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I am a bloke and hetrosexual so I basically know jack all about hair products so when I find a product I like, I always think it best to stick with it and not mess about trying different alternatives. A few years ago now I discovered this Spiking Gel, especially designed to give you spikes like a porcupine within seconds, and have found it to be a consistently good product. The only time this gel fails to deliver is when I have allowed my hair to grow so thick and long that is almost unmanageable and even then this performs waaaay better than any other similar product I have tried and still has a bloody good go and giving me a decent spike.
This is one of those products that grabs you by the eye as soon as you see it and is instantly distinctive! With its bright green coloured tube, it stands out head and shoulders (no pun intended) above the competition and though it can be a little pricey at times (I tend to bulk buy whenever this is on offer at my local generic supermarket) it is definitely worth every penny. I find it usually averages around £2.50-ish for 200 ml and that it lasts me for ages because, for the most part, I keep my hair fairly short and don't have much hair TO spike. Like I say, even when I do get lazy and leave my hair longer than I should to get it cut, this still works hard even if it cannot quite perform as well as usual and that is more down to me expecting too much from it than any fault with the product!
I have tried cheaper brands on ocassion just as an experiment but always, always end up coming back to this. Like I said at the beginning, I know next to nothing about hair care but what I do know is this is excellent value for money and easily one of the better products out there for men!
I have used many hair products in the last few years, and have reviewed Garniers fructus style extreme glue. I found this gel to be very similar to the glue but the main difference is that is not a stringy and sticky so it can be used on dry hair as well as wet.
It smells very fruity due to the micro fruit waxes in it which also add to the amount of time gel lasts.
It dries very fast allowing you to create quite big spikes and once dry it has very good staying power it lasts all day but can turn fluffy if you touch your hair quite a bit, but still leaves no residue.
When the gel dries it makes hair rock solid with a shiny look.
It is very easy to wash out with any hair shampoo and washes off hands very easy too.
The packing is very bright and stands out as with all the fructis products. It comes in a 200ml tube and this lasted me about a month when I used it.
Although I no longer use this product because I no longer spike my hair up, I would recommend it to anyone who does.
It is available at all supermarkets at around £3.50 which I think is value for money.
**Please note that this review is for the "Fructis Spiking Gel with Cactus Extract" which is the re-branded version of the product shown in the picture above**
Having worked in offices for most of my adult life I have always been one to keep my hair looking tidy, your general appearance is taken seriously in this sort of environment and anything that differed from the 'norm' is often frowned upon. My hair therefore has always been cut short, shaved up the back and sides and the crown and fringe left longer to be able to tousle or keep under control depending on my mood or what I am likely to be up to on any particular day.
I always used to use Shockwaves Gel as I found it to give great hold and was easy to apply, it is quite sticky however and I would often find that as the gel dried out that there were often visible white flakes which are not particularly attractive to see so recently decided to have a change and check out the other hair styling gels that were available to buy. Garnier Fructis Spiking Gel caught my eye after seeing the TV advertisements for it and as there isn't a great deal of choice available in supermarkets for hair care I picked up a tube and made my purchase.
Packaged in a green tube with a black flip top lid Fructis have changed their design of the packaging from that shown above. The brand name is still highly visible and the tube itself designed with a picture of cactus featured, you are informed that this is a "Spiking Gel with Cactus Extract" and that on a strength scale of 1-5 that this is 4 representing "Ultra Strong". It is a "Spike, Fix, Freeze" Gel which has been enriched with cactus and claims to be non-greasy with no visible residue and washes out easily.
Directions for use are easy to understand and are nothing different to other gels that are available to buy, simply squeeze the required amount of gel to the palm of one hand and with fingertips apply to your hair to create the style of your choosing. Once in place the gel will dry and leave your hair in the desired style and you are reassured that it will remain in place until the gel is washed out.
In practise the gel is as described, clear in colour and slightly sticky in texture it is easily applied to wet or dry hair and enables me to style my hair as I want. I tend to spike up my fringe and leave the remainder of my hair looking tousled and this gel certainly keeps it in place. I find the gel to dry quickly and the claims that this is non-greasy are true, once dried my hair remains in place but isn't solid to the touch and is flexible enough to allow re-styling later in the day if I'm going out or if I inadvertently scratch my head or touch my scalp during the day.
There is no aroma to the gel whatsoever and when dried does not produce any flakes, it does wash out easily enough as claimed and overall I am very pleased with this product. It does exactly what I want it to do and is certainly comparable if not better than my old Shockwaves brand and costs approximately the same.
My 200ml tube set me back £2.29 on a recent trip to Tesco, this seems to be the average price for the product and seems to cost anywhere from £1.99 to £2.99 depending where you shop. I would continue to use this until my tube is empty and then repurchase it in the future; it does what you want it to do i.e. holds your hair in the style you have created therefore is recommended by me.
I have no reason to deduct any stars from my rating, so Garnier Fructis Spiking Gel with Cactus Extract receives a perfect 5/5. Thanks for reading my review.
Garnier gel is the gel which I use most often and is my first choice when looking to buy a new one. I generally go for the tube instead of the tub because it stops me from using to much and therefore lasts longer.
- Packaging -
The tune is a limish green colour and stands out quite a bit on shelfs amongst other colourful hari styling products, which is useful if you're in a hurry and need to find it quickly.
- Does it work ? -
Yes. The gel keeps you hair in place throught the day as long as you leave it alone. If it is touched quite alot (headering a football) then it quickly dries out and leaves a more waxy kind of look.
The main reason for me using this gel is that it doesn't turn white eventually like other gels. So you're not left looking like you have dandruff, which is obviously a plus point.
It's easy to put your hair the way you want if it's short, but if it's longer then I find this gel isn't really that strong and it's a little difficult to spike long hair up.
- Other -
It smells quite good - a bit like apple.
Costs around £2 to £3.
Available most places.
Easily washed out.
Works well with the spray version.
My brother has become something of a rebel since he turned 17. One night he cheerfully announced that he was going to get a mohican haircut. One glance at my parents horrified look convinced me that a compromise would be needed, or bags would be packed. I gently suggested to my bro that it might be wise to start with something a little less radical, lest it went pear shaped and he ended up looking a total prat! Vanity prevailed and he decided to go for a slightly safer 'Kevin Pieterson' type style of old - spikey down the middle, but without the skunk stripe!
Of course, he then realised the drawback of this delightful new 'do' is maintenance. That is where this Spiking Gel comes in. Garnier Fructis Style are a company owned by the Garnier brand and they make a range of styling products from shampoos and conditioners to smoothing milk for sleek styles and hair putty for extreme styles.
Assuring my bro that beauty is pain, I purchased the acid green 150ml tube of Spiking Gel for £2.39 from Sainsbury's and the next weekend, I helped my bruv arrange his spikes.
Here is what the Gel claims:
Quick dry formula leaves no stickiness, overload or visible residue
Whether you are twisting, spiking or sculpting, the gel freezes your style faster for longer
Ultra Strong Hold fixes even the most extreme spikey looks
How it works:
Garnier Fructis Style products are all made with fruit micro-waxes (is that just a posh name for sap?!), which provide an ultra strong, ultra long lasting hold, apparently. The blurb on the back says 'Fed up with dull and boring hairstyles? With Garnier Fructis Style you're in control. Create stop 'n' stare styles whenever and however you like'.
Ok, so lets see!
We found this stuff is best used on slightly damp hair, so running your hair under the shower and then towel drying it well , should do the trick. Using the same technique that I watched the barber use, I squeezed said gel onto my hand. I used a good blobs worth (sorry, no technical term for that!) of this clear gel, as my bro has short, fairly thick hair. Depending on your hair texture you may have to use more or less, but it isnt too hard to judge. I then rubbed it on both hands and worked it through the hair, so that everywhere got a covering of gel. The gel felt a bit sticky, but as claimed, once it is on the hair, it doesn't look clumpy or any different to damp hair. There is also no visible residue and the hair feels light, so it gets a tick there. The gel has a lovely apple-like smell, which is very pleasant.
Following the barber's cut, I spiked the parts that were supposed to be spiked, by first combing the basic shape and then twisling small clumps together and combing the back upwards. This gives the appearance of Sonic the Hedgehog! Of course, this is the part where you can get creative and do anything you want with your hair (within reason!), so be imaginative and spike away!
Once the desired style is created, you just leave it to dry for a minute or two and it goes quite hard. So dont rest your head on a wall or something, or you will end up with a quick drying flat -head style! After that, you are ready to go!
Both me and my brother are very impressed with this stuff. He went out to a party with it on and it was still holding 18 hours later, so that ticks the Ultra Strong Hold box. He was even out in the rain with it for a while and it still held!
He had no irritation, although he doesnt have particularly sensitive skin, so you may want to test this on a small patch of skin, before applying liberally about the head.
The Spiking gel isn't difficult to wash out either - just the usual shampoo and water does the trick and soap and water on the hands. Pretty good, I say. I would go as far as to say it is even better than Fructis Hair Glue which is the more extreme version, but I found that to be a bit too sticky and harder to use.
The only point to note is that if mohican look is what you are after, it does help a lot if you have a good cut to begin with, because that gives you a basic shape to work with and makes the end result much better. However, that said, if just general spikes are what you want, then this gel is just the job! It is good value for money, I think, as it does what it says on the tin and is available in most good supermarkets and Boots.
So, the Spiking Gel gets a thumbs up from me and the hedgehog!
Till next time,
Thecharmedones : )
Garnier Fructis Spiking Gel is a gravity-defying gel which gives long-lasting, healthy-looking, shiny hair with an ultra strong hold.