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Brand: Tesco / Texture: Gel / Type: Hair Gel

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      05.04.2013 13:15
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      Leaves hair feeling thick but not particulary styled but may suit 'soft styles'

      Now and again I'll get a great Value Tesco find, I think I've probably tried most of the range with mixed results. To be honest it's never going to be as good as proper branded expensive stuff and I wouldn't expect it to be, a lot of it is okay and I do re-buy. What I have been disappointed with with is their hair gel. I'm not going to pretend that I've worn it myself but I have used it on my sons' hair. There isn't a Value gel advertised on their website. The value version was in-store and cheap, though I can't remember exactly how much. I think the above picture is for the wrong the product, that's Tesco own brand rather than 'Everyday Value'. Own brand Extra control is advertised on their website at 44p for 300ml I think Everyday Value was between 20 and 30p so not much cheaper. This stuff is very eighties- I'm obviously not old enough to remember the eighties but I can imagine........... It differs from the above image, same tub and coloured gel but is labelled 'Everyday Value styling gel' rather than 'Extra'. I can't be too precise about my tub as it's long gone. All these cheaper end gels are very similar, same tub, same looking gel, same screw top lid- smells the same too. On opening I was struck by how thin it was, it does need scooping out of the tub as is usual for gels but this did seem to be runnier than most. I suppose I'd describe it as wet rather than sticky- but you want sticky in a hair gel. You're directed to apply the gel with you fingertips to either wet or dry hair, leave to dry naturally or style with a hair dryer. Does it style and hold? No, not really. I've applied to my sons hair wet and dry. When first put on and worked into spikes the hair does stay up, but as soon as it's hair dryer dried it goes all thick looking and looks dull- like I've put talc on it. If left wet it stays wet (more greasy) looking but doesn't hold the spikey style very well, one touch and the style's gone. Where it did seem adequate was when it was used to smooth down my son's hair (although combined with water a brush and a hair dryer so it's debatable whether water on it's own would work- probably) as it does tend to stick up at the crown in the morning before school and when he'd come home it would still be more or less down. This doesn't hold 'extreme' styles, I think it's too watery. Once dried it makes the hair look and feel 'thick' again like I've put talc on it. On the plus side it washes out easily, that's probably not a good sign though as most products don't. Also a plus is that it didn't irritate anyone's head or my hands. Would I buy it again? I doubt it, I'm not a fan and prefer to use serums, wax or thick gel that comes in tubes which I think are more effective. I'd give it one star but as it holds fly aways down so 2.

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        30.03.2013 17:34
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        Save more money, use water instead...just as effective!

        We all like to see if we can cut down our spending a little by trying the cheaper brands on the non-essentials and gel definitely comes in as one of those so I thought why not...not a lot to lose. Unfortunately, I lose 25p as this gel is useless. It's texture is like the stuff you used to get in the fake shark bowl things and it just slides straight off your hand. The gel itself is a light blue colour in a reasonably large size pot of 300ml. It definitely does look cheap, which it is so you can't really complain about that too much! The smell of the gel is also rather unpleasant being a sort of swimming pool-esque type of smell which really isn't the one you want following you around during the day. Now onto the big question, does it work? The simple answer is no. You could put a whole pot of this cheap stuff on your hair and it would just make is slimy and greasy, and wouldn't hold it in position, not even with really short hair. With long hair, it is pathetic and you would do better just putting water on your hair. I abhor you not to buy this gel as despite the bargain price, you would do better using water which is even cheaper, smells nicer and has a nicer texture!

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          23.03.2011 09:49
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          Not for me.

          I always like to use a hair gel on my hair and I like to try lots of different brands to see if I like them because I have not found one that is quite my favourite as yet. I have found some of the cheaper ones to be quite good and I had seen this one many times while shopping at Tesco's but I had never tried it before so I thought I would buy it to see if it was one that I liked. The gel is light lime green and comes in a round, clear plastic tub with a screw off top, I bought it for just 44p for a 300ml tub, so a very cheap hair gel and quite a lot of it for the price. It smells nice and has a perfume smell, it is not too strong a smell and I would say it is suitable for both men and woman. It has a very soft texture and is not too sticky. I have found it is quite runny when I place it on my fingers to run it through my hair, it drips from my fingers while I try to place it on my hair. Once on my hair I find I have no problems moving my hair into shape. I do find that it does not help my hair to stay in place and it does not last that long to keep a firm hold, considering it is supposed to be a firm hold gel. I do not think it holds well at all. I find it does weigh my hair down a little even though it the gel isn't heavy but that is how it feels on my hair and makes it feel a little greasy. I find have had to keep using a few times throughout the day unlike some of the other cheaper brands I have tried and tested. I have continued to use this for the past week or so to see if I could get used to it but I can't, I just do not like it at all and it does not suit my hair to give me the hold that I like. It does wash from my hair well and it has not been hard to remove the residue that a gel can leave on the hair, this one is fine and I have had no problems washing it out of my hair. I do not think it is good value for the money, even though it is cheap, I do not think it is a very good value for money gel. It certainly is not a firm hold gel and I would say it does not have any hold at all because my hair has never looked so dull because it does not give any shine on my hair whatsoever. I like a gel to at least have a little shine but this one has none. I would not buy this one again and I do not recommend it to others to buy it because it is a complete waste of time for my liking. I have used it on some of my grandson's hair and it has been just the same and so it is not just my thicker hair that is the problem with this one. I rate it just 1 star I am afraid.

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            22.09.2009 19:43
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            Rubbish

            Two of my little boys have short hair and from time to time they like to have their hair spiked, usually when we're on holiday or when they are going to parties. With them only being 5 and 3 I don't like them to use the same expensive products my husband uses and seen as he kept using his hair gel on them I had to go out and get a cheap hair gel for them. Looking in my local Tesco I chose the cheapest hair gel they had and I think it only cost 39p, at that price the boys could have their hair spiked as often as they liked. It comes in a large clear plastic tub which contains 300ml. The gel itself is bright green. When opening the tub the most noticable thing is the smell, the gel really smells awful but unfortunetely this isn't where the negatives end. On the packet it says Tesco Extra control styling gel has been specially formulated to give you a long lasting hold for all hair types. Now my eldest boy has got really thick hair (which he must get from my husband because mine is really fine) and my other boy has got really fine hair, so I have experience of using it on both. The gel is rubbish on both of their hairs, it will spike to begin with but after half an hour the hair is back to normal, it does not hold at all. No matter how much you put on it does not work. I must admit it is slightly better on the fine hair but not good enough. I have tried using this on the boys quite a few times and it does not work, style or hold. They are now back to using their dad's hair gel and I now have a nearly full tub of this Tesco Gel sitting in the bathroom cabinet. The gel is also extremely sticky to touch and leaves your hands feeling awful. I have nothing positive to say about this gel, it isn't even good enough to use on a little boys hair. It may be cheap but if you're never going to use it then it is 39p too much.

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              10.07.2009 12:29
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              Definitely worth a try

              Considering what you're getting here is a large tub of hair gel for under 50p, this stuff's all right. The smell isn't too offensive. A lot of the low-end hair-gel-type styling products leave you smelling like an teenage boy who's gone completely over the top with his cheap aftershave - and I know what I'm talking about here, since I used to work as a warden at a halls of residence at an agricultural college, where after a long day on work experience down in the cow sheds the young male farming students had more cause than most people to be worried about lingering nasty niffs. So this Tesco stuff has a relatively faint, synthetic-herbal kind of smell. This wears off quite quickly after the product dries, which I count as a definite plus point. Unlike some hairsprays it doesn't seem to leave any noticeable flakiness or sticky residue - but then I only ever apply it once, just after I've washed my hair. I don't reapply it between washes as I use other products for dry hair instead. Personally I have nightmarishly difficult-to-style, coarse-textured hair which, worst of all, seems intent on growing in a forwards direction over my scalp. Without the aid of some pretty heavy-duty styling products, because of this unfortunate hair growth-pattern, I would spend most of my time looking like a village idiot. I use hair gel immediately after washing mainly to make my hair appear to be growing in a more natural direction (backwards, and down over the sides of my head). With this initial help of gel, I can then style my 'do' with more wax and hairspray when it's dry so that I begin to look more like a normal person. Tesco Gel works really well to 'tame' hair in this way; the last time I ran out of it when I forgot to bring some gel on a weekend at the relatives', I can confirm that I was back to looking ridiculous the minute my newly-washed hair dried. Hair gel isn't intended to be 're-sculptable'; after applying it to towel-dry hair you comb it into the style you prefer and then leave it to set hard. If you comb it or brush it again (or sleep on it) you lose much of the styling effect. Tesco Value Styling Gel works well for the above stated process, and it's so cheap that really, who could ask for more?

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              27.12.2008 02:03
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              Excellent value For money, highly recommended

              Maybe you guys want extreme syles, extra hold, being able to bend and squash and twist your hair over and over and over, and that's why this gel isn't for you. But, if your like me and just gel your hair simply, this gel is perfect for you! It's only 25p now, and i bought three tubs of it the other day, it's great stuff! If i see more tomorrow when i go to Tesco, i'll be buying more! It's amazing value for money! I'm looking at the picture of the gel there, that looks like an older version of the gel, it's called Tesco value Styling Gel now and it's much better! The only downside is that it takes a while to set, and you keep having to restyle your hair for about 10 minutes but after that, it's a win win win situation! Highly recommend product especially in the times of the credit crunch!

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                24.10.2008 20:39
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                Makes more mess to your hair

                Yup it's true sometimes what you pay for is what you get, unfortunatly this time round it is true. Well i normally use wax, i have not used gel for a few years now, but i can remember that gel used to be oka for standard spikes, but this is a no no. I used this last week before work, i has ran out of wax and didnt have any time to straighten my hair. So rather going to work with out of bed hair i bought this from tesco just before work. Now since i was only going to use it once, i bought the cheapest gel i could find, this was it at 27p. Now that i got it i went to the toilet to put it on. The gel was a bit thick, didnt smell nice at all, but i wasnt bothered because who is going to smell my hair. I got a bit of gel rubbed it between my palms and put it on my hair to do spikes. After an hour my hair just dried up, trying to touch my hair after just broke the hold. I would not recommend this gel and i wished i spent a bit more to get something decent.

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                02.09.2008 21:30
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                It gives a good wet look but doesnt hold

                Extra Control??? Well I just sometimes use this to give my hair a wet look, I also find that if I use the Tesco hair spray after the gel and its holds well. Maybe they need to make the product thicker to hold more. I find that Wilko's is a bit better than this and holds just a little bit more. Altho it does only cost 26p from my local Tesco, which I think is good for how much you get, even tho it isn't very good. Now there's no point in putting the whole tub onto your hair, b'cuz that sill wont work it will just look a big mess and probably drip down all over you and then you will look a mess. So my advice is to buy the hair spray aswel which can manage to hold it quite well for a whole day, which is what i do.

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                14.07.2008 14:13
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                A Value Lacking Hair Gel.

                With styling gel you expect it to hold. But sadly with this Tesco Value Styling Gel you sadly don't get that. The Gel This styling gel is a bright blue in colour and has a boosting fragrence. But what it is ment to do, it dosen't do. You apply the gel using your fingertips, as it is a wet look gel it feels very watery. I feel that tesco have took wet look to the extreme here. Once you have applied it to you hair, it sets, but you can tell that this is not a strong hold. Once you go out your hair is looking good. But then after 10 mins your hair is as flat as a pancake. How it comes? It comes in a nice round tub, a rather substancial size. It has a stuck on sleeve around it with the Tesco Value blue stripes and red value logo. Its a nice strong tub, which is resistant to water. Handy for in the bathroom. Then on the tub you get all the other jargon etc. You get 300ml. How to use it? Apply gel with fingertips to wet or dry hair. Leave to dry naturally or create your own style with a comb / brush and a hairdryer. Warning: Avoid contact with eyes. Should this occur, rinse thoroughly with plenty of lukewarm water. What's In It? Aqua, Carbomer, Triethandamine, Polysorbate 20, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, PVP, Sodium Methylparaben, Parfum, Benzophenone-4, CL 42051 Well, yeah that means alot. But I know that many people has skin allergies. Costs: 26p. Well overall I would pay more for a better hair gel as this is not strong enough for my needs. But it depends on your needs.

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                  09.06.2008 01:34
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                  All depends on what you want out of a gel

                  Tesco Value Styling Gel **WHAT IT DOES** It is a styling gel to help create your won style. It's a wet gel, which dries into your hair. It means your hair will stay in place as the gel hardens. **PACKAGING** It comes in a reasonably large tub, which is made of flexible plastic that is see-through. You can see the blue gel, which is bright in colour and is eye-catching. It has a screw lid, which is white. The tub is waterproof and durable. On the front there is a white label with red writing and boarders. The Tesco value logo is on the front, which is red and blue. On the sides there is additional information on the product in blue writing with blue and red boarders. **INGREDIENTS** Aqua, Triethandamine, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, PVP, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Methylparaben, Parfum, Benzophenone-4, CL 42051 These ingredients mean nothing to me but if you are allergic to any of these ingredients this may be of use to you. **PRODUCT** It is a blue gel, which dries into your hair. It means you can style your hair effectively to make it look tidy. Several different styles can be obtained to make your hair look unique. DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Using your fingertips apply the gel to your hair. You can apply it whether your hair is wet or dry. Leave the gel to dry naturally or you can create your own style using a comb/brush and a hairdryer. If you feel that you need additional gel during the day you can add some to help touch up your style making it perfect. Warning you need to avoid contact with your eyes. If this happens you need to rinse your hair thoroughly with plenty of lukewarm water. This gel is not overly thick in texture for styling gel, instead it is rather watery. The smell is fresh and once it is on your hair you can't smell the gel anymore. It will leave your hair feeling hard and it will keep it in place for a while. It won't keep your hair in place all day as it doesn't work very well. When apply the gel you need to make sure not to put too much on and that you put it into your hair evenly as if you don't it will dry in clumps and look awful. It will style your hair if you want simple styles, however if you are going for elaborate styling of your hair this gel may not be very effective. Overall the gel works well for everyday use for keeping your hair in place for very simple styles and any stray hairs can be smoothed out. It is not expensive at roughly 30 pence a tub but if you are wanting a gel that works well you may be better to pay that little extra for a stronger gel which will keep your hair in place all day. Also posted on Ciao under my username Denisekelly40

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