I’ve tried most things, most recently the FatFish Pliable Hold Easy Sculpting Stick and was less than impressed. It was therefore a bit of a surprise when Fish Soho’s PR people asked if I could take a look at FishFix Hardcore Hold Controlling Wax.
In the continuing quest to find something to give my hair some style I couldn’t wait to try the wax out. My hair is currently approaching three inches in length so from experience I would expect a wax to struggle with the sheer amount of hair and the density when styling. FishFix wax was going to be truly tested.
In a nutshell, to say that I was sceptical about how this was going to play out would be an understatement, in fact I set my hopes low, so low they were lower than the bar at the limbo world championships.
Fish Salon market this as:
‘Tackle life head on (get it, head, hair, genius)! Combining the holding power of gel with the smoothing properties of wax. The wax should give controlled and defined style with the finish being neat with superior hold.’
As soon as the lid was off two things struck me immediately, it smells lovely, clean and fresh unlike most waxes that have a chemical aroma to them and it didn’t look to have the same texture. The wax in the pot looks almost like some form of cream rather than a wax.
My curiosity about the texture couldn’t wait to style my hair and I plunged my fingertips straight in to see what it felt like. First of all it is incredibly soft wax so any amount of pressure and your finger slips straight to the bottom of the pot, this suggested that it would be easy to apply.
After washing my hair and leaving it slightly damp I ran my fingertips over the top of the wax. The picture below shows how much I actually needed to style my hair - not much at all which when you consider this is a 100ml pot it’s likely to last me for well over a month when using daily.
Rubbing the wax into my hands I found the whole application process to be a breeze, it spreads onto the shaft of the hair and is really easy to massage from root to tip. Styling was so simple and within minutes my hair was covered, spiked and ready to go.
Normally when applying wax, gels or cream I normally get sticky hands and have to wash them immediately, I didn‘t in this instance and was so impressed I kept touching my arms to see if it was a delayed stickiness, it wasn’t and I was amazed.
I have a terrible habit of touching my hair which usually leads to a loss of hold and the build up of a sticky residue - with FishFix neither of these was an issue.
The wax took around two to three minutes to completely dry in my hair (in the afternoon sun) and the spikes were rigid. They didn’t feel crunchy or solid as they do when using wax, instead it remained pliable and when a few strands slipped down they were really easy to re-style.
The hold lasted for a good six hours until I hit my bed. In the morning the spikes on the top of my head were still rigid and there were no signs of those pesky white flakes that come over time with hair styling products.
If you are looking for a change in styling product, want something that provides a long lasting and defined hold this is for you. As with all Fish Soho products this will be available at Boots and is reasonably priced. When you take into account how little is needed each day then it represents a great product that delivers real value for money.
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