Percy and Reid Finishing Polish
This is not a sponsored entry and I am not trying to sell you anything so don’t worry. (though, guys or associate ad companies, if you wana sling a little cash my way, I wouldn’t say no! 😉 ) But I came across this product and I think it’s something that women might find useful. (and men too, not to be sexist here it’s just that the product is aimed more at women 🙂 )
I came across Percy and Reid Finishing Polish when I got it free in GLAMOUR actually. A full sized bottle of it which I thought was pretty good considering it would have been £4 (trial size 50ml) or £10 (full size 125ml) if I had bought it myself. I bought the glossy thing for the cover star, Jennifer Lawrence in order to pay heed to my love of Hunger Games (movie, released date March 23rd if you’re interested, which in my opinion, you all should be, if you haven’t already seen it, shame on you)
Which brings me back from my tangent and onto the product. So. Finishing Polish.
For the less than totally absorbed by all things beauty, you are not alone – I had never heard of Finishing Polish either. But after using this product every time I have washed my hair since I got it, I wish I had found it sooner.
It says on the back that it should give you “a soft, flexible hold” in amongst a whole load of crap about chestnuts and flowers. What it really does is act like some sort of styling gel/straightener/hairspray hybrid. As an asthmatic, anything that acts as a replacement to the foul-smelling aerosol spray cans we are so often subjected to nowadays is an improvement.
As someone with very long, fine hair that falls flat on its straggly ends (to the dismay of many a hairdresser), I was sceptical about how effective this was actually going to be. Nothing has ever really worked for longer than five minutes before, why should this be any different?
Using a pea sized amount rubbed between the palms of my hands I ran it all through my hair – a little goes a long way, but if you would prefer a stronger hold or have thicker hair you could use a little bit more. At first I was a little concerned because it left it saturated with a hard, sticky residue that just made my hair look greasy, but that was completely absorbed within a couple of minutes. My hair was left looking and feeling smooth and straight and shiny. This was enhanced even further once I ran it over with straighteners. After that it felt smooth and strong, the product did not weigh the hair down, and there was no visible evidence of it.
(BubzBeauty on YouTube shows you how to curl your hair in 5 minutes – for those of you who have not got the patience for anything that takes any longer : D )
Plus, it smells really good! Kind of like tangy flowers, a little citrusy, spring with a kick or summer at a festival. The scent is strong enough that you notice the change, but it is pleasant and I have had people comment that my hair smelled really nice. It took me a few whiffs to really get used to it though because it seems at first to have a chemically undercurrent, but after you let your nose adjust that goes away.
Suitable for at least four hair types but I couldn’t comment further, as that is the extent of my research so far – oily hair, damaged or brittle hair, can be used also on older, dry hair types and even on dyed hair.
Another benefit is it lasting effect. After using it you can expect straight hair for at least two days, depending on how often you wash your hair. I usually do every day but I found that it also works like dry shampoo.
I tried it before curling rather than straightening and while it did last for a while, it didn’t hold indefinitely. Hairspray would be your friend there I think, but as I said before, my hair rarely holds style so for it to last me until I got to the bus stop was an achievement!
(UPDATE – I used it recently before doing my hair for a wedding, curling it and pinning it half up and it actually held for quite a long time, even without hairspray. It didn’t last through the dancing but with a bit of hairspray, maybe.)
At £4.00 this item is definitely value for money and quality. As you use so little each time I would guess it to last for several months, even with regular use. The only issue is that it is only available from a few outlets other than their own website such as the chain fashion store Selfriges and the online store ASOS.com and not available from regular make-up stores or pharmacies, but if you look online there is a page on their website that shows you all the places you can get it or buy it online.
It made my hair so super shiny and straight and glossy and wonderful it is so fabulous go out and get it RIGHT NOW!!