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      25.11.2013 19:25
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      Would use again, but wouldn't be in a rush to buy it.

      I use hairspray on a daily basis, and I find myself getting through cans of the stuff quite quickly! I purchased this hairspray on a bit of a whim as I had just finished my previous one. There is no particular reason that I chose this one other than that I knew Shockwaves were a reputable hair care brand.

      I purchased this hairspray from Bodycare. I am not sure as to the exact price but I think it was under the £2.00 mark. In Boots, a 250ml can of this retails for £2.75, and it is slightly cheaper in the supermarkets. Personally, I find this quite expensive for a standard sized hairspray, but as mine was a better deal I was not too fussed in paying this.

      The hairspray comes in quite an appealing style. The can is red in colour with a white lid. The spray pump on the lid works effectively, and works much nicer than most hairsprays. I have not a problem in using this. It dispenses a nice amount of spray to cover the whole hair in a matter of seconds. I always make sure I shake the can before use for optimum results.

      My hair is as flat as a pancake, and I like to use hairspray to prevent it from getting static as well as to keep my flyaways to a minimum. I also use hairspray to create some volume in my roots - particularly when I am out partying. Generally speaking, my hairstyle is quite simple, and doesn't need an effective hold. I have found that this hairspray is great for keeping down flyaways and for keeping my hair in place throughout the majority of the day. However, for hairstyles that require that extra hold, I am not sure that this is the best one. It works well when I boost up the roots of my hair, however it doesn't seem to hold them for all that long - regardless of how much I use! Considering that this is branded as an ultra strong power hold hairspray, I am not sure that it lives up to its name!

      One thing I must comment on is the scent of this hairspray. It is much more pleasant than your regular hairspray - which is something I do look for in a hairspray. Good to note, as I know this is something that bothers quite a few people.

      Overall, it is a decent hairspray and I would be more than happy to use again. It does everything that I need in a hairspray, but for any glam and over the top hair styles, I just don't think that this would suffice. I do perhaps think that you can get better value for money with other branded hairsprays out there. But if you find this on offer, it is good for an everyday simple hairspray. Thanks for reading and hope it helps.

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        29.03.2013 23:32
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        For the style conscious!

        You would struggle to find a hair care brand better known than Wella and the Shockwave Range; a leader in gels, waxs, and hairsprays so with them you do have high expectations. Are these expectations always met? I would say yes but always with mixed feelings. My experiences with the Shockwave range has been good in general but when I compare the products to those that are available but at much cheaper prices, they just seem all too similar.

        It is no different for the Ultra Firm Extra Hold hairspray which does perform it's job of holding hair in place but personally, I prefer other brands (see my other reviews) which are less than half the cost. The canister is a long red tube with the silver Shockwave logo across it, as far as aesthetics go, it does look the part and wouldn't go amiss in even the most upper range hair salons.

        The price is somewhat the issue here but not in its entirety as £3/£4 a can is not horrific for something that will last you a month but again compared to it's competitors, it does nothing to make me want to pay that extra £2/£3 a can for it. I also find that it doesn't last anywhere near as long as it's competitors (maybe it sprays faster?). Overall, I would recommend this product only if you are exceptionally style conscious and must require only big name brands all over your house including in your bathroom/styling area.

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          10.02.2013 10:18
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          A great value hairspray for most hairdo's

          I have used hairspray for as long as I can remember as my mam used to pull my hair back tight and spray it until I wore a helmet to school. I swear hairspray was the reason I never had nits as they had no chance of getting through to my hair!

          Upon turning 16 I decided to have my hair cut short and at this point I was unsure of what products would work, I like my hair to stay where it is and not go limp partway through the day. I have gone through waxes, clays, puttys, gels, hair glues etc all combined with hairspray. Currently my combination is V05 matte paste plus shcokwaves extra strong hold hairspray for hair that defys the wind.

          Shockwaves is one of the 25 sub groups of the brand Wella which was founded in Germany in 1880; Shockwaves is now the sponsor of the UK NME awards tour.

          The tin of Shockwaves hairspray is very eye catching on the shelves as it is mainly red with a white plastic top, the Shockwaves logo is inside a blue messy splat type colour. The packaging appeals to a teen audience as it is made to be 'cool' and striking hence the NMC sponsorship. The tin is spprox 30cm tall but is slim and I find this fits nicely in cupboards and on shelves.

          The can is an aerosol and has the plastic fused before first use so you can tell it has not been sprayed in the shop. To first use it requires a harder push first time but then is easy to press at each use afterwards. If the can is shaken well the spray comes out as a fine mist of droplets, if the can is too cold the spray comes out very heavy. Hold the spray about 20cm away from your hair or there are visible droplets which can be a little annoying.

          I find that this spray is the best I have ever used and even my partner steals some for her tied back linger hair. This spray works for long hair, tied back hair and best of all spiked up hair and it holds all day and if not brushed out even while you sleep! The spray has an almost afetrshave smell to it and it is very nice, however, in the rain it can be annoying smelling it all the time as I keep thinking my hair will fall flat. The only down sides are the droplets that can appear on your head if held too close, and the fact it hurts when it gets in my eyes.

          Top tip: Spray a little on your fingers to tousle your hair into place :)

          I buy this for £1.74 in the local bargain shop but its £2.75 in my Superdrug for 250ml cans. This can does last me about a month even when used 4 days a week.

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          12.04.2012 14:05
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          Perfect for updo's

          My hair is very thin and has natural ringlets so I need a strong hair spray to keep my curls sets all day in the style I want but also keep it straight after i have straightened it. It also needs to look light and practially invisable.
          I saw this in my loal Boots chemist selling at £2.00 for a 250ml can so thought I would give it a go. If I am honest I thought that it would be really good due to the brand and the recommendation from my friends but it wasnt as good as I first thought.

          The packaging is very striking and something you an pick out of your bathroom cupboard very quickly which is handy if you are in a rush. Of course it is an aerosol, like many many other hairsprays so its very easy to use. You simple hold the can around 20cms away from your hair and push the button down to release the product. The can is bright red with a almost white top. Shockwaves is written down the side of the can.
          It smells just like any other hairspray to me personally, so i still use it in the bathroom with the window open as it can get on your chest a little bit.

          For me the hairspray was heavy compared to some that I have used in the past but it did hold very well. The downfall of it holding well is that it was very stiff, I only needed a small amount on my hair and it didnt move at all, something i dont want when i want my curls to bounce. I personally think that this hair spray would be better for updos that you want to keep in control all day rather than having your hair down. It is very heavy on loose hair so your hair doesnt move although it is very easy to brush out, something that can be a pain with the cheaper brands of hair spray.
          I would recommend this however I think you need to find out what hairstyle works best with this hairspray, I think it would work better on thicker hair than fine hair.

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          21.09.2011 00:01
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          Shock your hair into any style with Wella Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Hairspray!

          Wella Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Hairspray is such a great product to use. It provides me with a long lasting ultra hold that fixes my style into place. Not only does it help create my style, it defines it without leaving any sticky residue. The spray holds hair in a style without any stiffness, it doesn't dry out your hair or scalp. The product also contains UV protection so we don't have to worry about our hair frazzling in the sunshine!

          I have used many different brands of hairspray and can never seem to find one that suits me best. As an everyday user of hairspray, a family member introduced me to Wella Shockwaves Hairspray. So I went to my local pharmacy and bought a 250ml for £1.70 . I styled my hair and held the can 20cm from my hair and sprayed all over. I was thrilled that it lasted all day! I now use this product every day, it brushes out of my hair easily and it doesn't have an overwhelming choking smell. I leave my house every morning feeling confident in my hairspray that my locks will stay in place, it hasn't let me down!

          The can of hairspray is bright red you can't miss it! The 250ml sells for around £2-£3 depending where you buy it from. Local pharmacies sell it and you can also buy this online too. Overall I would definately recommend this for anyone who is seeking that long lasting finish, adding definition to your desired style!

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          11.08.2011 22:27
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          Holds my hair how i want it to so it is a good product in my opinion and it has a nice smell to it.

          This is the best hairspray that I've us as in my opinion it holds my hair perfect, my fringe no longer gets in my eyes as it is about half way down my face as I have a side parting so it does need a lot to hold it into place and really hate it going in my eyes. This hairspray holds my hair perfect!

          It doesn't make my hair feel sticky like other brands but this could be different for other people as I do have quite fine hair although I do spray quite a lot do and I think it smells quite nice as it smells like other shockwaves products.

          I bought it from Morrison's at £2.65 which I thought was good as some hairsprays can cost about a fiver. It doesn't look as natural as some brands but I like it as it does what I want it to so I guess it's just on personal preference and what you want the hairspray to do, the hairspray held my hair in place for about 6hours but as I have said I do put quite a bit on.

          It does although last me 3weeks for the 300ml can so it is a good buy and I would recommend it I have just bought my 4th can of it.

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          14.05.2011 17:35
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          fantastic quality for a great price

          My boyfriend lives or dies with this spray - he has tried basically every single one there is on the market and he claims this is by far the best one and that it doesn´t "gunk up" your hair to much either.

          To explain a bit better I should add that he is a Rod Stewart tribute artist - so you can see the need of a very good hairspray!
          One of them cans lasts him a week and he does use A LOT of it - so for any normal person it could easy last a month. And for the price, about £2.50 it´s a bargain.

          I have tried it myself obviously and I agree that it´s really good. I don´t mind the smell, it´s not as flowery as a lot of hairsprays are - it almost smells quite fresh. Careful not to breath in to much when you are spraying as you will have a foul taste in your mouth for the next 20 minutes.

          It holds all day, or in his case - all night. If it´s good enough to maintain a Rod Stewart hairstyle - then it´s gotta be worth having!

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            01.04.2011 13:41
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            I dont usually buy haispray as I dont really feel I need to have it in the house. Most make my hair too sticky and dont work on my thick coarse hair but when I saw this hairspray for only a £1 I decided to pick it up. Whilst buying it I was thinking that It probably wouldn't work very well due to the cheap price but I decided to try it anyways because most hairsprays cost £3-4.

            The packaging is very baisic and it is a lovely bright red colour. This hairspray is claims that it is 'seriously ultra strong hold'. Now I dont really agree with that completely. The directions to use the hairspray are simply enough. Just press the spray cap and spray all over you hair. --Nothing you wouldnt already know. However I would have prefered it if there was a cap on the bottle to stop young children from spraying it all over the place. I have a 4 year old brother who likes wasting all my deodorants and sprays like this!

            I styled my hair as usual just in a normal messy ponytail and sprayed this hairspray all over making sure I covered all the fly aways. The hairspray was quite fine and smelled nice but very strong. If you have astma I wouldnt recommend it.

            It made my hair quite hard and sticky which I didn't like as it made my hair feel greasy which I hate! However it did hold the style very well. I tried to use this hairspray for teasing my hair but that didnt work AT ALL.

            Overall it does hold your hair in place but doesnt if your teasing it.

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            07.02.2011 22:08
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            A long lasting, effective product. However the rain is it's weakness

            *Works very well
            *Doesn't make hair sticky (if you use it correctly)
            *Doesn't make hair too stiff (unless it rains/snows)
            *Doesn't make hair and scalp dry
            *Good price
            *Lasts for ages!

            Effective?

            This product works wonders compared to other hairsprays I've tried. I have found that you don't need much of this spray on your hair for it to work, I have medium length, very thick hair and just a quick, thin spray of this stuff does the trick. My hair stay in place all day long, and on more than one occasion I've woken up with my hair still in place! No joke.

            Worth the money?

            Shockwave is definitely worth the money, it might not be the cheapest of hairsprays, but in all honesty this is the best i've come across, and i've used a lot of different brands. Whenever there's an offer on I stock up on several cans to save money, because it can get quite expensive if you use it frequently.

            How long will a 250ml can of this stuff last?

            I use it daily, and one can normally lasts around two to three weeks for me. For bigger, more adventurous hairstyles which require more maintenance, I'd expect one 250ml can to last just under two weeks if you were to use it daily.

            When spraying...

            My girlfriend loves the smell of this product in my hair, so it must smell nice! However, in my opinion it smells slightly chemical. If you breathe it in by accident, you can get a strange, chemical taste at the back of your throat which takes a few glasses of water and quite some time to fade. Also, there have been mornings where, after using Shockwave hairspray, and inhaled some of it through my nose, I've had sneezing fits, so just a word of warning not to inhale that much (if any!) when spraying.
            In addition, you need to be careful not to spray it too close to your hair, because if you do then, yes, your hair will stay in place, but it will be damp and sticky for quite some time. Although if you read and follow the instructions on the can, this shouldn't be a problem.

            Outcome

            I manage to keep my hair looking exactly how I like all day long thanks to this product. I wouldn't recommend any other hairspray more than this one. Anyone wanting to buy hairspray should buy this, it's the best I've used so far.

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            When it rains or snows and you have used hairspray, your hair becomes wet, and hairspray seems to thicken, and when it dries again, your hair becomes very stiff and style is almost completely lost. This is the only time that this hairspray doesn't work as well i'd like it to.

            Another disadvantage is that a minority of the cans of this product I have bought have been faulty. By this I mean when I apply pressure to the top of the can to release hairspray, when I stop the pressure, the can keeps spraying for a while after.

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            25.10.2010 23:32
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            Great for good or bad hair days!

            I have tried most hairsprays within the £4 and under sector and have to
            say this one is nothing short of GREAT. To say my hair is fine, fly away and limp is an understatement and can usually barely hold a hairstyle for more than a minute let alone a full day. That is until I started using Wella shockwaves hairspray I had resigned myself to a flat lank look(even convincing myself it would catch on sooner or later?!) I really dont know how i Lived without this product before. Now I can style my hair and give a few well aimed blasts (and one for luck) and feel confident my hair will still look okay in a few hours time. Okay so hurrciane winds and heavy downpours may make me look like a liar but show me any other hairspray that can withstand extremes of weather... Great value at £2.99 in most places but sometimes when i see them on offer at 2 for 1 I dont hesitate to buy some in even if I have plenty at home. I find it easy to brush out and it dosn't flake like some of the cheaper brands. An excellent product.

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            07.07.2010 12:53
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            A decent hairspray, would buy again, but not the best!

            INTRODUCTION
            Having already tried many hairsprays that didn't hold my hair in my chosen messed up style i thought would move on to a well known make that many guys use to fix their spiky, messed up styles. Shockwaves is a well known and loved brand that people use to fix their hairstyles all day, so i thought i would give it a go.

            PACKAGING
            The hairspray comes in a 300ml, red, tin canister, with a white plastic lid that has the nozzle to the spray. The hair spray has white bold writing going down the canister with the products brand 'shockwaves.' The hair spray comes in many strengths and depending on the strength of the hairspray it has a different coloured label. I use extra strength, which possesses a blue label.

            PRODUCT
            The product produces a mid strength spray, that focuses over a small area, so you need to keep moving the canister when applying to cover your hair in an even amount. The spray is quite sticky, but from my experience that is an indication of strength, so i predict the one that are not as strong in the range won't be as sticky. The hair spray does take a while to dry, but does seem to leave you hair fixed in your chosen style. The hairspray also has the typical chemical smells of most hairsprays, so is neither a good thing or a bad thing.

            RESULTS
            The hairspray lasted between 3 to 5 hours depending on what i was doing and the weather. This means the hairspray lasted longer than many others i have tried, but the hairspray did not look quite a natural as others. So, i guess it depends what style you go for and how long you want it to last, but i would not recommend it for women wanting a natural hold to keep their hair up or keep their hair straight all day.

            PRICE
            It costs about £3, which means it is one of the more expensive hairsprays available on the market. However i would say for guys and girls with more unique style this is a great hairspray and worth the cost.

            CONCLUSION
            Not for people wanting a natural look and a light hairspray, but great o fix more unique styles. Not he best on the market but on of the better ones. I would consider buying it again.

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            21.04.2010 10:10
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            Fine for occasional use.

            I always have a tin of hairspray in the house, although I use it so very infrequently that a single can will last me several years. So on the occasion that I need to buy hairspray, I choose very carefully. Oh, alright, I go along the shelf & choose whichever product promises the strongest hold. That is how I came to choose the "Ultra Strong Power Hold" hairspray from Wella's "Shockwaves" line. It doesn't get much stronger than Ultra Strong Power Hold, right? The problem I have with hairspray is that unless I use the strongest hold I can find (or spray it on so thickly that I appear to be wearing a hair helmet), it doesn't seem to have any effect at all. But Ultra Strong Power Hold seemed promising - never mind that it comes in a pretty, shiny red tin with SHOCKWAVES blazoned down the side, making me feel terribly cool just for owning it. The exact product name is printed a smallish blue square on the tin - different products in the Shockwaves line have different coloured squares to assist in your product selection. I suspect that it would be easy to pick up the wrong product if you weren't paying close attention, though, as the rest of the packaging is so overwhelmingly RED that it's not hard to overlook the coloured square.

            Anyway, my experience with this product has been mixed. On the one hand, it does hold well - a little squirt is enough to secure those random misbehaving hairs that just don't want to stay put, or to help guide my fringe into the desired drape. The final effect is natural, not obviously glued. It takes a few seconds to set - so I've got enough time to create the shape & effect I'm after while the spray is still damp. The spray seems to brush out well, too. On the other hand, it's really sticky. After it dries it's fine, but it seems really, really sticky in the meantime - you want to avoid getting it on your face by accident. Although I do remember meeting a dancer who told me that the lady-dancers would spray hairspray on their faces to cement their makeup in place & prevent sweat melting their look during a performance, so I guess if that's what you want to do it'd probably be good at it. Plus, the spray itself seems fairly coarse. Rather than a fine mist, the spray feels like fat, wet drops, almost more like a pump-action spray than an aerosol.

            So on the whole, I feel a little ambivalent towards this product, hence the three-star rating. It works well, but the coarse spray makes it feel kind of yucky to apply.

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