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I always use some form of protecting spray on my hair before I use any sort of heated appliance on it, be it a hairdryer, curling tongs or straighteners. Up until now, I have not been overly fussy as to what brand of spray I use, so I usually opt for whatever has the best offer or deal on it when I am low. For my most recent purchase, that was this Fish Protective Straightening Mist which was on a buy one get one free offer in Boots. From memory, this meant that I paid around £2.50 for two bottles of spray - which was a fabulous deal.
The spray comes in a purple metal aerosol can with a plastic lid. The spray is emitted by compressing the nozzle and is distributed quite widely, so gives good coverage over your hair. Therefore, one spray does go a long way and I usually find my whole head (I have quite long, thick hair) takes around 6 sprays. The spray does not really have a scent, which is good and bad - there is no smell of chemical but there is not fragrance added to your hair either.
Once applied to the hair, the hair feels no different - it is not sticky or heavy. It sprays in a fine mist so is not concentrated in one area. After application, I dry and style my hair. This is not only a protective spray but also straightening. I have used this spray with just a hairdyer and, I have to say, this did not seem to have any straightening effect on my hair whatsoever. Even with straighteners, it is no more or less easy to straighten. From this, I have to conclude that the 'straightening' function is very poor indeed and definitely not something I would purchase this for again. So, with that in mind, I am dubious about the 'protecting' features too. I am no hair professional, so am unable to really tell the condition of my hair - all I can go on is how it looks and feels. Personally, I don't think my hair is in any better condition for using this spray, the heat seems to still dry it out and I certainly still have split ends. I do not expect any spray to offer complete protection from heat styling and, of course, all hair does get split ends if not cut regularly etc. However, I have certainly used sprays that have left my hair looking and feeling better than this spray. I therefore have very little confidence in this spray and would struggle to find any positive points to recommend this on. I certainly will not be purchasing again - no matter what the offer!
The other day I was strolling around Boots just for something to do really! I love toiletries and make up an the likes and whenever I feel like cheering myself up a bit I head there and the Poundshop lol.
With me just redying my hair a strong and rich vibrant red colour I felt my hair looked rather good so thought I may as well invest in some new hair products and I was attracted to this range of products not only because the packaging was rather nice but also because all the items from the range were on offer for £2.00 each and I had £8.00 in points on my card meaning I was actually able to get a few things from the range for free to try which is always nice eh?!
Well I have just below jaw length red hair at the moment which is very prone to greasy roots and a very frizzy mid section. I have wavy hair with curls in it and to get my hair looking anything near wearable I do straighten it however it is very, very prone to flicking up at the ends and on my side fringe which is why I always make sure that I use products to help me with the straightening process and not only to protect my hair from high temperatures. The issue I have with alot of hair products though is that I do suffer with greasy roots and I find a lot of products tend to upset those even if I try to avoid them when styling!
The Packaging Of This Product:
Well like I stated earlier the packaging of this range of products called to me from the shelves in Boots. This particular 150ml cylinder pump action can with a matching lid is actually the plainer from the range with the others being hot fuchsia coloured and the likes but this is a lilac coloured so pretty and on the front of it in bold lettering and in purple, white and bright pink writing we are told that it is Fish Hairdressing Co. Hotfish Protective Straightening Mist and that it contains heat shield and the size is stated. On the back of the can other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, directions for using it are given, ingredients are listed and contact details for KMI Brands Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are given. Like I said earlier this is a nice looking can, it is easy to use and informative enough too and the can looks decent quality and not one bit cheap but a functional more high end range of hair care products really!
Well you do to use before straightening your hair so its to be used on dry hair really. It is a pump action sprayer so you lightly need to spray it all over your hair and to comb it through. This has a wonderful, rich aroma of a sweet coconut smell to it which is simply gorgeous and does linger on the hair all day long as well.
Once on the hair you simply straighten, for tougher bits of hair that won't straighten and are being a pain you can simply respray that section and follow through with hot straighteners according to the information given on the can. I love the ease of use this has to it and the fragrance is simply divine.
I wouldn't say that this product actually made straightening my hair that much easier really. I felt it did protect my hair and give it a lovely fragrance but that's about it really. Also you have to be careful how much you use of this as it can make your hair a little greasy however not when in use oddly enough but the day after I have used this I feel the need to wash my limp and lifeless hair really badly though it does wash out leaving no residue behind itself at all.
On the first day of using it my hair (as I keep saying!) smells nice, it has a nice sheen to it but I do find that my hair still develops waves and kinks in it (not to mention the dreaded flicks) just the same as when I don't use it.
This on the fragrance front is superb and I feel it does help with a nice sheen to the hair. I am not however delighted with its straightening capabilities at all though do think it protects my hair from heat. I shall use this can but am not impressed enough to pay out about £5.49 a can in the future for it (in Boots and all good chemists etc).