Product Type: VO5 hair care products
Newest Review: ... to look tidy. I agree that I did need to smarten up and this is where my analysis of the Alberto Vo5 Surf Style Texturising Paste comes ... more
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VO5 Surf Style Texturising Paste
Member Name: ryanando
VO5 Surf Style Texturising Paste
Advantages: Looks good, holds well
Disadvantages: misleading consistency
---I've got something to put in you---
Life is busy at the moment. All these promises of being an active member have quickly, yet gracefully, fallen flat on their arse. Having had just 18 days to find somewhere to live, I have now done so. I even have 11 days to spare. I will look past the fact that probably means I won't be watching decent television or playing on the internet half as much since most companies take their damn sweet time pulling their finger out of their behinds in getting their customers set up with the essentials.
So, being a sensible 21 year old, I have spent every spare moment doing what every sensible 21 year old would do having just found a new flat to move into. Sorting, packing, cleaning, tidying: all were shoved forcefully to the side in favour of some well earned pub time. Given that I am completely effing knackered with everything recently, I quite happily sat in my local pub (aka: gay bar) looking like a homeless person who quite possibly had a wash slightly more recently than the others. I smelled like curry (the food of gods) and had left my hair to air dry from showering since I'd ran out of hair stuff. This was my biggest mistake.
Enter stage right (left if you are looking the other way) 18 year old bouncy gay boy. Before I knew what was happening, he was pointing out that I had "forgotten" to do my hair, had whipped out a tub of god knows what and was pulling away at my head like only a gay boy knows how. The only good thing to come of this was that an 18 year old is jealous of the fact I have stupendously thick hair and no hair line. That made me feel good. Trying to wash this mystery gunk out, however, did not. No less than 9 washes later, my hair was still greasy enough to stop my shampoo foaming. I made a vow: Get more hair stuff.
---I'm gonna spend all your money---
Off I popped on one of my famous midnight jaunts to Tesco's. In this shop - 3 copies of the same newspaper and a tub of "V05 Surf Style, Matte Effect, Texturising Paste" Excuse me while I put my teeth back in. I was drawn to this particular tub because it looks very similar to another V05 product I use but it has a big flashy yellow rim and a "NEW" sticker on it. I am every sales persons dream. After deducting about £2.50 (one drink) from my pub budget, I whizzed home to try it. So many urine jokes, so little time.
---Don't you want to know how we keep starting fires?---
If you are looking to the tub for some advice on how to do your hair, it is very handy. Assuming, that is, you speak the lingo and are down with the kids. I am the most out of touch 21 year old you will meet. So it was no help to me. It tells you that it's for "beach blown" and "Piecy" looks. Now, as far as I was aware, Piecy isn't actually a word (yeah, I know I'm a total hypocrite) and the last time I looked beach blown was....actually...you don't need to hear that story. From what I deciphered, the stuff is not for making your hair look that incredibly smooth plastic way that some gels do. It is more for a dryer look where you look less like you have a tonne of gunk in your hair. Why they couldn't just put THAT on the tub I don't know.
---Let's start a war!---
First thing I noticed about this was the consistency. It's not like a gel and its not like the other "pastes" that are out there. It is more the consistency of moisturising cream or savlon or some such bum. This gave me no faith. It is white and smells quite nice but a whole lot less chemical-esq than its other similar products. I have decided that it is, in fact, just a watered down version of their Rework Fibre putty.
Unlike that stuff though, it is not greasy or sticky. Once you put it in your hair, your hands feel a little gunky, but not like you have just eaten ten toffee apples with your hands curled in fists (more difficult than you might think)
The colour of the gunk always worries me a little. As much as the little gay boy squealed with jealousy at the lack of any signs of receding for the next 20 years, there are one or two...gr....gr....oh god I can't say it....hairs that are not of good standing in the mind of younger ones. You know what I mean. Some products I've used that are white in colour seem to exaggerate even the slightest deficiency of colour in any given strand of hair. This doesn't seem to do it. Major points.
----You're a superstar---
The next thing that amazed me was the fact that this stuff actually worked quite well. I'm growing my hair so I have plenty to bleach for Halloween (I may have already mentioned that I am going as a mad scientist?) so it's currently quite long. Which I hate saying. I have had my hair down to my nipples. Currently it is SHORT in comparison. It is about 2-3 inches... Shut up. You disgust me.
So, when I styled it first I went for that messy, bed head look. Usually with other products I style it quite sticky up and tall to start with, then by the time I have driven to work (a matter of seconds, yes I know I am lazy) it has fallen to a more socially acceptable height. Style complete and incredibly tall, off I drove to work. An hour into my day and I pop to the loo, partly to actually partake in loo-type activities and partly to check how my hair was doing. To my shock it was exactly as I had styled it...well, apart from the dent from my headphones that has now become an integral part of any hairstyle I so choose to sport. I suddenly started to wish I hadn't spiked the front so high as I now looked like that infamous "There's Something About Mary" scene and not having had half as much action recently to warrant it, but it did have a lovely texture to it!
Being me, I couldn't help but touch it. Another pleasant surprise was to be had! Rather than being...ahem... painfully rock solid (which usually comes with such great hold) or disgustingly greasy and residuous (which usually comes with such thick texture) my hair was....well....not solid and not greasy!! And that's what matters! I could touch my hair without the pain of moving a solidified gunk-helmet or getting a horrible goopy covering on my hands. More points!
---When we touch, when we kiss---
As for how long this stuff lasts, Style wise it can go all day if you aren't frantically going at it. It will, however, be knocked out of place by pulling the following items off of or on to your head: Jumpers, T shirts, Vests, Balaclavas, Tights with eye holes cut in, Full head halloween masks, gimp suits and/or lubricated condoms. So no robbing if you want your hair to stay pretty.
If you want to know how long the tub will last, I would say that's much more an "each to their own" situation. Given that I have abnormally thick hair, it won't last me for long. I (in spite of the tub telling me to only use a little) have to use a lot as my hair just doesn't allow anything to spread through it unless there is a buggering lot of it. For the thinner haired among us, this stuff will probably last you a good few months. Don't hold me to that.
---Fire in the gates of hell---
And so we have come to the end of another rambling review. This is usually when I start hoping that Dooyoo have the product listed as I can't really be bothered with suggesting things. Not that it stops me doing it. What have we learned from this review? Surf style is good. It smells nice, it holds well and it doesn't scare all your lighter shaded hairs out to the front where everyone can see. Also, don't engage in oral on the beach.
PS, it wasn't listed but the suggestion went through quickly so woot woot for dooyoo!
Summary: Quite a decent product for those with hair.