it is on offer as although I have ones which I prefer I assume most waxes will work fine on my short hair as long as they have at least a medium control. That''s how I ended up with this wax because it was on offer and said that it gave control as well as shape. The wax resembles Vaseline both in colour and also texture which is never a positive start as I don''t imagine that Vaseline would give me the look that I am looking for with my hair. Unfortunately it doesn''t just look and feel like Vaseline but it also has the same greasiness as Vaseline and this left my hair looking like I had just dunked it in a chip pan. Honestly the greasiness was unbelievable. I also found it to be completely rubbish when it came to giving hold and definition. Because it is so greasy it just caused my hair to go completely flat and limp and I couldn''t spike it up while wearing this. The only good thing that I can really say about this wax is that it washes out really easily with just a little bit of shampoo and after one wash there was none left in my hair. Apparently you can restyle your hair throughout the day while wearing this but that is only because until you wash it the wax stays greasily sitting in your hair. I can''t imagine who this wax would be suitable for because I found it to just be greasy and offer no hold or control to my hair.
My eldest son is at the age where he is getting quite style conscious so god help me when he reaches his teenage years! Due to a quite horrendous double crown, he has to keep his hair quite short, but he wanted it styled like a footballer so we compromised and now he has a little Mohican, whilst keeping the back and sides as short as possible so I get my own way and he thinks he looks cool.
His hair doesn't naturally fall into a Mohican every day so we have to use styling products in order for him to get the look he wants and we have been using vo5 styling wax for a good 12 months now.
The reason we are still using this product after 12 months is because that is how long the pot has lasted. This leads you to believe that this must be a rather large pot of wax, but it isn't. It is only a 75ml pot, but you only need the slightest amount to give my son the look he wants in a morning.
The wax is easy to use. Most mornings my son comes to me to style his hair, but occasionally if we are short on time he will do it himself. Now and again, he will use a little too much on his hair, but apart from that, we have had no issues with him using the wax himself. The wax is quite thick, but doesn't feel too greasy on your fingers, and you simply dip your finger in the pot and draw some wax off onto your finger, rub it into your fingertips and then create the style you want on your child's hair.
This is really good quality wax as even after a day at school, the little Mohican is still in place when he comes home from school which I do find quite impressive. The good thing about this wax is that it holds the style in place, without leaving the hair feeling too firm or hard and if you ruffled his hair with the wax on, the hair would just move into a different position.
When I have blow dried my hair, it always looks a bit fly away. My hair is very wavy anyway so it is hard to keep it looking nice and neat with out bits flying out. My hairdresser suggested I buy some styling wax so I had a look round to see what was on offer. I didn't want to pay the earth so was looking for something not too expensive and found some by VO5 which is just called styling wax.
The pot of wax cost me £2.99 from Superdrug and it contains 75ml of wax.
I blow dried my hair in my normal style then got a tiny amount of wax on one finger tip and rubbed my hands together (I had seen my hairdresser doing this lol) then rubbed it through my hair especially on the side bits where they tend to stick out and on the fringe. I find it makes the fringe look more like separate hairs instead of being just a thick mass.
The wax doesn't have much of a smell to it, its just a very delicate smell which is very pleasant. I have found that my hair style stays in quite well and I don't have to reapply the wax every day, just when I first blow dry my hair. This has meant that the pot is lasting me ages. I have only got a slight dent in the top and I have been using it now for a good few weeks.
I would recommend this wax if you have a short style and it is very fly away and it really does tame it.
I have really thick hair and so whenever I curl it I need to use wax and sprays to hold it in place otherwise the curls just fall out. Over the last few years I have tried various different products to try and find something which not only holds my hair style in place but also makes it look natural and doesn't make it go hard. I've found it really difficult to get something which I'm completely happy with. This wax helps to hold my hair in place but leaves it feeling waxy and takes away the shine.
It comes in a round tub with a lid which you twist off. This means you can dip your fingers in and get as much as you like but it also means that the lid is often difficult to put back on as you have quite waxy/greasy fingers so it's not all that practical. The wax is dense as you would expect and quite firm. You need to take some out using your fingers and sometimes this means digging quite hard to get it out.
Once you have some out you need to warm it up a bit before using it. I tend to just rub it between my fingers until it's warm and then it becomes soft and flexible so it is ready to use. If you don't warm it up then it will just go in big clumps in your hair and won't work properly.
I tend to curl my hair and then use this so once my hair style is in place I will then get this on my fingers, warm it up and then apply it to my hair. I would make sure that there was a good coverage on my hands and then I would kind of apply it to my hair just by touching the hair and scrunching it slightly. The wax would come off my hands and onto my hair. Sometimes I would have to mess about with it a bit if any bits of wax tended to gather in a clump.
I find that when I use this my hair stays in position. I would need to use quite a bit to reassure me that it would stay in place but it did seem a lot more reliable than hair sprays. Of course over the course of a day my curls would fall out a bit but they held much better than with other products. I could even dance and not fear that my hair would get messed up. It didn't take away the life of it, it still fell nicely and wasn't all terse and plastic looking like I found hairspray would do.
What I don't like about it though is that it does take away the shine and makes your hair look a little greasy. It always made my hair look slightly darker and made it a bit heavier which wasn't the effect I was hoping for. Once my day was over I would have to wash my hair to get it out, if I left it overnight then it would be a horrible mess in the morning. It was quite hard to wash out and even after a hair wash in the evening, the next morning my hair would need washing again as it would still feel greasy.
I don't use this very often now as I don't have time to do my hair in any special way but when I do I love it and hate it so it's a strange one! It is better than hairspray but I do hate how greasy it makes my hair feel. I think you need to try it and make up your own mind.
My hair is dark, thick and wavy. Wax does not seem to work very well with my hair type, but perhaps its better if paired up with other products. The wax seems to work best straight after a haircut, when my hair is short. Applying the product to your hair is relatively straight forward but its a little difficult to wash off your hands. In other reviews people claimed that it can be difficult to wash off, but using Head and Shoulders seemed to work, I only have to wash it once to remove the wax. The advantage of wax over other products is that it is waterproof, which I suppose could be useful, but in rain it is unlikely to be able to hold your hair in a particular style. The wax itself cost around £3 which seemed fine. The tub is small but it lasts for a surprisingly long time. For thicker hair you must use a lot more wax and you cant expect gravity-defying styles since a simple wax just cant do that. For a quiff you should use something like a gel, which has a much firmer hold.
Lurking on the bathroom shelf, in the no mans land that stores the pumice stones, spare tooth brushes, hair gels etc I found a tub of VO5 styling wax that I brought quite a while ago. I brought the tub from Boots for £2.99 as I was on my way home from the hairdressers; although I have quite long hair the hairdresser used a small amount of wax on my hair to give it definition. Basking in the post hairdresser glow I happily purchased the small tub of wax as I wanted to try and replicate the style I had left the hairdressers with.
The small blue tub has a screw top lid and the labelling tells me that my tub contains 75ml of wax and is the UK's number styling wax. The wax claims to shape and mould, have a long lasting firm hold without the crusty feeling of gel, washes out easily and restyles using fingers, brush or comb. All this sounded good but not quite appropriate for my hair.
After holding on to my hairdresser fresh hair for as long as I could I eventually gave in and washed my hair knowing I would never quite achieve the same look but that I had my pot of wax to help me. After washing, heat protecting and straightening my hair I unscrewed the tub of wax ready to add a bit of definition.
The wax smells quite manly, the way a man smells fresh out of the shower but this did not put me off. The wax is quite solid and a yellowish colour. I scooped a small amount onto my finger tips and smooshed it around a bit to warm it up, exactly as the hairdresser had advised me to do. I then ruffled a bit into my hair hoping to achieve a defined look, the wax did give some definition to my hair but no where near as good as what the hairdresser did, I then made the rookie mistake of trying some more wax which then took my hairstyle from defined to greasy in one quick move.
Not to be put off I tried the wax quite a few times and learnt that a light hand was better then a heavy one at smoothing down the fly away hairs on my head and adding a bit of definition.
The tub advises that the wax is to be used on towel dry hair and then left to dry naturally for a defined look but I always used the wax on dry hair (which the tub says is the way to maintain a neat style) as a finishing product.
I very rarely use the wax now as my hair is too long and over ready for a visit to the hairdressers. My Husband uses the wax occasionally and finds that it does an ok job of his short style as long as he doesn't use too much.
In conclusion I found the wax pleasant enough but think I might of brought the wrong product for my hair, it did smooth down fly away bits and add definition to my style but when applied too enthusiastically I ended up looking greasy.
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I'm not the cleverest person when it comes to hair styling products, so I decided a while ago to try out some new wax to see what I could do with it. I had bought the VO5 gel before this, so I decided to stick with the brand and get some of there wax. I opted for the Control Styling Wax that "shapes, holds and moulds".
It comes in a small blue tub that measures 4cm tall and 6cm in diameter. It has a sticker on the screw off lid with the name of the product then round the rim of the tub it has the name again, along with the ingredients, directions for use and some useful tips. The tub itself is quite appealing when you see it on the shelf and the look of it was one of the reasons I bought it. It also says on the lid that it is "UK's No.1 Styling Wax", so I thought it must be good.
On opening the tub, you are confronted with an off-white wax that looks more like thick vaseline than wax. It has a slight scent to it, but it isn't anything that you can smell once it is on your hair. I have always applied it after a shower as I have found this works best and it also says it should be used on towel dried hair. I normally get some wax on one hand and then apply it bit by bit with the other by working it into the areas that I want it. I find that a small amount of it can work very well and if you put too much in then it won't work into your hair. Once worked in and I have sorted my hair to how I want it, I find that it will hold it very well and it doesn't look greasy at all. I used it last night and I found that it kept my hair in shape all night, even when it got a bit hot.
When it comes to washing it out, I have always had to use a bit of shampoo to get it out as water won't get it out alone. This is not too much of a problem as I don't use it that often. I do find that after applying it, it leaves your hands quite greasy and you need to wash your hands quite well to get it all off.
I paid about £3.50 for this a couple of years ago and I still have half a tub left. It lasts for ages as you only need to use a little bit to obtain the desired effect. It is a very good product, much better than there gel and it is great value for money. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. I am going to give this 4/5 due to it taking a bit of effort to get it out of your hair.
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