Product Type: Tesco hair care products
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It's in the bin
Tesco Value Styling Gel
Member Name: Elaineee
Tesco Value Styling Gel
Date: 05/04/13, updated on 05/04/13 (69 review reads)
Advantages: smoothes down bits of sticking up hair
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.
Summary: Leaves hair feeling thick but not particulary styled but may suit 'soft styles'