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Garnier Fructis Manga Head Hairstyling Explosive Putty Matte

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      29.11.2013 00:01

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      I grew my hair out to medium length. tried all products such as gel, surf paste, pomade, wax etc. This manga head stuff gives u supreme all day/night hold. it is also really good for styling the hair whatever way u want. a small amount of it stays in your hair after washing, which for me having thick wavy hair is a godsend. so easy to style the following day! Amazing product at a great price. will stick with it for as long as I have hair!

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      16.04.2013 20:37
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      Explosive, amazing.

      Over the last few months I have tried a number of hair products as I have recently started trying to do different things with my hair. Of all the Gels, sprays...etc I have tried this is far and away the best and most reliable. I wasn't expecting much when I bought this as I had tried a different Garnier product that advertised itself as being a four on the gel scale but was pretty poor. The Manga Head Putty really stood out on the shelve as it has a bright vibrant design that is fairly unique. The main reason I bought it was the bargain price, my local Tesco had it reduced to just a quid so I figured it was worth a go.

      I got home and decided to try it out as there is nothing worse than trying a product on your hair in the morning to find out that it doesn't work and ending up short of time because you have had to wash it out and start again. There are no instructions on the pack, I suppose it should be pretty straight forwards but some work better on dry hair, some on wet..etc. Staying true to the axiom of better safe than sorry a quick google found me the official Garnier website which gives these instructions "Warm a little of the paste between your palms. Spread your fingers when applying creating spikes. Apply preferably onto dry or slightly damp hair. Tease strands of hair into spikes using your fingers.

      I was really happy when I was styling my hair with the putty for the first time. It has a really pleasant smell that isn't overpowering so there is no concern about it overpowering any scent you wear. When you first apply it your hair is very easy to work and it takes a while to set so you have plenty of time to get your hair how you want it. Once the putty does set it really sets. Your hair will feel like it is solid when you put this on and no matter what you do it will stay how you styled it for at least eighteen hours.

      I was slightly worried that it would be uncomfortable while I slept or that it would be difficult to wash out in the morning as it was so solid. Both of these fears were unfounded, I didn't have any discomfort during the night and the putty washed out really easily with just one wash. This is now the styling product that I use most often and I would say that it works much better on slightly damp hair.

      The only time I make sure I am not wearing this is in the gym as when I exercise I perspire quite heavily and some of the putty mixes in with my sweat and becomes unpleasant, this is a problem I have with all hair styling products and at the end of the day I don't really care what I look like when I am at the gym. When I have my hair longer I apply it as it says in the instructions but when it is shorter i comb it backwards and the mess it up with my fingers.

      There are a couple of minor negative points; it does take about half an hour to set so if it is raining you will need a brolley as wearing a hood before your hair has set will mess it up, There is almost no give in it whatsoever so it won't suit everyone.

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        17.07.2009 20:32
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        Finally a product that does what it says

        When purchasing 'Manga Head' I was in the process of growing my hair from short to mid length so I needed something that could hold my hair.
        The problem with other brands was: A. The hold wasn't good enough; B. They made your hair greasy.

        After buying about 10 different brands who claimed to hold your hair in place, I stumbled upon 'Manga Head'.
        I took a small dollop and worked it through my hair, this stage was where other products failed but the Manga Head was already working and giving my hair some rigidity.

        Depending on the length of hair, one work through and texure with fingers will work for usually. Even if you use too much, it only shows a little and far from wet look.
        Now the hold on this product is HARD, after a day your hair is still in place. But take where running your hands through your hair as the strands of hair are still stuck in place like superglue especially if you have texurised a certain area.

        This is my favourite styling product I've ever used, is really gives you confidence that your hair will stay nicely held together with minimal amount of product needed. Smells great too!

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        03.03.2009 13:01
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        Recommend for anyone

        I always like to spike my hair, and make sure it stays spiked and in the style i want all day. Gels just dont hold well enough, and always run during wet conditions. Yet most waxes i use are very good in wet conditions, but too good, and therefore are very hard to wash out, leaving your hair feeling very greasy.

        Garnier Manga Putty is now my ideal choice for my hair. It keeps my hair styled all day, no matter what the weather. Its very easy to use, just warm a small amount up in your hands and gently rub to warm it up, then apply and design the style of your choice.
        The Putty is very easy to wash out, and leaves your hair feeling very clean and fresh afterwards, with no signs of your hair being greasy. Its also got great ingredients in which are great for your hair.
        The Putty also smells very nice, with its fruity fragrance which is very durable.

        I would recommend this to anyone who cares for their hair.

        Thanks for reading

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          08.02.2009 07:50
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          Sexy product. lol It's still the best I've used. It works, and it's a great product to consider.

          I am quite the hard one to deal with, when it comes to hair. I'm always looking for new products to try to spike or style my hair, so I can be satisfied. I'm Asian, so I'm pretty stereotypical to have anime hair, and so, when I was just looking for another wax to use, I stumbled across this Manga Head by Garnier.
          I've never used a Fructis product before, but I was willing to give it a try, since all the other products I've used failed and didn't give the 'ANIME' hair result like I really wanted. I read the label on the container at Shopper's Drug Mart, and it said, 'Explosive Goo. Extra Strong Hold. Matte Effect.' which seemed very tempting for me. I was willing to test it out for myself. At $6.75, (CDN) it was very reasonable, and its strengths seemed to be very considerable to me.

          Manga Head is an explosive goo, with a white thick, gooey texture.
          To apply this, simply first, you take a hazelnut amount of gum in the palm of your hand, and you 'warm' it up by rubbing it in your hands. Apply it to dry or damp hair. I'd suggest completely dried, straightened hair. If you straighten your hair, it will help. Hairspraying while styling helps shape the hair too. You have to decide quick what style satisfies you, because it does dry fast. After moving it through your hair, just streak your hair in any way you desire, and 'twidle' your hairs for a spike effect. Well, you may do it in any way you want really. It will be manageable, unless you wait for too long. ;)

          At home, at first, I was hoping that it would really reach its features for real. But as I used it, it wasn't as satisfying as I thought it would be. It did show the matte effect. And I didn't have to use much to show results, unlike other hair products, which is pretty amazing. But as I figured out, just a little won't keep my hair up for the day AT ALL. I considered that I should use more then. But I haven't started either, because I wanted the goo to last for a long while. It only stayed in place, if I was lucky. I don't have a system in which I use to style. I just wing it. I still use the same amount. Anyway... back to the story. I ended up with the exact same 'peacock' hair as before with other products, and that made me very aggravated. It just doesn't look right at all. Also, it's true that it doesn't look very natural. People will truly know that you have something in your hair to style it all out. So, for a few days, I ended up with my stupid peacock hair. I had to figure out some way to make anime hair. It was amazing how it washed out very easily. It was soluable, and that was very nice, because I wanted a hair product that would really help me and my hair like that. But still, it didn't last all day. I heard that it didn't even need hair spray. So I listened, I followed. But later, I did try to reason. I put a little more than usual, and warmed it up more, and stroke it out evenly on the top of my head. I was like, dammit, peacock hair. I hate you. And I knew that the goo dried very, very quickly. I truly needed time to fix it up. So, I used water in my hands, after i applied the stuff, and then stroke it my hair to style it up better. AND IT WORKED! Water actually helped me style it up a bit. It was probably cuz my hair's pretty long, and it helped the goo just spread out and work it out. I was pretty happy with the results. I then learned that I should use hair spray after too, and that REALLY helped out. :) It was great! But yes, it sometimes is very hard to succeed with water in your hair. I was just lucky. But i still use water to manage it out, but sometimes it doesn't work out either. :) I just have to be lucky. Oh, and ps, water will probably give you less of a matte effect then. Or even a shiny, dry look. :) Overall, this is an amazing product, with a few flaws, but the best I have EVER gotten, and you should be satisfied with this as well. I figure that this product will be much better with shorter hair. I am hoping to get my hair cut, and see how the goo works out then. Good luck to everyone who's considering to use this product.

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            02.02.2009 03:12

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            one of the better ones ive tried

            I am forever looking for new products for my hair, while loads have great effects I never seem to find the perfect one. I came across this in savers one day, I had seen it on tv so I decided to give it a shot. When I opened it it was a white thick sticky mass (like the commercial had shown) It gives instructions for use on the back, a little really does go a long way. at the time my hair was about an inch long all over. I was generally pleased with the effect, I ended up with a messed up style that seemed easy to manipulate and was very easy to wash out, it allmost seems to dissolve in water. The style lasted all day and all night without having to re-apply. The only problem is when i grew my hair longer it wasnt so effective and ended up leaving my hair looking like a clump of grease. Overall its a great produck but for me better when my hair is shorter.

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            26.11.2008 15:01
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            Cheap and a greay one for short spikey styles

            I brought this just over a year ago when I had a short choppy hairstyle and wanted to accentuate the choppiness without looking greasy! I brought it on a buy one get one free offer at Superdrug, so got two jars for a pretty barginous £2.50. It comes in a lime green plastic jar with a bright orange lid so it's really eye catching...When you open the tub it is full of what looks like white PVA glue!! The texture is something to get used to...it's very sticky and clings to your fingers like stringy cheese on a NY Pizza! When you use it all you need to do is get a small amount and warm it in your palms then apply to your hair. The smell is pretty nice actually; it's very sweet and reminds me of holidays! Like sunscreen!
            The first thing I noticed about this product is that it is quite hard to get it warm enough to be workable and when I put it in my hair (which was brown) and it just looked white! I couldn't get it to go clear and it looked a bit odd. Also my hair looked really greasy! To be fair this product would probably be better on hair that wants spikes accentuating, like Mohicans , but not on hair that just need slight texturising and when I was trying to smooth parts of my hair down, it stuck up on end! To be honest I had a tad of a disaster, and so the two jars were promptly given away...
            So like I said...if you want to get your hair all spiked up go for it, if this is not what you're looking for then you're going to end up with a greasy mop that stands up in all directions!!Haha

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            19.07.2008 20:57
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            My no 1 hair styling product .... ever!

            I have the type of hair that NEEDS gel, or wax or something to get the fluffyness out of it! Yeas I have fluffy hair ... the worst hair! So in my time, I have been on a constant quest to find the right stuff for my fluffy hair! I've been and done the lot, waxes, gels, gum, putty, you name it I've tried it! I came across 'Garnier Fructis Manga Head' about two years ago, and since, for the first time in over 10 years, I had settled for what I believe to be the best product for my hair!

            'Manga Head' is a gum of sorts, very gooey, with quite a thick, slimey texture. To apply you simply take a little gum in the palm of your hands, warm it up a little by rubbing it in your hands, then just apply to dry or towel dry hair. The gum sets within a few minutes and the results are basically whatever you want them to be. The gum is an ultra-strong hold formula, and to be fair my hair can take a fair bit of punishment before the gum starts to fade.

            The best thing about this gum for me is that is has a matte effect, cos lets be honest, no one likes that glossy, greasy look that most waxes or gums give you, especially if you have dark hair like mine! Also, if someone does think it funny to run their hand through your new, just set, spikey mop, the gum doesn't turn into a white, crusty powder, like most gels!

            Thumbs up to Garnier Fructis, this is my number 1 hair styling product ever!!

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            07.07.2008 19:53
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            Manga head explosive hair putty.

            Sorry folks, it is another 2 review day. I made several suggestions to Dooyoo some time back, and like buses, they are coming in two at a time. This time another hairstyling product....one more in the range to go after this. Come on Dooyoo take my music suggestions, I wanna review more music.

            Manga Head - Explosive Putty - Messed up Spikes

            My son wanted this as he is growing his hair longer and wants the 'spikes' to stay in. So for £1.99 I thought 'why not'.

            It is from Garnier in the same type of tub as surf hair, which I have already reviewed, but it is different in almost every other way!!

            For a start, the consistency is disgusting, if I say it is like soggy wallpaper paste, same colour only runnier I am sure you can imagine other similar fluids. One is supposed to rub it between the hands to 'warm' it before applying, yuk, yuk, yuk.

            ~~~~~Packaging and key facts~~~~~
            The packaging, as you can see from the picture is bright green and has an orange top, the 'pot' is plastic with a screw lid, and it easy to reach in and scoop the 'putty'. The putty as I have already alluded to is disgusting, feels watery, looks awful, and yet smells really nice, which is because, just like the Surf Hair product is because, apparently it is full of fruit extracts. In fact if you visit their website: http://www.garnier.co.uk they tell you all about this.

            ~~~~~To use~~~~~
            Basically, you scoop out a bit, not too much, 'warm it' between your hands and work it into towel dry, or dry hair. You can keep 'working' it into the style that you want until it dries. It is actually surprisingly easy to do this and get massive spikes that stay, boy do they stay. The tub states that it is 'Ultra Strong Formula', no lies there!!

            ~~~~~Effect~~~~~
            My son is absolutely stoked with this, it gives him an absolutely spiked head, his mates are telling him how cool it is. The strength of this stuff is stunning. We went for a bike ride with helmets on, after he took his helmet of his hairstyle was still there, I was roaring with laughter. His 'spikes' are at least 4-5 inches long and it has upset his teachers as he is not breaking any rules, but certainly bending them somewhat.

            Wash your hair before applying more otherwise you get a 'bobbled' dry white bits look, which really is not attractive and looks just 'wrong' for so many reasons....anyone see 'Something about Mary'?

            ~~~~~In conclusion~~~~~
            It is horrid to use, cheap to buy; I have just seen it in ASDA, two pots for £3. The effects are pretty amazing and it does do exactly what it says. It leaves a hairdresser style look without seeing a hairdresser. I have tried it on my hair but it tends to work better on longer hair. My son rates it as a 10/10. MANGA!

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            For ultra-strong, quick-dry hold /