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WHAT IS IT?
Styling gum for the hair that is used to make texture and a messed up effect.
HOW DO YOU USE IT?
You scoop a little bit into your fingertips and use it to mess up and style short layered hair. You have to push it through the hair at steep angles to create volume and it does not work on long hair because the weight of the hair weighs down the extra volume that has been created.
WHAT I THINK
I like to use Shockwaves for my male clients and for my husband also when I style his hair. It is good for hair that has got a mid length and mid thickness also because that is the best hair for volume and a messed up look. I think it looks special nice on blond hair because of all the different tones in that colour hair.
It is pleasing to use because the texture is not sticky at all and it does not make the hands or hair feel greasy. The hair feels very dry after I have used it and I think it does dry out the hair so I would not want to use it every day because I think it would create a problem unless you have got greasy hair to start with. It needs washing after also because the gum leaves a lot of residue in the hair and that can make it impossible to style the next morning.
It does not hold a style properly for very long so I use it for messing up only and I am sure to tell my clients that their style will need to still be set with hair spray unless they do not care about only having mess and no style. This looks good on some men but not on others so if you are not sure then you should get it done in a salon or spend time in front of the mirror at home to make sure this modern style is right for you.
A tub of Shockwaves Mess Constructor costs about £3 and I think that is value because you only have to use a very small amount for every hair style so it lasts for a long time.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I was still trying to get my hair in the style I wanted, I have tried so many products over the years, but never managed to get it exactly how I wanted. I really wanted something to give my hair a bit of volume that stayed there and didn't just flop down as the day went on.
I was looking on the internet at some videos and saw someone doing their hair and she used a cream and just rubbed it in the roots so I thought I would have a look when I went shopping for something similar without breaking the bank. I had a look in Superdrug and found another Shockwaves product with the dramatic title of Ultra Strong Mess Constructor Creme Gel! I thought if this doesn't work then nothing will so I bought some to try out.
The pot cost me £1.99 and it contains 150ml of crème. The crème is a nice white colour and doesn't look like any hair styling product that I have seen before. It feels very gloopy when you put your fingers in it but it isn't a horrible feeling.
I blow dried my hair into my normal style first making sure it was properly dry, then I dipped my finger tips of both hands into the crème just getting a tiny amount on the ends, then pushed my fingers into my hair where I wanted the lift and rubbed the cream to the roots. Miraculously my hair immediately bounced up in the air giving me some lift. I did this all over where I wanted it and it was amazing how it was lifting up. I thought to myself that by the end of the day it would be flat down again but it wasn't. My hair style stayed in all day long. I had got a bit of mousse in it when drying it and also a tiny bit of wax on the tips and a squirt of hair spray over the top but I was so pleased with the result altogether.
I have now been using this crème every time I wash and style my hair and have found my style will stay in for 3 or 4 days. It is brilliant stuff for me. I have had lots of compliments from people asking if I have had it done at the hairdresser's. I would recommend this product if you need a lift to your short hair.
A couple of years ago I had my hair in a bob, my best mate was always teasing me about it saying I looked like a sunday school teacher lol. A friend of ours daughter who was fourteen at the time was doing a evening class at a local hair salon and was doing her certificate to allow her to cut hair. The said girl said she would cut it for me for free and needed the practice so I agreed to let her have a go.
The little monkey was having a good old time on my hair she added tram lines and bold patches to my head. She later admitted to my best mate that she did not like me and simply did it for that reason. Word of warning never trust a fourteen year old with your hair!
The girl in question did me a huge favour because since them I go to the local barbers for a cut as they are way better at cutting the choppy syle I now have.
Comes in a bright red tub with the Wella logo clearly shown at the top with a lady's head above.
here is 150ml of creme gel in the tub. Made by the well known firm Procter and Gamble . They make lots of personal and household products and have done so for years. They can also be foundon facebook. www.facebook.com/shockwavesuk
Myself using it~
My hair is blonde at the moment short and choppy and I must amit I have tried all sorts of products of late and spent an absolute fortune on the stuff. I love shopping at Boots and bought this fantastic life saving gel. It is white in colour and looks like glue to be honest. It smells rather pleasent citrus scent i would say not at all nasty, it is rather sticky like glue so wash your hands after use. Simply put a pea size amount in your hand and work it into your finger tips work through the tips of your hair to create that choppy look. I find the gel that astrong that I never need to use hair spray even on the most windy of days. The pot lasts for ages mine lasts for about a month and I use it daily.
Available from all good super markets for around £2.50 a pot.
I bought this along with a Shock Waves hairspray as they were on a multibuy offer and I'd just had my hair cut, so it was a good excuse to splurge a little!
There are so many brands to choose from that often have some very desirable claims, but whether they live up to them and whether they're worth the price paid is often another matter! I opted for Shock Waves, which are produced by Wella, because it's a popular brand that I've heard some good things about and I trust to make good quality products. They've got years of experience in hair care and styling and the ever expanding range should cater for whatever needs and wants you have when it comes to your hair.
The Ultra Strong Mess Constructor comes in a handy sized red tub with a twist top lid. The Shock Waves logo is recognisable and the packaging looks quite neat but modern and eye catching. The tub tells us that this provides a 'long-lasting hold for a messed-up look', and it's been given 4 rectangles to show it's got a strong hold (I think 5 is the strongest). On the back, it claims to give 'long-lasting hold for serious staying power' in order to achieve the 'out all night look', which is something I wanted to try with shorter hair.
To apply, work it through dry or damp hair and then do as you wish. Scrunch it up, mould or twist your hair in to the style you want. To get the best effect, rub with a circular motion through the palms of your hands. It's easy to wash off afterwards too, which is good to know. I've used this on dry and damp hair and find the effect is more noticable when hair is dry, but it's worth playing about with to see what works best for you.
I really like the smell of this, which is quite sweet and reminds me of shampoo. The cream is white but when rubbed in rather than blobbed on you can't see it. Sometimes, however, it you apply too much you will notice it makes hair very hard and the white tinge is visible; it depends on what you're aiming to achieve, but I find I don't need too much. In fact, I use so little each time that the tub has lasted me ages, which makes it good value for money for my usage.
Because this is creamier and neither solid nor too watery, it gives a reasonably strong hold to your hair whilst keeping it flexible, providing you don't lather it on. I can see the effect of the cream, which I tend to use more on the ends of my hair to tousle it or flare it out, so it does do something. It can be a little messy in the tub to use and you will need to wash your hands afterwards, but other than that, it's quite quick and easy to apply so it's good for when you're in a rush.
I wouldn't suggest using this for overly dramatic looks because whilst it says it has a strong hold, I don't think it's particularly powerful to keep a demanding style for too long. Getting a messy look with this, the just out of bed look, is very quick and easy, so if that's what you're going for then this is worth a try.
Overall, the product is pleasant, quick and easy to use, and provides a reasonably strong hold on a messed up look. I wouldn't say that it lives up to the claim of being ultra strong, but for the reasons I use it, it has been effective enough and has lasted me a long time.
Selling at Boots for £2.85
Shockwaves texture gum is a very good product which I often use in my hair. It comes in a handy tub which is easily accessible to dip your fingers into as its not too deep and so it makes it easier for you to get all of the last bit out. This variety is firm hold and it does hold strong which is a bonus and especially when used with hairspray as well it will hold throughout the day which others don't seem to master very well.
When styling your hair you don't need a huge amount on to get a nice styled look which is good as you don't use too much and also it doesn't leave your hair looking and felling greasy which is what I love about this product. You hardly notice that you've actually got it in your hair as it leaves your hair with a naturally styled look about it.
It glides through your fingers when styling and is good for short to mid length hair styles and is very good for creating messy bed head looks or choppy hair. Another great thing about this product is that it lasts for around 6 weeks when used daily which I think is good as the pot isn't as big as others I've tested but I believe this product to be the best I have tried and I have tried lots.
The pleasant smell also makes it great to use as it doesn't leave your hair smelling all chemically and so makes styling your hair even better. For the consistency of this product its preety thick and gluey but in a good way and rubs into your hair easy but you need to ensure that its fully rubbed in as I have gone out with white blotches in my hair which doesn't look good.
Finally price wise it's a good buy at around £2.60 in the supermarkets not the cheapest on the market but all in all a very good buy and I would highly recommend this to anyone needing help in the hair department.
I first came across wella shockwaves after running out of my brylcreem, which I didn't really like much as it was too waxy and made my hair feel really greasy. I had a quick look on the shelf for a product that was not as thick as wax but could still do the same job. In fact it did the job better for me than the Brylcreem wax did.
The gel really does hold hair up well, I'm not sure how good it would work for people with longer hair but for someone like me with short hair it manages to hold my spikes up and keeps them in the same position for most of the day, but I normally find a top up every 6 hours is needed to keep it held together. It also works well when you apply it just after wetting your hair to style it, as my hair is hard to style when dry so I find that some gels and waxes just become greasy when mixed with water, but this is not the case with Shockwaves.
The smell of the gel is also very nice, it has a sort of light fruity smell to it and has a soft texture, not as thin as gel but also not as thick as wax, more like a paste or cream than anything, which is the best kind of product for me. It also gives a wet look, though without giving your hair a greasy appearance like gel does. It can hold almost any kind of style I have tried on my hair, but I'm not sure it would be that good for people with medium to long hair however.
Overall, this has become my choice for styling my hair since switching to it. I think I paid around £2.50 for a 150ml tub of the stuff, and any large supermarket or health store like Boots should stock it. If there is one fault though is that since using it my morning hair has become atrocious and I need to wash my hair all the time thoroughly. But in terms of how well it performs, and for the price I paid, it is a great product.
The ultra strong mess constructor is a great hair product...
a)if you have the right hair for it
b)if you use enough of it
c)if you dont use too much of it
d)if you want your hair to look messy
I find that not using enough results in my hair drying too quickly, therefore not being able to style my hair, rather just make it stay in one place for a short period of time. The problem is, unless you buy it on offer it can be very expensive compared to other gel type products. For this reason, i tend to wet my hair before and after applying the gel, however this defeats the object of using the gel. Once i tried using more of it. this didnt work as my hair got too heavy and just flopped, making my hair look terrible and a bit greasy.
The gel itself comes in a small pot that looks like a pot of wax. It isnt, its a wierd white gloopy gel, but it does smell nice. On the pot are a few instructions and tips on how to use the Mess Constructor, which are for if you want an "out all night look". The pot is 150ml, which depending how you use it can last a long time.
I would say only use the product if you have quite thick hair which you want to look messy. If you want order from your hair, use a different gel. Be warned it can be costly to buy this stuff. I dont think i would buy it again, but if your hair is the right thickness and you can be bothered to play around with it for 10 minutes every morning then it might be the product for you
I've been using the shockwaves max hold gel for a couple of years now. It makes my hair spikey, very spikey. That's a good thing, until the next day when you wake up, go to the bathroom and look in the mirror. You'll jump a mile in shock when you see the state of your unruly barnet. Hair will be sticking up all over the place at odd angles. If like me, you use it every day, you'll need to wash your hair frequently, not only to get rid of the mid morning carnage that is your hair but also to de-gunk your scalp as the gel tends to dry it out.
Saying that, pre-bedtime you can't really fault this gel. Coming in a nice little blue tube, you apply a small dollop to your hands and apply to your hair (sorry to state the flipping obvious!). How you style your hair is up to you. Recently I've been trying to spike up my fringe a la the bloke from the TV series 'Angel', though my friends think it makes me look like Morrisey, except blonde (and good looking I hasten to add. My picture on my member's page is a testimony to that!).
The hold from this gel is excellent. I find it works best if I use a hairdryer to make it set quickly as once this is done your style is locked in place and a hurricane won't be able to shift it. It feels tacky on your hands so it's best to wash them straight after styling. It costs £2.99 but is regularly available as a 2 for 1 offer so keep your eye out for that as £1.50 represents cracking value for a gel that performs this well.
I'd recommend this product to people, especially when it's on offer. It's very popular and is available almost everywhere, though if you want the best gel on the market, try Modastyling gel. It's a little more expensive and is difficult to come by.
I wanted a product that did not make my hair look greasy and that tamed my frizzy hair, well I sort of got what I wanted...
Firstly this product does okay to tame hair, you don't find many stray hairs once you've used this product all over. If you're after the messed up look then it does well to create this, or even a spiky look, though I'd argue at the 'Ultra Strong' hold of this product, definitely not true; unless you want to use half the tub!
Where the product fail miserably is it's creamy, wet texture that once first applied looks okay, but give it time to dry and you are looking at a grease ball of a head. It clumps hairs together no matter how little you use of the product. Sometimes its just down to the applier, rather than the product it's self, but trust me when I say this, it does matter how much you use, you will end up looking like you need a hair wash.
I tried the product once, and that will do. I'm not one to through away a product, so I've kept it for when my hair is shorter, reducing the amount by which it looks greasy.
Oookey dokey. An old favourite. Suggested this one myself, so I feel very attached to this review. Enjoy.
Before I go onto the product itself, I have to say to the you the reader that my hair is the most unmanageable kind you can get. As a natural redhead, I have the fewest average number of hairs per square inch on my head, its quite fine too. It grows a bit weird too - mostly from the back of my crown. This along with a bit of an odd shaped head (really selling myself here, eh?) makes keeping my hair in any publicly acceptable state is an arduous task at best.
Wella Shockwaves best marketing decision, at least on a personal level, was when they handed a free sample of this out at my school in 2001. It was tiny, you could probably have just about fit a sewing thimble inside. One good dollop that lasted, I kid you not, over 6 weeks. So we have some longevity. Having finally found a gel that held my hair up, I invested in a few tubs (it was 3 for 2 at Boots as I recall, but this was many years ago). Used daily (and rather generously to begin with), those 3 tubs lasted me a full two years. So I bought 3 more tubs. The last splodge of the last tub is currently (at time of writing) sat in my bathroom now. So I want to buy more but here is the PAIN of this product - I can't find it ANYWHERE. I managed to get a deal on ebay.co.uk for 4 tubs, but the only other place I could find it was Boots online store. Nowhere stocks the stuff.
When I first got my hands on this, it was in a blue tub, but came under the same name. Some places still stock this in the blue tub, but recently I've only seen it in the red one. It's a sticky white paste with a consistency similar to icing sugar when you add the right amount of water, and has a light peachy scent*. I find that it works best with just-washed hair, still a bit damp. Though obviously it depends on personal preference, I think the best way to use it is to put a little bit right through your hair, then tiny bits more onto where you want to shape. After about 15 minutes, it dries to form very respectable hold. If you use enough, you get a wet-look, and can be quite crispy, but if not then you'll find that it'll hold just about any shape you want.
If you DO want the wet-look, the hold is rather delicate. All it takes is some fool to scrub your hair and the wet look is gone, though if you can get to a sink quick enough and run some water through it, there is often a good chance that you control the damage.
*(When it was first made, this was quite a strong peachy aroma. There's an interesting personal story involving a picnic in a park, a bush with a beehive in it, and the wafting scent of sweet sugary peach. I'm sure you can fill in the blanks.).
So to wrap up, this product is extremely good, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a firm hold with potential for wet-look, if you can find the stuff. It is also remarkably cheap. The going rate for powerful hold gel seems to be rather extortionate these days. Unfortunately, I don't know how it would work with lengthy hair - I'd be interested to find out.