I’m not a fan of spending hours getting ready for work or ready to go out, so short hair is something I’ve kept for most of my life. With short hair, I have become reliant on finding styling products which can help me to give my hair a style and give it a bit of character.
Despite initially being put off by the term clay, this product passed my initial essential hair product test – a sniff in the shop! I found this to have a pleasant, almost sweet, fragrance, and being on offer at £2.30 for a small tin, I decided to give it a go.
The product does have the colour of clay, but fortunately that’s where the similarities end. The consistency is quite soft, and when it comes to applying it, it is easy to pick up with the fingers, whatever amount you choose to use.
For me, its enough just to swipe my finger ends through the clay which will pick up about 3 chunky 5p piece sized amounts. I then rub this between my fingers and apply to my hair. I will pick out different strands of hair to style in position and when this is done, the beauty of this product is that the style created will really stay in place all day.
This product gives a matt finish, so obviously it's not great if you are looking for a finish of any degree of shine or gloss. The clue here was obviously on the product, so I can hardly claim this as a negative point, but I realise that I really do actually prefer a touch of shine to my hair, so I have not repurchased this product.
The only major downside for me is that it does leave the hair feeling quite dry, almost tacky, to the touch, but that’s not to say it actually dries out my hair, it’s just the feel it leaves. I wash my hair each morning and it washes out nicely. The main thing is that this is one product over most of the others I've used over the years that really holds the style firmly where it's put!
I'm a massive fan of the American Crew range of wax but what with doing my hair at least once a day, but often more, I thought about downgrading to a cheaper one. After all, working in engineering doesn't mean I've got many girls to impress at work! While I still use the more expensive, better American crew wax on big occasions, I now use the V05 Matt Clay every day to work.
The price is a very reasonable couple of pounds for a pot that will probably last a couple of months, depending how liberal you are with the application. The great thing is that this product is that it is available at any supermarket/drugs store, unlike a lot of brands.
When it comes to using the wax, a little goes a long way. Take a small amount, rub it into your hands and then apply to your dry hair. It creates a really good look that lasts the day. Although the smell of the wax in your hair isn't as nice as some of the waxes I use, it isn't a negative at all.
Once you're done for the day, it washes out really easily and I can't say I've noticed any negative effects on my hair since using it! So all in all, a great product!
I like to style my hair with a styling product which helps my style remain in place most of the day. I like Vo5 products because they hold my hair in place and on windy days my hair doesn't look like a scarecrow.
This product comes housed in a metal tin and the clay inside is fairly solid and not a runny consistency. It is fairly easy to scoop from the tin but I do have to scoop it fairly manually because it is set in the tin and not like a lotion or cream. It isn't solid but is fairly firm.
Once I have scooped a small amount from the tin I rub it between my fingers to soften it up so I can work it into my hair easier. It feels sticky on my fingers but softens and becomes more of a creamy texture on the fingers.
I then work it into my hair beginning at the root area and styling my hair so I can get the style I require which is always the same and spikey. It is easy to style the hair and work it into the roots. It is manageable for short hair and I find it my hair has grown a little too long I can still style it but find it is easier when my hair is cut shorter and trimmed.
It holds my hair in place most of the day without having to use any more of the product. Using too much does leave too much residue on the hair and it then weighs it down too much and doesn't give it a good lift. It doesn't feel solid on my hair after applying it and it doesn't look like I am wearing hairspray or a gel. It doesn't look shiny on the hair or too dull but it does look like a natural matt look.
My grandson's use this clay when they sleep at my home and have a bath or shower and it styles their hair really well indeed and again using very little of the clay to style it. They use a little less of the clay for styling their hair because they don't have quite as much hair on their heads as I do being an adult.
It is easy to wash from the hair and doesn't leave any residue or leave it feeling rough.
This product I like quite a lot and like the way it holds my style in place most of the day. When I get home after work I do find my hair is still fairly uplifted but not as much as when I began my day but that happens using any product I have used so completely normal for the products I have used.
It cost £3.89 for a tin and it is good value for money. A good price indeed for styling the hair. The tin does last a long time because you don't need to use a ton of it to style the hair.
I will keep on buying it because I like it a lot.
I rate it 5 stars.
After trying various products on my hair, I finally got round to try this V05 Extreme Matt Clay.
First off, I have short to medium hair length. I usually use a well known hair wax for my hair. But, I fancied something a bit different.
-- Price & Packaging --
The price is pretty steep compared to other hair styling products. This cost me around £3.50, with the shops own costing around £1.50. So, I was pretty cautious to say the least.
The packaging can looks very attractive. It certainly caught me eye while I was browsing the shelf. It has a bright blue colour to it, which makes it stand out. It also is a circular shape with a tin circular lid, while all other products were square or a cube type of shape. It's probably one of the reasons why I brought this hair styling product.
-- Smell and Feel --
The smell can only be described as a "sweet manly" scent. It has that sweetness to it which makes you think, "Mmm, this smells nice". But at the the same time it has that male smell to it. Like a mix of the two.
The feel of the matt clay is that of actual clay. If you ever did pottery class at school or just played about with play clay, it feels a lot like that.
You only need a tiny bit for short hair. If you use too much, your hair can look oily or greasy. So be careful.
The style is kind of like a dry, but messed up look. I feel that more can be done with hair with this product than any other hair wax.
-- How long does it last for --
If I'm going out for the evening or going to work in the morning. I find that it lasts around 6-8 hours before the style starts to fade out. I do not reapply throughout the day though. When washing it out, It washes out more or less instantly. A lot better than gel in fact.
-- How does it compare to other products --
I think this is probably the best hair product on the market at the moment. I compared it with a well known hair wax, putty and gel product. It seemed to hold it's own very well. I think the only bad thing about this product is the price. I compared it to a shops own matt clay and found that I got similar results. The shops own being a lot cheaper as well. The one thing I prefer with the V05 Matt Clay is the smell. I get a lot of compliments on how nice my hair smells. But with the shops own, the smell isn't as nice.
-- Overall --
Overall, if you want a new choppy style for your hair, then I would say try this product to see if you like it.
If you have long hair I would advise you to try a different product completely. I'm going to give it a 8/10 overall.
Thank you for reading my review
Hair! What a kerfuffle. Companies spend millions, and people spend years; all trying to find the best product for the collective and individual scalp harvest. We are all different, so it doesn't matter how many fancy 'scientific' terms you casually throw into a TV advertisement, it won't necessarily work for everyone. I had to try a few different brands and varieties before I settled on this one. I tried gels, waxes, sprays and mouses, but for the effect I wanted, I found clay (and more specifically, matt clay) worked best all-round. I'd say this particular type of hair product works best on short to medium length hair, where the matt effect is most appealing.
The product comes in a metal pot with a simple screw-top lid. The packaging is smooth to open, but over time it seems to gain dints and become misshapen. when the lid is off it's easily bendable which can make it difficult to screw back on thereafter. The pot is filled to the brim with the product, which is a pure white colour. You can tell a factory machine has filled the pot, because the creamy (yet) hard substance has a trail from the centre where it has left the nozzle of a device. It is smooth to touch, but you really have to scrape it from the pot to get a decent amount of your fingers. If left outside in the cold it will go even harder. The substance is surprisingly perceptive to heat. I'd say there was enough in one tub to last between 6 and 12 months if used daily - at the recommended amount. It really is packed full, and is therefore really good value, at just £3.69 at Boots (in-store and on-line) for a 75 ml capacity container.
Take a pea / 5p coin sized lump in your index finger and slowly rub between the first three fingers of both hands. You will feel the substance get warmer and looser, and the friction between your hands lessen. At this point, spread the clay through your hair top to back. Don't start at the ends, start in the middle, otherwise you risk building up greasy areas of dense clay. Your hair should start to thicken and feel as though it can be molded (ever so slightly) to the shape you're after. If your hair still seems dry and fluffy (especially if it's recently been dried) then add a bit more. Create the style you want - any style will work, but the more extreme, the more substance you'll need. The Clay collects individual strands together into a slightly reflective mass, which sits solid to your head. The effect is one of dry crispness, a non-greasy, slightly graying (but not colour altering) effect. Heavier hair may droop slightly under its own weight (even with the product applied), and for this you need some spray. In fact, in general, the Clay works best in conjunction with a strong hair spray for medium to long hair, and a medium strength spray for shorter hair. You will keep the pasty matt effect, but add strength - so wind, rain and heat have less effect on your style.
In all, I have found hair-home with this V05 Extreme Style Matt Clay product. It is produced by a respected brand that does a lot of advertising and has a wide range of products available. If you don't find success in this particular type, try a few more. They also do sprays, though I haven't tried any. The stuff lasts in your hair all day and night, I'd say up to 12-hours. If it starts to weaken during the evening, re-spray, or dampen your hair very slightly to bring back the positive properties of the clay. A thoroughly recommendable item!
AVAILABILITY: Boots (in-store and on-line).
I don't really have a specific brand of hair product that I use to style my hair and usually go for whatever is on offer in boots at the time. My one requirement is that it has to be either a clay or a paste and sometimes defending on the length of my hair a wax but whatever it is that I choose it has to be something that is going to keep my short hair under control.
V05 extreme style matt clay is one that I have bought several times as I know it is strong enough to keep my wavy hair from becoming bushy and looking like a mad person who just doesn't groom. The clay is a dark brown and actually looks like real clay and has a semi solid feel to the touch. It doesn't have a particularly strong smell to it which I like as I don't want it to overpower my aftershave and make me smell as though I have a hundred different smells on me.
To use the clay you just need to get a little of it in your hands and then work it through your palms to soften it slightly and then work it through your hair. Actually working it through my hair can be quite painful as quite a lot of hair tends to stick to my hands and come away when I am working it through. This is always a problem with strong waxes and clays however and isn't an exclusive problem with this brand and is something which I put up with because this thicker type of product is the only thing to keep my hair manageable.
I either have my hair shaved or else I have it slightly longer in a deconstructed spikey way. This is great at ensuring that every last piece of my wavy hair is under control and not pointing off in a different direction. Although it doesn't go hard like gel when this is on there could be a hurricane and my hair won't move even slightly. The only time that my hair might go wrong when wearing this is when it rains and my hair gets wet but even then it would have to be absolutely drenched for my hair to move out of place and go flat.
This clay makes your hair matt looking and while this is definitely true it can also leave my hair feeling greasy if I use to much of it. It doesn't look greasy but it does feel like it is. It does give great definition and I would say it is more suited to shorter styles that need separation. You wouldn't want to use this on long hair or hair that is supposed to look really sleek as this is for making hair look messy but in a deliberate and styled way.
For something that is so strong it is surprisingly easy to wash out again and a quick shampoo will remove any last traces of the clay from my hair and leave it looking as though I had nothing in it which I think is really good when you consider just how strong it actually is.
You do need to be careful when you are applying this to your hair though as if you don't rub it in properly then you will be left with little lumps of clay sticking to your hair which after having been dried by the air become harder to just rub in without ruining your style so you need to make sure it is all rubbed in to your hair straight away before you have finished styling it.
This is a reasonably priced clay and can be picked up for £3.69 but it is really often n either 1/3 off or else on a buy one get one free. I think this is a good price especially when I used to buy wax from the hairdresser which used to cost me £12 and was no better than this one.
I really like this clay and think it is a really good option for those with short choppy hair styles and want something that will keep hair looking good for a long time without letting you down and leaving your hair flat and looking unstyled. My hair is wavy and a bit fluffy when I haven't got anything on it but you would never guess the state of it when I am wearing this.
When I used to get my hair cut with lots of layers a few years ago I wanted something to make is stand up a bit with out being too obvious and not wanting to use hairspray. I read in a magazine about matte clays and thicker gel products for hair and saw this Vo5 Matt Clay and thought I'd give it a go.VO5 products are often on a 2 for 3 offer in most shops so I picked up 2 heat protecting sprays too.
The clay comes in a blue metal tin pot, which if you have read any of my other reviews is obviously my favourite packing for most things as this means you can get to all the product without it being wasted and there is no chance of the product leaking. Although the clay is very stiff and wouldn't be able to leak. The tin is about the size of a coaster and about an inch thick.
The clay itself is a light grey colour, the smell is not overpowering or unpleasant and is extremely subtle, it just smells clean. It feels like a damp clay or thick wax that's easy to rub and mould. A helpful tip on the back is 'use sparingly as a little goes a long way!' this is very true as I barely need to use any, I scoop out a tiny amount using two fingers and rub with over my fingers and rub through my hair to give it volume.
This matt clay is aimed at boys or girls with short hair has it helps create a textured but matte finished look and keeps the hair in place. I had shoulder length hair when used this and only used it to create a subtle lift in my hair. There was no obvious tell tale signs that I had used something and my hair didn't have a stiff helmet look which I got with hairspray. It kept my hair in place for a long time with barely using any product and didn't my make my hair greasy which is the biggest problem I have with most hair products.
The product says it washes out very easily, which it definitely does, it simply washes out with no effort when I wash my hair. I expect if you have short hair you are likely to use more and may need to give it a little extra rub to remove, especially if you have thick hair (I have thin hair so it came right out).
I'm pretty sure this pot only cost my about £3-£3.50 which I think is excellent for this product as it works really well and lasts forever, I've had mine for well over a year and haven't even got half way through it! I still have mine and occasionally use it when I've had my hair cut a little shorter and I want to give it a little oomph. I don't use it when my hair is longer as there's not much I can do to style it using the clay. Although I do use it to smooth down fly aways if I'm doing a nice up do hair style sometimes.
Extreme Style Matt Clay is a hair styling product from V05 which of all styling products I have used is by far the best. The product is part of the V05 styleing range which won the FHM styling awards in 2007 and 2009 (though the product did not win an individual award so text on the product is slightly misleading).
The product comes as a grey/beige coloured clay which is quite firm to the touch when cold, becomes much more plyable when warmed (by rubbing hands or putting on to blow-dried hair). The product is described as performing four key funcions:
- Adds texture and definition
- Ideal to sculpt hair
- Leaves a matt finish
- Washes out easily
This description is accurate as it is exactly what the product does, though I would add my own
- Allows you to touch your hair without worrying about messing it up.
- Perfect for a messy (just got out of bed) look.
When the product is on your hair it doesn't feel stiff or sticky, just thicker and sculptable. The best thing about the product is that you can re-sculpt your style to a certain extent during the day without it going flat. Also the matt finish makes hair look good, and your cannot see that you have any products in your hair.
*Using the Product*
The product should be used with dry hair. To use the product most efectively, take a blob about the size of a penny (more if you have hair longer than 2-3 inches, or want more substantial hold) and rub it between fingers until warn and plyable. Apply this to hair to style, either to specific area for a personal style or just all through your hair for a messy look. Alternatively, apply the product with warm hands or to hair warmed by a hair dryer for best effects. To remove the product, simply wash with your hair normal shampoo.
(note - to wash the product off your hands I find it is best to rub handss together quickly and the clay turns into larger lumps rather than a general coating and is easier to wass off).
The packaging for Extreme Style Matt Clay has changed a bit over time, and as one pot of the stuff will last from 3-6 months depending on useage the package can change between purchases! Generally the appearence stays similar. The product comes in a 75ml cylindrical blue tin (diameter 7-8cm, height 3cm) with Extreme Style Matt Clay clearly visible on the top. Also ther is usually a red box with white text confirming the product as an FHM grooming awards winner.
This is a quality hair styling product. Easy to apply and to style when on hair and looks natural and flexible. One pot will last you a long time and the product washes out of hair easily. Best hair product I have ever used.
This is the best hair product I have every used and that is no word of a lie. If I was to ever buy anything else however, if they didn't have this in, I would definitely buy another V05 product. They are absolutely great. This one however is the best but unfortunately it is the only one that doesn't smell all that great.
With it being clay it is a hard texture but guaranteed this will hold your hair wherever you want it but, it is very very hard to ash out and sometimes can leave little bits of clay lurking amongst your hair which is not very attractive to be honest.
These come in little tins which last around 4 weeks for me if not longer and the colour of the clay is a silver colour but this cannot be seen in your hair as it goes almost invisible. I buy this from Tesco or Asda and there is usually an offer of 2 for £4.50 or £3.36 each which is not too bad considering how long it lasts. This is no ordinary hair stuff, this is matt clay and it is brilliant.
It is great in hot weather because you hair does no go out of shape and also when it rains it doesn't fall flat straight away. I will always try to use this when it is available, it is much easier to use than gum. I hope everyone tries this now! Thanks for reading, Holly
Used matt clay for going on five years now, great stuff for the price really and available everywhere. It holds well, sets nicely but does have a tendency to make your hair a bit greasy - as long as you control just how much you put on your head you should be fine though especially if you have shorter hair. Longer hair it doesn't work as well, it holds and clumps hair together which is fine if you want that look - but i've found that it tends to make your hair look a little dirty.
Another issue is the smell, not a very nice scent in my opinion and after a day or so in it starts to smell very grimey (daily hairwashing is essential anyway if you have any sort of product in) - but it's just a minor complaint. It's priced very well and available everywhere, it'll last ages and will not let you down!
Having tried many of the hair styling products on the market, I decided to try this one as it was advertised as being FHM Grooming Awards 2009 Winner. I've now finally settled on this one as my favourite and use it to style my feminine fauxhawk style.
Works great on short hair, with great hold and texture it's almost unnoticeable if you use the right amount due to its matt finish. With hair longer than about 7cm it becomes less useful as you need to use more product and it looks greasy.
I've found my style doesn't hold out great in the wind and rain but is easy to rework again throughout the day without extra application.
This product claims to wash out easily, which it does, one shampoo and all trace is removed, unlike some products which I have required 2 washes to get rid of. It also washes off hands quickly after application.
My only problem with this product is when I have accidently used it when parts of my hair weren't completely dry as it doesn't stick to the hair at all, though the instructions do recommend use on dry hair.
Costs about £3.29 for a 75ml pot in boots and can often be found on special offer. One tin lasts me over 2 months, used everyday, so is good value for money.
As a rule, I tend not to overdo the product in my hair, as I hate build up and trying to rinse it out. It is also bad for the hair to overload it with loads of different products, so sometimes less is more. My experiences with the VO5 Extreme Style Matt Clay have been pretty good though.
I used to use this a lot more when my hair was shorter. The tub holds a grey clay, which is not like the clay you use at school luckily! This has a smoother consistency and it smells better too. The smell is quite invigorating and has that salon air about it. Less is more here, so I usually take a small pinch between the fingertips and then work through the plams of my hands so that the clay is spread thinly and evenly.
The trick is not to overload any one section of the hair, for this will weigh it down. It is better to spread evenly over sections or target a section you want and lightly fluff on the clay. It does hold short styles quite well for a few hours, though I struggled to keep longer hairstyles under control.
The clay is pliable meaning you can brush it out with relative ease and also wash it out quickly without residue build up. This is important for me, as I like to have the hair feeling fresh at the end of a day. I did notice when I used this product that it keeps the hair in place for most of the day, except when there is extreme wind or wind. The casual gust should not affect you too much. The clay is stronger than some of the putties Fudge offer and stronger than Label M's Matte Paste. I do advise people with short hair to give it a whirl, but anything more than a few inches of hair and you could start making it quite yucky as too much in the hair will clog it up.
The finished look is good, with a sheen to it and it works very well at defining choppy textures on top. You can buy it for about three pounds from all leading supermarkets.
Out of all the hair styling products I've tried, this has to be the one that has impressed me the most and best suits my hair and desired style.
The clay allows you to add some texture and style to your hair without the wet or shiny look that many waxes and gels add. It holds its shape very well without going hard and so it stays nice to touch (without feeling greasy or nasty) even if you have tonnes of it in.
Its a bit strange because I can never work out quite how it behaves! Sometimes it feels like it holds it shape very well because you can brush your hands through your hair, etc, and it more or less springs back to its original shape, and yet you can easily remould a style during the day if you want to.
The clay itself can be a bit tricky to apply. When you first open a new tin it feels very solid and you just have to scrape your finger across it to soften up a bit and get some out. Once you've started working your way down through a pot then it gets easier to scoop it out with your finger and I find myself working down to the bottom in the middle then working my way scooping outwards around the sides.
You have to be careful as it can be quite easy to get a lump in your hair that hasn't rubbed in properly that you don't notice until someone points it out to you! Its best if you rub a small amount all over you fingers / hand and work on the basis of applying it thinly then adding if you need more.
It works best with dry hair, though I often get away with applying it to semi-wet hair. Trying to do it with wet/towel-dry hair is just a waste of time though. Don't get wet hands either as it sort of clumps into little balls of it on your hand.
I've found that quite a bit gets rubbed into my hands afterwards which I have to waste and wash off down the sink. Its also quite easy to get on clothes if you brush your hands near yourself whilst you have it on them and then its quite tricky to get out if you're in a rush out the door.
*** Packaging ***
This product comes in a blue tin which is a circular shape, on the front of the tin is the V05 logo followed by the name of the product
On the bottom of the tin is further information about the product including best ways to use the product and also ingredients contained in the product.
The tin is has 75ml worth of clay and cost me £2.47 from boots and ive had the tin approximately 8 months so it really last a long time.
*** Product ***
Once you lift off the lid, the clay is light grey in colour that has a very thick consistency and it looks very smooth.
The second thing to comment on is the scent, its smells lovely! Unlike other hair products I have had this smells gorgeous, it smells very fresh and seems to have a slight hint of citrus.
To touch, the clay feels very waxy and a little bit greasy; the good thing about this product is that it doesn't leave a sticky residue on your hands after you have used it.
*** Directions ***
To get the best out of the clay I only apply when my hair is dried, I find that if I use it when my hair is wet it makes it extremely greasy and doesn't hold as well.
I tend to get a small amount and gently rub it between my fingers to warm it up a little, I then apply it sparingly as you really don't need a lot.
Once you have applied it, it pretty much comes straight off your fingers with a little water.
*** Does it work? ***
I would say it works for a short time, it works really well into the hair and means that it's very versatile in styling, however if it rains, your in trouble. A little bit of water will completely ruin the style and seems to wash it out almost immediately.
I also wouldn't use it if you are going anywhere windy as it doesn't seem to hold as well.
*** Summary ***
This product is ok, I bought it with the intention of going to a party to keep my hair in place, and I have to say it did, it is really easy to work with and moulds your hair fantastically.
However I wouldn't recommend it if you are going anywhere outdoors where there is a chance of wind or rain because it doesn't sustain your style.
It smells great and doesn't leave a sticky mess on your hands which is excellent and it just under £2.50 a pot its great value as you only need a very small amount so the pot lasts ages.
I am cursed. I may sound dramatic and worried, but due to my long family's tree of fathers and mothers, and granddads and grandma's all coming from Yorkshire, I am the result, and I am left being that someone with thick dark hair. My hair is thick and uncontrollable. Just watch Emmerdale and you will understand that a Northerner without side burns and thick bushy hair, isn't a man. Thank the heavens I have discovered Alberto VO5 Matt hair clay.
Hoped you liked the build up to this review. On a serious level, having thick hair is a pain in the a##e. When you have thick hair, the first thing you do in the morning, when getting ready for work, is to wake up and look in the mirror. You then thank the world that your hair is all scrunched up on one side, the side you must likely fell a sleep on. You then need to spend at least a good five minutes in the shower to wash your hair so it's flat again. I'd just like to clear the fact that I do wash every morning before work, but the point I'm trying to make is that on a cold winter morning, the longer your in the shower, the colder and more miserable you become. Not the best way to start the day.
Alberto VO5 Matt hair clay has several advantages and disadvantages. The clay may style and control my hair so it looks acceptable for society and that no matter how bad the weather is, my hair is waterproof. On the downside, because the product is waterproof, it takes a good shower gel to remove the gunk from my hair and to make sure my hair is clean and ready for bed.
I know this may be a short review, but VO5 matt hair clay is great stuff to use when you have thick hair. The matt clay does what no hair gel can when it comes to control. Expect to pay the best part of three pounds for the goods, but on the plus side, the product comes in a tidy secure tin, meaning no leakage in your luggage when travelling, and on average, a tin of VO5 lasts at least two months. My last tip when using VO5 hair matt clay, is that to get it out of your hair, rub shower gel neat in to your hair before your hair even touches water or you go into the shower, and by doing this, you will find when you do wet your hair it comes out a lot quicker.
For serious hold with a matt finish.