I gel my hair a few times a week using standard styling gel but I thought I would change from my usual gel for a "Wet-look" one to see if I prefer it or not. Before my standard gel dries and therefore it has a wet look, I really liked it so if I could keep that wet-look shine all of the time I would be really happy. As my usual gel is Shockwaves also, I thought the best substitute would be this.
It comes in a flexible plastic pointed tube container with a standard flip-top lid. This really isn't anything remarkable however the back of the bottle generally has "Styling tips" to help you style your hair with the gel. They seem to change the tip on the bottle every 6 months or so.
The gel is quite creamy and isn't lumpy like you get from some fo the cheaper gels which I really like, it makes it far easier to apply and rub into the hair. It prevents you from having parts of your hear with too much gel in and others with too little or none at all which can be very frustrating. When applying, it is very similar to my standard Shockwaves gel, there is little way of telling a difference between them at this stage which I was pleasantly surprised by.
It does go a bit downhill from here though. After you apply the gel and style your hair in the perfect way, it seems to just give up completely. If you spiked your hair, it will eventually fall down and just flatten back to its previous position. It claims to have "Strong hold" on the bottle but it doesn't seem to have any hold at all. The gel never seems to dry so that "wet-look" claim should actually just have the "look" removed. I was expecting this gel to dry as my usual gel does but still maintain a shine but it doesn't at all. The only use this gel can really be would be to people who want to add a wet look to long hair as this would already be hanging down, any attempt at cheating gravity with this gel will be wasted.
I have the ultra strong one. I brought it for £2.65 but have since found it cheaper in Tesco's and Sainsbury's for around £2.30. The Colour of the packaging really stands out against competing brands such as V05 and company brands which comparing prices really stands out. The packaging stands out really well and is simple but helpful. I have found cheaper but better brands.
My hair isn't really long, around the average length for a boy, around 6cm but do find it quite hard to style my hair. Once my hair is styled it feels like nails and works really well but it does take a long time to dry, around 5-10 minutes which in a rush wouldnt be much help. I also feel there are other brands such as 'Got2B' as this band has an 'elastically' feel as your hair springs back after you've rested it where as 'Shockwaves, Ultra stong' just leaves your hair feeling dry, flat and fluffy.
I do hope this review helps you decide weather to purchase a bottle of this brands gel.
Now, I'm not one of these people who strives for a great modern hairstyle, but I do like to look presentable; and to do so I spike my hair up at the front.
A few weeks ago when I ran out of my trusty tub of Garnier; I decided it was time for a change and headed to my local boots. I browsed the men hair gel section and my eyes fell upon a bright, bold red bottle: Shockwaves 'Wet Look, Extra Strong'!
When I got it home I opened it and took a good sniff. It smelled rather nice; with all looking promising I took a glug and applied it to my hair. It held well in a nice style... For about 40 minutes! At which point the wet look effect fell into a great black hole; my hair was left looking dry, but the style held for a good 6 hours.
However as my hair grew longer, the time the stuff held my hair in a style grew shorter, by the time I got it cut; the gel lasted around 3 hours. I wasn't impressed.
With a hefty pricetag of £2.68, this isn't exactly a bargain, considering it doesn't do whatever it says on the tub.
My 23 month old twin boys' hair was growing wild and to be honest I begrudge paying the £15 price tag that comes with both their haircuts every one to two weeks as they look a right scruffy pair when their locks become even the tiniest bit too lengthy. It was the other week I decided to purchase a set of clippers to shave it all off, but I didn't want them looking rough with a bald head at their tender age so I went on the hunt for a decent gel that would spike the leftover hair up slightly and make them look a little trendy.
Boots is where I headed as I'm saving advantage card points like crazy, and I popped straight over to the mens haircare aisle! A vast array of gel and hair products met my eyes and I really didn't know where to start looking first. Luckily for me though Wella Shockwaves range comes in an eyecatching deep red packaging and it was there my eyes were drawn to!
Wella shockwaves range offer a variety of hair products for men, including their gels. There were a few to choose from but I picked up the strong, wet look gel. Obviously you'd pick up whatever you feel would benefit your type of hair the most.
Wella Shockwaves Strong Wet Look Gel comes in a 200ml deep red, upside down tube. The front of the tube tells us exactly what we need to know without overflowing us with info, this includes the brand, the range, the 'type of gel' which in this case is Strong, Wet Look Gel - what the aim of the gel is which for this tube is a 'Long Lasting Hold with a Wet Effect. Underneath the brief description there is a 'hold' chart indigating the strength of the hold of the gel - four boxes are provided, if all four are coloured in then you know that it is an extremely strong gel, if none of the boxes are coloured in it's obviously not worth buying lol - this gel has three coloured boxes letting me know that this is considerably strong and should be a decent product.
The back of the tube provides us with a little more information about the gel as well as informing us about the aims of this particular gel. The strong, wet look gel has a strong hold formula that shapes and defines your style with a wet effect. You simply need to work it into yout hair to create your own style then leave it to dry naturally. It tells us that the gel doesnt leave your hair sticky and it washes out easily too.
The gel itself is a clear, gel/jelly like substance, not too thick that it's hard to control yet not too thin that it's runny either, it has the perfect consistency to rub amongst your fingers and apply to your hair comfortably. The gel doesn't have a strong smell to it but the smell it does have is very pleasant quite a sweet, fruity sort of scent - nothing feminine though don't worry boys!
Rubbing a little into my fingers, although it is transparent I can see it on my fingers clearly so that I am able to see where it is going on my twins hair. Just a little is needed on their fine and short hair to create little spikes and it literally takes me seconds to swipe my gel smothered fingers through. It styled their hair almost instantly but didn't harden straightaway allowing me enough to time to have a little play if I wanted to and create a style I wanted. Soon after styling though it quickly hardened and left them with trendy and cute spikey hair do's that didn't look thick with gunk instead it looked smart and suited them well. Touching their hair afterwards their hair was hard where the gel had been applied but not overly so, it did actually still feel like hair. The tube was right in claiming it doesn't make the hair sticky as there were no sticky feelings to their hair do's at all and they could touch their hair without me having to wipe their hands every two seconds, as they hate any strange feelings on their hands. The hold of the gel is fantastic and lasts them all day even with them playing with their hair now and then or just being boys generally and messing about. Towards the very end of the day though it does begin to lose it's hold and white bits do appear but nothing major to worry about. This of course wouldn't happen to men as they don't stand fiddling with their hair every two seconds or having constant boxing matches with their twin brothers, or do they? It also washes out within seconds leaving no trace of gel, which is handy if anything goes wrong with your styling etc.
I have to admit for just over £2 for the tube, which has lasted me now for a good 2 months and that's with using it most days I am very impressed. It holds my boys hair perfectly and creates cool styles that they seem to be happy with. I'd recommend the gel to anybody who enjoys creating different looks with their hair and wants it to stay that way, especially if they like the whole 'wet look' too!