Boots Essentials StylingMousse 200ml
Does a good job, but not exactly the job it was meant to do
Let me start off by saying that is IS a good product. The packaging is nice and vibrant and sleek so it looks fine just plonked on a shelf or a desk, it's pocket money price so great for the penny-pinching student that I am, and you barely need to use much at all when you use it, so it's well worth the already low price.
By far my favourite aspect of this mousse is the smell. It's sweet and a bit floral and just such a nice smell to have on your hair, it sort of makes me feel like I'm in a proper salon!
However, I couldn't give this full marks because I felt the directions were misleading. I had never used a mousse (or any other styling product) before this and so followed the instructions exactly. "Shake can well before use. Point can downwards and dispense a small amount onto your palm, smooth evenly through hair then style." So I did exactly this with my dry hair, as it hadn't mentioned using it on wet hair. This created a sticky mess and I had to immediately wash it out. After some searching on the internet I discovered you should use mousse on wet hair, so used the exact same process but with wet hair. This worked better, but dried in clumps and didn't look great.
Annoyed that it wasn't working I decided to make up my own method, applying it to wet hair then blow dried it while brushing continuously. I was more than pleased with the results. My hair was left sleek and soft, with a subtle volume (perhaps not as much as I would have liked, but it was okay) though I'd lost most of the holding power.
So to summarise, the smell and appearance of this product are great, as is the finished look of my hair. However, the directions are unsuitable for complete newbies and it does not give as much hold and volume as promised.
August 21, 2011
Great non-sticky mousse
Volumises well, meaning you don't need to use much of it and doesn't leave a lot of residue stickiness in your hair. Also doesn't seem to weigh my hair down which other products have done in the past.
November 30, 2011
This price of this mousse is what makes it so good. I have used mousse's from the premium/professional haircare ranges and I find that this one is just as good. I apply this to my hair when wet and then blow dry partly with my head upside down and my hair is very volumised when finished. I have fairly thick hair but it is very flat so this product is good at added a bit of lift and overall shaping of the hair, especially my fringe.
January 26, 2012