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Friday, March 12, 2010

Vavoom Shape Maker Extra-Hold Shaping Spray Review

Hello all! Yay the weekend's here! I don't know about you guys, but the weather in Chicago has been pretty good the last few days! Nice temps (for winter), the sun's been out, and the snow is melting! But it's also been raining, which means... humidity. Ahh! My hair! Make it go away! Hahaha just kidding, but I know for some of you it's no joke + humidity is the devil. I have felt the wrath of humidity before, but it's not a big hassle for me cos I was thankfully blessed with good hair. I just wish my skin was as good as my hair is LOL!

But enough of my ranting, on to the review! Now, I've really wanted to try Vavoom by Matrix for a while, but I would always talk myself out of it (as usual). It was always one of those "I'll get it next time" brands... usually next time never comes... but this time it did! I got this in a set with two other products (see my last Haul), and the first time I used it I. Was. Amazed. Normally I HATE putting hairspray in my hair, it just makes my hair feel dry + sticky. I like to run my hands through my hair without feeling a bunch of product residue. I really don't get that feeling with this hairspray. I won't lie and say that I don't feel it in my hair, cos I do - but I just don't get that heavy hairspray feeling like with most others. I can actually touch my hair, run my hands through it, even re-work it if I want - which is actually one of this product's claims, so good job! Let's get to the ingredients...

After de-fluffing, we're left with: Alcohol Denat., Hydrofluorocarbon 152A, VA/Vinyl Butyl Benzoate/Crotonates Copolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone, Benzyl Salicylate, Cyclopentasiloxane.

These ingredients look complicated, but it's just the names. Denatured Alcohol (Alcohol Denat.) is used to give a product hold, and can be drying at times. Thankfully, this isn't one of those times. Hydrofluorocarbon 152A is a propellant used in aerosols - it's what shoots the product of the can. VA/Vinyl Butyl Benzoate/Crotonates Copolymer is a film former commonly seen in hairspray. Aminomethyl Propanol is used to balance the pH. Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is a UV blocker. It prevents the product (and your hair) from the sun's harmful rays. Bis-Peg/Ppg-14/14 Dimethicone + Cyclopentasiloxane are silicone conditioning agents, which helps the product be more "workable" and less stiff + hard. Benzyl Salicylate is a synthetic fragrance, but it's also a UV absorber - so I won't count it as fluff.

One thing I really love about this product is that it's one of the driest hairsprays I've ever used - meaning it sprays on very dry and not wet feeling like some others. Ugh, I've used some hairsprays that spray so wet, it's like I'm using syrup in an aerosol can! Also, the spray nozzle is great because it requires a very light touch, so you don't have to worry about pressing too hard and spraying too much... or breaking the nozzle as I tend to do. As for the fragrance, it has a kind of sweet, almost floral scent. It's definitely a hairspray scent. I don't hate it, and it doesn't smell bad - but I don't love it. Well, as long as it doesn't give me a headache or make me gag, it's all good.

Who would I recommend this to? Honestly, everyone. This is an extremely versatile hairspray that I believe can be used on all types of hair, from baby fine to the thickest mane. It can be layered for a very strong hold (if you're doing an updo or you just prefer a firm hold), or you can lightly spray it to keep your hair in place but still soft and touchable. Either way, this stuff rocks and I'll definitely be buying another one when I run out.

Vavoom Shape Maker Extra Hold Shaping Spray comes in a 11 oz / 312 g can, and retails for around $15.

Another review done! I hope you all have a great weekend, and always remember to take care of your hair! =]


Westopher said...

Another great review & a product I'd like to try. Damn you Anthony every time you feature something, I WANT