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Garnier Fructis Surf Texturising Gum Pot

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      14.07.2013 19:28
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      Avoid at all costs!

      WHAT IS IT?

      Garnier have produced a hair product that can't quite make up its mind what it actually is. Described in many places as a gel, wax and gum, but in reality it is none of these! The product has a strange texture to it, "gum" is the closest definition I'd give it, the white substance has a slightly thick and very slimy consistency and isn't exactly appealing to place on your hair. I must admit the product smells great though, it has a fruity smell which is refreshing. I purchased this product from Tesco for around £3 however it was included in a 3 for 2 deal and so worked out slightly less.

      EFFECTIVENESS?

      I have tried various techniques to try maximise the effectiveness of the gum however in all ways I have seemingly failed. I was recommended to use a matte product for my hair by a hairdresser due to the type of hair I have, one of the reasons I chose this Garnier product. For both techniques I used a generous amount and worked it through my hands before applying to my hair so it didn't clump in one section. I also tried both techniques with newly washed hair and unwashed hair, so all bases were realistically covered whilst trying to get some life out of the product.

      Technique 1: I originally tried the product with dry hair, this seemed promising as the hair went harder and crisp into the style I wanted.....for about 15 minutes. After 15 minutes in indoor conditions, not even outside in the wind, my hair had completely lost all shape and gone very fluffy. My hair is of short to medium length so holding in shape shouldn't have been an issue. My hair literally felt like it had never had any product on it. A huge let down really considering it looked so promising.

      Technique 2: I gave the product a second chance and went on to try using the product with damp hair. Unfortunately the results of this method were even more disastrous than the first attempt. This time the product seemed to just dissolve into the hair and I was never able to style my hair. My hair smelt great but there was no gum, wax or gel to do any styling with.

      I did wonder whether my hair had been too damp so I tried various levels of dampness all the way up to almost dry however none seemed to work. The water completely masked the effectiveness of the gum and I was never able to style my hair with the gum.

      WOULD I USE AGAIN?

      Definitely not. One of the single worst hair products I have ever used. To advertise it as a maximum hold product seems misleading as it doesn't even provide a natural hold. I would never recommend this to a friend due to the fact it literally did nothing. I'm not sure if it was my hair or just a very poor product, but spend your money elsewhere!

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        11.07.2010 22:50
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        A great product, useful for people with thin and light hair, would certainly recommend it.

        Thought i'd try my hand at writing a review for a product that I have used for a quite a while now. I'm not going to bore you with my barnets life story, that's not what you're here for, long story short, guy has bad hair, guy buys this product, guy then has great hair. Simple!

        This is my favourite out of the range of the Garnier Fructis Style gels and waxes, due to a number a reasons, although I will state that, of course, all opinions are dependant upon the type of hair you have and what you do with it, so remember that!

        However, if you have hair that can be a bit of a hassle to handle, and is actually quite thin and 'straw like' (For lack of a better term), then I would definately recommend this. For starters, unlike the 'Manga Head' gel, it's more of a putty, or a non-greasy wax, and so you don't really feel as if you've poured the contents of a soup ladle on your head. As I mentioned, it's not greasy whatsoever, so you can walk around knowing it's not shiny or dripping everywhere, which is always a nice thing. The effect it has is drastically different to some of the range like 'Manga Head' and 'Hard Spikes', in that it doesn't hold your hair firm in a position that isn't re-workable. For example, 'Hard Spikes' would be ideal for punks, whose owners would rarely want to see their hair moved in a different position anyway. But if you like to have a slight amount of movement and change, and the ability to apply more or simply run your hands through it at any time of the day, then this is the product for you. What I will also recommend aswell is that, if you feel it could be blowing around just a TAD too much, then simply apply a little amount of hairspray which will firm it enough to keep shape but not freeze it.

        There isn't really much that can be said about the actual dimensions of the product, however, what can be mentioned is that firstly, it's a cheap addition to your bathroom rituals. I'd say, depending upon retailer, you'll be paying around £1.99per tub, which is excellent as the product is long lasting - I haven't bought a new one in a month. Also, the product does smell quite pleasant, and won't make your head reek of industrial strength Bril-Cream. One word of warning however, do not leave the top off of the product. That will be an annoying mistake, as the product hardens up, discolours, starts to smell funky and becomes practically unable to use. Of course this takes a while but if I can manage to do it, so can you.

        All in all, a fantastic little product, cheap, cheerful and it certainly works.

        Best Wishes

        MrDooyoo

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        03.01.2010 22:12
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        good product but lacks strength and can leave hair feeling guilty

        This is one of the Garnier men's hair care range and is designed to give a 'matt' effect look. It comes in a 100ml tub at a cost of around £2.90.
        The texture is that of a thin white taste (to be honest it reminds me a bit of watered down polyfiller!) although I'm not sure it would describe it as a 'gum'. The 'gum' dries in a matter of minutes and does make your hair stay in style all day although it is not as firm holding as it might suggest, a quick ruffle of your hair and it will completed lose its shape. Although the gum does not rinse out easily and therefore it will stay in your hair all day allowing you some scope to limited re-shape your style.
        My main gripe with this product is that it does leave a greasy residue in your hair which means it will need to be washed out daily.
        In conclusion this is a product that is good value for money and achieves its task of giving the 'matt' effect look.

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        11.10.2009 16:29
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        Nice smelling hair gum that can be re-worked again and again.

        I have used Fructis Surf Hair Texturising Gum for about 8 years now and I have never been disappointed, and neither have the ladies! ;) Haha.
        During my time of using this hair product I have tried other Gums and Putty's but I just keep on coming back to this Fructis one!

        I have fairly short spiky hair but as I hate going to the hairdresser, from time to time my hair get quite long. I try to style my hair as a mini Mohawk and this Surf Hair Gum works perfectly and holds all day!

        It doesnt become to hard and ridgid (I hate it when gel does that) and it always stays "workable" and can be adjusted when needed. As I have a motorbike this Surf Hair Gum is great because when I reach my destination, (ie. whichever pub we've all decided to meet at some 100 miles away just for the hell of it) I just ruffle up my flat hair that was styled before I set off, and Hey-presto, my hair is perfectly styled again!

        1 pot of Fructis lasts me over a month so at £3.50 per pot, I think it is great value for money. The Texturising Gum is a clay colour and quite thick in consistency. It's best to work some through your fingers as it get stickier as it gets warmer, then I work it through damp hair to create the Mohawk effect.

        I don't think I'll use any other product again; it would seem I'm stuck with Fructis for life! & it just smells so nice! The ladies love the fruity scent!

        C

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          05.07.2009 17:17
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          Good value and effect.

          I've recently had my medium length hair loped off to a new funkier shorter style. Partly because I've always prefered it shorter and partly beacuase my adorable little baby was using my head as a play gym. Owww.

          As my hair has been longer, I didn't have any suitable styling products so off to the shops I went.

          I have fine hair and I find it hard to get styling products that don't weigh my hair down. I've learnt from previous experience that waxes, even if used in very small amounts, just don't work for me. This Garnier product is marketed as a "Texturizing Gum" so I thought I'd give it a go.

          The product itself reminds me a bit of putty (the stuff my dad used to put around the window frames to keep the galss in place), it's a grey-beige colour and is a thick gloopy gum, sounds revolting but actually it's not bad at all. The smell is absolutely gorgeous - fruity and zesty.

          You only need (or I only need perhaps) a tiny amount of this product to make a difference. My tip is to rub over your hands and then apply to prevent "localising" the product into one bit of your hair.

          The effect it has is very good, strong hold without making the hair sticky or hard. I find that 10 minutes after applying it, it settles a bit, so don't worry if you think you've overdone it at first.

          If you do put too much in however it will look pretty awful and the only way to get it out is to wash your hair, so use sparingly and add more if needed.

          The packaging is nice, lemon and lime colours, easy to open packaging and good size. I bought in a special offer for but I think it was about £4.50 full price and is widely available in supermarkets/chemists.

          Overall, I was really pleased with this product, good value and decent performance with a lovely smell.

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            20.02.2009 00:17
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            Its greatt!

            Hello everyone and welcome to this review.
            Hair hair hair...... That's me! Im very fussy about it. My hair has to stick up but I don't want people to think "Oh its sticking up?" if you understand me haha! Basically I want a product that sticks my hair up without people knowing I have put gel on it....... OOoooo I know! A natural sort of look. Thats what I was trying to get accross.

            Anyway, after trying so many different gels and mousses I had no success what so ever. Until! I saw this beautiful pot of what ever it was sitting on the shelf in Tesco - It had a buy one get one free ( BOGOF ) Sticker on it. So in the basket it went. I thought it must be worth a try for £2.75 and thats for two pots. Very very cheap.
            When I got home I couldn't wait to try this stuff. It is contained in a lovely green pot with a nice yellow lid ( Good marketing tactic used by the company to catch people's eyes in the shops )! But it looks nice anyway.

            On the front of the pot it says; Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texturising Gum.... Yup and that is what it is:)
            It is advertised to nourish your hair by keeping in goodness while styling. I believe it most likely does.

            How to use this gum
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            Simply apply the Gum to dry or slightly damp hair and style as normal. This is great at holding but it dries mega quick, in about 10 seconds in fact. So styling must be finished quickly so be prepared. When it was on I was over the moon! Finally! a product that goes on the hair that doesn't leave a residue. It looked great for once. This stuff really does hold and seems to last ... even in heavy rain! Believe me... have really tested this product and it has passed everyone of my tests... Whether its rollercoaster.. Car window open zooming.. Pouring Rain.. Snow I have tried them all! The only Test I have not tried yet is skydiving:) I will try it and let you all know;)

            How long will the pot last?
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            My gosh, absolutely ages. To stick all of my hair right up I use about two blobs the size of a raisin. It really covers perfectly. But be careful not to put too much on because your hair will go like a pile of hay:) But yeah this pot should last me a good year! WOW!! and its so cheap I would quite happily buy a pot a week.
            The pot size: 150ML, Quite a good size.

            Is it easy to wash out? Absolutely pips! Just a quick 4 second blast with the shower and its gone. No residue at all.
            Can I straighten my hair with this on? I have tried! And well yes it seemed fine. But it dragged a little.

            Overall if you want wild hair without actually looking like you have purposely made it wild this is the product for you! Try it... You will like it. Even when the product is on my hair it feels very smooth but a bit rubbery, mind you..... Why would you go smoothing your hair after use anyway?? maybe its only me haha
            It also smells great! and once it dries there is no scent:) When I tried the Tesco Value gel (12p)!! I smelled like a rabbit cage all day... Not good!

            Thanks for reading and I hope this has helped you.
            Nick

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              06.02.2009 15:47
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              Not just for surfers.

              In the society we live in today, it's socially acceptable for a man to be vein. Right? Well, whatever your answer to that question is, I'm not really that interested. I am vein. Not over-the-top ridiculously vein but I try to take pride in my appearance and look as presentable as possible.

              The main thing, apart from the obvious (clothes), for me anyway, is hair. I like my hair to look a particular way and often find myself fiddling with it whenever I'm in the bathroom and catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I've tried endless amounts of hair products over the years with varying degrees of success. One of the best I've found is Fudge Fat Hed (which I will review in good time) but although great, is very expensive. Garnier's Surf Hair Gum is a very very close second.

              Coming in the distinctive Garnier green and yellow tub, this is a really eye catching product that almost leaps off the supermarket shelf. I originally tried this product as it was buy one get one free and I wanted a cheaper alternative to the aforementioned Fudge products I was using at the time.

              The gum itself is best used sparingly, rub a small amount between your palms and them run your hands through your hair and then style. It is as simple as that. This is perfect for medium length messy stlyes of hair and gives your hair a nice textured feel without making it feel greasy or that it is stuck to your head. It keeps your hair in place for the day (and night if need be) and washes out with no problem.

              Now for the price, a tub of this stuff costs around three quid which is not that cheap but compared to some hair products on the market, this is a real bargain. Tesco and Asda both have this on buy one get one free pretty regularly so it is well worth stocking up next time they do.
              Coming from London, I might not be a surfer, but this stuff works wonders on my hair.

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                28.10.2008 18:51
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                Back it up with hairspray and it's ok, didn't do much without though

                I've used a number of different products on my hair over the last few years due to increases and decreases in length and changes of style. I used Garnier's Surf Hair for a messy kind of spiky look and it worked OK but I've got to say I'm not really a fan. When I first put it on my hair it seemed too thin to support any kind of style but as I worked it in things did improve as it started to dry a bit. I've got pretty thick and heavy hair so this could be the problem but after a couple of hours everything just went flat and I found my self constantly playing and teasing it but to little effect. Eventually I gave up and backed it up with some hairspray and this worked a treat and I ended up creating the style with Surf Hair then setting it with hairspray. Not ideal but it seemed to work. I've since changed my style a bit but still have a spiky/messy thing going on but I've found more suitable products. Unfortunately this just wasn't for me.

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                07.05.2008 17:52
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                Probably not for you if you have short hair but otherwise it is the way forward!

                Until about a year ago I was an avid fan of Garnier Fructis Hard Gel but then I grew my hair a little bit longer and found that the hard gel no longer did what I wanted it too and moved to the surf hair which I find to be brilliant.

                The gel itself comes in a green tub that I believe contains 150ml and normally costs close to £3. It has a yellow lid which I believe is what Garnier use to distinguish between the different gels.

                The actual gel is more like a putty than a regular gel but with a little bit more consistency so it is easier to run through your hair compared to other putty's. As with any other gel, I'd recommend putting it on when your hair is damp and not dry as it will makes it easier to put and stops your hair tangling.

                The look that the gel gives off seems to be more natural than anything else. It does not give me a wet look or make my hair rock hard, or let me change my style a few hours later but it does hold my hair in place without me looking like I'm gelled up to the eyeballs. I find it to be quite manageable if you run your hands through it and it will go back to its original position quite easily. It also smells very nice and that tends to stay for a lot of the day.

                The one thing that used to annoy me the most about my previous gel (Fructis hard Gel) is the fact that you'd spend ages washing your hands. Luckily this is no longer the case and Surf Hair comes off very quickly.

                I believe my hair length to be considered medium length and, for me, this gel is perfect. I'm not really sure why they call it surf hair but I find it does exactly what I want; holds my hair in place without making it look like I've clearly wearing loads of gel

                Please note: This review may be similar to the one I have done for Garnier Fructis Hard Gel

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                  05.05.2008 20:39
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                  Surf hair texturising gum.

                  Why do I need Surf Hair texturising gum?
                  Let's start with the fact that I do not know a lot about hair products, fact. For about 8 years I had dreadlocks, then shaved my head and have kept it cropped for the last 11 years. I recently decided to grow my hair a bit, and my wife suggested I go to a hairdresser (her hairdressers) and get a style. So off I went instructing the hairdresser to "do something that I can do at home, and don't give me any waxy hair gel".

                  So after said cut and 'thinning', yes I'm lucky that at 45 my hair needs thinning I went home and washed it to get all the loose hair out and set about getting the style back that I had been given, well, not exactly given, as I paid.

                  I had bought a tub of this product (150ml) from the hairdresser at £3.50, though I now know I can get it at ASDA for around £2.

                  Packaging and key facts:
                  The packaging, as you can see from the picture is bright and funky, the 'pot' is plastic with a screw lid, and easy to reach in and scoop the gum out. The 'gum' itself is quite 'light' not at all like wax, it is very light and creamy in colour and smells really nice, which is because, apparently it is full of fruit extracts. In fact if you visit their website: http://www.garnier.co.uk
                  They tell you: "Only Garnier Fructis Style products have the unique combination of fixing agents and Fruit Micro-Waxes (from Mango and Apricot), plus fruit extracts (from Lemon, Orange and Kiwi), and Vitamin PP and Pro-Vitamin B5".

                  To use:
                  Basically, you scoop out a bit, roughly half a tablespoon full (I suppose it depends on how much hair you have) and work it into damp hair, the packet says apply to dry hair, no way, it makes it horrid and sticky, trust me on this. Put too much in and you have hair that would inflict damage if you accidentally stabbed someone with it. It has taken me a good few times to work out the optimum amount, though it is pretty much a case of 'less is more'.

                  The ingredients are:
                  Aqua (why don't they just say 'water'), Cera Alba/Beeswax, then lots of glyceride thingies and preservatives (stays useable for 12 months after opening) which I haven't listed in full as I have been 'told off' for putting long lists of ingredients in reviews, just someone dare tell me I shoulda listed all the ingredients!!

                  In conclusion:
                  Just to put the record straight, surf hair it aint, surf hair is tangled, mangled and full of seawater which makes it dull and scraggly, this product makes your hair look quite nice and fresh. I like it and intend to carry on buying it.

                  PS: it is somewhat unlikely that I will be writing many hair product reviews.

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                  Create a choppy, texturised style and get noticed /