Product Type: Alphosyl hair care products
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Not strong enough for my hair
Alberto VO5 Extreme Style Gel Wax
Member Name: jipp05
Alberto VO5 Extreme Style Gel Wax
Advantages: Smoothed my fluffiness out and made my hair look a little bit more defined
Disadvantages: Not strong enough, definition and shape weren't as good as normal
I go through a ton of hair wax. My hair is short but it is spikey so I need something that is going to be strong enough to hold my hair in its style for the whole day (and sometimes the night too) long. There are so many different brands of hair wax to choose from and sometimes it is hard to know which one to go for. I do have favourites but a lot of the times when I go into a shop to buy some they aren't available so it is pot luck and hope that I pick something that is going to be good.
I can minimise the risk of it not being suitable by always going for a strong wax as my hair is really thick and wavy naturally I need the strong ones to help control it. I actually ended up trying this because I had asked a friend to pick me some wax up in town as I was going out that night and didn't have time to go get some and I had none left. Just from looking at it I knew it wouldn't have been something that I normally would have picked for myself but as it was the only one available it had to do.
The wax was by Vo5 and was a gel wax. As soon as I read it I knew it wasn't going to be strong enough for my hair as I have tried gel waxes before and they never give the hold or the pliability that waxes give. Again though as it was all there was I knew it would at least make my hair look better than its natural frizzy dry mess that it was.
The gel wax cost me something like £4 so it wasn't even as though it was cheap. Luckily it wasn't as bad as I had thought it was going to be but it still isn't something that I would ever get myself again. I really didn't like the texture of this. It wasn't runny like a gel but it wasn't hard like a wax either and was more like a semi set crème. It felt a little sticky and watery in my hands when I rubbed the wax between them but at least the cream didn't turn to liquid when I did this.
A little bit of this wax helped shape my hair and give it some better definition but I did find that it was more difficult to actually get the style that I wanted with it. With wax it is makes hair much more pliable but this just sort of made it wet feeling which made it really difficult to get the messy yet structured look that I was aiming for. I think it would work much better on shorter spikey styles where you don't have to do much to shape your hair as it is cut to go precisely into that style.
It didn't give me the level of hold that I normally get with other waxes either as my hair did start to flop a little and wasn't nearly as shaped and defined as it had been earlier when I left the house. The one good thing about it was that it did take away the fluffiness from my hair and smoothed it out a little so that it didn't look so bird nesty.
In the end it did make my hair look better than it would have normally but it just wasn't for me. It didn't give me as much hold or shape as I would have liked and it just wasn't strong enough. I also just didn't like the way it felt when I was using it but again this might have something to do with me not really liking using these types of products. I would use it again but only if there was nothing else available and if I really needed something to control my hair on a night out.
Summary: A gel wax but I'd rather stick with one or the other