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Normally,when purchasing haircare/hair styling products, I just dismiss the James Brown London range as it can be quite pricey (on average ranging from £5-£10 depending on where is is purchased), but when seeing the James Brown London Hairspray on special offer in Boots for just a mere £2, and leaving with 5 cans of it, I was hoping for the best and that I hadn't just wasted £10. It comes in both large(250ml) and small(75ml) can sizes, the later being more suitable for 'on the go' use. Marketed as the product of choice for many celebrities- apparently Kate Moss is a fan, James Brown London products are said to be luxury that everyone can afford and "an essential tool in everday styling".
In terms of packaging, it is very simplistic. The can of the 250ml version is quite chunky,yet still very easy to hold. White in colour, and with dark grey/black text on top, describing the product and with quotes from James Brown himself about the hairspray.The can makes the product look very chic and would appeal to males as much as females.On top of the can, there is an easy to use spray button, which ensures you have complete control over the amount of product that is released from the can, whether it be a fine spray or slightly heavier for a more structured style.
When I sprayed the hairspray onto my hair for the first time, I was quite surprised in that it had a very clean,pleasant,fragrant scent to it, which is a stark difference from some of the other hairsprays I have used which can smell completley awful. From personal experience with other hairspray products, they tend to make my hair very crunchy and sticky, even when only using a small amount. With James Brown London hairspray,I haven't had this problem once, not even when spraying more than liberally over my hair. It indeed lives upto what is promised on the can with a "firm hold but natural finish"- the finish itself comparable with that within a hair salon. The product is long lasting and dosen't wear off like others can do,keeping my hair style firmly in place untill I brushed it out. It controlled my hair-which is prone to frizziness- extremely well.
Overall I would say that this product is worth the money, due to its quality and finish. I would glady pay full price after my stash has been used up!Elnett has a very strong competitor in James Brown London hairspray.
James Brown London is a designer luxury brand of hair care inspired by Kate Moss's toussled care free look.
I bought the product with a gift voucher at boots as a treat, being a student I don't usually splash out on the higher end products, but this time I could, which was nice to do.
The packaging of the product, is the can of hairspray, quite thick straight up and down, very minimalist. It is completely white all the way round with thin twirling black text on it. This gives it a luxurious effect, and very professional look, as though it is letting the product do the talking.
It claims to be 'eagerly awaited haircare range by James Brown, inspired by Kate Moss.' I must admit I have used many many hair sprays before and found that my hair stays up at first but then when the product dries my hair appears darker as though wet and hard and crunchy. I have often wanted my hair to appear volumised and tousled without that crunchy sticky look and wondered how to create it. So, yes, I do agree that it is 'eagerly awaited', by myself anyway.
The packaging tells us James Brown has worked for 20 years on photo shoots with models and celebrity clientèle, and has now made a line of products.
James Brown's Claim:
'To me, hairspray is like jewellery-the finishing touch that you put on last to perfect your style. Unlike heavy, old fashioned formulas, this ultra fine mist will hold hair in place white still allowing it to move. And I've made sure that it brushes out easily because I hate that sticky hair feeling. My hairspray is also great for creating volume: just spray onto your fingertips and work into the roots for added lift.
Directions: Mist over finished style or spray onto fingertips to control details.'
In my experience, I really quite liked this product.
As I have mentioned previously, lower brand hairsprays make my hair crunchy and stuck together in clumps and unmovable, so the description really won me over into buying the product as it seemed to suggest it would really counteract the problems I have come across with hairsprays before.
James Brown must really know what a hairspray addict like myself needs, especially with his experience with model and celeb clients.
The product, as I sprayed it on, was not sticky, though I felt it lightly cling to my hair, it did not make it wet in anyway and it smelt really nice, like the smell of a professional hair salon and the sprays they use.
My hair stayed up but did not feel in any way that I was wearing any hair spray, how peculiar!
I loved that it had no visible effects but didn't stay up.
However, as I couldn't see it I was tempted to keep spraying it in case there wasn't enough on.
Also if there was moisture in the air the spray seemed to stop working and my hair would go flat again.
I wouldnt say that this product is particularly long lasting but it definitely feels great not to feel hairspray in your hair. I would recommend this product but not as the answer to every single problem.
I have never been a prolific user of hairspray other than when I have to use it for work for a particular style or look however when I do have to use it for my own hair outside of work I tend to opt for this good quality product from James Brown London. Available from Boots it only costs around £5 for a 250ml can of spray which given that I do not use it very often means that I get a good amount of use out of a can in terms of time.
It comes in a simple white container with a standard spray on top which is easy to operate and delivers an even amount of spray which is easy to control.
What I like about this spray is that it is not very sticky at all and therefore leaves my hair feeling smoother to the touch than when I have used other sprays. It also has hardly any smell to it as well which is another plus in my opinion. There isa subtle sort of fresh smell to it but not very noticeable at all.
If you are looking for a simple and effective hair spray then I would recommend this, it does not have the firmist of holds and therefore would not be suitable for all styles however for me it works really well.
When it comes to hairspray it's not one of my most favourite purchases to make though since I've had a bob cut I find I need it more than I ever did when I had long hair to hold my style in place, keep frizz in it's place and basically hold my style together however as it's not a product I actually relish buying I leave it till the last minute to buy any more and I really do try spend out on one usually to get the best results. I saw this in Boots and paid £4.88 for a 250ml can (the largest size this is available to purchase in and there was a also a mini size of this which is a 75ml size available to buy at £1.95) and a it's not really mini and in my view offers great value for money and because it's slim easy to put in the bottom of your handbag ladies!
Long white cylinder can with white plastic lid that covers a simple push button sprayer to the top of it. On the front I'm told it's JB, James Brown London Hairspray in dark grey writing. On the back I'm told a little about the product, directions for using it and ingredients are listed, cautions are given and the size is stated as is the recycle symbol and finally there is a bar-code on there. Very sleek and stylish looking can this is suitable for men in women alike in it's appearance.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Can....
Hairspray is like jewellery - the finishing touch to perfect your style. This ultra fine mist will hold hair in place while still allowing it to move and it brushes out easily. Create volume by spraying onto fingertips and working into the roots.
Directions For Use....
Mist over finished style or spray onto fingertips to control details.
Me Using It...
Well I use this on my finished style and easy to use... this is! I simply spray it onto my hair as directed and out shoots a clear mist as promised and it's very easy to direct where you want it and it gives even coverage if sprayed at arms length in a very light and unsticky way.
Smell wise well it's lovely light and fresh and none distinctive. Not at all feminine this is totally unisex and once sprayed on the hair and lived with that smell evaporates within an hour anyway but as I say whilst it's on hair it's very nice anyway!
I find it to gently control my style and keep frizz at bay whilst not making my hair at all sticky and giving it a nice, glossy satin sheen appearance. It doesn't (as promised) constrict natural movement but it does gently control you hair into style until brushed out (which it does easily once again).
Not only great to finish a style with this is great to work with on dry hair to create oomph that lasts. I have fine hair and I like to put a roller to my crown and spray this on it and it''s really good at not only making hair more bouncy but keeping it this way. Once sprayed on the effects are long lasting and really... this is simply a great quality product as is are all the other James Brown products I've ever tried!
Recommended by me! I've only ever seen this on sale in Boots but if you google it online you may be able to grab a bargain!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
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