“ Brand: Richard Ward / Type: Styling Spray / What it does: Enriches, Protects, „
I happened upon this product in Tesco's reduced beauty aisle, discounted from the usual £4.99 to a bargain £2.49. I was in the market for a new protection spray after having finished my Tervor Sorbie equivalent the previous week. I'm not brand loyal to these kinds of products as in my experience, there doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between brands, even the expensive GHD equivalent was 'just alright.'
I'd never used Richard Ward products prior to this but was interested to see the sticker on the purple 150ml bottle which stated that the product had won a Hair Magazine Award in 2008.
A little information about my hair might be useful for comparison purposes: I am blonde (dyed and high-lighted every 8 weeks.) My hair is a just below chin length bob and fairly thick with a slight wave so GHDs feature heavily in my daily routine.
The directions instruct you to 'lightly spray through towel dried hair and comb through. Apply every time you use styling equipment.' The product claims to protect from heat, smooth and tame.
I use it in a different way however; I blow dry as usual and then section my hair to straighten with my GHDs. It's at this point I lightly spray over the area that I am about to iron. I like to think this creates a bit of a barrier from the direct heat.
In terms of results, I have to say this performs no differently to its GHD or Trevor Sorbie counterparts. My hair feels smooth-ish once styled and there is no frizz. I have thick hair and no signs of heat damage which in itself is quite a miracle given the amount of hammer they get with the straighteners!
The scent is typical of hair products, slightly chemically but fresh and not over-powering. My hair smells more of the shampoo from washing than this product.
I just feel a bit 'blah' about the product in general to be honest. It does the job, but I'm not blown away (excuse the pun!) by it and I probably wouldn't buy it again, especially at full price. I think that on someone with a frizzier barnet, a more specialist product would be more appropriate however it's acceptable as an every day product to provide a bit of protection.
3 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
- Price and Packaging -
The RRP of this 150ml bottle is £4.99 however I got it from Tesco's clearance section at half price.
This comes in a cuboid like purple bottle. The bottle has a lid underneath which is a push down spray nozzle which thus far hasn't blocked or clagged which can sometimes happen.
- What does it promise? -
~ Create long lasting sleek and straight results.
~ Lightweight heat protection and straightening spritz.
~ Smoothes and tames.
- How to use it? -
It's suggested that you lightly spray this through towel dried hair and then comb through.
- My Experience -
~ Smell - This has a lovely fresh invigorating aroma yet doesn't clash with any heavily scented shampoos or conditioners that I may have used.
~ Application - This is very easy to apply, just spritz it over your hair and comb (or brush as I do) it through.
~ Effectiveness - I have very frizzy medium length hair which is very difficult to control and look sleek and shiny. As with all hair care products that promise sleek, shiny, straight hair, I was looking forward to trying this and visibly seeing a transformation in my locks.
Unlike the promises on the bottle, my hair certainly does not look sleek and straight after spritzing this on my towel dried hair. I do however have to admit that it does ever so slightly calm the frizz making it a tiny bit more manageable but I certainly won't be getting calls to advertise it as a calming and taming product!
As for it protecting my hair against heat damage, I'm not sure how I can measure it's ability to do this but I feel a little better that I am at least making an attempt to coat my hair with a protective barrier.
- Richard Ward Products -
There are quite a few hair products in the Richard Ward range:
~ Balance Control shampoo and conditioner
~ High Shine and Control Spray
~ More Moisture shampoo and conditioner
~ One More Day
~ Shine and Define serum
~ Stay Straight shampoo and conditioner
~ Ultimate Repair Mask
For more details visit the website, www.richardward.co.uk
If you go to the shop section you will have to scroll through approx 170+ products from different manufacturers. Not a very consumer friendly website in my humble opinion.
As for this product winning a Hair Magazine Award in 2008, all I can say is that they mustn't have had quite as frizzy hair as I have been stricken with!
N.B. This review also appears on ciao.