“So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye…” It absolutely pains me to say I found my holy grail styling product for my short pixie hair last November, it is L’Oreal Playball Wax Smoothie (Force 3) but it is soon leaving shelves for good, or so I was told. I now have one of the 50ml travel size sprays but only because a friend wasn’t using it. Before this product it was L’Oreal Elnett but the small spray sizes are inaccessible locally (in EU or UK only). I love my short hair but I still deal daily with a horrible cowlick wave on the left side of my head (it starts at the root so it needs taming) and I was also getting somewhat envious of all these bloggers getting to play with these “lift” or texture sprays. I needed and wanted a hairstyling product that worked for me, too! Something to let static and baby hair know who’s boss, haha. I didn’t manage to get a L’Oreal Wax Smoothie spray of my own at first, someone just let me test theirs at the time when I first tried it. I was like “Omigosh, where did you get this?”. I was put out after finding out from a friend and work colleague that this very wonder product (for me, not the rest of you with long hair probably) is being DISCONTINUED. If you’re style-specific and need an innovative spray that gives the texture appearance and hold of clay or wax but applies as light as hairspray that’s exactly what this is. A product this specific doesn’t come along every day. Huhu…
“L’Oréal Professionnel Play Ball Wax Smoothie Spray is a texturising spray wax that will help you to create unique and constructed styles. It creates a medium hold and leaves hair smelling of pears.” It also leaves a nice non-greasy looking sheen and I can skip hair oil for shine on the special occasion days when I use this.
Showing sympathy my friend gave me his free sample (and he may have a few more hidden away somewhere I hope) because he never uses it on all the long-haired ladies he does hairstyling for. With long hair it’s all about vavavoom volume and oomph but for my pixie hair I needed something extremely specific that did the exact opposite of all those lift and texturizing/volumizing sprays.
It had to be something which kept lift from the roots at an attractive minimum, took care of wayward baby hair, and gave smoothing hold without sacrificing my haircut’s piece-y texture. This does that all and not only that, it smells attractively of sweet pears. I strategically spray it just where I need some targeted control. I still work it through my hair with fingers after spraying but with this my hands don’t get all gummy.
It isn’t your typical wax in a pot, it’s in an aerosol spray, this isn’t the full size it’s a deluxe 50ml travel size which I love. This does the job of keeping volume at the roots down but not completely flat (so I don’t look like pomade came down on my head at 300kph), just down to just the right level while keeping the piece-y textured appearance of the haircut. Regular wax is tolerable but ugh, I hate it on my fingers. So, I wrote this review to try and feel better but now I think I’m a bit more depressed LOL. Don’t concern yourselves I’ll manage. L’Oreal, can you like not kill this…please?