“ Brand: Wella / Type: Moulding Products / What it does: texturises „
Okay so I've recently started to take my looks seriously (mainly because my girlfriend is on my case) anyway Go Matt Clay is awesome. I've always preferred clay than gel but don't get me wrong I have a few gels. The wet look was very much in last year hence the gels but to be completely honest if you want a clean smooth look go matt clay is the one. Most my inspiration comes from tv don't know whether this is the case for everyone but when I saw the tv show MAD MEN all I could think was damn I want that look. Later on the tv show SUITS always showed the main cast with a very slick back hairstyle. It's not the wet look it's much lighter and softer. The problem with wax is quite similar to gel for me I never can get the amount right. Either it's too much or too little. With clay I've never needed to worry about that simply because it spreads very well. I work an office job 9-5 everyday however I only use the clay 4 days week to allow my hair to rest too. The clay done hair look will stay until late evening for me. If you need a quick fix after your morning shower or going out after work and want to stay sharp go matt clay will sort you out. It is my fav hair clay product. Doesn't leave any bits in your hair (some waxes do trust me It's well embarrassing when people notice) and it's not as heavy as some gels. I literally use three fingertips worth a day and the tub last forever. I got mine from Boots for a few pounds but I'm sure you can find it cheaper somewhere else. Once the clay is dry which it is literally in about a minute you can run your hand into your hair without worrying your going to ruin the look. After applying the clay it leaves your hands sticky. Simple solution washes your hands after applying the clay and perfect. Really depends on what look you want i don't like it if too many of my hair is stuck together so i like that i can spread it over.
I own quite a few Shockwaves are hair styling products, mainly because I don't mind their smell - and if you've read other reviews of mine, you'll know I'm easily offended by smells! This matt clay is no exception - it has a fairly strong sweet/fruity smell to it in my opinion, but I'd go as far as to say I like it! The pot is a plastic green tub, which has a satisfyingly easy screw-on/off lid. Removing the lid reveals the clay - and it really does look like clay. The colour is - well, "clay", if that's a colour - a murky creamy brown colour, not the most inviting. The texture of the clay is the really challenging part of this product, though. It is unpleasant to me, and that's the one thing I wasn't brave enough to try when surveying the products on the shelf in the shop! It's more a cream than anything solid, but there is a slight hint of sliminess about it, which I have to get over every time I use it. It's a great product though - I bought it to style my hair with, rather than "finish" it, and that's precisely what it does, and very effectively. The tub advises to rub through the hands and apply to dry hair - that's exactly what I do, and my hair stays well in place. As soon as you rub the clay in your hands the sliminess is gone, and it goes onto the hair with no stickiness or residue, my hair feels soft as before. My hair "style", such that it is, has little need for being made wild, or funked up or whatever other claims these products often offer, but the main headline of the claims on this one is "get your own textured matt effect" - spot on. The other things on offer are long lasting hold and washes out easily, and I confirm both are true for me. When applied it doesn't leave hands feeling slimy - the product seems to be almost 100% transferred to your hair, and a quick rinse of the hands is all that's needed. It does leave it's smell behind on your hands quite significantly which lingers for a good couple of hours, so if like me you suffer with smell-anxiety, you need to be sure you can live with that before buying!
I have short spiky hair but my hair is course and wavy so it needs something strong to make it behave. I have found that the best thing for my hair to style it is clay or mud wax rather than the greasy waxes as these offer the greatest level of control for my particular hair type. I have bought Wella Shockwaves matt clay a few times and while it isn't one that I would go into a shop especially for if the other brands that I like aren't in then this is something that I would buy and use instead. The clay looks exactly as you would imagine it would and is a light grey colour and looks just like wet clay. It has a great smell to it for a clay wax as these are usually not fragranced. The clay has a slightly thinner texture than some other clays that I have used before and this does make it easier to apply it to my hair as with the thicker ones it can be difficult to evenly disperse the clay all over your hair. You just need a little of this and I apply it by getting some and rubbing it between my palms and then just working it all throughout my hair so that there are no bits that I have missed. I then just style my hair as normal and use small amounts of the clay to give extra definition to the bits that I have missed. Unlike with greasy waxes this isn't all that pliable so it is better to quickly get the style that you want before leaving the house because although you can restyle it if you need to it won't look as good. You need to be especially careful to work this in well or otherwise you will end up with little bits of clay stuck to your hair that looks like dirt. Not a good look for anyone. Once it is all worked in there is no fluffiness to my hair and it looks matt but with control and shape. This isn't the strongest clay either but it is strong enough to style my hair and keep it in place except in the most windy of situations. It also doesn't do well in the rain and hair will flop down and the clay will sort of run out so be careful not to get it wet once you have styled it. It does feel sticky in my hands but not so much when it is on my hair. It isn't a natural look but that isn't what I want so this is actually a good thing. It washed out really easily though trying to brush it out will leave you with little flecks of clay all over so it is better to wash it instead. It doesn't take much to get it out of hair and one shampoo is more than enough. This makes my hair look much better and makes styling it much easier. It smells really good and is a good clay. The only thing that I would say about it is that it isn't quite as strong as some others are and it doesn't really give you option of restyling your hair when it is on unlike some other ones. It isn't that expansive though and costs about £3 a tub which I do think is quite good for this one.
Wella is a brand which to me is known for her huge hairspray you see in the supermarket, but I understand that they have so many more products. I was never really convinced about the idea of using clay for my hair but after a friend recommended it, I gave it a try. You can purchased the 75ml for around 2.75 pounds and the 125 ml for a little bit more at 3,75 pounds which is reasonable compared to other brands. The tub of the clay looks very standard and has a green matt grey finish. It's entirely made of plays but feels sturdy and the screw lid is easily removed and put back on. When you open the tub you can see that the clay has a brown colour, basically what I expected of clay. It doesn't really look that pretty, but as long as it works, I really don't mind. When I apply the clay into my hands you can feel it's soft and easy to spread over the rest of my fingers and hand. Applying it into my hair the clay gets quickly absorbed into the hair and the hair is easy to style. If feels soft but it's quite strong when it settles down after a few seconds and I have no problem in styling my hair. I don't have very long hair so I can only speak out of experience with having short hair. When I apply the clay in the morning, throughout the day it will have its effect. At the end of the day my hair almost looks still as good as it did in the morning after styling it. I have been very pleased with this clay as I think it works well and it's easy to style my hair. The has its effect whole day long and I don't have to worry. I think the price is fairly for what you get and with a 75 ml tub I can last for a little bit less than a month. Four stars.
Now i've used my fair shair of hair products over the years, but i have to say the Matt Clay by Shockwaves is one of the best products on the market today. Originally i was never a fan of styling clay, as i felt it simply didn't have the strength of other products out there such as gel, and consequently could never last long enough or was able to maintain the style you wanted for sustained periods of time. A couple of months ago however i was recommended Go Matt Clay by a friend, claiming it was the best hair care product he'd ever used, combining the best aspects of both clay and gel products. These chiefly being that it could maintain the strong hold that gel could whilst still providing the dryer more rugged look that styling clay was known for. I took his advice and purchased a 75ml tub for £2.75 from Boots, the 125ml tub being a little more expensive at £3.72. The tub pretty much looks like your standard styling product, and has a green and matt grey finish. Made entirely of plastic, the tub feels nice and sturdy, and the screw lid is easy to remove and put back on. The clay itself truly is first class. Open the lid and you are greeted with this soft and squidy beige coloured substance, smelling like something you would moisturise your hands with. The clay is soft and nice to touch and doesn't stick between your fingers after a while when applying it, like a number of annoying clays can be guilty of (cough VO5). In terms of strength and longevity, you will still need a hefty amount, depending on the length of your hair, to be able to truly work and hold your style the way you like it. But once you have applied it the clay is clear and can maintain peformance all day or throughout the duration of a night out. The added bonus of using clay is that once it has dried it still gives your hair a nice dry look about it. Basically the opposite of hair gel and the horrid wet, teenage boy look, that you are stuck with once it has set. The tub can last a decent period, normally up to a month. But obviously it can vary depending on how many times you use it and how long your hair is. Both of which can reduce its longevity dramatically. My hair is currently of medium length i would say, and i can easily get about a months use out of it, even when using 5 days a week, just to give you an idea of value for money. The clay is easy to wash out at in the shower, but consequently isn't particulary water or sweat proof. So if you are caught in a downpour or do alot of exercise then it is likely that its hold will dramatically reduce. Overall it is a fantastic product, and one i would strongly recommend to anyone, no matter the length of your hair. As i said water can be an issue, but if you don't feel too phased by this, then you should definitely give Go Matt Clay by Shock Waves a go. Great stuff.
After braving it and having a shorter, choppier and textured hair style I thought I would treat myself to a new product which would help 'mould and shape' my hair with a 'matt effect' The 'Go Matt Clay' has a nice aroma and is brown/grey colour with the texture of...well...soft clay. After taking a small amount of the product out of the tub and rubbing in my hands to even it out, I proceeded to mould and shape my hair. Well, that's what I tried to do. I found it made strands of my hair 'clump-up' together and, for one horrifying moment, I thought some grey hair had started to come through, but it was just flecks of the product. After brushing the product out of my hair as I was now running late for work, I did the best I could and then proceeded to scrub the putty like substance from my hands (only way to get it off). Later in the day, I was a bit bemused when one of my colleagues asked if I have been decorating as it looked like I had paint in my hair...it was in fact my 'Go Matt Clay'. Needless to say, I am not a huge fan of the product - I did try it a couple of times again to see if it was initially user error, but still experienced the same problems. Overall, I have to say that it did not live up to expectations (I usually love Wella Shock Waves products) and it could be it is just not the right product for my hair type/style, but I will continue in my search for the ideal texturing product...
Wella Shockwaves Got Matt Clay is one of the few hair styling prodcuts that will hold short-medium, very thick, mens hair! Having very thick hair and keeping my hair length between short and medium length means you need a product that is going to have some good holding properties but it doesn't stop there. You want something that is going to leave a matt finish (well I do!) and not leave a bad or chemical kind of smell. Go Matt Clay lives up to this criteria and actually is quite a good product. It is applied to hair relatively easily, holds a messed up style quite well and definitely doesn't have a bad smell. It's a strange looking, grey product but on your hair it leaves a nice matt finish. Whilst this is called "clay", it definitely looks like, works like and holds more like a gel. It will not bunch all your hair strangs together like gel but rather somewhere in between a wax and a gel. The tub is quite small and will not last too long, especially for people with longer hair styles. I would have given this product 5 stars but there's a better one out there: VO5 Texturising Gum.
This product seems to have a lot of negative sounding reviews! For me its the best hair product for my hair that i've used , and i have tried many types of gel, clay and wax - and this is the only one that does exact what i want it to do. It comes in a 75ml tub and is priced around £2.80, but boots and superdrug usually have offers on it such as buy on get one free or 2 for £3, so usually a good idea to wait for the offers as their usually on ! You only need to apply a small amount or your hair will become to clumpy, and its best to apply it into sections in your hair at a time. I have my hair with a slight bit of lift but not too much and this holds it there perfectly. You can apply a really small amount to you hair just to give it a rough matt look, and with most styles its best to apply hairspray too so that it keeps the style you have created. Like most hair products your hair will become very greasy with this in if you do not wash it in the eve/ morning after having it in! I love this product, it has saved me from many useless other products i have purchased before. Make sure you play around with it to find how it works best !
When it comes to hair products I am very selective, over the last 5 years I must have tried a different type of hair gel/wax/cream/spray every month! Finally I seem to have landed on a product that suits both my hair and my lifestyle... Wella Shockwaves Ultimate Effects Go Matt Clay. ...Strong Hold... Firstly, my hair in unbelievably thick! This means that to achieve the slightest bit of style any product I use must have very strong hold. I have used a variety of so called 'extreme' and 'gravity defying' products, which always seemed to work initially, then slowly fade leaving a flaccid style. With the go matt clay my style holds strong all day, even when it's windy! The only time it doesn't keep its hold is if you get rained on, the clay washes out quite easily so beware. ...Matt Finish... One of the best advantages of this product is the matt finish. Unlike most gels/creams or gum, the clay moulds and shapes your hair without leaving a 'wet' look, you simply get a textured effect that looks crisp and clean. ...Scent... The scent is refreshing and not overpowering in any way. I can't say it's as nice as some gels I have used, but it is certainly pleasant. ...Feel... As with all hair products it depends on how much you apply, I generally apply quite a decent amount but that is die to my unruly hair! The clay does set quite firm, but not hard like gel. It is definatly not for those who wish to be able to run their fingers through their hair. When applied I find that you simply forget it is in, it feels light and does not irritate the scalp, as I have found with some products. ...Length of hold... Whilst using this product my hair has ranged form about 1-2.5". I would say that this clay is optimum in that range, but could give texture to longer hair if required, for shorter hair I would recommend more of a wax. ...Application... I know the bottles always tell you how but here are a couple of tips from me: -Make sure your hair is clean and dry -I apply in two stages, first the back then (surprisingly) the front. Each time taking a small amount of clay, warming it in my hands, then working through my hair, scrunching and rubbing to give a messy style. -Try to get your style right quickly as the clay does stiffen rather fast, this also means if you don't get it right first time its hard to get back to style you want. -Try to keep the lid on the jar... this keeps the remaining clay fresh and makes it more manageable. -Finally wash your hands... the clay does leave a residue on your hands that would be sticky if not cleaned off. ...Washing Out... Once it's in you inevitably need to get it out. I do not really recommend leaving this product in overnight unless you want a shock the next day when you look in the mirror and appear to have been electrocuted in the night. Plus, it's very difficult to re-apply over yesterday's style without making a hash of things. I have found that washing out is a doddle, once the water hits your head just shampoo as normal and the clay will be gone. ...Buying it... It comes in 75ml jars and is sold in all the major supermarkets, as well as the usual boots Superdrug etc... Average selling price is £3-4, but if you hunt round you can sometimes find offers such as BYGOF and 3 for 2. I've recently found such offers in Tesco and Superdrug and stocked up! ...Summary... A strong holding clay that gives a nice textured matt finish, great for rebellious thick hair that will not be tamed.
Shaping and texturising hair clay /