Remember a few weeks ago when we reviewed Hairbond’s Distorter? And then remember how it won our award for “Best Hair Styling Product?” Well, I also tried the Hairbond Shaper and this stuff is just as good, but probably better.
The difference between the Hairbond Shaper and Distorter is the hold strength–the Shaper has a much stronger hold. That said, it is the perfect amount of hold, and I can’t imagine anyone needing more (unless you’re going for a pompadour or a mohawk or something that requires something akin to superglue) for normal use. This means that the same quality I loved in the Distorter (feels like nothing is in your hair) is still present in the Shaper–it’s just more obvious to the touch with the Shaper, which is fine. I mean, that’s expected, really.
The Shaper smells and looks like cake icing, no joke. It’s so weird, but it has a sugary smell to it. You won’t notice it in use, but in the jar you can definitely smell it. It’s enjoyable enough; I’m not sitting around smelling hair products all day anyways.
Use the Hairbond Shaper much like you would any other hair product, but don’t use it liberally. You only need a little bit, and you can literally shape your hair however you want it. It turns your hair into cotton candy, and you can play with it almost endlessly. It’s honestly fantastic, and I still fully stand behind Hairbond and their cult following.
However, remember last time when I said I couldn’t think of anything to change? Well, after using both products for a few weeks now, I’ve decided that it would be really nice if the folks at Hairbond made their jars stackable. They are sort of shaped like they would fit together, and I keep trying to stack them on my counter, but to no avail. My beef is really with the packaging, but not the product, which is fantastic. I will continue to use Hairbond for my own personal use.
If you’re looking for a strong hold that won’t feel (or look) obnoxious, I wholeheartedly recommend the Hairbond Shaper to fit that need. You won’t regret it, but you might have to wait a bit for it to hit the U.S. market.