PURCHASE AND PRODUCT
As I don't use hairspray all that much, I was looking for something cheap and cheerful. I came across this can of Bristows in Poundland and purchased the Ultra Hold can. The packaging is rather simple. A pink and blue can with a pull off lid which hides the aerosol spray. I find the packaging quite old fashioned with an image of what I would describe as an "80s lady" on the front. The can tells me this is for maximum style and control, leaves hair manageable and soft, no sticky residue and brushes out easily. There is also the usual cautions that come with aerosols; do not pierce or burn, protect from sunlight and keep away from open flame. The ingredients are also listed
The sole reason I purchased this hairspray was for a hairdo I was sporting for a night out. This involved lots of back combing my hair into a quiff and secured with bobby pins and this ultra hold spray. Following the directions of holding the can 20cms away from my hair and spraying lightly, I noticed right away the sticky feeling it left in hair! But with no other option I continued to spray and just hoped it would hold the style. That it did! My hair stayed in place all night apart from the odd stray hair, I suffer from flyaway hair anyway so I expected this. When I got home some 8 hours after the initial style, my hair still looked pretty good. I took out my bobby pins and thought I'd leave it to brush out in the morning.
Now I don't know whether it was the hairspray, back combing, sleeping in hairspray or a mixture of all three but when it came to brushing my hair, it hurt like hell! The brush kept getting stuck and I could feel the stickiness of the spray still on my hair! I attempted to brush out for a good 10 minutes but in the end I resorted to washing the stuff out. My hair felt rigid and sticky and this was the only way of getting rid if the product without ripping half of my hair out of my head. As a result the can went in the bin!
Terrible stuff! Yes it can hold a style, but I am sure there are many other hairsprays out there that manage to do this without the sticky, rigid feeling and vigorous brushing that this one requires. It certainly does not live up to the claims stated on the can and for this reason I will not be purchasing again, recommending and I will be awarding just one star.
I love trying out different value brands as I have found some items to be gems and why spend more if you can get the same result with a cheaper product so while shopping in body care I came across this hairspray for just a £1 and decided to give it a go. I have really fine hair but lots of it so maybe that is where my problem is as I need a fair amount of hairspray to keep it under control.
I mainly use hairspray when I curl my hair I do have naturally wavy hair but to get it to form curls I have to use moose and hairspray while it is damp to help hold them in place. As I use a lot of hairspray when curling my hair one of the things I like in a hair spray is it holding my hair firm but without leaving it rock solid and scratchy every time I move my head. To use simply shake the bottle well hold it a little away from your hair and spray is the required areas simple. The nozzle is really easy to press down and you get a satisfying amount of the product spraying out of the bottle with ease.
The first thing I noticed is this hairspray smells really bad, all hairsprays tend to smell a little chemically but this is a really strong scent and I find whenever I use it I can taste it in my mouth. I tried using less of the product in case that would help but unfortunately the smell is really noticeable even when using the hairspray in small amounts. This hairspray did hold my curls in place but my hair felt rock solid and there was a lot of areas on my hair where it began to clump together a lot.
I have used this hairspray on dry hair to see if maybe it didn't work so well on damp and it did prove to be a little better but it was still not great. I added a small amount of the product to my roots to help give my hair a little volume which I found to work rather well it held my hair in place and created the desired effect. As I only used a small amount of the product I found after an hour or two my hair began to lose that volume and decide to freshen it up a little before I went out only to find that the residue left on my hair after reapplying became worse and my hair tended to clump together a lot.
It does add a nice shine to my hair from a distance but up close you can see that a product has been used and there is a film layer over my hair. It dries fairly quickly which is great but it is hard to tell when it is dry because of the stickiness that is left behind. This hairspray does perform well while my hair is tied up I like to spray a little hairspray to keep my fly away ends in place. I find because on this occasion I am only using a small amount of the product it works well and although my hair is a little stiff it does not matter as it is tied up anyway.
I do have a sensitive scalp and I found this hairspray to be fine it did not cause any extra irritation which is great as I find a lot of hairsprays can be a little harsh on my head so I was a little worried after the really strong scent of the product. Trying to brush out the product can be difficult if you use too little it does not hold your hair in place all day but if you use too much it creates a cardboard consistency in your hair meaning trying to get a brush through it can be painful.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this hairspray it does hold hair in place but it is sticky, leaves a residue no matter how lightly I use it and my hair feels overly stiff and horrible. You do get a lot of product for your money but unfortunately it is not great value and I found this hairspray to be completely lacking in everything I look for in a hairspray.
We had a relative come to stay the other week and when she went home she left behind a can of this Bristows Ultra Hold hairspray behind. I rang her to tell her and she said to use it up if we could as she didn't like it that much so I thought I would give it a try to see why she doesn't like it and whether it would suit my hairstyle.
I have short hair that I like to blow dry up so that it gives my hair some volume and body. Other wise it goes really flat and limp. My hair seems to have got thinner over the last few years and its a job now to get any volume into it without any hair gel in it but I thought I would try this out seeing as it says ultra hold.
I washed my hair and then blow dried it without putting the normal gel in it. It was quite hard going getting it to blow up to my normal style so once I had it just about there I gave it a quick spray with the can.
Immediately after spraying my hair felt quite damp for a while where the spray was on it so I had to keep still to let it dry without going out of style. Once it had dried off I looked in the mirror and my style was still there. I felt my hair again and found that it had gone quite stiff in places and it was really stuck together, no wonder it wasn't moving about. I thought I would give it a go though, no point in wasting it and I was waiting to go out so no time to re wash my hair.
When I got outside it was quite windy out and I could feel the wind blowing my hair but it didn't feel like it was blowing odd hairs about all over my face, it felt like I had a hat on. When I got up the town I had to have a look in a shop window to make sure it wasn't all standing up on end or anything but it still looked the same as when I had first sprayed it.
After a long day shopping I went home, hair style still in place. I decided to give it a good brush to get some of the spray out before I went to bed but do you think I could get a brush into it? It was solid in places and the brush was just pulling like mad and hurting me, practically pulling my hair out of the roots. I had to go and wash it out in the end as I didn't fancy sleeping on it or who knows what I would have got up looking like and my Other Half might have got a fright.
When I first wet my hair it started to drip a bit into my eyes and it really did sting so I am thinking that if I had worn the spray on my hair in the rain I would have had a problem seeing where I was going.
I didn't throw the can out, I thought it might come in handy if its really windy out and I want to go somewhere where it doesn't matter if I have cardboard hair style but I haven't used it again yet.
I don't know where this can was bought but it is currently on sale on Amazon for £1.45 for a 300ml can.
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Ok, I thought with having an almost 17yr old daughter, I had heard every barmy army fad, but this mornings antics top it all!
A beautiful young lady, academically smart studying for her 4 A-levels, with a bear like a sore head rushing around on a morning. Into the bathroom she barges, as I'm stood trying to brush my teeth, and out of the way she wants me. I'm going nowhere of course... IIIII was there first.
I was running late myself this morning, as usually by the time she comes charging downstairs, i'm busy evacuating myself and wee boy into the living room to escape her Bristow fumes.
Solemn faced, stood rather rigid looking infront of our bathroom mirror, my daughter closes her eyes and holds the Bristows can directly infront of her face at about half an arms length away... yes... you have read that correctly.... FACE. Not up above her head, to the side of her head, behind her head and not in any way shape or form, even pointing in the direction of her hair.
One HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE spray later, DIRECTLY ON HER FACE, I stand totally gobsmacked before blurting out a rather disgruntled' What the HELL do you think you're doing?!?!?!?!?!?'
' MUM!!!!!' ' IT keeps your make up on!!!!!!!!!!!' came the annoyed response, as if I was supposed to already know that, as if, I'm some sort of oddball not even knowing that it keeps your make up on.
' It's a beauty tip from the TV!!' ..... ' Lots of celebs do it too and all the girls do it!!' ....
Is that supposed to convince me more?!
Forgive me, I'm obviously losing the plot, but ' It keeps your make up on?' ?!?!? Purrrrrrleaseeeee!! Who believes this claptrap?!
Naturally I gave her the ' more likely to CAUSE spots' speech, because she's done nothing but go on and on and on about spots the last few months. I told her about how it's probably clogging her pores and it's dangerous to breathe in, hence the warning on the back etc. In one ear, out the other. I'm clueless and know nothing... apparently!
I'm getting old.
I have to admit to feeling quite disappointed by this crazy behaviour, but then she's a teenager I guess, and hopefully this is just another donuthead phase. Oh how I wish these phases weren't so stark raving bonkers!
As for Bristows Ultra Hairspray - I personally think it's awful! I have short hair that needs blow drying into style daily to give it some volume, and hairspray is a big part of keeping my volumised hair in some sort of semi decent style. No hairspray = pancake head basically.
I have very fine, fragile hair. It's static and flat and Bristows leaves my hair rock hard and very sticky. Perhaps its fine for thick glossy hair, but definately not on hair like mine. It ends up sticking together so badly that my hair ends up clumpy looking. All the best if your hair gets wet in the rain as well. Not only does it smell horrendous when wet, it is near impossible to get your hand through your hair. Basically you'll look like you've got a lego wig.
Add to that, lots of white bits amongst your tangled haystack and you'll for sure win a dandruff competition.
I also have very sensitive skin and Bristows irritates it. It gives me spots on my forehead. Because the spray is so wet, it lands all over your face and clothes, and then your face feels sticky. Blurgh!
I have to admit though in emergencies, I will buy Bristows, but only if its an emergency and I cant get anything else. It's cheap, so thats a positive, but its still not worth having spots and a sticky face for, and certainly not worth having a tangled mess. It is however better if I have to go out than having a pancake head lol
Another thing to add is the smell. It's a very strong smell. I am not usually bothered by aerosols, but Bristows goes straight to the back of your mouth if you breathe it in which is awful.
As for my daughter, well I thought the concealer on already cracked lips to ' make them look better mum' was a white coat moment, and then theres the fake tanning that leaves her dark green bless... but this hairspray for keeping make up moment really takes the biscuit!
Just gotta leave em to it sometimes! Keep an eye on those young girls though - they may soon be copying the teenagers and end up having a nasty accident!
I use hairspray on a daily basis and Ive used so many different brands it is untrue but because I use it all the time I need a product that is cheap enough so I can buy it all the time. I bought this "Bristows Ultra Hold" hairspray a few weeks ago from Bodycare as I was low on cash at the time but I really needed some hairspray - to be honest I was not expecting it to be great because it was so cheap. Ive been pleasantly surprised I have to say because this is actually a half decent hairspray.
This spray comes in a 300ml pink can and can be bought from Bodycare stores and small chemists - Ive never seen this sold anywhere but Bodycare but Ive just looked it up and it can be bought elsewhere. On the can there is directions for use, ingredients, and other useful information eg. this can is recyclable. The can actually looks quite nice for such a cheap brand - its not the best but its good enough for my dressing table.
For Best Results:
For best results hold the can 20cm from your hair, spraying lightly and evenly, shielding eyes.
I have used this hairspray on for both keeping a style in place and I use it daily to add more volume to my hair and I think it works really well. I go to the gym twice a week and I use this to make sure my hair stays in place so its not flapping about all over the place while Im on the treadmill and I reckon it works perfectly. I do recommend spraying this quite far away from your hair because it comes out quite wet and sticky so if your not carefful you get that scrapped back, hard head look which believe me is NEVER a good look. If you spray it a bit further from your hair it comes out a lot finer and just makes sure your style is set and stays that way.
When I use this on my hair when Im wearing it down it adds loads of volume to my hair and it stays that way for a good few hours before I need to re-apply which I reckon is quite good because it also leaves my hair looking really healthy and leaves a really subtle sheen on my hair. So that makes this great for everyday use even if you dont wear your hair up a lot like me. The smell of this stuff is obviously really notticable so dont spray to much of it because you will start choking but every hairspray tends to smell like that so I dont consider that to be a big problem.
This is great for everyday use as it works well on loose hair and when your trying to style it so for just 99p you will get a lot of use out of this spray. I fully recommend it to people on a budget because it does exactly what it promises and Ill definately continue to use this brand.
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Looking for a cheaper hairspray at the moment cos I get through so much tying my hair back for the gym and stuff I have been using my Mothers! lol. I usually use rather expensive stuff as I like the good stuff for going out etc but it works out costly on a daily basis and I find I need alot to keep my hair in place! So as I say I want something cheap but still cheerful that works well and my Mum swears by this stuff. So much so she has 3 different types of this and this is the second one I've tried belonging to her lol.
300ml bright pink long cylinder can with a plastic lid that pulls on and off the top and covers a small White plastic aerosol sprayer. On the front of the can there is a picture of a woman and I'm told all in white writing that it is Bristows 'Ultra Hold' Hairspray 'For Maximum Style And Control'. On the back of the can I'm told a bit about the product and directions for use are given, cautions and ingredients are listed along with contact details for Lornamead (the manufacturer of the product), the size is stated (as I've listed already), the recycle symbol is shown and finally there is a bar-code on there. Cheapish looking can but easy to use the can is and it's informative enough to be fair to it.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Can....
Bristows Ultra Hold Hairspray gives maximum style and control.
Leaves your hair beautifully manageable and soft to the touch.
Leaves no sticky residue.
Brushes out easily.
Directions For Use....
For best results hold the can 20cm from your hair, spraying lightly and evenly, shielding eyes.
Well I used this on my finished style to 'set' it of course. It sprays out rather wet and if your not careful it does make hair a bit too wet so you need to spray from a distance and very lightly indeed.
The smell of these products is a bit of a let down in my opinion. It's kind of floral but rather old fashioned and once this is sprayed on the hair the smell lingers on it for a good couple of hours which is a rather bad point of this cos although it isn't vile it really isn't great and/or modern either!
However this does work reasonably well. My hair is really fine and sort of jaw length and for the gym as I stated earlier I need to tie it up and keep it off my face whilst working out. Using this hairspray even in the heat my hair stays in place and with my running in the treadmill and all-sorts it stays put well enough. Fly-aways and broken hairs also stay in style, frizz is kept in place and one thing this does rather well is give my hair a nice healthy sheen and doesn't make it feel weighed down or sticky at all and whats more it does wash out or brush/comb out easily leaving no residue behind.
This is an ok every-day sort of product that gives decent results every time however the smell is a real sticking point for me! I don't like it so I wouldn't buy this no matter how good it is!
Available to buy for around 99p in small independent type of chemists and also in pound shops and the likes.
For maximum style and control /