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Pretty Good, But A Couple Issues
on July 22, 2013
I typically use Paul Mitchel Re-Works to style my hair, and while I am happy with how it works, I don't use it fast enough so I end up wasting part of the bottle when it dries out a bit and loses effectiveness. Also, I find that the longer my hair gets (I keep it short), the more 'gunky' the Re-works gets when styling. Thus, I was looking for something that comes in a smaller quantity (3oz helps for plane travel too) that would have similar results and work a bit better on longer hair. So, based on reviews, I went with the Reformer.
I'll cover the elephant in the room first: the scent. Yes, it is a bit strong and has a bit of a 'medicine-like' note to it (though I find it to be more of a woodsy scent overall). I, nor anyone I asked, found the odor overpowering though. I will admit that once you pick up the scent, it's hard to lose it (you'll never forget you're wearing the stuff).
The main issue I have with this is the hold. It goes on nicely, and is easy to style with, even with longer hair (2 inches, give or take). But, the hold just isn't there with the amount you have to use (yes, I said 'have to'...I'll explain below). It'll hold the hair for a bit, but a strong breeze or any type of humidity is enough to knock the style out of place. Yes, it's easy to re-style without more product, but that shouldn't be what's expected with a strong-hold product. Adding more product to get a stronger hold isn't in the cards, as it tends to leave a white residue the more it is used. I have blonde hair, and it can even be seen in my light hair. Though, it seems that using a bit more INITIALLY instead of going back late to add more mitigates the residue (the layering is probably what causes it).
Also, I actually prefer using this with slightly damp hair. Seems to be easier to get the 'messy' look that way.
Overall, it's not too bad, but honestly not sure I'll purchase it again once this tin runs out in a couple months.
EDIT: Had to take off one star because of another negative for this item. If you live in a bug-laden area, avoid this. It seems to attract bugs for miles. Gnats, flies, even mosquitoes seem to be drawn to the scent of the product. Each time I've worn this and either been in a buggy area or been outside around dusk, it's acted as a magnet that gives a bug zapper a run for it's money. I think I'll definitely pass on getting more of this once it runs out.