“ Brand: VO5 / Type: Styling Product / What it does: volumizeses, „
I love 'big' hair or in this case, volumised hair. However, I can never manage to get that volumised look in my hair to stay put for long and so I am always trying out new hair products until I find something that will do this. When I was in Asda a couple of weeks ago, a few V05 hair products stood out to me that I had never really looked at before. This heat defence volumising spritz was one of them.
The bottle is an improved look and is in a bright red bottle, just like in the picture above. All of V05's other volumising products are also in red bottles. What stood out to me about this particular product are the words 'volume, create & lift' that are on the front of the bottle. It also states that the spritz 'injects long lasting volume & fullness.' This sounded like the exact product I had been looking for and I didn't think twice about buying it! It was £3.50 by itself or two for £5 across a selection of V05 products. I got it in the promotion and also got some volumising powder which was a new product by V05.
The directions on the back of the bottle state you can use this on damp or dry hair. I like that you can use it on dry hair as I have many products for damp hair but they never seem to do the trick! You spritz this onto your hair then style as required. For extra lift, spray at the roots on damp hair as you blow dry. If pump becomes blocked, rinse with warm water. It also states to amplify your volume, use with V05 weightless volume whipped mousse. I always ignore hair products when they advise you to use with other products in the brand, as I usually just think they are trying to sell their other products! So I don't use this with their mousse.
This product also helps protect against heat damage, which is a good bonus as I am always straightening my hair (almost everyday) and so I really do need a heat defence spray for it. This will kill two birds with one stone!
The first time I used this I sprayed it onto my damp hair whilst blow drying, as well as a little on dry hair whilst straightening it. The product itself was very sticky on my hair, and it felt worse than hairspray does! I thought it might have been because I used too much and so the next time I only sprayed it on my hair when it was dry. However, it was still overly sticky! I have since tried this on damp hair and not dry hair, which results in my hair not being sticky, but I don't think the results are as noticeable then.
As for the volume, it does work. It creates a volumised lift from the roots and just shaking my hair at the roots with my fingertips a little after spraying it on creates a lovely effect. I would not say this is long lasting though as it states it is on the bottle. After a couple of hours my hair seems to go flat again, and I dont want to have to apply this spray every two hairs, not that I would carry it around with me to do so! Applying some hairspray on my hair after can make the volume stay longer but i really don't like to do this as my hair is sticky enough after applying the volumising spritz. I will only do this for a night out when i really do want my hair to stay put all night, but for everyday wear I will just have lovely volumised hair for a couple of hairs, then I resort to just ruffling my hair with my fingertips every now and again!
I do still use this product as it is a good heat defence spray too, but for the volume aspect I don't think I will be buying this again and instead will continue to try out different products until I find a one which I love!
Usefulness of this product? Hmmmm...I don't think it works very well with my hair, at least, which is very fine and flyaway. I was looking to try a lighter product than a mousse, to see if I could achieve more body and styling potential. Does the strapline 'new improved look' on the top of the bottle refer to the bottle? Or to the revamped hairstyle that it offers me??! Hmmm, not at all convinced!
The use of the word 'injects' in the advertising 'strapline' at the base of the bottle, is one of the reasons why I did decide to give it a try. This seems to reinforce the lighter coverage which the label 'spritz' also offers. The bottle certainly does 'spritz' it on, and supplies enough volume for a few hours' hold, but I found that after this, the effect wore off (thus, I do wonder how long the manufacturer has in mind when it claims that it is 'long- lasting': hmmmm). I have short hair and need a firmer hold that this product offers. I am not convinced that the product does supply the 'lift and volume at the roots' that it claims to do, either- a 'spritz' spray of this sticky stuff does not provide that much of a boost. However, some people with long hair might choose this product for the protection that it offers against the heat damage of styling tools, which I don't use (apart from a hairdryer). Last word (s)- it is interesting to note that I have now returned to my favourite hair- styling product: Tresemme mousse!!!
Since I have reviewed a few VO5 products lately, I saw no reason to leave this one out. Sadly, this spritz doesn't quite live up to its name. To say it doesn't work would be unfair, but it wasn't what I had hoped for. The bottle is a slightly annoying shaping, being wider at the bottom, and as I often find that hair products get wet when in close proximity to a steamy shower, I prefer something that is easy to grip. As with other VO5 products, this one looks a little bland and as though it can't really compete with the other hair products on an aesthetic level. This is made obvious by the fact that it says on the front, "New improved look". If it had actually improved significantly, I'm not sure we would need to be told, but still. On the other hand, it is cheaper than many other hair product brands, which is more of a reason to try it.
In terms of the effectiveness of the spritz, I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, it states on the back of the bottle that it controls static, which is one of the reasons I bought it. It does indeed, it transpires, control static, and you don't need very much product at all for this purpose. Another claim is that it protects hair against heat damage. I'm always slightly suspicious of products that state this when they come in the form of a spray because you would surely have to give your hair a good dousing in order to properly defend it against, say, the straighteners, or any direct and intense heat. I think the jury is out and shall remain out on that one.
Onto the building of "volume and lift at the roots". I can say I have experienced this effect with this product, although the amount I had to use in order to achieve this doesn't really make it cost-effective. I found that you need substantially more than with some other products of this nature. As for the part about "long-lasting uplifting hold", well, in terms of the static control, it certainly is long-lasting, but the statement implies that it is the uplifting hold that will last, and I'm afraid it doesn't.
I don't dislike this product at all as it does have its benefits, but I think it is one to use in conjunction with other products or if only a small amount of volume is required.