I have medium short hair at the minute and don't normally like gels as I just don't like the way they feel in my hair or the fact that they make my hair look hard. I usually use waxes or clays in my hair as they give my wavy hair the support it needs without leaving it hard and crunchy.
I needed a wet look gel as I was going to a party with a 1920's theme and wanted something that would slick my hair back and give it that old fashioned look.
I had used this years ago when I thought it was cool to have hair that didn't move so happily bought it again but after using it I wouldn't buy it again.
The gel is really liquidly and it was hard to use this to style my hair the way I wanted as the gel just turned to liquid in my palms and soaked my hair which made it difficult to actually style my hair how I wanted it. I actually had to use a hairdryer to dry it slightly before I was able to manipulate my hair into the slicked back style I was aiming for. I suppose this wouldn't be a problem if you had really short hair but for any length longer than this that you might want to spike up it would be difficult.
It took quite a while for the gel to dry properly and when it did my hair went rock solid to the touch which wasn't particularly nice to feel. It also meant that I couldn't accidentally touch my hair as this would have completely ruined the look and as once it is dry the gel isn't pliable I would have had to have completely done my hair again.
For the first couple of hours my hair looked ok but I have to say that I wasn't overly impressed with how wet looking this made my hair. It made it look slightly glossy but I wouldn't say that the wet look was particularly well executed and I was disappointed that the look that I was aiming for wasn't pulled off that well.
The worst thing about the gel though was that after a few hours at the party with the heat it actually started to melt and left my hair with white flakes on it which wasn't particularly nice and looked like dandruff. It was also really crunchy feeling and at the end of the night when I tried brushing the gel from my hair it left it looking dry and the flakes were even worse.
The only good thing that I can think about this gel is the smell which was really nice but that wouldn't be enough reason to buy it and it is something that I couldn't possibly recommend as it not only didn't leave my hair looking wet enough it was also just a bit rubbish and cheap feeling in my hair.
This costs £2.99 and I think the only person that would actually like this would be teenage boys with short hair. For anyone else I really think that you would be better looking for something better.
This product isnt too bad i suppose as its not really expensive however it is far from the best on the market . Obviously you only get this look if you are wanting to create a wet look with your hair but in my opinion i use this with the v05 hair spray and it still fails to stay in that position that i fist styled it in.
Also if you are planning anything remotely strenuous such as the gym, running or dancing then this isnt the product for you. This all comes out once you sweat. It gives a good look to begin with and would possibly stay with a better or stronger hair spray. But on that note you shouldn't be buying a product thinking you will have to buy a strong product to ensure it lasts.
Overall this product isnt bad quality for the price but it doesn't last long especially if you are going to be active. Also it can create a greasy look if not used properly !
So for me its has both pros and cons.
I were having a clearout recently and came across a rather old bottle of Alberto V05 Wet Look Styling Gel. This brought back memories of school disco's and special occasions when I were younger. The gel gave me the 'wet look' that was very much in fashion in its day. I am most surprised that this product is still around, as it was probably about 10 years since I started using it.
The 200ml tube costs around £3 and is of a plain and simple translucent blue colour. The V05 logo is stamped proudly on the front of the tube towards the top and the word 'WET' is written in large letters below this. Overall the look of the product is very professional and sits well alongside other top brands of hair products. There is no indication that this is a male product and would work well on anyone with short hair.
The gel itself is sticky and a little on the thick side. The gel is a clear colour and contains lots of bubbles. For application I squirted a small amount of gel onto my hand and rubbed it onto my fingertips, I then worked it through my hair and into the roots. Not a lot of the gel is needed as it soon finds itself all over your locks. The gel holds very strong and offers hardly any movement. This was never a concern when I was younger, but now I demand a good hold with plenty of movement, so the gel is out of favour these days. The gel does give a very glossy finish and the 'wet look'.
There are some downsides to this product. The first one is the rain! If you are wearing this gel in the rain it will quickly begin dripping out of your hair with the rain. The gel will find its way onto your clothes and on your face and the sticky residue isn't particularly pleasant either. The other downside is that you cannot really go to sleep with the gel in. I used to do this and wake up with an oddly sculpted hairstyle and it can be a pain to tame even when you rinse it out. The gel often takes two applications of shampoo and rinsing to clean it out completely.
Although there are negatives, as with a lot of products, this styling gel holds good memories for me and if the 'wet look' came back into fashion then this is the product I would choose. Nowadays I am much more interested in waxes, sprays and putty.
Since the age of 25, I have had a habit of letting my normally simple and short hair growing to the point where I feel the need to style it. I used many cheap pot hair gels and overly expensive hair creams and waxes, but I finally settled on one make. A basic wet look hair gel with no bells and whistles, Alberto VO5 Wet Look Gel. Here are my thoughts on using this product over the last 8 years.
I vaguely recall the brand name VO5 becoming popular in the nineties, where lots of people seemed to be using their products. They appeared to have that ounce of quality without the high prices attached. The VO5 brand is owned by the US beauty product company Alberto-Culver, who also have many other well known names under their umbrella, TRESemmé and St. Ives being such examples. They are now a subsidiary of UK company Unilever.
Hair gel for me was always a bit of a problem, as I would never stick with one type. I firstly had a penchant for the day-glow pots that were sold at bargain stores, where you would scoop a gelatinous glob that was almost cement-like and effectively glued your hair up. I can still remember the awful smell these gels had. I moved on to the infamous Brylcreem for a while, before mixing mousses and expensive waxes too. All proved to not provide the result my hair craved, and so subsequently stumbled upon VO5 gel. This seemed to tick most of the boxes for my needs, and so have stuck (??) with it out of default. With straightforward packaging, mild fragrance and providing a good hold, a tube of VO5 adorns my bathroom shelf at all times.
--Price and Packaging--
This 200ml tube is of basic blue design, with the VO5 logo stamped upon the top with the wet look title at a vertical angle. It's not the most clear thing to stand out of the shelves, but it normally grouped with all the other VO5 products which follow the same design cue. The directions and product properties are cleared printed on the back in a white and green text, contrasting the the blue nicely.
At the usual supermarkets you can find this for around the £2.80 mark, but as always can be found at the budget shops for almost half this price. It's a middle range cost compared to similar hair styling products, but a quality and long standing brand all the same. The soft plastic tube to also fully recyclable with all your regular plastics.
--Texture and Fragrance--
Although the tube appears to give the gel a blue tint, it's actually clear in colour. A small marble sized blob onto the tips of the fingers holds up well, even though it's not as thick in consistency than some gels. It's almost too runny, like a thick paint, but doesn't slide off your hands before application to your mop. It's surprisingly not that sticky either on first impressions, but once you begin to manipulate to in your hands and on your hair to does become decidedly tacky to feel. The tube does last well however, and I can make a single tube last over 3 months and is widely available at most grocery shops and pharmacies.
The aroma is rather nonchalant and almost undetectable, only the very faint scent of the active gel chemicals are present, as is the lemony overtone that masks this. Your hands will smell the most, as the already hidden fragrance nearly dissappers once it has dried in your hair. Only by wetting the hair and re-sculping does the smell return. It's a pleasant aroma too, so even if it did linger it wouldn't be a problem.
After squeezing some onto your hands, rubbing them together slightly and applying to your hair, you have to manipulate your style pretty quickly, as it tends to dry at a rather rapid speed. I make sure my hair is damp to curtail this, and give me more time to get my style correct. If it does dry however, re-application is not an issue, as it doesn't feel heavy on the head and can be rinsed out quickly to achieve the right amount.
After you are happy with your style, as previously mentioned it dries quickly, particularly in warm temperatures. Even though it's easy to spread evenly into your hair, take time to get this right as more thickly applied areas with become somewhat hard to feel and give that unfortunate gel-crunch to your hair in uneven places. If spread evenly, it doesn't give this result on the whole, only being slightly firm to feel. It keeps your style hold well enough without interference, but will fall out quickly if you are wearing a hat or constantly itching your head. Thankfully, it doesn't irritate my scalp, so itchiness should not occur.
After about 3 hours however, the style will being to fall out on it's own. If you get your hair wet you can re-shape without the need to apply more gel, but you can only really do this once. A normal application will last around 6 hours before it's totally gone, so this is not great but not terrible either. I have found that if you go to sleep with it still applied and holding firm, you will wake up with a messy bed-head that annoyingly difficult to shift without washing your hair thoroughly.
If you happen to get caught in the rain or drenched in some other fashion, it will run out quickly, and leave a sticky clear film to your forehead. There is not point in putting this on before attending a pool party or a beach. Again though, clean water rinses this off quickly.
Aqua (Water), VP/VA Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Vinyl Caprolactam/VP/Dimethylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Carbomer, Trideceth 9, Triethanolamine, PEG-40, Hydrogenated Caster Oil, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Disodioum EDTA, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxyisohexyl, 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehydem Limonene, Linalool, Parfum.
For the price and amount to get in a 200ml tube, Alberto VO5 Wet Look is a just-above average gel in my book. I have never really bought into the fact that some gels 'look' wet or otherwise, so this is indifferent to me. My hair seems to look damp with any kind of gel, but I suppose it does look a bit darker and more moise with this one. Although it holds well for only a limited time, it is easy to apply, easy to wash out, has a subtle non-offensive smell and overall performs perfectly well for my needs. If you are looking for a no-frills hair gel that doesn't swamp your hair in an awful artificial smell and make it stand up like bunch of lego bricks, this is a good purchase. Nothing special, but does the job nicely.
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I only ever use gel occasionally now as I don't have that much time in the mornings and my hair gets messed up easily with swimming etc. I bought this when I started university a couple of years ago so when I went on nights out I was able to do something to my hair to look a bit decent. I opted to buy this gel as I had seen it used in my hairdressers and it seemed to work well.
The gel comes in a blue transparent tube made of soft plastic and a blue lid is on the bottom with a flip cap on it. On the front it has the name of the product in green and blue text which is quite hard to read. On the rear all the usual information can be found. The tube holds 200ml of the clear gel that is quite thick but has no discernible smell to it. The gel comes out the tube easily with just a slight squeeze of the tube.
It says on the rear that it can be applied directly to damp or dry hair and it should be worked from roots to tips before leaving to dry. I usually dry my hair before applying it, and when I follow the guidelines as that seems to work best. It is very easy to rub between your hands and hair and does not dry too quickly, which allows you to style/shape your hair. It took my quite a while to find the right amount to use as if you use too much then your hair feels like a rock, but too little and your hair looks floppy. I find that an amount about the size of 2 peas will be enough for my hair and keep it looking reasonably good all night. I find that the gel will hold my hair well until I get to a warm bar or club. As soon as I get a bit hot and sweaty then it starts to lose its hold and my hair turns into a bit of a mess.
As a gel, it works well once you have tried it a few times to find the right amount of it for you, however I don't find it the most practical if you enjoy going to hot bars and clubs as it doesn't last long at all. I've used it a few times during the day and it is okay and lasts a bit longer.
I think I paid about £2.50 for this from Tesco's a few years ago, and considering I have still have a third of a tube left it has lasted well. I would expect that it would last a lot less if you used it more than I do though. Overall I think it is only worth 3/5 as for my usual use of it, it doesn't last too long before losing the hold.
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