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Hairspray for Fringes - VO5 Ultimate Hold vs. Bed Head Masterpiece

This post is on yet another somewhat mundane issue - hairspray. There are so many brands to chose from and so many prices too! After going on holiday and forgetting hairspray (I have a fringe so use it daily to stop it looking funny) I picked up some VO5 Ultimate Hold as my usual Bed Head Masterpiece is quite pricey. So I thought I would put them to the test in a battle of skinted vs. minted.

Bed Head Masterpiece Massive Shine Hairspray (340ml) and the Mini version  (79ml)
VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray (400ml)


Value for money:

The Bed Head Masterpiece is considerably more at RRP £14.95 and has 60 ml less product than the Ultimate Hold (£3.29). However, one can of Masterpiece has now lasted me four months as you hardly have to use any. Also, it is much cheaper online at around £7.00. When I use the VO5 hairspray, I find I have to use a lot more for the same hold which makes the hair look like straw. However, you could buy many more cans of the VO5 for the price. 


Hold:

The Bed Head is brilliant. It keeps my fringe in place even when I walk to school in the wind and unless the weather is appalling, my hair looks the same when I get home. I was disappointed with the VO5 hold, it claims it is weather resistant and long lasting but as soon as I stepped outside hell broke loose. I used it to tame fly-aways etc. and it gave a nice, natural finish but for my fringe it wasn't great. 

Natural finish:

As mentioned before, the Bed Head only needs a small amount and if more is applied it can make hair look and feel straw like. The VO5 is an 'ultrafine' mist which works to its advantage in this case - it doesn't seem as though you have hairspray on. However, I find that because quite a lot is needed, it ends up looking a bit straw like and not nice. 


Overall opinion: 

I was disappointed with the VO5 hairspray, particularly as it received good reviews on the Boots website. Although it was much cheaper, Bed Head products are also much cheaper online it ends up being approximately double the price but as it is more effective, I don't use as much. I have used the VO5 hairspray for ponytails etc. and for that, it worked really well and gave a lovely, natural shine. At the end of it all though, I think I would rather spend a little bit extra on a far superior product for fringes. 

Other products to try:

Just to add, if you are on a budget, I found that the Boots Essentials Firm Hold hairspray was very good (not as good as Bed Head but better than VO5) and at £1.75 for 450ml, is is brilliant value!

Fitting in with my love of all Aussie products, their Aussie Miracle Shine + Hold hairspray is also brilliant and smells like heaven (as all Aussie products do). It is £3.99 for 250ml. 


I hope this has helped!
Elle xxx

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