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      29.08.2013 19:06
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      Not recommended for those looking for a natural look but ok for basic hairspray

      I haven't used hairspray much since I was a teenager when I lived in clouds of the stuff! However, I wanted to wear my hair up at special family event and when practising the look, I realised that I would need something to tame the flyaways. I had run out of the serum I usually use but I had more on order, so I decided to buy a little hairspray to tide me over. The smallest one I could buy was a 75ml spray can from Insette, which I paid 79p for in a local chemist. This product reminded me in many ways why I don't use the stuff much anymore! INSETTE Insette is one of those brands that seems to have been around a long time and the packaging doesn't look as though it has been updated often. It is simple, with no artwork, just the blue and white lettering. I don't mind something like this looking a bit basic if it helps it be cheaper. The can still gives shows all the info you need to know such as the standard safety warnings that reflect that this is a highly flammable product and one that needs to be kept away from your eyes as well. They offer a couple of different hairsprays, but I chose the maximum "extra" hold one in the hope it would keep my fine hair in place all day. I bought the smallest sized can that I could see, but larger ones were available too. I like the 75ml size because it would be easy to fit into a handbag if you wanted it to and it isn't so small that you may suddenly and quickly run out of the spray. It feels light even when it's full, so it is not easy to know how much you have left inside! Insette say that this spray offers a "gentle but firm" hold, that it will brush out easily when required and that it is enriched with vitamin B5. SPRAY ON You use this the same way as any other spray - at a distance of 30cm from your head according to recommendations on the can. The nozzle gives quite a gentle, fine spray which suits me as I didn't want to end up applying too much. It disperses fairly well and evenly, so it doesn't take much time to use. The main downside is the smell. Parfum is listed amongst the ingredients, and when I first sprayed it, I thought I could detect a vague fruitiness. This may have been wishful thinking as any nice scent is quickly overwhelmed by a very artificial alcohol like aroma that is very lingering. It lasts in the room where you are using it more than on the hair but I can still smell it on the latter for a good few hours if I sniff it. Not pleasant, but unless someone is leaning very close it shouldn't knock them out! RESULTS My hair feels rather sticky when I use this - and when I touch my hair, which I do a lot out of habit, it doesn't feel nice or natural at all. In fact, my hair really looks a bit too flat for me - I think this makes it much more obvious that you have had to plaster your flyaways down, whereas I was hoping for a more subtle look. It left my dark blonde hair looking a little darker where I sprayed it too. I thought this was just because it makes it a little damp at first, but it actually dried quickly and the slight colour difference was still there. The difference was more obvious to me than anyone else as I knew what the "before" was like. It did succeed in keeping my stray hairs tamed for most of the day. A few broke loose after around 6 hours - I have since used it on several occasions and find that if I spray more in the first place, the hold does last all day. However, I hate the feel of my hair when I have used lots so I would rather risk the flyaways. I would say that if you want an extra hold spray, this would work if you are prepared to be quite generous at the application stage. GO AWAY I have been surprised at how easily the hairspray brushes out considering how stiff it makes my hair feel. I can still feel a slight stickiness even when the brush is able to pass easily through the hair though, and I don't really feel happy until I have washed it out. I can't say that my hair has suffered obviously while I have been using this but it isn't something I use everyday. I haven't seen any benefit from the vitamin B5 either. WOULD I RECOMMEND THE HAIR SPRAY? It is cheap, and does keep the hair in place so this is worth a try. Some of the downsides are true of many hairsprays - but I would want one that left my hair looking and feeling a bit more natural and also one that smelt less strongly if I was going to use it everyday. For occasional use, I can put up with the deficiencies but this doesn't persuade me to use it unless I feel I have no other choice. For settling stray hairs, I really prefer serum.

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      30.06.2013 20:00
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      An ok hairspray for a bargain price.

      Hairspray is one item which I always make sure I have lying around as I have quite flyaway, unruly hair. But I am yet to find a brand that I am loyal too and tend to either purchase what is on offer or one that is reasonably priced. My last purchase was of the Insette extra hold hairspray. I purchased a small 150ml can of the hairspray from Wilkinson's where I paid just 59p. It is also available to purchase in larger cans but the small one appealed to me as it is easy to pop in my handbag if I need to take it out with me at any time. Also I thought this seemed like rather a bargain and even if it didn't turn out to be very good then I wouldn't have wasted much money. The Insette hairspray comes packed in a aerosol can with a spray dispenser. The can is quite simple in design and has a removable Blue lid. On the front of the can is simply the name of the product and wording which states that the hairspray contains pro-vitamin B5. On the back of the can you can find more detailed product information including instructions for use, ingredients listings and warnings. It also states that the can is recyclable. The hairspray is said to hold your hair in place naturally but giving a firm hold and will brush away easily. To use the hairspray it recommends that you spray it evenly over your hair holding the can 12 inches (30cm) away. I have quite a short graduated bob at the moment and although its too short to place in a updo I will often pin a little of my fringe with a decorative clip for a bit of a difference and will tend to use hairspray to hold it in place and to smooth down and flyaway strands of hair. I found using this hairspray really easy as it gives a nice fine spray which makes it easy to apply to my hair. I have also found that it holds my hair in place well throughout the day without me having to use anymore or touch up my style. The hairspray doesn't really have a fragrance it is just quite chemically smelling when you first spray it but this isn't too strong and doesn't linger on my hair. I think the only downside to this hairspray for me is that it doesn't brush out 'naturally' as stated on the can and that I find it does seem to leave a residue and my hair feeling a little sticky and clumpy where it has been applied after brushing which can only be fully removed through washing my hair. Overall I would purchase this hairspray again if I couldn't find any other brands on special offer and for the light use that I need it for I think it works pretty well. For anyone with longer hair who needs a strong hold I don't think this would be the best hairspray as I don't think it would hold a heavier style but for a quick spritz to smooth down flyaway strands then it is fine.

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        21.10.2011 00:35
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        A decent hairspray.

        I do love hairspray, and although I do not religiously use it every day, I can still get through a can of it quite quickly. I use it if I am having a bad hair day, or if there is an event or an occasion where I get a bit glammed up. Various hairsprays I have dabbled with in the past have been pretty expensive, and I do not see why I should spend that much for it to be gone in a week or two. Due to this, I have been shopping around for some more basic ones and managed to pick up the Insette Extra Hold Hairspray. The first thing that attracted me to it certainly was not it's cheap looking exterior but more it's price tag. It is available in a range of sizes, but I got a standard sized can and I paid less than £1.00 which is fantastic value. I picked mine up from Home Bargains, and I am aware that this particular hairspray can often be found in bargain stores such as this, and believe I have seen it in Bodycare before so it is worth checking out those places if you are interested. Albeit not my first choice of hairspray, I still had good hopes for it, and although it did not look appealing on the outside, it did not bother me too much, because who really cares what your hairspray looks like? Upon my first squirt of this, I did notice that it does come out powerfully and applies directly to the hair like any other branded hairspray would. I have to admit that the first thing I noticed about it was the smell. Hairspray smells do not bother me too much, but I definitely prefer the sweeter ones. This one reminded me of the old fashioned hairsprays which my nan used to use, and it definitely has quite a strong, distinct smell which might not be to everyone's taste. I put this past me as it did not linger too much (I hope), and that is nothing that a little bit of body spray or perfume could not mask. The hairspray was good and it did do the job. It helped create some volume in to my hair which was what I was hoping for. One thing which I did notice about Insette's hairspray is that it is quite sticky and does feel a little bit thick on the hair. I am aware that some people like their hairspray to feel as if there is nothing on your hair at all, and if you are one of these I would strongly recommend that you avoid this at all costs! Despite it being heavy on my hair, I could put up with this, but it was extremely sticky and left some bits of my hair feeling dry if I applied too much of it. This was a huge negative for me, but I was hoping that it meant my hair might actually get an extra hold, like it states in the product name. Unfortunately the hold was not brilliant. It was enough to get me through the day and neaten up my hair, but it is definitely not strong enough to hold big curls or keep hair pinned back nicely. Overall, it is good as an everyday essential and would be good to keep in your beauty cupboard for use here and there, but I would definitely recommend purchasing a better branded one for those big nights out as I would not rate it that highly to use as a permanent hairspray. A fair three stars will be awarded to Insette, so check it out. Thanks for reading.

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          09.09.2011 15:59
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          Insette hair spray

          I use hair spray every day, even if wearing my hair down I still give it a quick spray with hair spray to ensure that it stays straight all day. The product that I buy the most often for this purpose is Insette hair spray as it is normally the cheapest! The hair spray comes in a pressurised canister which is mainly white with blue swirly detail and a blue lid. The canister is nothing special and isn't girly or over complicated. It has the ingredients and safety details typed up on the back. Using the hairspray is very simple you spray it about 10 cm from your hair wherever you like. If I am wearing my hair curly or in an up do style then hair spray is essential for keeping my hair in place and stopping wispy bits of hair becoming loose. It also helps curls stay in place all day. The hair spray leaves my hair quite hard especially if I use quite a bit of it but I am aware of this so when I have my hair down I only spray a little bit for just a bit of hold. Leaving my hair stiff is fine when my hair is up as it is not noticeable to the eye only to touch. The smell of this hair spray is typically the hair spray smell which is bitter and very strong if it gets into your mouth or eyes it is very unpleasant! In terms of hold I am very impressed with this budget hair spray as it does keep my hair in place all day however it does leave white marks in my hair when I attempt to brush out the hairspray so I do need to wash my hair every day to get rid of the sticky hair spray. So overall, the hair spray does do as it says and keeps hair in place all day but it does require you to rigorously wash your hair to remove the hair spray. It is impossible to brush the hair spray out as it just leaves white marks. This hair spray retails for around £1.20 and is available from all leading drug stores and supermarkets.

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            03.08.2010 16:42
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            Pretty darn good when it comes to hairspray - does what it says on the tin!

            My boyfriend (the big girl!) uses this more than me, but on those odd days I need to tame my hair it comes in very useful! We buy a value bottle from Wilkinsons - £1.47 for 300ml with a certain percentage free, possibly 50% but I'm not completely sure. It's cheaper than round the corner from us anyways; £1 for about 200ml!! Wilkinsons is definitely recommended for this! It comes in a normal hairspray type can with it's usual 'press down' nozzle, with 'Insette' written in blue at the top of the main body, a blue lid and a blue design on a white background on the main body. You can get them in different sizes, but as we stick with the biggest one possible because it lasts longer I haven't paid much attention to any other size I'm afraid! It does it's job well, what can I say? Although it'll choke you half to death if you spray too much, a little goes a long way - my boyfriend doesn't have much hair so one of these could probably last him on his own about 2 months, and I only use a spritz when my hair's unmanageable so it's worthwhile for the both of us and will last 2 of us around 6 weeks; not bad value really is it? The only downside with it is how much it chokes you when you spray; we've even had the hamsters hiding away when we spray it in the same room! And it tastes awful! But it does hold, extremely well! My boyfriend tends to spray it in the morning before we go out and even when we're getting ready for bed his hair is still rock solid! I prefer it soft but he prefers it out the way... It's short but still manages to somehow get into his eyes when it's windy - don't ask! Definitely worth the money you pay for it, and works soo much better than the old '99p each' cans you can find everywhere - quality for a good price right here!

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              27.07.2010 23:15
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              Good for cheapness

              my mum uses this hairspray so i grew up knowing the brand and started to use it when i attempted styles on my hair in my teens Although now i prefer new brands, this product is always available at my local supermarket for bargain prices! Having quite thin hair, only a small squirt is enough to hold styles in place for the whole day, but when you touch your hair it feels brittle and almost like it could snap off. My partner has commented on my "spiky" hair whenever i apply too much at the ends of my hair, which made me switch to a softer brand. Comparitively, this product makes your hair hard, and can be difficult to brush out after a nights partying. This was a problem for me and i often slept with it in my hair which seemed to further solidify it before soaked in hot water in the morning. The product come in 3 different sizes, a small travel sized spray bottle, a medium and a large bottle. I always opted for the large bottle as it saves many trips to the supermarket to restock. The packaging of this product doesnt do it any favours, the plain white bottle with the blue lines is dated, and doesnt stand out when searching the shelves, prehaps this is why it is a little known hairspray I would recommend this product to anyone who is shopping on a budget, as its resonable price means you can afford to keep the style all day.

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              09.03.2010 17:40
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              I probably wouldn't bother

              Insette Extra Hold Hairspray Description: Manufacturer: Insette / Styling Sprays. I have relatively long, blonde highlighted hair which unfortunately, is neither curly or straight, meaning that every day, I have to straighten it to try and keep it looking as good as possible. Obviously, this amount of colour and heat treatments can also damage hair, so I spend quite a lot of money on buying heat defence sprays, decent shampoos, conditioners and conditioning treatments and serum and sprays. Once I have straightened my hair, I use a little serum to smooth it perfectly into place (usually John Frieda Frizz Ease) and then a touch of hairspray to prevent it from frizzing in damp or humid weather. Generally speaking, I use cheap own brand hairsprays as they are usually just as good but I recently tried this one instead. The reason that I tried this brand was because it came with a free mini spray of the Insette Clubbers hairspray which is perfect to pop into a bag or pocket on a night out. I usually buy a three pack of these mini hairsprays from Poundland but when I was in a local chemist and saw that this product gave me one free, I bought it, knowing that I would use it. A 75ml can costs around £1.30. The hairspray smells quite artificial, there is a previous review which describes it as "smelling like the 80s" which made me laugh! It is basically one of those hairsprays which smells like hairspray and doesn't bother with fancy fragrances. Once you have applied it, there is still a faint aroma of it in your hair which isn't great - thankfully, this isn't the case with their Clubbers version which doesn't linger at all. The spray also leaves hair feeling a little sticky and glued into place. This is fine if you want your hair to stay glued into place of course but using more than a tiny amount can leave you looking a bit unnatural! It does the job but compared to so many other products which do the job without looking like you have used a product, it is a bit of a let down. If I ran out of my usual brand then I would probably use this again but only as an interim measure. It gives great hold but leaves hair looking stuck into place and immovable. I will go back to buying the (cheaper) chemists own brand (Superdrug do a great one and so do Boots) which works really well for the price, and looks much more natural than this!

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                05.12.2009 16:21
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                Very 1980s!

                I think that Insette is quite a 1980's "brand" and they don't really help themselves too much with the dated packaging and product. However, I do use their hairspray from time to time, and really only because it is the only "travel size" hairspray that I like. You can pick up a pack of 3 mini (45ml) hairsprays (plus free hair bobble) for a bargain 99p in Home and Bargain. It is the handy size that I like more than the product really, the size fits great into a handbag or for going on holiday with and tends to last me two weeks of fairly heavy use every night. The product itself is OK. It is definitely NOT EXTRA hold anything, it is really light hold, but what I like is that it doesn't make your hair feel sticky like many other brands do. Some brands like Toni and Guy who do mini versions of hairspray make my hair sticky and I always feel it needs washing a lot more than if I use this. It does the job, makes your hair rigid for a little while but it doesn't last all day. For the price and for the size it is a good buy, but there are better hairsprays on the market for longer lasting. It also smells like the 80's if that is even possible!!

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                  31.10.2009 09:58
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                  A flashback to the 80's...!

                  It was whilst I was away on a short break with my partner recently that I realised I had forgotten to pack one or two toiletry items, such was my haste to pack up and get away to the gorgeous Scottish hills! Realising my mistake upon checking-in to our hotel and unpacking, I made a mental note of what I needed, as I knew there was a small 'Semi-Chem' store in the village where we were staying. One of the items I had forgotten to pack was hairspray. I noted when I was in the Semi-Chem store that they didn't stock my usual brand of hairspray, so I had no choice but to buy something else. After perusing the different cans, I noticed that one or two of the brands had a much smaller-sized can, or 'travel-sized' can available. Knowing that I had plenty of hairspray at home, I reasoned that a smaller can would be more than sufficient for the couple of days I was away, and the little dinky size of the can made my choice ideal. The brand in question was the 'Insette' hairspray and this was also available to buy in a full-sized option. My little can was only 75 ml in size though, and was obviously ideal to carry around in my handbag and the like... very portable! To give you an idea of the size of the can, I find it is on a par with most brands of ladies' body spray, such as 'Impulse' and the like. The packaging didn't blow me away to be honest, and I did think that this product resembled something from the 80's. A bright blue design adorns the front of the metal canister, and the name of the product is emblazoned across the front of the can in what appears to be a fairly 'retro' font. A plastic cap in the same bright blue colour as the canister sits on top of the aerosol nozzle of the spray. I never really let the packaging of a product influence my final purchasing decision if I am being honest, but I do really feel that this product could be doing with a bit of a face-lift! I paid around 70p or so for the little can of hairspray and I did feel that this was really very reasonably priced indeed. Having used the hairspray for the duration of my little 'mini-break', and having brought it home with me and continued to use it, I have come to the conclusion that this product is basically quite reasonable and considering the small price I paid for it I had expected it to be fairly rubbish! I found that the 'extra hold' claims on the front of the metal canister were quite fair for once! I think that all too often we get similar products making these claims only for us as consumers to be 'reeled in' by said claims and find that our nicely set locks start to unwind before our very eyes a short time later. Not so with this little can of spray! I found that once applied to my locks, my hair remained pretty much the way I had styled it. I say "pretty much" because the weather on our little break was absolutely horrendous and we faced high winds and the like, so to be fair I think most hairstyles would suffer from one or two little 'flyaway' strands. For the most part though, I was impressed with the products ability to hold my hair in place sufficiently. I also thought that this product was fairly strong, and found that I didn't need to use all that much of it to achieve a reasonable end result. This surprised me, especially given the low cost of the hairspray; I really thought I would use much more of the can of product than I actually did. The down side to the Insette hairspray is quite a significant one, which is very unfortunate. I found it to be extremely sticky to use, so much so that I found myself having to scrub my hands with a nail brush after applying the product to my hair. I tend to smooth my hair down quite a lot as I suffer from a little frizziness, and after doing so, the residue that was left on my hands was quite horrendous! I thought the thick consistency of the hairspray really accelerated this problem, and the end result was a thick layer of sticky goo left on my hands. I became aware of this 'sticky' problem quite early on when using the hairspray and so I knew to be careful when applying the spray to my hair. I found that if I sprayed too much spray on to my hair, or if I sprayed the spray too close to my hair, I was left with a bit of a residue on my hair... NOT a good look! To be fair, I did find it quite easy to control the spray as I dispensed it from the can, which made it easier to assess how much was required. Whilst I am on the 'bad points' of this hairspray, I really feel I need to mention the smell. Again, to be fair I find it difficult to pick out any one brand of hairspray that actually has a pleasant smell and I do find all similar products are scented quite heavily, which makes for an over-powering 'fog' around one's barnette. The Insette hairspray is no exception, with a heavily-perfumed, overly sickly aroma becoming extremely evident every time the spray is used. I found that the smell really caught in my throat whilst I was using the spray, and I found that it remained in the relevant room for quite a long time after I had applied it. I found this smell really reminded me of those times when I was a little girl and I would watch my mum getting ready for a night out... She always had a big 'do' (well, it was the 1980's) and would apply absolute tons of hairspray and the smell of the Insette hairspray really took me back to those times! The smell of the 80's in a can, you could say! ;-) Furthermore, I found that the spray's scent was quite evident on my hair for a good few hours after I had applied it. I did think that the scent was much more subdued once I was 'wearing' it to be fair, to the point of it not really bothering me all that much. Any residue that I found to be left on my hair at the end of my day was quite easily brushed or combed out, and I didn't find that the hairspray made my hair feel (or look) overly greasy or dirty after use, which is a specific problem I have found in the past with alternative hairspray products, particularly those that are on the cheaper end of the market, so I was both surprised and pleased that the Insette hairspray didn't seem to carry these traits. It is worth noting too that I suffered from no irritation in terms of my sensitive skin or eczema. All in all I thought that this was a reasonable product, particularly when considering the very low cost. There was a larger can of the spray available in the same shop and I think that this only cost around 99 pence or so, which is really quite exceptional value. I have seen the Insette hairspray for sale in my local pharmacy as well as my local 'Savers' discounted drugstore and 'Semi-chem' stores. I would award the spray three dooyoo stars, with a couple taken off for the negative points I have mentioned above. Other than that though, I would recommend it as a reasonable product that gave surprisingly decent results!

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