Sunday, 27 April 2014

Aussie Dual Personality Texturising + Conditioning Gel Spray (review)

Aussie. Made in France. I didn't know much about the international cosmetics brand until I started researching; it's a Procter & Gamble company and unbelievably it's not even sold in Australia! Who knew? With a name that's slang for Australian, a kangaroo as its symbol and a “Roo Your ‘Do!” slogan, to say I'm surprised it's an all-American company is an understatement.

The only visible link with Australia – apart from the deceptive marketing angle – is the inclusion of Australian sea kelp extract. That's it. Also included is parfum, and, disappointingly, sodium lauryl sulphate. Being a Procter & Gamble company, animal testing is prevalent.
 
Aussie Dual Personality Texturising + Conditioning Gel Spray

Background

This gel spray is designed to do double-duty. I'm a fan of time-saving and like the idea of using a product that conditions as it adds texture. The conditioning is supposed to be lightweight yet leave your hair soft enough so “you can run your fingers (or someone else can run theirs) through it”.

It's certainly affordable being sold for around five pounds and it's available all over the high street so sourcing it shouldn't be a problem (unless you live in Australia ;-)). It forms part of the volumising collection, which includes shampoo, conditioner, 2-in-1, mousse and glossing spray.

Usage

You spray it on damp hair – the spray is a bit too direct so be careful not to overload your hair – and then work through and air-dry (my preferred method) or whip out your blow-dryer.

It's got a pretty nondescript smell that's barely worth commenting on. The feel of the product is better. If air-drying is your thing you'll hopefully notice, as I did, improved texture from root to tip. It gave my hair more 'feel' and made it easy to style up. If I overdid it my hair got a trifle crispy, but a light brush through sorted that.

Blow-drying gives softer, lighter results as you might expect. Using this spray with a large paddle brush helps you achieve big volume. I found the results a bit frizzier, though. Interestingly, Aussie suggest you tame fly-aways with another one of their products. I'd prefer there not to be any in the first place.

Verdict

This is fine for adding more touchable texture to your hair, but it can't compete with texturising powders for the ultimate in grip. Aussie's Gel Spray works better for lighter, more natural results especially if you blow dry. It's not very good at conditioning, so you might still want to use a serum first as I have done.

I'll probably use this up and not bother with the rest of the range, simply because other styling products give more more reliable results. Not bad, but not great is probably the best way to summarise it.

YES!
NO!
Adds some texture
Overdoing it and air-drying causes crispiness
Easy to use
Not great at volumising unless you blow-dry

Not a natural or eco-choice

Spray is too forceful and direct

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Brand: Aussie


Size: 150 ml
Price: £4.99 (£3.33/100 ml)

Manufactured: France

Ingredients: Aqua, PVP/PA Copolymer, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, DMDM Hydantoin, Parfum, Aminomethyl Propanol, Limonene, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, Butylene Glycol, Ecklonia Radiata Extract, Alcohol Denat., Tocopherol

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