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Yet another hair product I have been trying out. I thought the hair mousse I was using was sticking my hair together a bit too much so decided to have a look for something different to try out. I looked in Savers and they had some gel spray by VO5 which was called Volume Boost and it said it was weather resistant and it had a little picture of an umbrella next to the wording. I thought this sounded great so decided to buy it. I think it cost me about £2.50.
The bottle holds 200ml of gel spray. I decided to wash my hair and then towel dried it and then sprayed the gel into my damp hair. I worked this through with my hands and found my fingers got quite sticky during the process but this is normal with gels and mousses anyway so carried on. I blow dried my hair but found where I usually manage to get the top back bit curling backwards it didn't seem to want to do it and kept flopping down flat. I continued drying my hair right through and after a bit of working managed to get it roughly into the style I usually have but it didn't seem to have as much volume especially on the top.
The big test was that evening as we were going down the pub which is only a five minute walk but the weather was not that nice out. It was not actually pouring with rain but the air was damp with a fine mist kind of thing going on. I took an umbrella but it was quite windy so didn't keep all the dampness out of my hair.
When I got to the pub I went into the ladies to check my hair and it looked a right mess. It had flopped down flat to my head and had no style to it what so ever. I was very disappointed as it meant I had to sit all night in the pub looking a mess. Obviously where it said weather resistant it didn't mean it would keep your style in place so I don't really see the point in having it on there in the first place.
I did try the gel out again when I washed it next time and this time didn't need to venture out in the rain. My hair still seemed to flop during the day and by the evening didn't look anything like when I had first styled it in the morning.
I am using up the bottle though, have been using it as a sort of hairspray for the hard to hold bits and it does seem to work a bit but I won't be buying it again.
I like my hair to look good and I take great care in the way I look and I have quite thick hair that needs gel to keep it in place, so that it does not fall down on my face and irritate me. When hair is thicker it can tend to blow all over the place, especially on windy days and so a gel helps to manage my hair a little bit more outdoors.
I bought this gel spray from Boots, it cost around £2.80 for 200ml and so it is quite a lot of spray for the price. It comes in a plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, it is very easy to press to release the gel onto the hair. It has a really nice smell to it and one I would describe as a nice mild scent but it is not too strong that my hair smells of perfume but it is a nice fragrance.
It is very easy to use, all I do is spray a little on the root of my hair, while it is damp and just work my fingers through and scrunch it around a little bit and then just leave it to dry naturally. It can be used to style hair if you want to blow dry it etc. all that is needed to use it this way is to spray at the roots and blow dry into the style you may want to create. This gel does not flake from the hair after it has dried. It does not have a wet look etc, it just looks a little hard on the hair but not an appearance that looks like it is rock solid and not a natural look. It gives volume to my hair and makes it look a little thicker, although my hair is quite thick as I said earlier in the review, I think it would give a little extra volume for anyone who does not have such thick hair.
I have found this one does hold my hair in place for most of the day, I have been outdoors on a couple of windy days and found it doesn't make my hair move that much at all. It does move a little bit but not so much that it flops down or the style moves etc. I find it has a good hold for my hair. Only a couple of sprays onto the roots is need for this one to give a good hold. I find it is very easy to wash from the hair with no problems at all, it does not make my hair feel dry or hard after I have washed it. I also have found just one wash is enough to fully wash it from the hair.
It is very good value for the price, the quality is very good indeed too and I would not hesitate in recommending this one to anyone to give it a try. I would say this one would be suitable for long or like my hair shorter. I would also say this one is for both male and female. It does not have such a feminine smell from what I can detect. I think it is an in between fragrance and one that would suit teenagers too who are just beginning to style their hair etc.
I really do like this one and a little does go a long way and the bottle has lasted me at least 2 weeks so far and I have been using the same bottle once a day, every day for the past 2 weeks or so and there is at least still half a bottle left to use. This is a very well know brand.
I rate this one 5 stars.
Bring on the volume. No, really. If you have no objections to turning your head upside down in order to give the roots a good covering of this stuff, it does actually work. I often find that volumising products simply don't do what they claim and some can leave the hair feeling weighed down, but this spray is fairly lightweight and you don't need to use loads to get a result. It really works best on the roots, as you might expect, but a little extra all over is also effective. Holding the hair up and drying it section by section or drying it with your head upside down helps this product reach its maximum potential.
I must say, I hate the packaging. It is truly uninspired. The shape of the bottle is fine and it's narrow enough that it doesn't slip out of your hand even if it gets wet, but the compliments end there, I'm afraid. Whoever chose the colour of the bottle was presumably used to designing boring family cars; this, to me, doesn't scream "hair product". However, if you can get past its exterior, it's definitely worth trying, particularly if you tend to find that your hair gets flat during the day. The directions suggest that you use this product on towel-dried hair, and that certainly provides the best result, but it does seem to work on dry hair as well, which is useful if you want a top-up of volume during the day.
One side effect of this spray is that it does dry the hair slightly - only slightly. I actually like this aspect when it comes to this type of product as hair that requires volume often benefits from it, but that's personal preference. As for the weather resistance of this gel spray, I can't say I have tested it in all weather conditions and under all forms of precipitation, but it does seem to fare quite well compared to some, and it doesn't go sticky as often happens when hair that is heavily laden with product is subjected to damp conditions.
In conclusion, a good product that is nowhere near as expensive as some of the competition.