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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Kenra Platinum Hot Spray Review

Hello, hello! Today I'm reviewing Kenra Platinum Hot Spray, ultimate thermal protection with long lasting, firm hold. On the Kenra Hold Index of 0 - 26 (none - super), Hot Spray has a hold index of 20. If I were to compare it to another product, I'd compare it to Redken Spray Starch 15... although I think I like Hot Spray more. Hot Spray is actually much more versatile than Spray Starch is: I can use it with any hot tool, the scent is more appealing (kind of fruity, maybe pineapple?) and I can also use it as a light hold hairspray. And when I use Spray Starch first of all I don't love the scent, and I find that it's a bit too wet when it sprays. I don't like using it with flat irons either - it just makes the hair too flat. I do like both Spray Starch and Hot Spray for curling and with hot rollers. But, if I'm gonna reach for one, I'd probably go for Hot Spray.

What's so awesome about Hot Spray? Let's take a peek at the ingredient list and find out. First the whole ingredient list:
SD Alcohol 40-2, Water, Vinyl Acetate/Crotonic Acid/Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Polymer, Benzophenone-3, Fragrance, Disiloxane, Cyclomethicone, Aminomethyl Propanol, Potassium Hydroxide.
And when we take out the fluff, we're left with:
SD Alcohol 40-2, Vinyl Acetate/Crotonic Acid/Vinyl Neodecanoate Copolymer, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Polymer, Benzophenone-3, Disiloxane, Cyclomethicone.

Basically what we're left with is a bunch of long-winded ingredients that are hair fixatives (the first three), UV protection (Benzophenone-3), and silicone (Disiloxane + Cyclomethicone). I wish I could tell you why these ingredients have so many names, but I'm not a cosmetic chemist so I don't know. If any of my readers knows a cosmetic chemist and wants to ask them WTF is up with these names, that'd be great. :D

If you use any kind of hot tool on your hair, and I'm guessing most of you do because it's 2010 and freaking everybody does, then I strongly recommend giving Hot Spray a shot. It's rare that a product like this is so versatile that you can use it with any styling tool, usually if it's good for one tool, it sucks with the other. Curling irons, flat irons, rollers, whatevers, this product is great!

Kenra Platinum Hot Spray comes in a 8 fl oz / 237 ml bottle, and retails for $17 according to Kenra's website. If you really love it, they also make a liter refill size that retails for $45.

Stay tuned to see what I'll review next, and take care of your hair!

4 comments:

Hair said...

hi! sd alcohol 40-2 is the same thing is sd alcohol, right? Just Denatured alcohol... I agree. So annoying with all the complicated ingredients. Whenever I see an alcohol as the first ingredient, I immediately think it's going to be too drying. Thoughts?

HEARTSTARBOLT said...

Hair: Basically. Alcohol can be drying, but it really varies from product to product. With Hot Spray, I'm sure using too much will dry your hair out, but I have yet to experience that. Unfortunately right now alcohol is one of the best hair fixatives out there, but cosmetic chemists are coming out with revolutionary ideas every day!

James Vuong said...

Hey I am a hair product junkie and I think your blog is amazing.

I would love if you gave some reviews on:
-Putty and Texturizers (American Crew Fiber, Redken 20 Rough Clay, JockSoap Muck).
I am looking for a putty with a strong/firm hold, great texturizer, and matte finished.

-Hairspray (Redken Ouick Dry 18 Instant Finishing Spray, Redken Forceful 23 Super Strength Finishing Spray, Kenra 25)
I love all these hairspray and just would love to see hear your opinions on these or maybe convince me of better ones.

Thank you!

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