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I have been gelling my hair for about 7 or 8 years now about 2 or 3 times a week. I therefore get through a lot of hair gel and have also been able to test out many different brands and products. Out of all of the brands tried, the Shockwaves hair gel brand has been the best of all of them - it is far superior to other named brands such as Garnier and non-branded products such as ASDA (Which I have also reviewed) are not even comparable to it. It should be noted though that this is the range of products which I am referring to and this particular item is NOT my favourite - my favourite is the Shockwaves "Tough Stuff" gel which is actually not available to review yet but a review will be up by me as soon as it is. This product is however my second favourite in the range and hence my second favourite gel on the market which I have tried.
I buy this particular gel only when my favourite gel isn't available on the shelves as I see it as the best replacement. Although as they are both prices at around £2 per bottle and regularly come on offer at the same time too, I might as well go for the other as I prefer it more.
The gel comes in a flexible plastic tube which has been flattened at one end, giving it a door wedge shape. The cap is a standard flick cap. Therefore, the packaging is extremely standard and honestly pretty unremarkable. It does have styling tips on the back of it which seem to change every 6 months or so however these are not the more useful anyway. Packaging of hair gel isn't really something which I would base my purchasing decision on but I do prefer flick tops with hair gel as otherwise, as with screw tops, you tend to get hair gel all over the bottle due to handling it with gelled-up hands.
The gel itself is a thick blue gel - but do not be alarmed, once applied to the hair, it instantly goes clear and you cannot tell that you are using blue hair gel at all. Although I am now intrigued what it would look like if it did actually maintain its blue colour. The gel applies over the hair very well - it doesn't clump in certain areas but also isn't too greasy which makes it awkward to style due to slipping around during application, the consistency is perfect for the task.
The gel instantly hold my hair in place with very little "Fall back" even when first applied and still wet. The natural drying time indoors is awkward to say as it does it in stages. It will be touch dry in just a couple of minutes and it will hold shape without contact from this point perfectly. However, for the rest of it to dry and make the hair rock-solid, it can take up to 20-25 minutes, however whenever it reaches this point, it will not budge at all, even if you touch it and try to reshape it, it will spring back to place. If you are able to time it perfectly so that you are just before the "Rock solid" phase, you can restyle the hair slightly (Essentially fine tuning your style) without any "Fall back" whatsoever, however you put your hair at this time will stick perfectly.
The gel washes out very well, from both your hair and your hands. To get it off your hands after styling, simply wash your hands under any house tap with or without soap and your hands will be clear in seconds. Although the gel is tough enough to resist quite significant rainfall, it cannot withstand a bathroom shower and will be out even without using shampoo in a matter of seconds once again even though it was rock dry before starting.
The reason I do not use this gel regularly and instead go for the "Tough Stuff" gel is that the alternative offers two features which are perfect for me but not necessarily relevant for others and hence this gel may actually be a better choice. I do karate, at karate I sweat... a lot. The "Tough Stuff" gel is both heat and sweat resistant and therefore even when training in a 30 degrees Celsius room with beads of sweat running down my face, the gel will not run with it - this is a horrible result of many gels, the feeling of hair gel in your eye is something you really do not want to experience, trust me!
Hope I helped ;)
I changed the style of my hair a few weeks ago, it had started getting a bit long and was hard to style, I have a natural wave to my hair so I find it hard anyway to keep a style in, and when I do manage to get it how I look, after a nights sleep it was all over the place. I had the top and sides cut short so that the fringe is still quite long and the style I wanted to do was to have the top bit sort of spiked up and the sides going backwards except the bits over my ears which are still long and come down straight.
I wanted to get a gel that would hold my style in place all day without having to keep on at it if we decided to go up the shops or something. I have used Shockwaves products before so when I saw this tube of gel on the shelves in Wilkinson's I thought I would try it out.
The tube I got is slightly different to the one in the photo, it is ultra strong power hold gel and I think the style of the art on the front has been renewed but it is similar still. They had a few different strengths on the shelves but the picture on the front of the tubes looked the same as the one I bought. There are some numbers underneath the main front of the tube numbered 1 to 6 and this tube is highlighted number 5 so I am taking it that they do 6 varying strengths of gel and this is the 5th strongest.
I washed my hair when I got home and got the tube to use, it feels quite weighty so it feels like you get quite a bit of gel in it, the amount exactly is 200ml but it feels heavy for just that amount of gel. When you squeeze it out on to your hand it is really thick with a clear look to it. I rubbed my hands together to spread the gel about a bit before putting it on my hair as I didn't want to put the whole blob on in one go. I didn't squeeze much out, just about enough to cover a 10p coin. I then rubbed my hands through my wet hair. The gel felt like it was going all over, it felt a little bit sticky on my hands but I rubbed it in well and then went to wash my hands before drying my hair.
I am a bit disabled in my arms and shoulders so I do find it quite hard to use the hair drier and brush on my hair especially at the top, and I can't reach to do the back at all. I brushed my hair into the style I wanted with the fringe parted on the side and coming down and the two bits in front of my ears coming straight down and all the rest (the shorter bits) going backwards. Then I started to dry it with the hair drier using a small round brush on the top as far as I could reach.
The hair started to stand up how I wanted it to stand up straight away and it didn't take much effort to get the top into the style I wanted. I managed to get the back how I wanted it to look but I can't get the hair drier round the back so I had to leave this part to dry by itself and see how it came out. The fringe was looking fine as well so I left this wet to dry on its on as well.
Later on in the day I checked my hair in the mirror and the style was still exactly as I had left it from the morning. I felt the back and found the gel had dried the hair into big clumps that had stuck together like glue and it felt like I had sticks in my hair. The fringe felt the same, it felt like if I wanted to I could snap the hair and it would break where it was so hard. I did panic a bit but then sat down and just started to rub one of the stuck together bits between my fingers and it started to come apart as loose hairs. I did this all over until I couldn't feel any more clumpy bits and then run a brush through it and it went through alright. The style still looked nice when I looked in the mirror, it looked more natural now that I had got rid of the bits that were stuck.
I was going out later in the day and it was quite windy out but when I got home again I found my hair was still sticking up on the top like I had styled it. I did have to push the fringe out of my eyes while out in the wind but the style was still there.
Now to the real test, going to bed when it is hot and sweaty and getting up the next morning to see how my hair would go. I must say I was expecting to have to get u and wash my hair again and restyle it before we went out that day so I got up a bit earlier to give me time. When I looked in the mirror, one side of my hair where I had been laying on it was stuck straight up in the air like Jedward, the other side was not too bad. I got my brush out and gave it a good brushing and to my amazement it went back into my style again without having to wet it at all. It was really easy, and took about two minutes to do. I used a hair spray over the top and I was really pleased to find the style stayed in all day long. In fact I managed to keep the style going for another two days after that as well, just having to give it a quick brush in the mornings and a squirt of hairspray over the top.
I must say I am really pleased with this product. If I could use the hair drier better I would not have the problem I get with the stuck together hair but I have found a way round it and I can keep my style in for as long as I want until I decide to wash my hair again for next time. I would highly recommend it if you have a short styled hair do. I have given it 5 stars as I think it is my own fault for not being able to brush it properly while drying that made it go hard.
The product was not expensive to buy in Wilkinson's. I can't remember how Much it was but it is £2.69 in Superdrug and I am sure it was less than this.
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Shockwaves strong hair gel
Shockwaves are a well established company within the beauty industry. They have a wide range of products such as this one, hair gel.
This hair gel which I use frequently is very handy when in a rush as it keeps the style you mould it to and doesn't take very long to stiffen up.
This works on every type of hair from thin to thick and short to long.
The gel is virtually odourless and dries up clear making it suitable for all hair colours as well.
The ingredients in this product are as follows:
Aqua, Sorbitol, Aminomethyl, Propanol, Carbomer, VA/Crotonates,, Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Parfum, PEG-40 Hydrogenated castor oil, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexyl Cinnamal, CI 77891, Amyl Cinnamal, Linalool, CI 60730, CI 42090, Tocopherol.
200ml - You can buy this product for between £1.50 - £3 depending on size and the place you are buying from.
Heat proof and sweat proof.
The ultra strong formula helps to create any style.
It has a long lasting hold.
Can be used on dry or wet hair.
It doesn't leave your hair sticky or greasy and it washes out very easily.
There is one negative about this gel is it does get sticky on your hands but with all gels you should wash your hands after use any way.
Overall a great gel for styling hair with a lasting hold. Suitable for all ages and only a small about needed for maximum effect. Worth the buy, I will rate this 8/10
Shockwaves Gel by Wella has been around for years, I remember being 13 or 14 buying this when I first started taking an interest in styling my hair and have used it off and on for the past 20+ years.
Although the packaging and imaging have changed over the years the gel itself remains the same - a clear, smell-free gel that manages to control and define even the most unruly hair.
I find with this product that less is definitely more - you dont need much of this stuff to be able to style your hair, in fact I find if I use too much it leaves my hair feeling greasy and sticky, so definitely err on the cautious side.
I dont have *that* much hair as it is, a simple short back and sides cut with the top of my hair left longer to be able to spike and mess up, so I use this product really to hold what is there and create my own style.
The blurb on the back of the tube tells you that this will give you long lasting hold and that for best results you should work the gel into dry or damp hair the leave to dry naturally. I follow these instructions and can say that im never let down with the results.
Unlike some other brands, I find shockwaves to provide hold all day and doesnt flake if I touch my hair or scratch my head. My hair can withstand wind and rain and doesnt move - I think for structured style you cant really beat it for the hold it provides.
Do take my advice about not applying too much, start with a small blob on your hand before working through your hair with your fingertips, its easy to add more if required but adding too much to start with will not give you good results.
The gel is quite sticky so I do recommend thoroughly washing your hands after applying, but for long lasting hold that will withstand the weather you cant really get better than Shockwaves.
Normally retailing for £1.99 a tube, available from supermarkets and high street chemists such as Superdrug and Boots. Look out for offers as often on BOGOF.
5/5 from me, gives me hold and definition, just dont use too much or your hair will end up like sticky concrete!
I have been using Shockwaves strong gel for many years now. I prefer gel as I have tried various different hair styling products, such as wax and never really got on that well with them. I understand that everyone probably has their own preference so I am sure wax is great for some people but just not for me. I have seen a few reviews regarding Shockwaves gel mentioning that it dries too hard, I did find this myself in the past but was only when I used the extra strong type, the strong gel which this review is for is perfect for me. It is easy to apply and style your hair and is very long lasting, when it dries it is not too hard that it is like a rock but just right. Sometimes it can produce a kind of powdery substance after it has dried but this is only usually after your hair has changed since it had dried. The gel itself is a tad expensive but I usually find it on offer most of the time as a buy one get one free. Overall this is a great product which works well for me and no doubt for all different hair styles.
I started to use Shockwaves gel about 7 years ago, and have never switched to another prodect. Basically, it does exactly the job that I want of it, so why bother changing?
Before I use this product, I first completely wet my hair, dry any excess water, and then place some gel in my hand. I then apply it to my hair and start styling, until I get my favourite spiky style! I think apply the Shockwaves hair spray to fix the style in place. My hair then looks good for many hours to come.
The style does not last if you are caught out in heavy rain though, as I have discovered a few times in the past! It's also not good if some of your friends are messing around and rubbing your hair lol! It goes all dry and horrible looking then.
Anyway, if you want a decent and cheap product for easy hair styling, then look no further than Shockwaves Strong!
Shockwaves Ultra strong tuff stuff. Heat sweat and somewhat waterproof gel this product made by wella.
Proctor and Gamble.
Tubes vary on type you get but mostly the tubes are red with silver writing down side with a clear plastic lid. has a panel on it stating strong on it.
On the back it tells you it will hold your hair in the most demanding situations.
Styling that wont let you down and is long lasting works on dry or damp hair that leaves it to dry naturally.
It doesn't leave your hair feeling sticky or greasy or lumpy. It washes out with a fuss and no traces.
There is a website at WWW.shockwaves.co.uk.
It is a clear blue gel which is non greasy to the touch and you just put a small bit on the palm of your hand and smooth through your hair and style the hair as you want it done. Smells sweetish like a light floral aqua scent. quite pleasant.
I have thick, curly hair and I had been searching for a gel that would benefit my hair. Last year when I was shopping in Boots I noticed that Shockwaves had revamped their products. I had tried their gel before and wasn't convinced, but it was on special offer and I decided to give it another go. Well I'm really glad I decided to give their new product a try because I loved it.
Shockwaves Strong Control Styling Gel gives my curls great texture and control without any of the stiffness. I hate gels that make your hair so stiff it doesn't move or creates that wet look all day.
I just use a small amount, squirted onto my hands, and finger comb the gel through my hair while it is still damp. The gel is also effective on dry hair, I use this gel on my hair when it's dry to keep it controlled and in place.
Shockwaves gives my curls nice texture and definition. Each curl is well defined and my overall hair has a great style. Shockwaves Strong also leaves my hair looking soft and shiny.
The product also has a nice smell that stays on your hair all day.
This gel comes in a bright red recyclable 200ml tube that is designed to easily squeeze out since the opening is on the bottom. The "strong" variation of this product has a little burgundy box in the lower right hand corner. This gel usually last me 1-2 months.
I purchase this product from Boots for around £2.50, which is good value for money. However, Boots always has special 2 for 3 deals so it is possible to grab an even better bargain when the time is right.
I like this gel because you only have to use a little amount of product to get great results, it even lasts through the night to the next day still controlling my hair.
Defines hair shape and strong hold keeps your hairstyle in place /