I was blessed with a thick head of hair but cursed with a head of hair that cannot be managed. Essentially, my hair looks like the love child of dark brown cotton candy and a brillo pad once it gets past a certain length. And for that simple reason, I've always tried to keep my hair short. But now that I'm getting older, I have decided to switch it up and keep my hair a bit longer. But as mentioned before, it's starting to look like a big mess.

Thankfully, a new product that I saw on TV from Garnier Fructis promised to change that. It's called a "finishing paste" and promises 24HR definition which I'm guessing means that it'll last for 24 hours. But since is their new "Pure Clean" line, it also promises zero silicones, zero parabens, zero dyes, and zero stickiness. The latter is the less important factor of the bunch but I was quite surprised. A major cosmetics line is finally manufacturing something that seems to be good for my hair.

But is it too good to be true?

At $7 the price is reasonable for the 2.0oz container. I opened the little jar up and saw this white Elmer's glue type of paste looking back at me. After dipping my finger in for a scoop, I realized that it had this odd malleable but springy feel. Putting the weird consistency aside, I applied it through my hair like it said but I noticed that nothing was happening. If anything my hair began to look extra volumized and shiny. I decided to wet my hair a bit and then the finishing paste started to work its magic. My hair looked hydrated and well maintained for once. In this NYC humidity, a hard task to manage. I was pleasantly surprised until I saw the ingredients.
My biggest complaint is that Garnier Fructis dropped the ball on a few things, fragrance for one- there's no need for it. The finishing taste sends off the aroma of burning plastic. I'm sure some people wouldn't mind it but it's just not something that smells "pure." Which is especially strange to me- because the company went out of their way to add "fragrance" when looking at the ingredients. Most of the ingredients score below a three on the cosmetics Database and a lot even registered 1s. The biggest offenders came in Citral (a fragrance ingredient) and Limonene (perfuming agent) which are both related to the smell. Limolene is said to degrade when exposed to the sun which could create products that can create respiratory irritants.

The funny  thing is that maybe if they didn't go out of their way to make this product smell "good," it would actually be an alright product at the drugstore. While I enjoy having maintained hair, the smell of burnt plastic in the morning just doesn't appeal to me. If you have a hard time managing your locks, this might be a good product for you to try. I'll pass on it for now, and continue my search for a decent and decently priced, hair controller.

Ingredients:

Aqua (Water) , Propanediol , Isopropyl Palmitate , Cera Alba (Beeswax) , Cetyl Esters , Stearyl Alcohol , Glycerin , Dicaprylyl Carbonate , Cetyl Alcohol , Arachidyl Alcohol , Behenyl Alcohol , Caprylyl Glycol , Arachdyl Glucoside , Gellan Gum , Fragrance , Potassium Sorbate , Tocopherol , Glycine Soja Oil (Soybean Oil) , Limonene , Xanthan Gum , Citronellol , Linalool , Acacia Senegal (Acacia Senegal Gum) , Citral