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Although I don't have a particular brand of hair styling products that I always have to buy I do really like the V05 extreme styling range of hair products. They seem to be ideal for my shortish wavy and wild hair.
Because my hair is so wild without products on it I need something that is going to keep it in place all night long without it starting to wilt and go flat thus ruining the style I have in it.
The extreme style freeze spray is something that I have bought and used when I know I'm going to be going out and the weather is particularly wild outside.
The freeze spray is a mix of both gel and hair spray. I personally hate using gel in my hair as it does nothing for my hair other than make it a mess so I use this as more of a hair spray to ensure that my style stays in place all night long.
It comes in a really cool looking container which sort of looks like a gardening water spray but a bit funkier. You use it on either damp or dry hair and then just work your fingers through your hair to style it. I tend to style my hair with wax or clay as normal and then use this to give it a bit more shine and to of course to keep it in place.
It doesn't harden as much as a gel does and it is easy to brush out again but I do find that when it is on my hair it isn't moving no matter how windy it is. My hair is short so it might not be as strong on long hair but for me there could be a hurricane outside and my hair will not budge. I personally think this is much more suited for short hair anyway as I think it would make long hair look dirty and not very groomed.
This is great stuff and it is really reasonable too. In boots you can pick up a bottle £3.89 but like the rest of the range it is often on ether 1/3 off or on a bog off offer.
This VO5 spray is what I currently use after I use gel to style my hair.
The first noticeable thing about the spray is the type of bottle it comes in. The spray action is use by pulling a trigger instead of just pushing down on the top. Although it is a minor detail I like pulling the trigger thingy.
The spray comes out generously when you give it a good pull. It is more of a mist than a soaking and you don't realise how much comes out at once until you look at or feel your hair, which gets very wet, very quickly.
The spray is an excellent addition on top of hair gel to leave your hair looking slightly wet and also giving it an extra bit of strength to stay in position. Without the gel it is quite tricky to do anything with your hair using only this.
The only downside would have to be when the mist gets in your eyes. Although it isn't an agonising pain, it is slightly nippy, but clears up by itself pretty quickly. Oh,a nd the other thing that could be a little negative is that it doesn't really have much of a fragrance, just smells like hair spray really.
Overall a good spray. The trigger function is more fun the normal method and the spray itself provides a nice wet finish, which lasts the entire day, without turning a powdery white at the end. Sorry about not mentioning the price, I'm not entirely sure. Recommended.
Usually, I use shockwaves strong hold hairspray but was given this as a present a while back. First impressions are that instead of being an aerosol like the shockwaves product I use and others on the market, it was a liquid spray with no accelerant like the aerosols. Although being better for the environment, its not necessarily as good for your hair style.
Because it is not an aerosol, it uses the nozzle to spray the liquid product. The problem I find with this is that it does not spray as far so you have to hold it closer to your hair than you would have to with an aerosol. Also, the other major problem I have with it is that when you pull the nozzle, the range is not very big and you are limited to the area of hair you can distribute the spray. I find this therefore makes hair quite damp and not very effective. If like me you spike your hair up, I find that the liquid flattens it and makes it look greasy which is not the look I want. Once in your hair and dry, I find that it makes you look like you have dandruff as it dries and becomes powdery.
I stopped using it but gave the product to my brother. Because it hadn't been in use for a while, the eye of the nozzle dried up and became blocked. This obviously affected the spraying action even more making it less effective. He continued to use it, and soon finished the bottle. When I say finished, I mean he used up most of the liquid, but left a small amount at the bottom of the bottle which could not be 'sucked up' by the straw feeding the nozzle.
This spray cost me just under £3 and holds my curls in fantastically all day long.
It comes in a spray bottle not an aerosol so is i suppose better for the enviroment but it realy does smell realy badly, the smell is a nasty chemical smell that has no fragrance at all to disguise the smell.
It is very easy to apply to your hair, a lot easier than an aerosol as the spray nozel is more acurate and it is a liquid not a aerosol so you get a more even coverage.
It sets very hard and holds my hair in place all day.
It doesnt brush out very easily but it also doesnt leave any white flakes that look like dandruf which is an added advantage.
The spray washes out very easily but it does make your hair look very dull and have no shine so you will need a realy good conditioner if you are going to use this spray on long hair.
In the past I've had my hair cut so that it has a choppy fringe and short layers around the crown etc to give a sort of spikey look. Maintaining this style obviously needs something super strength to keep it in place. This is where Vo5 Extreme Style Freeze Spray comes in.
This is a hair spray in a sort of pump spray bottle, as opposed to an aerosol kind. It is very easy to apply, simply aim at your hair, and pump the spray! Nothing to it.
The product smells very chemical, not a nice smell at all, definitely not what you want your hair smelling like, and that is a huge down point to the product. I think it doesn't smell sweet because it is quite a unisex product and so then it wouldn't be suitable for men if it smelt too sweetly. That said they could have chosen a nicer unisex fragrance to hide the chemical smell. It really does smell bad. Even men don't actually WANT to smell bad, surely? That aside this is actually a really good product.
As I mentioned I primarily used this for setting a sort of spikey funky style. As the title suggests, its for 'extreme styles'. It does make the hair slightly harder but not completely hard/crispy like some hairsprays do. It doesn't flake or leave any horrible looking residue on your hair. It can also be easily brushed or washed out whenever you want.
Most important though is the hold. It honestly will hold your style through anything. Once you have got your hair looking how you want it, spray with this and it will stay looking that way until you decide you don't want it too. It really does 'freeze' hair into place. I've actually gone to bed with this on my hair in the past when I had my choppy style, and got up and found my hair actually still looking pretty good, in a bed head sort of way of course, but it had still kept the basis of it's style rather than just sticking up at random angles etc.
The hairspray gives a matt look which is perfect for choppy styles and also makes it a great unisex product. It obviously means it's not so great for those who want glossy shiny hair. I have used this before on straightened hair and it does keep hair poker straight better than almost any other product but do to the fact it doesn't make it shiny and also that it smells bad I don't tend to use this for this purpose.
This product, along with the rest of the range was actually originally aimed at men but it is perfect for anyone who wants to create twists, spikes, or hold any choppy style in place. To be honest, whatever your style it is brilliant for holding it in place, so this is good for up do's and straight do's and curly hair, the only downside being the smell and the lack of gloss and shine.
Whilst looking on the internet it seems like I have almost imagined this product, as there is barely anything to acknowledge its existence anywhere! On the Extreme Style website it shows the range has been revamped from the blue packaging that this product and the rest of the range had, to new red packaging and also different products. On the website Freeze Spray is no longer there so I do wonder if it may have been discontinued. On the Boots website they still have the products in the blue packaging but alas no Freeze Spray.
At £2.98 for a 150 ml product that is easy to apply, keeps your style exactly as you want it, and yet comes out easily when you want it too this is definitely worth the money if you can still find it in the shops. The horrible chemical smell is a big let down to the product, but it is really it's only down point.
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