Percy and Reed hair styling products: a Love, a Like and a Leave.


Some time ago I discovered a fabulous hair mousse from Percy & Reed by trying a sample of it. It was better than any hair mousse I had ever tried because it didn’t make my fine hair feel crunchy and I couldn’t feel that it was in my hair at all.

Percy & Reed are professional hair dressers, their ethos is to enable everyone to use great quality hair care and styling products. Inspired by their story and excited by the first product I tried, I bought a full size bottle of Abundantly Bouncy Volumising mousse along with 2 other products. A hair spray and a dry shampoo. Both I use regularly. All products smell and work well but despite them being nice not all of them lived up to my expectations. Let’s find out why!

A Love:

The Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse is just wonderful! I never thought I’d pay more than a £5 for a hair mousse but after I felt the difference I didn’t want to look back. It helps to lift even fine and ‘floppy’ hair like mine from the roots and you won’t even feel it’s in your hair. I talked about it before in my February Favourites and I stick to what I said. I will happily buy it again. Ok, £12 for The Abundantly Bouncy Volumising mousse might not be a steal, but it’s worth every penny.

A Like:

I use hairspray nearly every day to keep my slick straight hair in place. I can’t really fault the Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray. It smells great, the nozzle is really good so it sprays a lovely fine mist of product. It’s tough enough to hold the style well, and at the same time it’s easy to comb your hair afterwards without leaving it feeling horribly tough and dry. Why then it’s just a like? Well… because as nice as it is, I don’t think it’s worth its weight in gold. What I usually use is equally good and half the price. Next time I need a hairspray it’s going to be the usual; Elnett from L’Oreal.

A Leave:

No-Fuss Fabulousness Dry Shampoo is however nowhere near fabulous. It does smell great, that’s true, but so do many other dry shampoos out there. Unless you’re platinum blonde it will leave a white residue on your hair. Even a lot of rubbing in and combing through didn’t help to get rid of the powder look from my hair. My hair was left looking matt and it was obvious I’ve used dry shampoo to save the day. I had to spray a very generous amount of the product too to get the result I was looking for, unlike with my favourite dry shampoo TRESemmé Instant Refresh (Translucent), which is only half the price of the Percy & Reed dry shampoo.

After writing all of this I’ve seen that Percy & Reed has just launched a new clear or translucent dry shampoo. Still I think I’ll stay faithful to TRESemmé.

Have you tried any Percy & Reed products? 

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