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Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle

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Brand: Umberto Giannini / Type: Styling Products / Mousse / Volume

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      24.08.2013 23:32
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      do not recommend, will not buy again.

      In our house, we get through A LOT of hairspray. We are always buying different brands to try them all out and see which one is best, and we thought we would give Umberto Giannini a try. The bottle of hairspray is rather expensive, at £5.61 for a 200ml bottle. I decided to give it a try as I had heard good things about Umberto Giannini and expected good results from such an expensive brand. The bottle is bullet shaped and black, with a silver lid made out of plastic. The lid makes the bottle look a lot bigger than it actually is, making it look like you are buying a bottle which will last a long time. It is an aerosol can which disperses the hairspray evenly, not unlike every other hairspray on the market. I do feel however that you are paying more for the bottle than the hairspray, and it's not even that great a bottle, I feel it looks a bit stupid to be honest. The first thing you notice when you use the hairspray is the smell - it is awfully pungent and it really gets up your nose! You can still feel it in the back of your throat an hour after using it and its not pleasant at all. The scent of it is nice when you first spray it, but a couple of seconds later you get the strong chemicals coming through and it ruins it. The hairspray does have a VERY good hold. I once managed to create a Mohawk with rather long hair by simply back-combing and using this hairspray, and it stayed up the whole day, needing only a couple of touch ups. However, it does make hair very dirty and sticky, and after a days use, you pretty much have no choice but to wash your hair. It does not brush out very easily either. Your hair will smell of the hairspray all day long, and its the strong smell that is incredibly off putting. If you touch your hair, your hands will smell of the hairspray too which is irritating. When you want to wash it out, you have to make sure you don't get it in your eyes or mouth as it tastes disgusting, and is not a nice thing to get in your eyes. Overall, this hairspray is way overpriced. I bought it once and will never do so again. Strong pungent smell, sticky and expensive, are not really my cup of tea. It's actually so pungent I managed to suffocate a spider with it. Will be sticking to my Vo5 hair spray for now.

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      07.03.2013 00:49
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      wish I hadnt bothered

      I love trying out different hair products, and I have been on the lookout recently for hair products that will give my hair a little extra volume and oomph. I came across the Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle spray in Boots just before Christmas and thought it would be the perfect solution to end the need for back combing and damaging my hair. Application This spray was quite easy to apply, in the instructions it suggests that you simply lift your hair and spray your roots and then you do not need to back comb or style your hair for volume much further. Results Unfortunately this is one of the worst products I have bought for my hair, it really did nothing for it except make it look really greasy and it was sticky and flat looking. I actually found that I needed to wash my hair straight after using it to make it look presentable again. I did give this spray a try a few times, sometimes trying only using a little bit of spray and sometimes using loads to see if I could get any good results from it, but every time I ended up with limp, sticky hair that looked dull and boring and just needed washed. I also let my sister and mum try it out, but they were not really that impressed with it either. I was really disappointed with this product, as it looked like a great idea, but it just did not live up to its claims and left me with dull, boring, dirty hair. I would definitely not recommend this spray and have thrown the remainder of mine into the bin. Price and Availability This spray is over priced at £5.61 for a 200ml bottle in Boots. I think that this is way too expensive, and although I would have been willing to pay this for a product that worked, this product is just not good enough for the price. I do not think I will ever buy it again, unless they changed their formula. Overall I am really disappointed that this product did not live up to its claims, it was way too expensive and I just had to wash my hair every time I used it as it left it sticky and unmanageable. I would not recommend this spray to anyone and think that unfortunately it only deserves 1 out of 5 stars. *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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      02.10.2012 23:38
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      Backcomb in a bottle I bought this when I decided I wanted to try a bit more when styling my hair to go out. There are all kinds of products out there promising to do all kinds of magical things and to be honest this was the first I picked up. WHAT IS IT? This is apparently the "must have" product to achieve full on glamour and up-dos without wrecking your hair with backcombing. Since a lot of time when I go out is spent trying for volume in my hair, I thought this could be some kind of miracle product! PRODUCT AND PACKAGING... The product comes in a fairly attractive black 200ml bottle with a large pull off lid. It is then dispensed by spraying as you would a hair spray and when I press down, it does come out in a fine mist and is easy to direct wherever I want the product to land in my hair! It does have a pleasant smell slightly floral and not at all like a hair styling product or a hair spray USING THE PRODUCT... Spray from approximately 6 inches to where you want backcomb effect and comb or ruffle hair into shape. I find that when I spray it onto my hair, it leaves my hair quite damp and as the dampness wears off, it leaves a stickiness on my hair. To achieve a neat backcomb look, I use a fine toothed comb, and for a more ruffled look, I just pull my hair through my fingers and style as I want. PRICE AND AVAILABILITY... It is widely available in chemists and supermarkets and costs around £5.50 for 200ml of the stuff. VERDICT... The product is very easy to use since it just has to be sprayed onto the roots of the hair and then backcombed. However, when I spray it close to my roots, I find that my hair takes on a slightly greasy look and as though it needs a good wash. So for this, I could just leave my hair for a couple of days and then backcomb it productless when my hair is less soft. To achieve a backcombed look, quite a lot of the product is needed as the style falls out much more quickly than when using a normal hair spray. On the plus side, it smells good and didn't cause a dry scalp as sometimes hair spray does. However, given that its not an especially cheap product and doesn't really work for me, I wouldn't recommend it and certainly wont be buying it again. Thanks for reading Daniela xx

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      02.09.2012 19:11

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      Not worth spending the money on - actually backcomb and use a hairspray instead!

      Backcomb in a bottle....i expect my hair to at least look like I've just put loads of mousse and hairspray in it and i expect at least twice the volume with just a tiny spray. Sadly, this product really lacks something....the backcomb part maybe?? If i actually backcomb my hair and then use this spray, it works and seems to set the style....but isnt that what a hair spray is for?? I have to say I have really persisted with this product because I absolutely love Umberto Gianni stuff, even though it is very expensive. I have noticed a particular pattern that when I use this spray, by the end of the day my hair looks lanky and greasy and it goes slightly wavy too which I don't particularly like. My hair seems to separate into chunks and looks like I don't know what i'm doing when i'm actually quite good at styling my hair! I bought this product thinking it would give volume and save me a bit of time but it doesnt do either. The one plus side is that it smells GREAT. like really good. I love the smell of their products. everyone always comments saying I smell great when I wear them. But i have a hairspray that does exactly the same thing that smells exactly the same. So instead of buying the two, i'll just stick to buying the hairspray i think. Very overpriced for what it is, don't expect it to be doing what it says because it really doesnt.

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      15.11.2011 16:33
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      I wouldnt recommend this, you can get the same effect with hairspray or other products.

      The umberto giannini backcomb in a bottle claims to give you all the texture and volume of backcombing, without the damage. This received a lot of hype at the start of this year and i finally bought my first bottle in june for £5.61 from boots. In my opinion it's not really worth the price, the smell is pretty nice, a kind of flowery musky smell that is just a little bit sweet. The way that I like to use this is to randomnly section my hair and spray it from a distance into the roots, wait a few seconds, and then massage it in. It does give you a bit of volume but no where near a backcomb effect. It's nice to use if your hair needs a little perking up or a hint of texture, but don't expect amazing results. I have tried to be very precise with my sectioning, i tried spraying it close up, from far away and even using it as a hairspray while i'm backcombing but i just can't get it to work that well. It feels too sticky to be used as a hairspray and it generally makes the hair feel quite heavy. You can feel the product is there and it feels quite crispy, like you've overdone it with the hairspray. It's not terrible but i'm just not getting the results i was expecting and judging by the other reviews, neither are others. For £5.61 i just feel like it's a glorified hairspray, and not a very good one at that. I wouldn't particularly recommend this but since it got so much praise from bloggers it might be worth trying out just to see if you'll like the results. I won't be repurchasing however.

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      02.06.2011 12:51
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      If you know me at all, you'll know my motto. "The bigger the better!" It comes down to all things, bigger bank balance, bigger heels and bigger hair! Not what you were thinking, ay boys? I've managed to grow my hair to quite a ridiculous length, it comes all the way down to my hip bones and still manages to be in tip top condition, but having long, thick hair can sometimes be more of a problem than anything else. The weight of it often makes it difficult to get much volume, so anything that promises to add volume without damaging it is right up my street! I used to frequent the youtube beauty community quite regularly, and was even part of it myself for a while. Although I no longer use it, I still try out certain products that were always raved about on there, this being one of them. Umberto Giannini Backcomb In A Bottle. Everyone loves it! People couldn't stop talking about it for weeks, a couple sprays of this and some jujjing of the hair and you're good to go, apparently... Backcomb In A Bottle is part of the Glam Hair range by Umberto Giannini and therefore is packaged in the same way as the rest of the Glam Hair products. This is a medium sized matte black tin with a silver lid and silver detailing. The front of the tin is very simple, stating only that this is an Umberto Giannini product, is called Backcomb In A Bottle and contains 200ml. The rest of the front portion of the tin is taken up by a silver image of a girl with very big hair and very bad makeup! The back of the tin explains that this gives "instant miracle volume and sexy texture!" - we'll just see about that now, won't we? We're also given some information based on which hair types can use this product, what look you'll achieve (or should achieve), the technique to using it and what the stylists say. This is suitable for all hair types, and as you may have guessed is to provide the look and volume of backcombed hair without having to actually do so, therefore saving your hair the damage. We're told to spray approximately 6 inches away from where you want the backcombing to be and then jujj the hair into shape. Sounds too good to be true. I popped the lid off (and the second little plastic cap inside) and went to it! The tin has a rounded button on the top that you press down to release the spray, so it isn't exactly difficult to use. I separated sections of my hair and started spraying, only using a little bit of product. Jujjed away and....NOTHING. There was absolutely no difference to my hair whatsoever. I figured that I hadn't used enough product, so I sprayed again and started with the jujjing. This time I was left with slightly dirty looking hair and even less volume than before, the product seemed to have actually weighed my hair down making it even flatter than it was! Not the look I'm going for 5 minutes before I have to leave for work... Not wanting to write it off completely, I tried using this product in a few other ways; holding the tin further away from my head, spraying it under the roots, spraying it over the roots, tipping my head upside down and spraying it all over before giving it a jujj, but nothing. It either made no difference or made my hair look like crap. There is one redeeming feature though, and that's the scent. I've taken to now using this a general spray to make my hair smell nice because it has a really lovely, quite mysterious fruity scent. it's very difficult to pinpoint exactly what it smells like, but I do recieve regular compliment about it, so that's nice! That's really the only good thing about this product. Even the formula is terrible, I expected a very light hairspray-like mist, but instead it sprayed out more like sticky water and is very wet. Not something I want in my hair at all! As I mentioned earlier, you do get 200ml of product in this tin, so if you'd like to try it for yourself then you can pick it up for £5.61 or two for £7 in Boots. I took advantage of the two for £7 offer and bought the dry shampoo too and I'm now starting to wonder if they maybe just labeled the tins wrong. The dry shampoo gives me 10x more volume than the Backcomb In A Bottle, but that's for a separate review! I do have one thing to ask out though, why is it that all of the reviews for this product on youtube are absolutely raving about it, but this will be the second review of it on Dooyoo, both of which are bad reviews? Surely we aren't the only unlucky ones that have used this? So if you hadn't guessed, I won't be recommending this and I won't be spending another £5.61 just for a nice smelling spray when this is all used up. I'm very disappointed in this product, considering the hype around it and how excited I was to use it. Warning: This product is highly flammable and is not recommended for use by smokers or to be used near anyone that is smoking. Thanks for reading!

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        12.01.2011 12:21
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        A waste of money, a product that does nothing, very disappointing offering from a reputable brand

        I must admit I am not one to follow trends, but I do love a look through a fashion rag to get ideas on hair styles and make up looks, and find out about new products and music, etc. Flicking through Aug / Sep editions of the usual Glamour, Company, etc I noticed a lot of hype and press about a product called Backcomb in a Bottle by Umberto Giannini. It claimed to be the answer to all my styling prayers and the miracle product which would guarantee results and remove all need for hair-ruining backcombing. I put it on my shopping list and the next time I was in Boots, I went to buy some. It was sold out! I tried for weeks and it was always out of stock, eventually I got my hands on some, it cost about £5.50 for a 200ml canister. It was in a 3 for 2 offer at the time, but I didn't need any of the other products, so I just bought the Backcomb in a Bottle. Now, I believe it's in a 2 for £7 offer, making it around £3.50. When I got home I was very excited, there's something very magical about trying new products / shades / styles for me. I opened the sleek silver and black canister to reveal a squat spray nozzle (rather than the small removable hairspray ones). I read the instructions, spray about 6 inches away where you want the backcomb effect and 'jujj' hair in to shape. I'm not entirely sure what jujjing is, but I did what I deem jujjing to be as I sprayed a small-ish amount on to my hair. I really don't know how to describe my hair. It looking like I'd just sprayed cheap hairspray all over my hair, my roots had separated and it looked pretty greasy and rank. I have usually thick and normal hair (neither greasy nor dry) and it looked terrible. I washed my hair and started again, as I thought I must have used too much. The second time around I sprayed a much smaller, lighter coating in to my roots (I usually fashion a bee-hive style quiff for work everyday), I did my normal hairstyle and it just wouldn't stay up it fell completely flat, but I'd ridded myself of the grease and that was all I was bothered about. I then took my hair out of the style and let it dry a bit as it had become quite damp from the spray. I tried again, it was better, but still would have needed backcombing. The next time I played with it, I tried my hair down, just to give it a bit of volume from the spray, so I tipped my head over and sprayed a fine amount in to my roots, jujjing away (which I guess is a mixture of fluffing and pushing your hair up to create volume). When I turned my head back up after a bit of messing around, it looked alright, not particularly voluminous or anything spectacularly different to usual. It doesn't come out of the hair easily either. It needs washing out after wear, and I found it very sticky to touch. I can only compare the product to a light hold cheap hairspray. I think that you can pick these up for around 50p a tin from Home Bargains, or even Boots own brands at 99p. Therefore, I would conclude that it is very much over priced and you probably pay more for the brand / packaging / concept than you do for the actual product inside. It would be interesting to do a comparison of ingredients. Completely over-rated, but then again, all the reviews and hype make me think is it simply a case of personal preference - or even it 'works' on different hair types to mine, or is it simply an example of the Emperor's New Clothes kind of principle (i.e. because a hair Guru said it was great, perhaps Mr Giannini, everyone else daren't say different)... I wonder, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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