Product Type: Alberto hair care products
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Scalp Harvest Treatment
Alberto VO5 Extreme Style Matt Clay
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Alberto VO5 Extreme Style Matt Clay
Advantages: Strong, nice matt effect, long-lasting.
Disadvantages: None really.
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).
Summary: Have you found the product for your scalps harvest?