Don’t you hate those tiny little hairs at the base of your head, especially around your ears, that never seem to grow no matter how long your hair gets? I am almost convinced that different rules apply to them, than to the rest of our hair, and I am even more perplexed on how they defy gravity and manage to just point sideways, the opposite direction of the rest of my hair, over and over, day in and day out. I have to joke otherwise I get annoyed with these tiny hairs but I know I’m not alone in my suffering.
I have been looking for a good hair spray to keep those little buggers in check but a lot of the ones I tried, tend to make my entire hair either rock solid or dirty looking afterwards. I’ve finally found one that works well with minimal disruption and even reverses the gravity issue and gets those tiny hairs to stay put!
So, without further ado, let’s have a look at the Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray. Is it worth your money and time? Let’s find out.
The Percy & Reed products are in general super cute. They often have a beautiful lady in cartoon drawing and look elegant, sleek and professional.
This product is no exception. It looks gorgeous and the black and white colour scheme actually makes it stand out, out of so many super colourful hair spray products.
The bottle itself is made of Aluminium metal (which can be recycled) and it comes with a spray pump. The pump dispenses the product evenly as a fine mist and it also doesn’t require a lot of effort to press.
Colour and Texture
This is a no brainer but still worth mentioning. This product is obviously a colourless spray in the form of a fine mist.
The Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray has a subtle sweet scent that smells more like a light shampoo than a hairspray. That’s actually really great because a lot of hairsprays make your hair smell and look dirty or too “made up”. The “not so hairspray” scent of this product allows your hair to smell nice even after you are done with the hairstyle.
This 250mL bottle retails for £12.50 but you can also buy a travel size, 50mL one for £5. It might not be as cheap as some other sprays but also not too unaffordable, especially considering that the 250mL will last a while (1-3 months depending on usage).
Hair and skin compatibility
This product is compatible for all hair and skin types. There are no ingredients specific for one hair or skin type over another, except perhaps if your skin is too sensitive, you might try a little of this spray first as it contains fragrance and other common skin sensitisers.
This hairspray doesn’t have a lasts for xM label.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray is an ultra fine, humidity resistant mist. Give your style a satisfyingly strong hold which is completely invisible to the eye, so it looks utterly natural, and is impeccably well-behaved.
Formulated with hair-compatible ingredients that improve gloss and condition, Percy & Reed Hairspray ‘seals’ your style perfectly, with strong hold plus natural-feel flexibility and durability. Provides unparalleled temperature and humidity resistance.
Can be sprayed over hair after styling, or for looser styles, spray onto a dressing brush and sweep through the hair.
How to use
- Gently mist over the hair, holding the can about 10cm away from your style. Allow the hairspray to just mist through the hair.
Misting it onto a brush and brushing that through the hair gives a perfect weightless distribution.
3. Spray again to set if you wish.”
Practicality of use – user experience
The Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray is very easy to use. All you need to do is remove the cap and spray on your hair from a, roughly, 10-20cm distance. And that’s it! You can directly apply it on the areas you need a little hold and it dries very quickly.
This hair spray feels weightless and is invisible. It doesn’t leave any white or other marks on clothes or hair and it also doesn’t feel sticky when you touch your hair.
It holds the hair together all day long and goes away easily when you brush your hair. It doesn’t make the hair dirty and it even gives it a nice little scent. What more could you want from a hold hair spray?
This category is not very relevant for this product as our hair is essentially dead when it is outside the body and it also won’t be touching a lot or any of your skin either. Therefore, don’t expect any nourishing value from this hairspray. There is no reason to judge it by its nourishing value of the ingredients, but I know that many of you like this analysis so here it goes regardless. Instead of focusing on just the nourishing value, I added a little info on all ingredients to give you a general idea of what every ingredient does.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the ingredients that are skin or hair nourishing or positive/negative, while ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Butane – This is a propellant ingredient, a big part of creating the spray mist.
- Propane – Also a propellant.
- Isobutane – Also a propellant.
- Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer – This is a film former and anti-static agent. It is one of the compounds in this hairspray that keep the hair in place.
- Aqua – This is just water.
- Polyurethane-14 – Also a firm former and hair conditioner.
- AMP-Acrylates Copolymer – Also a film former.
- Aminoethyl Propanol – Not specifically an ingredient positive but it keeps the formulation together by buffering the pH of the product.
- Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Panthenol – A hair and skin conditioner as well as an anti-static agent.
- Alcohol Denat.– There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative.
- Parfum (Fragrance) – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
Obviously note that the ingredient negatives are not exactly negatives here. The spray shouldn’t come in a lot or any contact with your skin and the perfume actually works in your favour here, giving your hair a little cleaner feeling and smell.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this hair spray have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Alcohol Denat., Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Aminoethyl Propanol, Parfum, Linalool.
Full list of ingredients
Alcohol Denat., Butane, Propane, Isobutane, Octylacrylamide/Acrylates/Butylaminoethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Aqua, Polyurethane-14, AMP-Acrylates Copolymer, Aminoethyl Propanol, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Panthenol, Parfum, Linalool.
I really like this hair spray because it is invisible, doesn’t feel heavy or sticky and it doesn’t make your hair crispy. It also comes off easily by just brushing the hair, so if you changed your mind or want to change up your hair mid-day, your hair style is not set in stone. It doesn’t leave white marks and it also doesn’t smell like a typical hairspray. It feels as natural as a hairspray can feel. It also kept those little hairs in check and it didn’t make my hair dirty. You can layer it on and even apply again later in the day without ever reaching the point of hair crispiness.
What more could you want from a hold hair spray?
Have you ever tried this product? Did it work for you?
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!
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