“ Brand: Paul Mitchell / Type: Hair Spray / Texture/Subcategory: Wax „
I'm useless when it comes to buying products from the hair salon, I must have 'mug' written across my head because no matter what, I always come out spending at least £40 on products! Having said that, I was extremely happy with this one!
I have a short pixie style so always use a lot of products to give volume. Normally a root booster, wax to give it volume and texture and hairspray to finish it off. I find this does the work of all three! At around £10 per bottle I know it's not the cheapest product but as I have short hair a bottle normally lasts me a good few months.
I normally apply this after blow drying my hair, just a small spray can last the whole day. Then have a little play at moulding my hair into a style. I do use a tiny amount of hairspray over the top to give it extra hold too, just to make sure!
Like many others out there, I am often on the look out for ways to improve my appearance, be it make up or hair products which is why you will notice I review many products related to cosmetics. As many say, your hair is your crown so I tend to look after mine carefully and take the time to style it properly on most days (apart from lazy days, of course) so using the right products that my hair likes is really important. My hair is long and thick with quite a lot of wild fly aways that can be difficult to control at times, so while styling it is often a challenge, keeping it styled and looking perfect is even more of a challenge. After some of my friends recommended Paul Mitchell to me quite some time a go I went out and bought some of their products on my next trip to the hairdressers and have since tried quite a few but one of my best finds has to be this Spray Wax.
This product comes in a larger size and a smaller one, and I am reviewing the smaller one. After spending a small fortune at my hairdressers I decided to shop around next time and I have a look online which proved to be a good move as I purchased this for around £8 - it can be found on HQ Hair as well as Amazon and eBay with varying prices. It comes in a white opaque bottle with a spray mechanism and its finished with classic Paul Mitchell font and description around the circular bottle in red. It also has a clear plastic lid to be removed before and after use to avoid getting any rubbish around the dispenser.
The concept of spray wax initially attracted me as like me, you've probably experienced one of those days when you want your hair to stay in a certain position or style so badly that you accidentally on purpose spray too much hairspray so your hair goes hard and almost looks greasy - not a great look, ey? This is a frequent disaster for me as I never seem to know when enough is enough and I often end up with hard feeling, horrible looking hair and while it does tame my fly aways it looks far from how I want it to look! Wax is something I'd never really experimented with before so I was nervous yet excited to see how it would turn out on my hair and I bought this product not really knowing what to expect from it. Luckily, I was pleasantly suprised as it was much easier to use than expected. The first time I used it, as I've already said, I used far too much and it felt my hair feeling sticky and I found I couldn't brush it out, but it didn't look hard like most hair sprays. I happened to apply too much because it doesn't make your hair feel 'hair sprayed' because it is so light and no matter how much you apply your hair doesn't actually set like it would with a classic hair spray, I have since found a better way to describe it would be to say it just sits in place neatly and nicely without the harshness of your average hairspray. The spray has a really nice scent that is light and fresh and not typical of a 'chemical' smell from most hairsprays so if anything you feel like you're not being mean to your hair! After using it many more times I have found the spray mechanism useful as it dispenses evenly over the hair so it doesn't clump in certain places and make it uneven and horrible but it just gives a light finished hold. I have used it daily for a few months now and I still have at least half a bottle left as only a small amount is needed each time you apply - don't be fooled to think you need to spray until it goes hard like I did!
Overall I definitely prefer this to any other hairspray as it is much lighter on my hair and smells lush on application and it really lingers. It holds your hair in place but isn't overpowering and it doesn't give it a hard, harsh appearance or make your hair feel greasy. I have enjoyed other Paul Mitchell products but this has to be my favourite as it has totally changed the way I use hairspray and I have finally found that I don't have to have hard hair to make it stay in place, about time, result!
I'm sure I'm not the only person who's done this: you go to the hairdresser, they use something that you like, and as you're approaching counter to pay you say, "oh, what was that you put on my hair?". They say, "product XYZ. Would you like some?" Then you say, "yes please, it was excellent!" They ring it all up, you hand over your card, and off you go. As you're on your way home you start to think about how much you just paid, and what you usually pay for a hair appointment, and then you start to wonder exactly what you just bought... when you get home, you also realise that you don't really know how to use the product you just acquired, and it never, ever works the way it did at the salon. It winds up gathering dust at the back of a cupboard, and you privately vow never to buy anything on a whim at the hair salon ever again.
You've probably guessed that I've done this more than once. And I'm really, really pleased to say that buying this Spray Wax was NOT one of those times. It was expensive, though, and next time I won't buy it at the salon, where my 125 mL can cost me a little over £13 - on Amazon the same product is available for £10 as I write this, and a 300mL can is £16.95. Or even better: Shoprush.co.uk offer the 125mL can for £7.99.
Cost aside, I'm very happy with the Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Spray Wax. For a start, it looks good on the shelf - a smart plain white tin with red & black lettering that looks professional & tidy. The nozzle on top of the can produces a fine mist, and a couple of quick puffs is all I need to use. The product itself - beeswax combined with sunflower seed oil - isn't like a hairspray, and probably not really suitable for sculpting hair. I use it to give my hair a little texture & help prevent my fringe from looking fine & fluffy, or to give my short hair a bit of a "messy" look. The reason I especially like it is that it's very easy to put just a fine coating of wax on my hair - using a pot of wax applied with my fingers means I'm likely to put too much wax on & give myself a bit of a slicked down look. The spray wax means I can apply just a little at a time until I'm satisfied.
I'll certainly continue to use this. I've had my current can for about a year now, and after using one or two short sprays once or twice a week over that time it's not empty yet - so even though it can be bought for cheaper than what I paid, I still think it's a cost efficient product.
Spray Wax provides hair with flexible texture. Creates bendable texture and delivers a satin finish. A light aerosol mist which is easy to apply to all hair lengths and hair types. Non-oily wax and sunflower seed oil create a satin finish. Fine, flexible beeswax adds pliability. Directions for Use: Apply to hair after styling