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After the fairly positive impression that Gatsby Grunge Mat gave me, I was inclined to sample yet another kind from the Gatsby Moving Rubber hair wax range. The purple coloured 'Wild Shake' promised more hold for hair of short to medium length than both Grunge Mat and Air Rise with a slight shine to prevent dull looking hair. The style to be achieved by this wax is random shaken up hair with bolder hair bundles whilst avoiding sharp spikes. Being a Japanese wax this is a difficult product to obtain. The solution is ultimately the internet with sites such as eBay and Amazon US. Of course, there are counterfeit replicas of the product to be wary of. Just recently a website dedicated to the selling of Gatsby Moving Rubber has opened that does ship to the UK! Priced at £10 each for the larger tub it is a little expensive compared to £6 from eBay. However, if you want the reassurance that you are purchasing the authentic product and would prefer to have it in a couple of days opposed to a couple of weeks, then gatsbymovingrubber.com may be for you. Once my shifty looking package purchased from a seller in South Korea finally arrived, I was ready to perform the test.
Wild Shake is well contained within the regular plastic Gatsby twist-lid tub. Its purple exterior adds a variety of colour to my now 3-piece Gatsby tower of green, grey and purple. Fluently unscrewing the lid presents a silver custard with a central spike beautifully standing in the middle. With an artificial green apple fragrance Wild Shake ( like the other Gatsby Moving Rubber waxes ) presents itself well making for an interesting addition to the toiletries hub of the house.
Whilst admiring the look of a hair wax is difficult, its real purpose is for you to stick your fingers in there and mess up its decorative features to apply to your hair ( although I choose to go around the little spike ). Gatsby works best on recently washed and straightened hair so it is advisable that you do so before use to get the most out of the product. A finger-tip sized blob of this wax is removed and spread well between the palms and fingers of both hands. The wax is run through the areas of hair that will require the most holding power first whilst avoiding the front. The general shape of the style is created to then be grouped into bundles of hair pinching at the tips instead of twisting to create a bolder and more mature look. Finally the front has the remaining residue run down it to give it only a small amount of shine before parting and grouping the hair as desired.
Being a bearer of thick hair I opted for stronger hold which Wild Shake does provide. Of course this hold does not last the day, but the amount of hold it provides whilst styling is crucial so that there is time to reinforce your style with hair spray. Wild Shake has become a new favourite for me as it manages to keep my hair floating whilst I style the remaining areas and it groups really nicely without leaving any residue or flaking. The product is surprisingly lightweight and allows more to be added to the hair without the feeling that your hair is clogged up. Although it is a little more sticky than grunge mat, hair isn't snagged as much which is a great relief. The post-style hand washing made it apparent that Wild Shake would be a little harder to wash out than Grunge Mat or Air Rise. Two washes at most should remove the residue but this isn't a problem for me considering it is not a style I wear everyday. The consistency is not oily so it does not present a greasy look at all with its shine being minimalistic but more noticeable in photos.
Screwing the purple lid with the large 'G' back on left me satisfied with Gatsby Wild Shake enough to justify the price. Used sensibly it can last months and months which further puts ease on the heavy price tag. For a wild and bold shaken up hairstyle, I do highly recommend Wild Shake as a the purchase to be made from the Gatsby Moving Rubber line.