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A lot of us may want the unique Japanese spiked style and are told one word, 'Gatsby'. So you type that into a search engine and find it is only available in Japan and seems to have a wide array of products of different colours. To us in the UK, we don't live in Japan so we can't pop along to the super market to pick a tub up. So we resort to Amazon or eBay, get overwhelmed by the products and slightly suspicious of the price tag. With a high price, you want to buy the right one first time. I'm here to relieve some confusion and review Gatsby Moving Rubber: Grunge Mat which is the Grey coloured tub.
The container is a plastic and has a screw off lid. The signature 'G' is presented on the tub like the rest of the products and also acts as a joining piece for other tubs. The bottom of a tub fits onto this raised G so stacking Gatsby products is intended which is a really neat way to keep the product providing you have multiple tubs. There are 2 different sizes available, 15g and 80g. Due to postage you tend to save money going for the 80g which seems to last a lifetime, I've yet to finish a tub of Gatsby. The lid screws off at ease to reveal a grey paste up to the very brim. Grunge Mat is a wax for all hair lengths but ideally medium / short. It is a kind of jack of all trades with no concentration on one aspect such as hold, shine, volume and spikes.
Smell is an important factor of the Gatsby range. Grunge Mat has a smell of apples just like Air Rise ( See Gatsby Air Rise review ) which I really wish stayed there forever in my hair since it smells awesome. Dipping a finger into the tub came as a surprise to me. It is a lot less watery than Air Rise is. It is a thick paste that comes onto your finger far easier. After rubbing a fingertip worth into your hands it just seems to dissapear just like Air Rise in the sense that you can no longer see it. Although, it does not feel as sticky. After working the product into your hair it seems to stay in the place you have moved it to for a good while, enough to get the hairspray on it. I have thick hair so I really struggled to get my hair to stand with Air Rise. However, Grunge Mat appears to have more hold with a little bit of volume. A good combination is to use a small amount of Air Rise on the top of the head for just a little bit more volume, then proceed with Grunge Mat. It is slightly heavier than Air Rise but the hold compensates. Do not use too much of this product, start out small since your hair will become very unmanageable to style. Unlike Air Rise, this one manages to group hair together better which is great for creating spikes and a more textured effect. With the assistence of hairspray, I had a style which remained the same for the whole day, even after taking a t shirt off and putting another one on. This can be washed out easily with 1 wash, even with hairspray which helps your hair a little. If you use a very very tiny amount, you can very lightly shape your hair without it feeling too artificial. This Gatsby does not look as natural as Air Rise, but without any hairspray not many people will notice you've used a wax. I have found that I lose a few hairs during the styling process which is very much a disadvantage that prevents a 5 star rating.
As with most hair products, time and patience is required. It takes practice to use such products achieve the desired look. Although this Gatsby is more suitable for thicker hair, I still highly recommend that you have your hair thinned at the hairdressers. This will make the styling a whole lot easier. Do remember that just a product isn't going to automatically allow you to have anime hair. A lot of those kind of styles just are not possible without applying a ridiculous amount of hairspray and wax which in turn will ruin your hair making it more difficult to style next time. Overally Gatsby Grunge Mat is definitely a step up from Air Rise for people living in the UK considering the products were designed with straighter and softer asian hair in mind.
Note: Since I seem to be the only one to review Gatsby. I may try and get the other products to review them also.