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I never leave the house without wax or some other product in my hair as it is short and spiky and without product it just looks frizzy and bushy so I need the product to tame it a little and make it look a bit more groomed and styled.
I bought a small pot of this to take away with me on a long weekend break as although I already had some wax I was already using this was a travel sized product so took up much less room in my bag.
The gum is white coloured and it actually has a look of chewed chewing gum to it though obviously much softer but I can definitely see why it is called gum instead of something else.
The gum is very sticky and if you put some in your hands and rub it between them and then separate the gum sticks to both hands pulling away.
Depending on how long your hair is and also what kind of style that you are looking for this is a good option for a wax. I think it would only really be suitable for short styles that require spiking up and separating as it really does make hair sticky and stand on end and I think that if you had longer hair then it would just be too greasy and sticky and just make hair look dirty and lank.
This kept my hair in position for the whole day with no problems whatsoever and I thought it lasted a long time. I did think that when I was applying this to my hair I found it hard to really rub in because of how thick it was and I noticed that I had a few little blobs of white that hadn't blended with my hair properly.
When this was in my hair it took all the frizz out of it and gave it a matt look. The thing with these types of waxes and gums is that they make your hair look a little bit dirty which is fine for short spiky hair but not the look everyone wants so be careful when using it. When I washed my hair this just came out of my hair with one wash but it isn't like some mouses and gels which brush out this will definitely have to be washed.
I paid £1.25 for a travel pot of this but the full sized 75ml pot costs £3.89 a tub and I will definitely buy it again when looking for some strong wax as I thought it performed really well and gave me that matt slightly dirty look that I was after with great hold and definition.
Its the best thing to do, try it! Different hair products appear different in all types of hair. So, my hair is kinda wavey. I used this product just in my fringe to hold my hair in its position (curved to one side) and it did work well. The positives of the product are:
Smell - the product smells really nice, in fact my girlfriend complimented my aftershave and i had to correct her and say it was my hair gum!
Price - For the volume you get the price is very cheap, it beats most of its competitors on price!
Finish - the product claims a 'lasting extra firm hold' which most of the time it does do (we will get on to this in a moment)*. The product does leave your hair looking good and when i use it for smoothing hair it works great. I can see how it works very well for scrunching into curls because i could do that with my hair.
Okay so now I shall advise you more on what worked for me, baring in mind it all varies: As I've said I use this to 'swish' my fringe to one side and hold it there smoothly. My fringe is kinda heavy so i use more than the product suggests. *The hold is good but again, my hair is heavy so after lots of movement it starts to drop. i would suggest another product if you hair is like mine to use along side this, a hair spray. VO5 do a hair spray that is an all weather hold, i suggest this. Another tip would be to apply to DRY hair. The product clams to work for towel dry or dry hair, but i find if there is a little bit of moisture in my hair the gum goes slimy and doesn't work as well.
To conclude id say if you looking to try a gum or a new hair product this is the one to try. It may not be perfect for you but from there you can learn where to go. Its not costly either. Don't just use it ones and give up, try a few times, different things, with your hair wet, dry and towel dry. Thanks for reading! Have fun!
I initially bought this after watching a couple of YouTube videos of people reviewing this product and explaining how good it was. To be honest at first I was a bit skeptical but I decided to try it out to see if it was actually any good. If you know anything about hair products then you will know that their effectiveness really depend upon your hair type and sometimes even colour.
I bought this from Superdrug in their 3 for £3 deal online with free shipping (the travel size tin).
The texture gum comes in a small metal tin, which is somewhat nicer than the other v05 products which come in simple plastic containers.
The one I bought was the 35ml travel sized tin. The product itself is a white paste with a tutti-fruity smell, or maybe its bubblegum, i cant really tell.
When i use it i tend to use a little too much which seems to work for me since i only use it in my fringe to make it stand up as well as give it a bit of definition which is really cool. The hold of this product is surprisingly strong, and considering that a normal 75ml tin costs around £3.50, its a bargain.
When applying this product i find that its best to be used to dry hair, this is really just from my personal experience because I only apply it to one part of my hair so i don't really need even distribution. However if you are looking for even distribution then you will have to apply it to towel dried hair.
Once the product is in your hair, it feels fine, it doesnt feel heavy and it doesnt smell unpleasant, which in my mind makes this an excellent product.
Another good thing about this product is that you can easily wash it out of your hair with water, its not an absolute nightmare to get rid of like wax.
The word "gum" was a bit off-putting to me, to be honest, but in truth it is the best word to describe the texture of this product. I took the lid off in the store because I need to smell any hair products before I buy them, I can't imagine anything worse than having bad smelling hair following you round all day! This has a pleasing smell (to me), somehow slightly fruity, a hint of something sweet. Nothing more than a hint, though, nice and subtle and inoffensive.
Using the gum, the information tells you that a tiny amount goes a long way. This is certainly true. I only use it to finish off my hair, defining strands in my fringe and a little bit tidying up any flyaway hair on top. I just take about a finger-end size blob and rub it between across my fingertips before applying it where I want to. The instructions advise you to use it by rubbing it between your fingers and 'stretching' the gum into strands - this is something I have seen on various products over the years, but its a technique I have never (a) understood or (b) managed! I have once tried it - I thought it probably needed a bit more than I was used to - I tried it with a blob about the size of a 5p piece, tried to stretch it and then put into my hair but the result was a disastrous matting effect. I had to rewash my hair and I didn't repeat the experiment! On a few occasions I have used it to try to style my full head of hair rather than just the fringe, when I was going out, but I figured that the best way to do this was lots of tiny amounts, a small amount of hair at a time - so I imagine it makes it quite time consuming if you were to be doing that every day.
The feel of the product once its in your hair is much better than others I've used in the past - there is no stickiness and it doesnt make your hair feel rough or hard. My hair feels as soft as it would without it, although it's still doing it's job. This is the best feature of the product for me, but I'm conscious that I do only use a minimal amount for my needs. Once applied properly, the other good thing about this gum is that you wouldn't know there was any product on your hair. It's matt so it doesn't have a gloss or wet look to it, it seems to be just 'there', silently and inconspicuously doing its job. For me that's a good thing, but if you're looking for a shine then this isn't the product you need.
The information on the tin also says you can restyle once you have applied it - this is not something I've had cause to try and imagine it refers to someone using the product to style their entire head of hair, rather than just 'finishing touches' as I use it for. I bought the 35ml tin of this gum, specifically for its small size for taking on holiday. It comes in a tin as opposed to the more common plastic tub, and has a stylish look to it. The 35ml tin is 2 inch diameter and about an inch high, ideal for space-saving when packing. The option of this smaller tin is also an advantage if you use it in small quantities, like I do - a larger tin would probably be gone off and unusable before I had used it all. I have had this tin almost 12 months and there is still about a quarter of it left.
When it's empty, if the product is still around I will have no hesitation in buying again, it suits my needs perfectly.
This brand is one I like quite a lot. I think it works very well indeed for styling my hair and keeping it in place most of the day.
It comes housed in a circular tin which has a twist off lid and the contents is a beige kind of greyish colour. Has a nice smell to it and one which is kind of fresh one with a hint of perfume to it and a smell more like a hairspray smell is what I can describe it to be. It is a paste but it isn't a hard texture or a runny consistency and it is easy to just scoop around a pea sized amount from the tin and just rub it between the fingers to soften it a little bit, then just rub it into the hair and style it in the way I like it styled. I have short hair so the pea size amount is enough to create the style for my length hair. It is to be used on dry hair and not damp or wet hair.
As it is being rubbed between the fingers it softens a little bit and becomes more durable. I just add a little bit more gradually until my style is in place.
This product helps my hair remain in place most of the day. If it is a windy day I find my hair doesn't blow around but as the day progresses I find I may have to just add a little bit more, depending on what I am doing later in the day.
It doesn't feel sticky on the hair or give a greasy feeling. It does dry hard but it doesn't feel like it is unnatural or as if I am wearing hairspray.
At the end of the day I just wash it out of my hair, it is very easy to wash from the hair and my hair doesn't feel as if the product had damaged it at all.
Some of my grandson's like to use this when they have had a sleep over at our house, because some of the younger ones have far less hair on their head I just use have of the amount I use on my own hair and it is well enough to style their hair and keep it in place extremely well indeed. One of my granddaughter's sometimes uses it on the ends of her hair to style it and to flick the ends at the side of her hair. So it is one which both sexes can use to style hair. when she first began using it, she experimented with it and washed it out a couple of times until she got the hang of it and how she wanted it to work for styling her hair.
It is of a very good quality and it costs around £3.80 for a 75ml tin. Good value price because you don't need to use a lot of it to style hair, so the tin can easily last a good few months depending on how many people are using it.
I love this product and is one I will keep on buying because it gives my hair a very good hold for most of the day.
Is one I recommend to others.
I rate this one 5 stars.
I usually put various different products on my hair as part of my daily regime, which usually takes me about an hour (worse than a woman, or so I've been told). I usually wash my hair, apply Frizz Ease, blow dry it, straighten it, stick a little gel on the top, blow dry it again, and then I apply this stuff.
What is it?
VO5 Texturising Gum is a gum/clay type paste that you use to help sculpt your hair into any style you desire. The gum comes in a small 75ml tin, and is usually blue, but due to the Olympics mine is a limited edition Union Flag tin (can't understand why, perhaps people collect hair product tins, I know mine will be going straight in the bin once I'm finished with it). Instructions of how to use are on the base of the tin and I cannot stress this enough, DO NOT USE THIS PRODUCT ON WET HAIR! well unless you like your hair looking all gummy and matted, as this stuff will not rub into wet hair.
I usually use this to make sure my straight bits stay in position. I put a pea sized ball in between my fingers and rub it in, then I rub it into the strands of my dried hair at the front. A little goes a long way with this stuff and as with most VO5 hair products I have used, it keeps its hold extremely well. To take it out of your hair it is just a simple task of washing it with shampoo.
You can purchase this from various different places such as, chemists, supermarkets, amazon.co.uk, and the price varies depending on the store and what offers are available at the time. I purchased mine from Boots and at the time of writing you can buy a single tub for £3.89 or you can buy two VO5 products for £5.00, I purchased the two for £5.00 because I know that it will last me a long time.
I love this stuff, as I don't use a lot of it, a tub of this will last me for about 4-5 months and that's me using it every day. It defines my straight bits and keeps the hold from the moment I put it in my hair, until the moment I wash it out, what more could I ask for.
So i tend to put a few different hair products in my hair, i enjoy mixing and matching to see which hair products work best with my hair, i would say i have medium length hair for a boy. The one thing i would say that texturising gum is my favourite.
The texturizing gum is a think-ish white gel substance that is easy to use and mould your hair. I style my hair in a messy fashion which is the reason why i often use different products. I know a lot of people who use this product and say how good it is, and they all have different hair lengths, as it says 'to script and define any styles' this is true. I would be 99% sure that this stuff will work on any hair length.
Water or rain is any hair products enemy, with the texturizing gum your hair will get wet obv but when it dries again you are able to remould your hair again, saying this though no one likes it when your hair products take ages to get out, when you want to wash the product out of your hair it is very easy to do, just a bit of shampoo and the stuff comes straight out.
Another thing i like about vo5s texturising gum is the smell, it smells very sweet but not over powering which makes it very appealing to use
The fact that this product goes well with other gels or hair sprays makes it appeal to almost anyone who likes spiking or messing up their hair. Also you can get it for between 2 and 4 pounds and i would say one of these tubs lasts me about 3 or 4 weeks, 2-4 pounds for 3 or 4 weeks is pretty good going i think!
Ever since i bought this texturising gum almost 2 years ago, i have used it nearly every single day, buying a new one when i run out of course! It seems strange now, if i dont use it, my hair just doesnt look the same!
The gum is used to sculpt and create any style and i have to say i completely agree. I use the gum as a texturiser, and to hold my hair in place as i have naturally curly hair. This product makes my hair look less frizzy and gives it more of a defined shape. I have friends which use this produce who have shorter hair which they use the gum to spike their hair up. They cant rate this product highly enough an neither can I!
The gum also claims that it has long lasting, extra firm hold. This is also true. I find that if i put the gum on in the morning, it will still be holding my hair, late on into the night. It is also useable the next morning, although this does depend on how you have slept on your hair!
The direct say to put on to dry or towel dry hair and this is entirely depending on preference and length of hair. If you have shorter hair, the gum can be put on any time, whereas longer hair like mine, i find the gum works best with just an element of moisture in there. When you apply the gum, there is no clumping or white bits left in your hair, it blends in extremely well!
The bright blue tin the gum comes in is very attractive and almost jumps off the shelf at you. The fact that it is in a small tin makes it easy to carry around in a bag, but also is very different from other hair products.
The smell of the gum is phenomenal! if you like me, go around Boots smelling all the hair products, then this one will definitely grab your attention. the smell is fruity and sweet and the smell remains on your hair, making it smell clean and fragrant.
This gum recently won VO5 styling awards and i completely agree with the decision. The price is around £3.00 to £3.50 which is on the expensive side, but is a common price amongst hair products nowadays. You do get 75ml and it should be used sparingly!
Overall a brilliant hair product for those looking for a texturising gum!
There's a lot of routine in my life. I eat the same cereal every day, the same brand of juice, I use the same products while washing, I wear the same brand of underwear, drive the same way to work, work the same hours, do the same things in the evening...It's rarely dull, but often "ordered" you might say.
Increasingly, through using dooyoo, I'm coming to realise that none of these "same" things I do are accidental. There's a good reason I eat the same cereal every day - it's a good balance of calories, fibre and fruit and has a satisfying crunch. Likewise, there are very good reasons I *always* use VO5 Texturising Gum to style my hair.
Firstly, the packaging. The gum comes in a small blue tin, around 2.5" diameter and an inch deep. It's branded with VO5 and "Extreme Style". On the reverse are usage instructions and ingredients. Older packages were marked to celebrate the product's victory in the FHM Grooming Awards and more recently the tins have had a special edition, with union jacks all over the lids. The tin is a good weight, gives a slightly "Dapper Dan" effect, but remains contemporary in design.
On opening the tin, you're immediately hit with the smell of the stuff, which is incredible. Reading around the net I don't seem to be unique in wanting to eat the stuff with a spoon...It's light and fresh, smelling of melon at times, or maybe a tuti-fruti chewing gum. It's a great smell, distinctive and fruity, but definitely manly.
The gum itself is off-white with a slightly yellowy tinge, not dissimilar in colour to a good vanilla ice cream. It's smooth to the touch and not too sticky. The instructions recommend taking a "small amount" (I use a small pea-sized blob) and rubbing it between your palms before pulling them apart to "draw out the fibres" and applying to your dry, or towel dry, hair. This seems to work pretty well and most of the product goes right into the hair. Occasionally there's a little residue left on your hands, but this washes off really easily under running water or can be rubbed off on a towel - or your jeans if you're late...
The hold this product provides is second to none. I've tried a fair few products over the years and nothing else performs as well. My hair's around an inch long at it's shortest and around 3 at it's longest. Many products can hold my shorter hair without problem, but as it grows it's a very different story. Keeping my thick, heavy, hair pointing upwards isn't an easy job. Many products just fail to hold the style, whilst others will work, but require so much product my hair looks greasy and disgusting. VO5's Texturising Gum holds my hair in place perfectly from breakfast to bed time.
The look in your hair is very impressive from VO5's Texturising Gum. It's a relatively matt finish that blends nicely with the colour of your hair. It's not wet-look, but it adds a tiny bit of shine and leaves hair looking glossy and healthy. When using a lot of the product, to control the longest of hair, it can suffer a little from "clumping", where a number of strands all stick together, but this is rare and easy to ruffle out with your hands.
Overall, it's hard to find fault with this product. I guess it's not the cheapest, with a tin normally costing around the £3 mark, but there are often 2 for £4 deals in Tesco, so it's relatively cost effective to stock up. I'd say the average tin lasts me around 3-4 months, used at least once a day. The only other downside is that's in not a "reworking" product - you apply it in the morning and leave it. If you do headstands, or have a nap, you'll probably need to reapply, but this has never bothered me at all.
Overall I give VO5's Texturising Gum a resounding 5 stars. As I said, it's no accident that I use this stuff day in, day out. For my money, it's simply the *best* men's product about.