As a self confessed hair bleaching addict I am constantly finding myself looking in shops and supermarkets for special offer - magical cures to help my ever suffering locks from all the damage that I put it through... You name it, I own / owned it - from special shampoo's, wash out and leave in conditoners, serums... and also heat protection sprays. Other than top brand / out of my price range products I have never really found a heat protection spray which worked perfectly enough for me to buy it again. Usually due to it smelling horrible, making my hair sticky, overpriced or generally not working how I would expect.
Recently I had run out of my latest / useless heat protection conditioning spray and needed something else very quickly... I came across the V05 heat protect styling spray in Tesco about 3 weeks ago at half price - knowing generally what a great brand it comes from I gave this one a chance to try and see an improvement in my hair conditioner when I abuse it again with the hair dryer and straighteners.
In recent months V05 have undergone a revamp in advertisment colours from red (pictured) to pink - many of you will have seen the adverts with the slogan - "Express yourself" where it shows a variety of normal looking girls creating really nice classy hair syles in front of the camera using only products from the V05 range. Its clever advertisment on their part as I would imagine many young girls will rush out to buy these things just to try it - although I will hold my hand up and say I only bought it for the low price and because I needed this for heat protection... plus my hair is way too short to create any of the styles in the adverts ;-)
So... as mentioned above the bottle is hot pink and holds 200ml of product - the purpose of this product is to protect and shine and to give a smooth finish. As well as the new look of the bottle you are advised the spray has a "fabulous new fragrance" - as this is the first time using the product I will only be able to comment on the current smell and not what it was like previously!
Another interesting statement on the front of the bottle is that it states it can help protect hair in heat up to 230oc - which is mega hot. I would imagine most people will use this heat spray with straighteners and to give you a better idea how hot this is, GHD straighteners maximum settings are 185oc... so this gives you a large bit of faith in the product protecting as it should!
On the back of the bottle you are given information on how to use the product correctly and a little tip on how to achieve extra straight hair using this - you are also advised the bottle is made from recycled materials and has a shelf life of 12 months - and also the ingredients.
To dispense the product there is a very noticable clouded coloured pump at the top of the bottle which in my opinion is better and more controlable than an aerosol. One thing I love about this spray compared to other brands is the safety catch - on the pump there is a button you can push in and out which determines wheather the pump is ready to be used or not. This is great for keeping out of the way of children and handbag spillages.
When the product is dispensed out of the bottle through the pump it appears to come out as clear as water and covers a good area of your head with each pump - with me having shoulder length hair I only need to use around 3 pumps every time I use this. As confirmed on the bottle it does have a dominent fragrance and unlike some other products does not feel sticky as such on your skin or hair.
I love the rebranding v05 have undertaken and in my opinion makes the products stand out a lot more to girls with the hot pink packaging. However one thing that annoys me is the lack of transparacy in the bottle - at the moment I have pretty much all the product left in the bottle due to me having to use very little but I think in the future when it starts running low this will annoy me as I will have to shake the bottle and guess.
As previously mentioned I cannot compare the previous fragrance of the spray to this new one, but the spray smells very lightly of hair spray but not as dominent. To me its a very professional scent. When you have used the spray with the heat appliances you can also smell the remains of the scent on your hair which by this time has died down a lot so if it turns out you are not a great fan of the smell this is not a huge issue.
As you can imagine I love the fact that the bottle claims to protect up to 230oC and its assuring knowing how much my GHD's heat up and that my hair is fully protected. In my honest opinion it does seem to work - Me and my friends and family have noticed my hair actually does look and feel a lot healthier after using this compared to the previous brand I have used.
A twelve month shelf life to me is more than enough for this spray. As previously mentioned I don't need to use a lot due to my hair length and how well the product works (a little is a lot) I am sure with excess usage I will be getting out of it, it will be gone in 6 months!
I really believe even at full price this is a product that works for me - and if it works for me it will work for everyone else (I say this because naturally my hair is very curly and thick with all the bleaching abuse on top). I have finally found a heat protection spray that smells nice, is not over-priced and works to its full potencial. I would recommend it to everyone!
I bought this 3 weeks ago from Tesco for £1.74 (half price) - normal price is around £3.50 ... unfortunately Tesco is putting the price back up from 2/1/13 so its always best to shop around!
I bought this in a 3 for 3 vo5 offer because it was one of the fewer cheaper brands but still a decent, trustworthy worthy brand. Before this I had used Tresemmes heat protecting spray but really couldn't stand the smell so this was a huge reason for shopping for a new one.
The bottle is quite small and bright red with a clear squeeze nozzle on top. The product looks really good on my shelf as it stands out and is small enough to make it easy to travel with.
I spray the spray on my hair before drying or straightening my hair, it sprays out quite watery but still evenly coats my hair and doesn't leave it looking or feeling greasy. The smell of the spray is really nice and not overpowering at all, it is very pleasant and lingers but in a good way, leaving your hair smelling clean and fresh all day.
The spray lasts for a long time (even though I use it pretty much everyday) as a little goes a long way, the price was about £3.50 which I think is very fair because of this. My hair doesn't feel extra soft or anything so I'm not entirely convinced it works but I tend to spray it more directed at the ends of my hair and it does seem to be smoother and softer when used here as this is the most damaged part of my hair.
I recommend this is if you are looking for a middle priced hair protecting spray and your hair is already quite well conditioned but would suggest a higher branded one which is likely to be more expensive for hair that needs more protection like mine as I use heat on it most days and it is coloured.
I've recently started to use GHD straighteners so needed a decent heat protection spray to stop my hair from frazzling.
The bottle is pink, and has a neat trigger pump which allows for easy spritz action. The pump has a simple lock and unlock system as well, to be prevent accidental sprays. The product is 200ml and claims to protect hair up to 230 degrees.
The pump action makes it easy to spray onto your hair. It sprays a fair amount of product onto the hair, it is not so much a mist, but a direct spray on to the hair. This isn't a problem as it is intended to be applied liberally all over the hair. I use at least a good six sprays all over my hair.
The product apparently has a new fragrance. This smells a little masculine and musky - I find it quite pleasant.
The spray doesn't make my hair feel sticky - although it does my hands abit tacky. I don't notice an effect on the shine or smoothness of my hair - this is fine for me though, as the intended use is for protecting hair.
After drying/ straightening I don't feel so guilty for using heated appliances as I have protection. My hair, after continual abuse from heated appliances is still in good condition, will minimal split ends.
I am pleased with the results and protection it gives. Obviously it isn't going to stop damage completely, the only way to do this is to stop using the items - but this will never happen, for me!
I picked this up in Superdrug recently whilst it was on offer. I think I paid £2.99, which isn't bad compared to the price of other heat protection products. It usually retails around £3.50 - which still is a good price.
Overall this is a decent product, smells nice in the hair and protects it from damage.
However, if you are looking for a product that adds shine and smooths as well as protects, this isn't for you.
Today I am going to be reviewing the vo5 heat protect styling spray.
I have the newer version of this product which is packaged in pink. It is a pink plastic bottle with a clear spray nozzle which you can lock when travelling so it won't leak in your bag. It says that it 'protects and gives shine and a smooth finish. It also says it can protect in heats of up to 230 degrees celcius. The pacakging is really nice and stands out on the shelf. The bottle is really good too and i really like not only the design and visual appeal but the practicality of the packagin and how to apply it.
The product not only protects my hair really well and makes it sleek and shiny but it makes it smell amazing too ! It's a very similar scent to my vo5 shampoo (nourish me truly) and so that scent stays on my hair all day !! When I've used this my hair has always come out looking much better than when I haven't used it. This is one of the best heat protectants I have tried that is under a fiver, i'd really recommend it !
I tend to try a different heat protection every time I run out. I'm not too bothered which I use as I see it as a necessity however I always go for well known brands to ensure I'm getting the protection.
I recently bought a bottle of this Vo5 styling spray heat protection and love it. I chose it as I was purposely looking for the cheapest (but branded) whilst in Tesco and I thought the price was pretty decent for the size of the bottle.
Heat protectors can and should be used before both drying and straightening your hair, however I normally only use heat protection whilst straightening as I tend to dry my hair on low, or let it dry itself!
Price and size:
This spray comes in a 200ml bottle and the prices are generally the same as I've looked around since.
Considering most of the other heat protection sprays were £5 +, I thought the price for this was decent and was very happy with it.
200ml is also a good size as it means it isn't too big to travel around with, for example I sometimes straighten my hair at the gym and this spray easily fits in my gym bag and the fantastic locking system means I never have to worry that it will leak in my bag.
I have had my bottle for around 2 months now and only around 10% of the spray has been used.
I try not to go crazy with the heat on my hair, especially recent as I am soon to have it lightened. This may be a reason why my usage is little, although having said this, I think I use a generous amount when I need it.
What I'm trying to say is that the lasting of the bottle will depend greatly between people as it depends on the length of your hair and obviously how much you straighten it. It also depends on preference as some people like to spray each strand before straightening it, whereas at the moment I am spraying my whole hair, letting it sink in a little before applying heat.
Bottle and using:
This bottle is fab! I didn't actually realise how good it was until I got it home and couldn't understand why it wasn't working.
The bottle has a fantastic handy lock on the nozzle which stays in place- it isn't one which locks until you purchase it. It is easily used by simply pushing it one way to lock it and pushing it back the other to open it again.
Because of this, I've never had any problems with it leaking or accidently being sprayed when it's kept in the basket with all of my other random hair sprays.
The bottle is red and matches most of the other Vo5 range, making it easy to distinguish and find.
The bottle shape is simple with no fancy design, but for me simple is good, it decreases the chance of complications.
The nozzle is great, the outreaching 'tongue like' nozzle button is quite large and fits nice in your hand for easy spray when using the bottle one handed. When used, the nozzle lets out a wide mist of the spray which covers your hair well without the need to apply hundreds of sprays.
The fine mist ensures every strand is covered without drenching it; this is extremely important if you are straightening your hair straight after as applying heat to damp hair can cause it to burn and fizz and give nasty looking ends to your hair.
Spray and effects:
I personally love the smell of this spray. With a lot of heat protection sprays I usually find they smell toxic with a chemical smell to them. This Vo5 smells sweet with a hint of floral and the great thing is that the smell lasts on your hair without overpowering it.
When applying heat after spraying the Vo5 protection, I never have any issues in terms of the dampness of my hair. I find the spray is absorbed pretty quickly and as I use this spray on dry hair, this feature is important.
I also love that this spray isn't sticky, as a lot of other heat protector are!
When reflecting upon the effects of using this heat protection spray, I am confident in saying it does its job! When I am at my boyfriends and without the spray, I hate straightening my hair as it sometimes feels dry and 'light'.
When I use this spray, it adds moisture to my hair to stop it from being dried out when styled and I love that it makes my hair feel soft without weighing it down or causing it to look greasy.
This spray does its job for me, it really does protect and I can honestly say I won't be looking around for another heat protection spray when this bottle has run out! Because of the price and its fantastic results, I will be sticking to this product again next time.
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I recently bought some hair straighteners as i had my hair cut, styled and highlighted. I decided that from time to time i would once again like to straighten my hair. I know that using straighteners can be damaging to the hair and any sort of heat applied to hair can result in damage eg dryness, brittle hair and split ends.
I went looking around for a suitable product that would at least help to protect my hair. At the same time i also wanted to buy my daughter a product to protect her hair as she straightens her hair a bit too much!
I popped into Superdrug and found this Alberto V05 heat protect styling spray. This product is currently available there for only £4.49 for 2 bottles. The usual price for one bottle is £3.36. It wasn't the cheapest product available but it suited my needs and thought it would be worth trying. I would estimate that one 200ml bottle should last at least 3 months, depending on how often you use heat products on your hair.
The bottle appealed to me. It sounds silly how something as simple as the colour of packaging or bottles can affect whether you purchase it or not! This wasn't the only reason i bought it though! It comes in a lovely sort of Crimson red bottle with a largish pump action spray.
On the front of the bottle it says 'heat defence tecnology' and there are small pictures of a hair dryer, curling tongs and straighteners. The product claims to 'help protect against damage from heat styling, reduces frizz, adds shine'.
Other relevant onformation supplied on the bottle;
'Contains a heat activated complex to make styling easier and quicker'
'Provides long lasting frizz free shine'
How to use
You must spray plentifully onto wet/damp hair before blow drying and then straightening or styling with the heat appliance of your choice. The spray comes out almost like a mist and has a really pleasant light fragrance, a little sweet and flowery.
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Bisamino PEG/PPG-41/3 Aminocethyl PG-Propyl Dimethicone
I have been using this product on my hair for about a month now and in my view it is working quite well. After drying/straightening my hair feels smoother and it really is a little shinier too.
I will recommend this product. I am not sure if there is any product that could actually totally protect your hair regarding heat damage but this one is helping!
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You will find lots of other Alberto hair products available there too. I never realised they did so many!
I straighten my hair quite often and I recently noticed that my hair was becoming a bit dry, so I thought it was time that I started using a heat protection spray. When I was looking for a spray, I found them all rather expensive, I then see that this spray was on special offer at £2.50 so I decided to give it a go.
The bottle itself is different from most as it is bright red and has a plastic trigger at the top. The bottle is 200ml and should last for a long time as I have long hair and I only need five sprays at the most.
The instructions on the back tell you to use the spray on damp hair and comb through before using straighteners or a hair dryer. I find that this works well and does not leave hair sticky, like some other sprays can do.
The spray smells like shampoo and is a nice fresh smell. You spray it directly onto hair and then comb it through, which should ensure an even application through your hair. From using the spray I have found that it does make my hair smoother and it is now no longer dry after I straighten it. As well as a protection spray it is also a styling spray.
I would really recommend this product for anyone who is looking for a high standard protection for their hair.
I started using heat protective sprays on the recommendation of my hairdresser. I regularly blow dry and straighten my hair and also curl my hair on the odd occasion. I do have damaged hair and I do suffer from spilt ends probably due to the amount of styling my hair is subjected to.
I bought Alberto VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray because it was on special offer. I have used other branded heat defence sprays and wanted to try something different to see what other brands offered. I like this product. It smells nice and is refreshing. It isn't sticky and doesn't leave any residue in your hair like other heat defence products. Using Alberto VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray has become part of my daily routine when styling my hair. However, I don't really know how well this product works as I use it as part of my hair styling routine along with other products.
The product itself claims to protect against heat damage which is the sole reason I bought it and will continue to buy and use this product. I don't necessarily think that it makes styling easier and quicker as it also claims. I would recommend this product.
I am someone who has thick, coloured hair which often needs extra care and attention, particularly when it comes to conditioning and styling. Over the years I seem to have accustomed myself with a plethora of heat styling products, all of which offer the usual claims of anti-breakage and frizz free locks. Amongst all these products, is the VO5 heat protect styling spray, which I bought a little while ago.
The bottle of this product is perhaps what attracted me to it most, as it resembles a mini fire extinguisher, as it is a red bottle with a spray top mechanism. Needless to say, it looks very salon worthy, and costs a pocket pleasing £3.29 from Superdrug, for a 200ml bottle.
To use this product, it is advised to spray generously onto wet hair before heat styling, and also to use a brush to blow dry from root to tip. I noticed that when I did spray it onto my hair whilst wet, it made it smell quite pleasant, almost like bubblegum but with a hint of citrus fruits. I also noticed a difference in the feel of my hair, as opposed to not using this product as it made my hair feel softer. What I did find though, was if I sprayed too much of this product then it made my hair look a little greasy. Having said that, the product itself is quite watery in texture so is not like a mousse or gel, in terms of how well it settles into the hair.
As I continued to dry my hair with the hairdryer, the product continued to make my hair smell nice and feel soft, although was a little heavy on the top sections of my hair whereby I had used too much. It certainly did make my hair look shinier and feel smoother, however my disappointment with this product, is that it did not tame or prevent frizz (flyaways), whatsoever.
I suppose for £3.29 I can't complain, as I have started using this more after I have washed my hair, however the claims it "provides long lasting frizz free shine", simply don't ring true and so in my opinion it is false advertising. The only products I have found to actually tame frizz, are finishing crèmes by John Frieda, and I am yet to find a product which actually prevents frizz before heat styling occurs.
As for the heat protection element, I have just had my hair cut so my ends are quite fresh from breakage and damage. Whilst using this product though, I would say it does provide adequate protection as I have so far seen no signs of breakage after using my straighteners. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that when using my straighteners, the product doesn't give off steam when I go over that particular area, as some other heat styling products I have tried do. It seems light enough in texture to withstand extreme temperatures, such as my 200 degree straighteners, and of course my hairdryer.
Overall I do enjoy using this product on my hair, as it makes my hair smell nice and makes it feel softer and shinier. The downside really is the fact that it doesn't prevent or tame frizz, which is a bit of a disappointment. I would still recommend it though, as it is certainly cheaper than it's rival brands, and you get a lot in the bottle to last you quite some time. The bottle itself is also quite sleek and professional looking, even if it's contents don't quite live up to expectations. For me, this is a middle of the road product simply because it doesn't fulfil all of its claims.
VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray... burning a hole in my pocket.
As an obsessively frequent user of hair-straighteners, -curlers and -dryers, I've found that over the past few years my hair has become weaker and more prone to splitting. Undoubtedly very annoying, especially considering I was hoping to have lucious, waist-length hair by now. No matter, good things come to those who wait. After several telling-offs from my hairdresser, I decided to buy a heat defense spray and actually stick to using it (I find it annoyingly time consuming for something that barely affects my hair), thus I walked straight into Boots and bought Vo5's Heat Protect Styling Spray. Price-wise, this product is very reasonable, being a fairly common high street brand. A contributing factor that encouraged me to buy this spray was that I've used Vo5's Hot Oils on my hair before, which I was extremely happy with- from my experience, Vo5 don't tend to compromise on quality like many other brands.
However, I'm less that happy with this spray. Admittedly it does have a few redeeming features, in particular that the spray doesn't have a horrendous stink. Once you've attacked your hair with your straighteners or your hair dryer you can no longer smell it (not that it's unpleasant in the first place). Secondly, despite how much I have to put on my hair (my hair is extremely thick) it doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky, although I have to clean my straighteners more often than I am used to because some rather disgusting brown gunk is usually left on them.
On the other hand, I find that the actual spray feature of the product is pretty rubbish. Once you've used a certain amount and you tilt the spray the wrong way it actually doesn't spray anything but smelly air at your hair. Understandably this happens with all sprays but the red plastic makes it impossible to know which way to tilt the bottle to get the remaining juice out of the bottle.
Similarly, I have found that I'm better off not using a spray than this one. I continue to use it so that next time I go to my hairdressers I'll have an excuse! The spray has still allowed split ends and frazzled hair and the actual act of spraying the product onto my hair makes styling more difficult - my hair is damp when I want to straighten it and the results are often quite frizzy and somewhat less eye-catching than if I hadn't used the spray.
To conclude, my hair is still horrendously split and looking painfully unhealthy. Alas, there is no solution for that but another haircut, although if anyone else is in my situation, I recommend Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner... it actually does work wonders! I'm officially in love. I think that, despite the eye-watering price tag of Aussie's heat defense spray, I shall have to buy it to replace the Vo5 one that I wasted my money on.
VO5 Heat Protect Styling Spray
I have coloured my hair for the past two years and with all of the heat styling from my new ghds (See my previous review), my hair can get really damaged and I can get split ends quite a lot. So I bought this new heat defense spray. I have tried the mini mark hill spray which was good and this one is the same.
I bought it from wilkinsons about a month ago for about £3.50 but you can actually buy it from boots for £2.99 for 200ml. It protects my hair against all of the heated products that I used (but try not too) such as my ghds, my curling wand and my new hair dryer, so it can get quite dry and frizzy sometimes because of all of the heat damage but this spray is really easy to apply and it really smoothes and softens my hair while protecting it!
You just spray onto damp hair and then I comb it though my hair so that all of my hair is evenly protected. It makes styling easier as my hair seems softer, smoother and more manageable.
*Good high quality brand
*Easy to use spray bottle
*Protects my hair from heat damage by my straighteners, hair dryer and curlers
*Leaves my hair soft and more manageable
*Smoothes my hair
*Available in boots and wilkinsons
Thank you for reading my review
I have very curly hair and starighten my hair around four times a week, my hair started to get quite damaged so i thought i would try the 'Albeto V05 styling spay'.
This product comes in a 200ml size red bottle, with a spray nozzle on the top. The spray smells very nice so it leaves your hair smelling quite fresh after blow drying it or straightening it. The bottle normally lasts me about three weeks, my hair is quite long so i spray my hair three or four times to cover it all.
The spray helps to protect against damage from heat styling, so if you blow dry your hair and straighten it, this spray will be good to use. I found that it helps to keep my hair tame and very sleek, but after a couple of hours my hair would start to puff out, so it didn't last very long ! I found that this spray made my hair very shiny and this lasted all day, which was good.
Although for best results i would suggest blow drying your hair with a brush to et the best results out of this product.
It is quite cheap and it will last you quite long, so good value for money !
We have a magic bathroom that keeps filling up with al the toiletries and hair care products I need, although I'm only 'allowed' to sue certain one by order of The Chief in Charge, lol!
One of the things I use on a daily basis is heat protect spray to help stop my hair getting frazzled when I blow dry it or straighten it which I do at least twice a day, especially my precious fringe :)
This Alberto Culver. Co product is on the 'allowed' list so I've been using it for the past few weeks because it's designed to 'help protect against damage from heat styling, reduces frizz, add shine' -just what I wanted then, yay!
The Chief says it costs around £2.50 from Wilkos but I've seen it in Morrisons too.
The bottle is a really funky red and made of plastic with a chunky clear trigger spray that works really well at directing the fluid to the desired areas of my hair...like my fringe ;)
Containing 200ml it has lasted really well so far, there feels like there's still about half a bottle full left...
This spray is made in the UK and the write up says it's the No1 styling brand which is cool.
After reading all the info on the back it says there is a heat defence ingredient included that is an activating complex that helps makes styling easier and helps stop flyaway and static locks.
So do I thing this works as an anti-freeze solution?
Yes I think it's pretty good. My hair definitely feels smoother and not as damaged when I use this stuff compared to when I don't. I think my locks look shinier too and feel silky, but I have used better sprays than this.
I think it is good quality, but not as great as the bottle makes out, it says I can control my hair better and create my look but it's still quite difficult just because it's smooth when I brush it.
To use just spray on before you use your heated appliances, it dampens the hair a bit but that soon dries under the warmth.
Three stars from me, it's ok and I like using it :)
As a bit of a follow on from my Dove intense therapy review I have recently switched heat protection sprays to this VO5 styling spray in an attempt to put some life back into my poor dry coloured and heat damaged hair.
I have been using a small bottle of Charles Worthington heat defence spray but have found it to be a bit sticky and didn't seem to be doing much to help my hair back into a decent condition. I have eventually got round to searching the aisles in my local Boots for something a bit more inspiring that is going to help keep more moisture in my hair while I'm using my straighters.
I had a look around the shelves at the bewildering array of different products but being on a bit of a limited budget at the moment I wanted something that was going to be cheapish but that was a trusted brand that was going to be value for money (I thought this would be a bit of a tall order).
I've used the VO5 shampoos and conditioners before I had my hair coloured and found them to work quite well so the bright red bottle with spray gun applicator caught my eye and the price tag of £2.42 for a 200ml bottle seemed very reasonable.
I noticed that the spray is made in the UK and is not only a heat defence spray but a styling spray as well, 2 products in the one bottle seemed a bit of a bargain and with the blurb on the back of the bottle promising to deliver high performance, salon tested product that won't let you down, it seemed like a winner to me. I was a little dubious that the low price would mean that you would get low quality but I thought with the claims on the back of the bottle I'd give it a go.
I really liked the trigger spray on the top of the bottle as it covered my hair in a nice fine mist of spray and it was easy to reach the back of my head without too much effort, ensuring an even coating of protection. Some of the other spray's I've used in the past have had to be sprayed onto my brush first and crushed through to ensure a full coverage but this made it really easy.
It smells a little bit like shampoo, nice clean scent but not too heavy. It doesn't feel sticky of heavy once combed through but beware of using too much as this is also a styling spray and can end up being a bit sticky on dry ends if you spray on too much, I find 4 or 5 sprays more than enough for long hair.
I was really surprised by the results, I tend to use this kind of spray before using the hairdryer and again before I use my straighters but I didn't feel the need to use it twice, it really felt like it was conditioning and smoothing my hair without being heavy.
After I'd straightened my hair I noticed that my hair felt a lot smoother and nice and shiny, even the ends of my hair felt in better condition and not at all sticky. I also noticed that my hair seemed less frizzy, (it tends to get a little frizzy after blow drying as I suffer from breakage and dry hair which seems to get all over the place!!).
I was amazed that for such a small price that it would work that well, I would definitely recommend this to anyone that uses heat appliances on their hair.
I use straighteners on my hair at least five times a week, although sometimes it's daily or even worse, twice daily, and needless to say the heat can take its toll and leave my hair looking damaged. My hair is actually quite long anyway, as well as being coloured, so the condition is not as healthy as I would like it to be. To try to prevent it getting any worse, I use a heat protection spray each time I get the straighteners (or tongs, or hairdryer for that matter!) out, and the latest spray I've bought is VO5's heat protect styling spray.
Now, if I'm totally honest, I've used several brands of these sprays in the past and have not seen a lot of difference between them. It's pretty hard to tell if they're working to be honest, but I think it's reassuring to at least feel like I'm doing something to help my hair's dire situation! The sole reason I bought this one was because it was the cheapest one available at the time. I can't say I'm a huge fan of V05 - I have used their products before and although there are one or two things in the range that are really good, overall I find it to be a middle of the road brand, that doesn't stand out in any way, so my expectations of this product were not particularly high.
The spray comes in a red bottle with a white trigger spray. The trigger spray makes it look professional, however I feel it's not the most practical thing ever, as I find I have to swap hands to spray both sides of my hair (not the biggest problem, but a pain in the neck when you have a pair of straighteners in the opposite hand), whereas with a normal pump spray it's a lot easier to spray one-handed.
Other than not being the most practical bottle ever it's not particularly the best looking either. It simply looks cheap, and is another reason I don't tend to go for VO5 products, as there are other products in the same price bracket - such as the Schwarzkopf pro styling spray I recently used - which come in much younger, funkier packaging, that I actually feel proud to have displayed on my dressing table.
The spray states that as well as protecting against heat damage it reduces frizz and creates shine. Apparently it contains a 'heat-activated complex' which will also make styling quicker and easier. Having long, thick hair it can sometimes take up to 45 minutes to straighten (yes, seriously) and so anything that saves me time is always welcome!
The product should be sprayed on damp hair, but I've used it on dry as well and the results are pretty much the same. As you spray the product, you can smell it's slightly sharp citrussy fragrance. It's an OK scent, and is not too strong, which is good.
When spraying the product I find that even with just a few sprays it pretty much soaks the hair, and leaves it feeling slightly sticky.
When blow drying the results I get are pretty good. It doesn't leave any residue on the hair, but I don't think it does anything to make styling quicker or easier as the bottle suggests.
When straightening my hair however, it is a different story. I use GHD's which obviously become very very hot. I find that when I have used this spray on my hair, if anything it makes my hair more difficult to style. Like I said, when you spray it on, it pretty much soaks the hair, even with just a couple of sprays. It leaves my hair with a sort of sticky feeling, which remains even when I brush or comb it through.
As soon as I put the straighteners on it, my hair sort of sticks together, and I have to brush it and run the straighteners through it, in a sort of ongoing loop until my hair actually dries. This also leaves a horrible brown residue on the edges of my straighteners which isn't very pleasant.
Once it is actually dry however, my hair is fine with no sticky residue or weighed down feeling, which I am pleased about, as if the stickiness stayed once my hair was dry, I think I would have had to throw the bottle away.
Now as for actually protecting my hair from the heat, as always with these sorts of products, it's very difficult to tell if it's working. My hair certainly doesn't look in any worse condition since I began using this, however because I am actually having to keep the heat of the GHD's against my hair longer in order to actually dry, surely this is not doing my hair much good?
A 200ml bottle of this spray costs £2.93 from Boots, which as I mentioned is one of the cheapest that Boots sell.
Overall, I am not impressed with this product and I will not buy it again. I really don't like the sticky feeling it gives to my hair, it makes styling take much longer than normal, and I'm not even convinced it is actually doing anything for my hair. I think this product has made me remember why I dislike VO5 so much!
Protects your hair from heat damage and frizz /