Let me start my review by telling you how I would normally (pre-Control Force) curl my straigher-than-straight hair. I would apply heat protection with a curl awakener , blow dry my hair with a round brush, curl in small locks using a straight iron, add tons of extra holding power hairspray (drugstore brands) at once, three to four times in a row. I would then go out, even though my hair was really sticky, move a little, and two to three hours afterwards, my hair would be wavy and my curls almost gone.
I decided to give this hairspray a go based on the reviews I had read here and on their website. It seemed expensive (31$CAD) but I was tired of my old formula and willing to give it a try. When I went into the store, the SA quickly commented on my purchase and asked if I wanted to see a demonstration of its holding power.
He curled my hair using a straight iron and as soon as it was done, asked me to flip my hair down. He started putting hairspray like two feet away from me. In layers. After, he asked me to flip my hair back up, move it a little with my hands, and then proceeded to add layers of hairspray, still about two feet away from me.
It was already a win situation, because my hair did not feel sticky AT ALL. It didn't feel greasy from product build up like it did from other cheap brands and I couldn't WAIT to test it's holding power.
So amazed by the soft feeling in my curls, I kept touching them the whole night. I knew that this would wear them down, but I couldn't help it. I went to bed tying my hair in a low ponytail, ready to say goodbye to my curls.
The next morning I woke up and still had curls in my hair. Granted, they weren't small bouncy curls, but more long pronounced waves. My hair still looked really good. All in all, this gave me curls/waves for more than 24 hours. Something I had never thought my straight hair would achieve.
I also used this to control the direction my bangs are going in and it's wonderful as well. Even though the wind would sometimes blow some hair strands back into my face, as soon as I pushed them back where I wanted they would return back there and hold.
This is definitely HG status for me and I don't even think I'll ever try another brand of hairspray. It is expensive, but then again, it takes a lot of time to go through an entire bottle of hairspray.
meh. It's a firm hold HS that can still get sticky and build up over time. Yes it gives volume and yes it has organic aromas in it but it also costs almost three times as much as many other products out there that can do the same thing.
I was in the Aveda store and the SA offered to show me how this worked. I went in there with "gym hair" and came out with this awesome volume. I have a POB haircut, angled bob. The problem is I could not get this to react the same way as she did. I washed and styled today and I believe I put on too much product. It was like cement. I think this is my fault, so I wil continue to try. I gave it a 4 because I am not sure yet. I love the fact it has UV protection in it.
I really want to like this. It's not sticky, holds my hair and fights humidity. But it makes my scalp itch terribly. Back to the drawing board!
Boy, is this stuff expensive, but it is sooo worth it. Most of my life I've avoided hair sprays because I hated the stickiness, and the fact that hairspray would never seem to keep my hair in place for long. My stylist used this to do my hair after I got it cut, and first thing I thought was omg what are you doing? But wow, this stuff is so different. It's not sticky at all! It doesn't even feel like I have hairspray in my hair. Yet I walk home on a slightly breezy day, and despite it moving my hair around a bit, it keeps falling back into place. Twelve hours later, and my hair still looks good! How is that possible? Needless to say, I had to buy this stuff.
I went to an Aveda cosmetology school, and was in school when they released Control Force. It is awesome!!!
I have very fine hair, and at the time it was cut rather short. I started using Control Force and never looked back. It gives amazing texture with buildable firm hold. Layering applications will give you the firmest hold. Make sure you give each layer time to dry. It's also a DRY spray, meaning it's not sticky or clumpy when it comes out of the can. When applying, don't just hold the nozzle down and go to town...for best results (and less spray clouds) press the nozzle as you would a pump spray, in short, quick bursts.
The only thing kind of wonky about Control Force is I *swear* I smell a hint of pickles in it. I don't know if it's just me... :P
I used to stick to drugstore or Sally brands hairspray just because I use so much of them to hold my 'do in place. I have one of those spikey haircuts which seems to require a lot of spray to keep it from falling flat by day's end. After trying the Control Force based on a recommendation from my hairstylist (who said in her out-loud voice, "geez you've got a lot of build up in your hair, what have you been using?") I decided to give this a try. It takes a lot less product to keep my hair in place, even on a humid day, and my hair doesn't feel sticky or goopey. And I no longer have a problem with build up! Only wish it were a little less expensive.
I usually stick to drugstore hair products but after being introduced to Aveda I will probably never go back. This is the only hair spray that hasn't left a gross residue/ any sort of build up in my hair. It's supposedly all natural and I believe it. My hair has never felt softer after using a hair spray! I have fine asian hair with barely any volume and this is the only product that's capable of adding volume. I believe I paid over $20 for this stuff back in may and my can isn't anywhere near empty (I use it almost everyday).
This is a phenomenal firm hold spray. It doesn't make your hair "crunchy" but it does have a solid hold. It's a great humidity fighter, but it can also be used on damp, towel dried hair sprayed on and then blown out for super volumizer.
Versatile product. Love it.
The only thing I'm not a fan of is the smell. It doesn't stink, but unlike Aveda's Air Control, this isn't a scent that I want to linger in. Its a bit woodsy smelling for my liking, so I tend to go over it with a glossing of Air Control.
I work at an Aveda salon in Miami, where it's very humid. Control Force is amazing for humidity defense. Spray it before heat styling ( like when you flat iron or curling iron) and the shine you get is incredible. When you run a flat iron or curling iron over the product, it's not sticky.