The Bottom Line: Excellent overall look and feel to the product with great results if used properly.
In order to understand how any styling product is used and whether or not it works for you, I think it is best to understand the person that is reviewing the product and their own usage.
I personally am a somewhat stylish 27 year old. I have relatively short hair but I style it in a messy spiked up manner. It is sort of a rockstar spiked look. I have dark brown hair but it is relatively soft hair so I have to make sure that the products that I am using make my soft hair a little easier to manage when it comes to my look.
The biggest issue that I have is finding products that are capable of standing the test of time. Since my hair is so soft it tends to fall really easy if I don't have the right products to hold it in place. The hardest part is that I don't want my hair to appear crunchy and greasy either.
I am also relatively cheap so I don't want to pay the high costs of the salon products. It is for this reason that I end up doing A LOT of experimenting when it comes to my hair cair products. I have used hundreds of products throughout the years and really have a great concept of what really works and what really doesn't.
So when you read these reviews make sure that you keep in mind that my hair is somewhat of a worst case scenario when it comes to styling but a best case scenario when it comes to conditioning and cleaning.
AXE MESSY STYLING PASTE My absolute favorite running line of hair styling products is the Axe line of hair products. I have found that they provide the right level of control with a good bit of hold at the same time.
The Spiked Up Look product is the current Axe product that I use for maintaining my hair. While it isn't as easy to work with as the other products by Axe, it definitely works much more effectively under extreme conditions and that is what matters the most.
It is a strong holding product that looks very natural and holds up under the stress of pretty much anything that you can throw at it.
THE FEEL The product itself is a gooey mixture that is somewhat sticky and gross to play around with. While it starts out very pliable it quickly begins to dry and forms a glue on your hands. The main thing to keep in mind is that you have to be ready to use it immediately. If you waste too much time thinking about how you want to use it you're going to be very unhappy with the stickiness and the difficulty with using it.
When you use the product it is important to keep in mind that you are probably going to need to wet your hair and hands first. The reason for this is that you really can't apply this product to dry hair, especially in large amounts. If you use too much water then it is going to dry and make your hair look greasy. It really becomes an art between balancing the level of moisture and the amount of product that you are going to use in order to make your hair look the best, especially if you are spiking it up.
THE SMELL Most products these days have a lot of smell to them but this product doesn't really have one. You can smell it as you are applying it but you really can't smell it after that. The smell definitely disappears quickly which is a huge positive for me since I hate having smells coming from every inch of my body for each of the numerous products I use on a daily basis.
LONGEVITY/HOLD I have never had any issues with the longevity of this product. It holds up throughout my work day, throughout my sometimes intense runs/workouts, and it seems to even make it through light rain without any hairspray or touching up involved.
I definitely recommend staying away from hairspray when you are using this product. When you use hairspray the product just looks greasy. Another issue is again applying too much water when you are using the product itself. This also makes it look greasy.
My only recommendation is that you blow dry the concern areas of your hair to activate the hold and get the dry to take place. Once that happens the hold is set and you don't have to worry about it. This is really only necessary if you are styling your hair in a similar way to how I do it.
FINAL THOUGHTS This product is great. It works the way that I want it to for even my spiked up hair. It is also versatile enough that you can use it for a variety of different types of hair without any issues. I really don't think it matters what the purpose it is perfect for most any type of hair. It really just depends upon how creative you want to get with it.
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