I don't know what came over me but under some fit of madness last summer I decided to perm my hair.I ended up with lots of tight perms,lots of volume and lots and lots of frizz!
So my search started for finding a perfect gel/scruncher/spray that would calm my frizz down and give more definition to my new curls.I found this little magic pink tube in a Boots store,tried it and fell instantly in love .
The Umberto Giannini Jelly comes in two different sizes.You can get a 200 ml tube or a smaller travel size tube l.The tube,like the other items in Umberto Giannini's Curl friends range has a pink and silver colored theme.I love how they have color coded their different product ranges to make it easier for people to find products that suit their hair best.The tube is very smooth ,shiny and cute.There are clear directions and instructions at the back,along with a list of ingredients and other information.
On opening the cap and squeezing the tube you get the jelly which according to the name has a jelly like texture but only thinner.It is a tad bit sticky but is very easy to apply in your hair.It does not show in the hair at all.The jelly has a very strong and sharp smell.
Firstly The texture of the scrunching jelly is very nice.Its not sticky like some other similar products.so it is easy to apply.And doesn't give your hands icky sticky.It is basically a clear jell with a nice consistency.
Secondly you don't need to use too much of this product to get the results.I bought the small tube and it lasted me more than a month of daily styling.You just need about half a tea spoon of it for medium length hair. In fact applying a bit too much might make your hair look and feel really hard.So even a small tube goes a long way.
Thirdly The scrunching jelly is really good in just giving a wake up call to your curly or styled hair.All you need to do is rub it through your hair and scrunch it really well and let it dry and see the tube do its magic It brings out the curls makes them more defined and gets rid of any frizz.Perfect for my hair that goes all crazy when I wash it.The good thing about this product is that its great for both natural or artificial curls.So it suited my permed hair perfectly.
Fourthly the tube itself is lovely and cute.It is really handy especially for travelling.I just pop it in my purse when I am out and about.
I think that this jelly is for some one who wants a funky scrunched look but not for glossy or calm waves.Also I have an issue with this is its smell as well. It doesn't smell very feminine to me. In fact it reminds me of my dad's after shave :(
But it saved my life and I love it!ALL HAIR THE TINY PINK BOTTLE!ALL HAIIL THE SAVIOUR!
Why would you buy this: you would know if you have hair like mine, unmanageable, goes nuts with any moisture in the atmosphere or generally in a 3 mile radius. And if you want to control your hair so that you don't like glam and the start of your night and like shirley Temple by the time you get home! Are you used to avoiding mirrors when it rains? Well fear no more!
I had not heard of Umberto Giannini before, never tried any of their products etc. Saw this at Boots whilst perusing the de-frizz isle, i thought, "cute bottle, only a few quid, lets give it a go". I refuse to pay unruly prices for unruly hair.
The product: Its a clear, slightly pink tinged gel solution. It isn't sticky, unless you apply too much. Even for long hair, don't be tempted to squirt a larger amount out, you simply don't need it. I asked my friend to try this, she has sickeningly dead-straight hair. It did not work. It did nothing, in fact, apart from look like she had gone a little over board with hair spray. Only buy this if you already have a natural wave/kink/curl/frizz. On lovely curly hair it adds bounce and shine. For very frizzy hair its adds shine and manageability. The effects do last, i can go to work and come home and its still fine (even tackling the London underground), but when it is raining or very humid i'd recommend putting it in your bag for a one-time touch up during the course of your evening.
The Bottle: Its pink, we so know its directed at the ladies. Eye catching enough that you may, like me, have spotted this little baby from the other side of the hair spray and thought "why not". It comes in a 50ml tube, so easy to pop in your hand hand if you are going to be out for any pro-longer period - especially if the forecast is rain. You can dump in the bottom of your bag and it wont leak. Its a flip top, which is great so that you don't have to worry about screwing the cap on - just squeeze out a tiiiiny but and flip closed. The tube boasts "Long lasting curl creator for defined sassy smooth curls" - it does too!
To Use: It says to work evenly through your hair whilst damp and scrunch dry. For me, this means i end up looking like ive had a very bad, very tight perm - oh the trails and tribulations of having naturally very curly and stubborn hair! If you have naturally wavy hair, use this technique. For the more 'devil may care' hair, make sure your hair is mostly dry. I find that if you throw your head upside down and very roughly dry your hair, letting it do its thing, scrunching a bit then when its more dry then damp, apply a small pea seized amount of the product and smooth all over. then let your hair dry naturally. the effect is smoother, less tight curls that are bouncy and not sticky.
Don't: dont put the product on your hands and rub together like you would for wax, it turns white and sticky and makes your hair go rock hard, I did this twice, once by accident - had to re-wash hair, and once just to see :-). Same result. Put in to your hand and smear once for even distribution and literally run your fingers through the length of your hair to smooth and then it really does work wonders.
The Price: its about £3.00 from Boots, superdrug's etc, not a bank breaker and a very useful little bottle to be in procession of.
I love this product! As anyone with unruly curly hair will know, it's all about finding a product that works with your hair type. For years, every time I washed my hair I would apply three or four different products to control it. Since finding this product I have limited my product range to just two items - this and a leave-in conditioner.
The gel smells lovely, is non-sticky, and will last a long time. It is best suited for hair that is frizzy and difficult to control as it is quite a heavy product and typically weighs the hair down. You don't need very much (maybe a 50p size blob), and make sure it is evenly distributed throughout wet hair. It's best to let hair dry naturally or on a cool diffuser setting. If after drying, the hair feels stiff or crispy, then flip your head upside down and scrunch the curls gently - but DON'T run your fingers through them!
I wouldn't advise this product for anyone with wavy hair as it seems to make my hair slightly less curly if anything. It doesn't seem to encourage curls, just removes frizz.
I also use this product if I just wet my hair in the shower but don't wash it, it refreshes the curls a treat.
I couldn't help noticing a few bad reviews for this product, and love it sooo much that I felt I had to come to its defence! To be fair, those who have given it so-so or poor ratings have said that their hair is wavy rather than curly, whereas mine is very definitely curly; as you may have read in some of my other reviews, my hair is about halfway down my back, and when styled nicely has a sort of "corkscrew" or spiral perm type look to it....I have been told in the past that from the back I look like Brian May (not sure that is a compliment, but gives you an idea of the curl!) Unfortunately this effect is all natural, and so does need a little bit of product help to stop me looking more like the Dulux dog than vintage glam!
I am one of those people that love the idea of cosmetics and hair products and all of that sort of thing, but when confronted by a makeup counter or shelves full of product, just feel utterly lost and don't have a clue what to go for. I purchased this on a recommendation from my sister, who also has curly hair (so much so that her hairdresser told her she had the most afro hair she had ever seen on a non-afro person...yes my family do seem to attract odd compliments, don't we?!) She buys a good number of premium type products, and likes to try out new things, so I trusted her experience in such matters and took the plunge!
I must say, that when I first wandered into Boots and spotted the packaging, I wasn't overjoyed...it is a very garish "shocking pink" colour, in a squashy plastic tube. Maybe it is my inexperience showing, but I was hoping for more from a premium range product! I also think that the colour choice may be very offputting to lads, who, despite what some manufacturers seem to think, do have curly hair they want to control and style too! Haing said that, on using the product I did find that the package design enabled me to get the somewhat sticky gloopy gel out of the bottle easily with little mess, so I guess other than the colour it is well designed really!
I am not over keen on the fragrance of the product, its vaguely floral, and smells a little bit like cheap shampoo, which again is a little disappointing for a highly thought of brand, but the scent isn't really overpowering so it is fairly easy to ignore!
I bought the 200ml tube of product, and have found it to be fairly long lasting even on my long hair. It does feel a little bit, "yuck", on the hand (!), sticky and gloopy, but if you smooth it over your palms and then through your hair, it does go on reasonably evenly. I have found that the best way to apply it is to put an amount no bigger than an inch or so across onto the hand, then apply to sections of the hair, rather than trying to do all over in one go, as I have had problems distributing it evenly through all of my hair at the same time.
I use the product in two ways; applied to towel dried hair to "scrunch" whilst blowdrying to get a very curly look, or applied to dry hair which I plan to tie up, as it helps to smooth out little fuzzy bits that I seem to get which totally ruin a sleek "up do"! I have had good results with both methods, and whilst it can leave the hair feeling a little bit scrunchy if you apply too much, it does for me compensate against this by being quite moisturising. I also find that the finished result lasts a fairly long time; easily long enough for a day round town or a night out with the girls!
The downside to this product is that it is virtually impossible to get it to look as though you haven't got product on your hair; even if you manage to avoid the scrunchy look, it still definitely looks as though you have applied some kind of product to it, and generally I would prefer a more natural look, so would say it is probably better for making "up dos" stay where you want them to without fuzz and frizz, rather than a down and floaty natural type of look.
Overall, I would say the product is reasonably long lasting and good value for money, does create curls (or even smooth out frizz) and keep your hair the way you have styled it, but the horrible packaging, not so nice fragrance and definite "styled" over "natural" appearance it gives your hair do let it down.
I am quite a fan of this brand. For years I have used the specialist shampoos/conditioners for my hair from dazzling shine products when I wore my hair straight and sleek to volumising products when I wanted a glam evening look with lots of body. I had never been disappointed untill I tried this particular product!
My hair is naturally a bit wavy if I leave it to dry. I often use a diffuser to get some deeper waves and add some volume. I really liked it like that but wanted more of a defined look to the curls/waves when I styled it. So I set off to Boots and brought a range of styling products for curly/wavy hair, including this one.
The one thing I will say is that was not the only product that didnt work, doesnt make it any less disappointing and frustrating though. Luckily I only brought a miniture size, so didn't waste that much money.
Basically the product is a gel. You use a small amount and work it through damp hair. Then you scrunch and dry it, very similar to other products like this.
The problem that I had with this was that it left my hair feeling stiff, sticky, tacky and looking as though it was all clumped together - not a good look!
I tried again using less but got the same effect. In the end I just threw it in the bin, it was that bad. I did think it was the same with all curl enhancing products but have since tried more and have actually found some that work and leave my hair looking a lot better.
I have very thick hair which is either curly or wavy depending on it's mood and usually resistant to most hair products!
I tried this as it is recommended for those going silicone free with their hair care.
It comes in a simple but cute tube and most importantly for a gel it smells nice! I find many gels to have a rather overpowering, masculine scent and often leave your hair smelling like a teenager boy whose overdone the body spray.
It looks like a normal gel, it's slightly pink and gloopy as you'd expect yet it doesn't feel too sticky. I use it on damp hair, scrunch in and either leave to dry naturally or use a diffuser on my dryer. The results are good, I find it rarely ends up making my hair feel like concrete unless I have over-applied yet it defines my curls and helps them stay in meaning I can go between washes and restyles for longer without my hair flopping and looking generally pathetic!
I have had my tube a good few months, I find I only need to use a little even for my long, thick hair.
It is a good product but it is no miracle worker, I will still get the odd bit of frizz and it does not give me model perfect hair but then nothing does! It's a good basic at a reasonable price that performs better than the other alternatives I've tried and as it's silicone free it's a benefit for those of us cutting down on silicone based products.
I either rinse with conditioner only or use a very gentle shampoo and I have had no problem with product build up.
I have occasionally used this on dry hair as a 'quick fix' but it is not ideal, it tends to go far clumpier and crunchy and is really best used on wet hair, though in very small quantities it works ok as a frizz tamer.
I think the success of this product depends on your hair type. I imagine this would be less suitable for those with finer hair which is on the wavier side of curly and I can't imagine it working to create curls on straight hair. But for those with unruly curls and thicker hair that can take, or needs, a slightly heavier product it works well.
I have always liked the Umberto Giannini range available at Boots due to the wide range of products they do for curly hair.
I have used this for quite some time now along with a curl spray to boost and hold my curls in place through the day.
The product comes in a bright pink tube in 200ml for the standard size or there is a miniature available in 50ml, ideal for weekends away.
Priced at around £4.50 for the 200ml it is fairly price competitive with other leading brands.
The scrunching jelly itself is a pinky colour with a nice sweet smell to it. To apply you put a small amount into your hand and then work through your curls. I use about the size of a ten pence coin, which I find is plenty to style my shoulder length naturally curly hair, any more and you run the risk of your curls drying quite hard and not looking natural. I always apply to damp hair straight after having washed it - I find that the product works best this way. I do find it a little messy to apply as you need to apply with your hands, but the outcome is definitely worth it.
I find the product is quite long lasting making it good value for money. I use the scrunching jelly around 3 times a week and the tube roughly lasts me around 2 months at a time.
Would definitely recommend as it really does do what it says! For me it is quite a find having experimented with so many curl products in the past. I award 4 out of 5 stars.
I bought the 50ml travel version of this product a couple of weeks ago from boots for £1.95. You can also purchase the normal full sized bottle which contains 200ml for £4.95.
The packaging is really nice and comes in a little nice bright pink bottle with some silver writing. Its a squeezy bottle so its really easy to use and the gel smells pretty nice.
I wanted to try out this product as i have extremely thick straight hair and wanted to make it quite wavy. I applied the gel to my hair when it was damp and scrunched it up from the ends to top of my head and let my hair dry naturally. It was one of the worst hair products i have ever used! It just made my hair a big tangled frizzy mess and made it all hard and crunchy.
This was a complete waste of money for me and definately didnt work for my thick hair. I will be sticking to VO5 curling mousse which is alot cheaper at £1.99 for a bottle of 200ml.
==Umberto Giannini - Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly==
I am a big fan of all the Umberto Giannini range especially the one designed for curly or wavy hair as indeed mine is and this Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly has got to be one of my most favoured products of all time and would most certainly be in my desert island survival pack!
I have tried so many other different brands and products that are said to work at creating the perfect curl and keeping it throughout the day but none have even come close to how well this particular product works and keeps working which is why I always have a good stock up in my cupboards as I
fear the day that it would be discontinued.
I usually stock up on this item when there is some sort of special offer on in Boots and invariably this is a buy 3 for 2 which is where I get 3 of this particular product which then makes quite a saving as the usual price for one of these tubes is a few pence off of £5. This price is fairly competitive as most curling gels or sprays are a little higher than this if indeed you are going for a named product. The shops own range are of course cheaper but as with most things you really get what you are paying for.
You get a good amount of product within the tube and at 200 ml this range gives a lot more for your money than a lot of similar products from different brands. The product claims to be a "Long lasting curl creator for defined, sassy, smooth curls." It states on the back that it is suitable for wavy to curly hair and this gives a sexy tousled smooth curl look. It also states that the product is award winning, which I can well believe.
As with the entire range for curly hair from Umberto Giannini the colourings of the packing for this jelly are pink as is the jelly inside. The packaging is a soft bottle type tube which stands on its flip top lid, thus making the use very easy as a small squeeze allows enough of the product to come out
and with it standing on the lid this allows all the jelly to be used up efficiently.
The jelly inside the tube smells really nice although not overly strong. It doesn't really smell like the shampoo or conditioner in this range which smell lovely but this has it's own unique aroma which reminds me of a hairdressers. There is a sweet floral aroma which is combined with a slight fruitiness which is very nice although doesn't have an aroma at all when the hair has been fully dried off.
I find this product easy and wonderful to use. I will always use it after I have washed and conditioned my hair having given it a good comb through to make sure it is tangle free. I get a small amount of product in to my hands, about the size of a 50 pence piece and then rub it between both of my palms to get even coverage. Then with my head upside down and shaken out I begin to apply the jelly to the length and ends of my hair but scrunching the hair up in my hands.
As I work thoroughly through my entire head (still upside down) I make sure all sections of my hair have been scrunched and applied with the jelly. Sometimes I may well go back and use another blob if I feel more coverage is needed and this is something that is easy to gage after a few applications.
Once my hair has been coated thinly with the jelly and a good finger combed through I use the diffuser on my hair dryer to dry my hair whilst I am still upside down and scrunching all the time. My hair being rather long does take a good 15 minutes to fully dry and all this time I am still holding my head upside down. For the final few minutes of drying I turn up the right way and give it a final scrunch to create extra volume and curls.
==My Overall Opinion==
The results when using this Umberto Ginannini Scrunching Jelly are far superior compared to when I either use no product or a different product which is why it is my favourite all time purchase! The hair appears natural and curly and although it can easy be overdone and begin to look crispy and hard once you have used the jelly a few times it becomes second nature to apply the correct amount.
The hold on the jelly is again very good and can last an entire day or a heavy evening out dancing and drinking. Of course every so often it will need a quick head flip upside down and a shake through and can even be revived with a drop of water on the hands and a scrunch through the hair.
This product is so brilliant I can not rate it high enough. I use it so often and am so happy with it that I have now given up on looking for any other product that does this job as there just couldn't be
another that is priced so reasonably and works as well as this does.
I think a top score of 5 stars out of 5 and an exceptionally high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
My hair is naturally poofy and wavey, and needs a lot of products and care to make it look any where near normal.
I like to use Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly to scrunch and wave my hair into manageable, loose curls and waves when I do not feel like straightening, or if I just fancy a change.
I used to just use mousse and a diffuser, and I still do when I feel like having looser waves or if I am scrunching from dry, but when I want a tighter, more defined look I use Scrunching Jelly.
The Umberto Giannini scrunching jelly is very simple and easy to use, just squirt a small amount into your hand and scrunch into your wet hair, and keep on doing this until all your hair is scrunched to the way you require it. You can then leave it to dry naturally, and have a tight but looseish definition in the style, or for a more tight, defined curl in your hair, dry with a hairdryer. You can use a diffuser if you want very tight curls, but I find with this scrunching jelly, you don't really need to use a diffuser.
This jelly has a nice smell to it, almost smells like a salon product, and the smell lasts throughout the day too. This jelly won't overload your hair and make it heavy, nor will it make it dry or greasy. It easily washes out with shampoo when you need it to. It comes in a pink packaging, and can be bought in Boots for around £3.50 ( I could be wrong!) This stuff lasts ages too, you hardly need to use any when scrunching, as this stuff works so well.
I recommend this product to all who wish to scrunch their hair as it is a top class product that works really well.
My hair is thin and naturally wavy hair. But it can get very messy and tangled very easily. I always search for healthier ways to style my hair and I thought that scrunching in curls would be just as effective as using tongs. I have always been obsessed with Umberto Giannini and in trying out their products.
This jelly comes in a cute pink squeeze bottle and claims to de-frizz, shine and create sexy romantic curls.
This sells for £4.69 at boots for the full 200ml bottle or £1.65 for the mini 50ml bottle (good for trying it out before you buy the whole thing!).
To use it you must take the amount of product you desire, which is much you would need for your hair thickness (make sure not to take too much as I learnt many times), and scrunch it from the midlength to the end of damp hair until its dry. I always used a hair dryer over this to dry it quicker and get rid of the feeling of gunk in my hair. Could that have reduced the effect?
When using this I never saw a massive difference in the 'wave' factor in my hair, despite using it multiple times. If I used too much, and because of my hair being so thin it was easy of me to use too much. This lead to my hair feeling sticky and hard and even harder to untangle! Not exactly useful when you have THIN, weak hair.
As for the de-frizzing this actually did work quite nicely when I managed use the right amount. My hair can get very frizzy and its hard to find frizz calming products that won't weigh down my hair. This unfrizzed it beautifully and my hair was more smooth and manageable. It gave a little extra shine and the smell is also delectable (like the hair has been 'freshly washed!')
I have, what has been discribed as a hair dresser as, 'wild celtic hair' which is basically a pretty way of being told I have thick, wavy, messy birds nest of a barnet that just so happens to be ginger. And because of this I will fall for any product that says it will tame my hair, by defining my waves or controlling my frizz, whatever it says I will happily, or maybe stupidly, dig out my purse and buy it.
For the purpose of the review I should say bought the 50ml travel version of the product when it was reduced to something silly like 15p in my local Boots a month or so ago, so the packaging discription may be different to that of the full sized verison? Although after seeing pictures of the 200ml bottle, it is basically the same.
Umberto Giannini's Scrunching Jelly comes in a hot pink coloured tube, quite similar to the basic hand cream type of packaging, and stands on its lid.
The lid is a flip top, and is the same translucent pink to that of the plastic tube, so the packaging on a whole looks quite seamless.
The text on the tube looks pretty flawless, using a Silver colour text for 'Umberton Giannini' then either white or black colours for the rest of the text it's very 'tidy' looking - by this I mean not over crowded with unnecessary words, pictures or logos.
The Jelly promises 'sexy tousled smooth curls' and is aimed, of course, at wavy to curly hair types.
The 'jelly' itself is a clear gel, with a consistency quite like that of antibacterial gel, and has a fruity-salony kind of smell to it, pleasant and not too overpowering.
Directions on the back say 'work evenly through mid-length and ends of damp hair and scrunch dry.' Which sounds easy enough! And, for a change with hair products, it really was. I used a 20p sized dollop of this for my hair, rubbed it into the end of my finger tips and kind of 'dragged' it through my hair (starting about 10cm or so away from my roots) after making sure it was all evenly applied - quite hard with a clear gel so it was a lot of guess work! - I scruched it up like I would when drying my hair and left it to dry naturally, resisting the urge to blast it with my hair dryer and listening to the instructions for a change.
After my hair had dried naturally with the product my waves and curls did look more difined, but smooth, sexy and tousled they were not! The jelly had kind of clumped in places, making my hair feel stiff like when you put too much hairspray on, so I had no choice but to brush my hair through to kind of break this up - which completely ruined the curls, but more worryingly make my hair completely straight, bar the ends which stuck out making my look like Pippi Longstockings. But I blamed this on letting my hair dry naturally, which to be honest is never a good idea, so I reached for my hair straighteners and felt like I was back at square one.
The second time I used this product I decided not to fully listen to the directions like I did last time, although I did the same with applying the product instead of letting it dry (and clump) on it's own I decided to use a hair dryer. (I know, rebel without a cause right here!!)
Using the hair dryer with this product made the results about 10x better, although my waves weren't perfect and I still did a bit of work on them with my GHDs, the did look more smooth and defined than normal.
On a whole the product is a bit hit and miss, I've used it a few times since and the results always differ even though I always use it in the same way now. And because of that I don't think I could whole heartedly reccommend it to anyone.
The 200ml tube of this is priced at £4.69 in Boots. Personally, I wouldn't pay this much for it but then I don't use the product enough to justify getting the 200ml bottle. I'd reccommend the Travel sized tube (priced at £1.65) to people who were curious about the product and wanted to try it, as the results aren't that great and you'll find yourself moving onto another product quickly.
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