“ Brand: VO5 / Type: Hair Cream / What it does: Smoothes, „
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***Why did I buy it? and How much?***
When I catch a glimpse of the hideous pink tube which encapsulates the white viscous gloop I'm reviewing I ask myself this question - Why Oh why in the name of all that is right with the world did I buy you? Well the answer to that question...which I'm ashamed to admit is because it was cheap as in 99p cheap - Maybe that should have rang alarm bells (the size of flamin Cathedral bells) but alas no I thought let's give it a go. This product has a RRP of £3.89 but to be perfectly honest I wouldn't pay 0.0000000000001p for it.
***So what is the packaging like and what do you get?***
Well as for the packaging it's Pink like really really pink which clashes with pretty much everything in my home and does look like something that would appeal to a girly 5 year old - Maybe that's the market they aiming for, who knows? Well the packaging is made of a recycleable plastic which stands on it's white hinged lid and contains 100mL of the 'frizz free creme'. The cream itself is easy enough to dispense from the tube and comes out resembling something between Stork margerine (but in white) and the byproduct of a sneeze.
***Use of the Product***
I have long hair nearly at waist level and I cannot stand it being wet so I use a blow dryer after I've washed my hair. Now this is where this product comes in because if I don't use a styling/heat protection product I can end up looking like cousin-it holding onto an electostatic generator. Basically I need a product to smooth my hair as well as offer some heat-protection against the blowdryer and according to VO5 the heat defense smoothing cream does both of these. Well I cannot complain about heat protection as I really didn't notice any additional damage after 5 uses ( i was determined to make this product work darn it!) but what I do have an issue with is the slimy unworkable mess this product makes of your hair. This is one hell of a feat as I have quite dry hair and I only used about 10p worth of product, the following occasions where I tried this product I used 5p worth and even tried a different shampoo/conditioner to no avail. The worst thing was that even though my hair looked pretty weighed down in the morning by the afternoon I started to resemble Severus Snape with horrible hanging, stringy unworkable hair that looked awful which isn't good when you're at work. The only way to get your hair back to normality is to wash it with something pretty strong either a clarifying shampoo or something with the words anti-dandruff should do the job.
***Would I buy this hiddeous evil cream from hell again?***
NO! Never! Not on your nelly! There are far better products out there that leave you with shiny healthy hair without giving you the just dipped in a tub of margerine look. I am now going to walk over to the bin and put the tube in the bin now that I've gotten that off my chest.
Thanks for reading my rant!
Hair products are my thing. I've got dozens of bottles, lotions and potions all purchased with the fantasy of whatever is contained in these pretty bottles and tubes will turn my frazzled locks into something wonderful. Now, VO5 don't usually make an appearance on my shelf unless they are on sale or I take a slight turn in optimism, as I find their products very 'watery' and the conditioners just don't hit the spot when it comes to nourishing my hair. I'm a red head and my hair is very thick and at times unmanageable, I rely on my straighteners and sometimes need copious amounts of serum to bandage my damaged hair. When VO5 came out with their fairly new range (and advertised very cleverly using very pretty models with gorgeous hair on tv) I decided to give them another chance. Had I written them off too quickly?
I bought this product at my local Superdrug for £3.89, very cheap for a heat defense product as they usually are priced at £5 and above. The bottle is very eye catching (probably the main reason why I bought it in the first place) and also very easy to use! It's bright pink colouring and sparkly illusion makes it slot in perfectly with all my other girly products, and when it looks so girly I can be assured that my boyfriend won't touch it (he likes to use my hair products but is 'too macho' to go near anything pink!) The bottle is easy to squeeze the product out of and has a convenient flip cap to avoid mess and increase the simplicity of the product and makes it even easier to use.
The consistency feels quite thin, and just squeezing the first application into my hand made me doubt the effectiveness it was going to have on my wild hair. The product is apparently to be used on towel dried hair then blow dried into place, but I'm very skeptical of 'heat defense' products and never use them before I straighten my hair. Hair Product + Dry Hair + Straighteners = Really badly damaged hair. Anyway, I planned on using this AFTER I styled my hair to try and let my hair absorb the product after it had taken a battering by my blow dryer and straighteners, and as this is my hair routine I need a product that absorbs into the hair and doesn't go all sticky, gooey or makes my hair matted.
Ok so after observing that the product felt quite thin, I divided my hair into 2 sections and put each section over my shoulders and worked a pea sized blob of the product into each section of the hair, starting from the middle of my hair down to the ends and really closing my palms together at the ends of my hair to ensure that the product would really sink in with the heat from my hands. The product does smell quite nice and didn't bounce off the smell from my shampoo which I liked, it just has a subtle fresh scent. Normally when I do this I have to wait a few minutes to wait until the product sinks in and I gave it a few minutes.
Afterwards, my hair felt heavy as if the product just hadn't absorbed into my hair making it feel sticky and have a weird texture like I'd worked gel through my hair. At first I thought that it was just taking a while longer to work but by the end of the day my hair felt greasy and really weighed down by such a small amount of product.
In conclusion, I don't think that cremes are suited for my hair type, and as I refuse to use a product before I use my straighteners in order to prevent further damage I feel that this product is not suited for me either. It's reasonably priced, but as far as my experience goes I feel that I paid too much for something that just didn't work for me at all!
DISCLAIMER: Regarding the title - I can only apologise for the dreadful pun.
I have naturally wavy hair which can get a bit frazzled and frizzy if I don't apply products to it to help tame it. Generally I buy products from hairdresser ranges such as John Freida or Charles Worthington; however when I recently ran out of my usual hair serum type product, I just grabbed whatever I saw in the supermarket that looked like it might suit my hair.
This Vo5 Heat Defence Smoothing Creme 100ml comes in a pink plastic tube. It stands on its end and has a flip-top lid, which makes the product easy to squeeze out. I still have over half a tube left but once it starts to run out, this will be very easy to cut open with scissors so I can get every remaining bit of creme out.
This promises a super sleek look and is meant to have 'heat defence' which will protect your hair against heated appliances.
You apply this to your hair when it is damp - I use this after I have given it a good towel-dry. You smooth it through your hair. VO5 advise that this should not be applied to the roots - how much of your hair you wish to apply this to is up to you as it depends on personal need. I find that this works best for me if I apply it to my ends and just a few inches above that. I think any more of my hair and it would leave my hair too flat.
You really only need to use a miniscule amount of this, unless your hair is seriously out of control. I tend to use a blob around half the size of a pea. Any more and I found that my hair tended to feel flat and a bit heavy, like it was weighed down against my head with product. I have not had this problem any time I have used a smaller amount.
This combs through very easily and once applied and combed through, you can blow dry and/or straighten as necessary.
I do think that this leaves my hair frizz-free, as if it puts a protective coat around each strand of hair. My hair does feel less frizzy to the touch once it's styled after I use this - smoother and sleeker. My hair doesn't become any less smooth throughout the day, and overall I do find that this has helped tame my unruly hair.
I don't think the ends of my hair look as frazzled since I started using this. How effective the 'heat defence' is I can't say for sure, but as I use hairdryers and straighteners daily, I will take what I can get.
This costs £3.49 for a 100ml tube. I did grimace when paying this, I must admit, but this will last me for several months so it's cost effective, and I don't mind paying this for a product that a) works and b) I won't have to fork out for that often.
WOULD I BUY THIS AGAIN?
I do like to try different anti-frizz products in my endless search for a miracle hair product that takes the frizz away easily, but I wouldn't hesitate to buy this again if there were no cheaper alternatives.
VO5 / Cream