I like many different Samy Hair Products. The popular Miami hairdresser is a true star in the field. His hair sprays are second only to those of the renowned Nick Chavez.
Recently I purchased Samy’s Fat Hair, “0” Calories Chickening Spray expecting to find another great product. Unfortunately, I did not.
Samy claims this is a super lightweight spray that works well for fine, thin hair. It promises to make the hair shaft plump up for a thicker overall look. It also promised stronger hair. I found some of those claims accurate but not all of them.
The spray is very lightweight. It feels like a fine mist of water as you apply it. If not for the floral smell and the slight stickiness, you might think there is nothing but water inside the bottle. Whatever is contained therein seems too watered down, which is making it virtually ineffective.
According to Samy, his Thickening Spray contains FH4, which blends together natural extracts and proteins to plump up the hair from the inside out. However, unlike Samy’s hair spray, which really does plump up the hair through some mechanism, this product does nothing that you can actually see. It doesn’t even provide the usual hold associated with other similar sprays when you use a curling iron or hot rollers.
In addition, the natural extracts are supposed to strengthen the hair; make it look more beautiful and improve its health. While it does add a slight hint of shine, I have found no evidence of it making my hair stronger. Neither does it make my hair look healthier. In fact it made no discernible visual change or “feel” whatsoever.
The instructions say to spray the hair – damp or dry — thoroughly with the product before blow drying or styling. Those who dry their hair naturally can also use it.
I followed the instructions, first trying it on wet hair and then on dry hair. I let it dry once on its own and I blew it dry the second time. There appeared to be no change either way.
Thinking that perhaps I hadn’t used the spray properly, I tried it several different ways. I used it alone as a single styling product. I also used it in conjunction with other styling products of Samy’s. I even used it with other favorite styling products. Nothing worked.
Here is my complete summary:
Ease of application: 2 out of 5 stars. It sprays on easily and doesn’t clog-up like some other thickening sprays. Unfortunately, it isn’t clear exactly how to use the product – alone or with other styling products.
Packaging: 3 out of 5 stars. I love that Samy color-codes his products for easy identification. His thickening products are color-coded red, making them easy to spot on the store shelf. I also liked the short, squat bottle that is easy to store. The release mechanism seems to prevent clogging as well as assure even distribution
Ease of purchase:5 out of 5 stars. Samy has an online store, can be purchased at Home Shopping Network, is found in beauty boutiques and can even be found in drugstores like Walgreens.
Ease of storage: 3 out of 5 stars. It isn’t too big or too small in size or width. It should fit into any medicine cabinet or other beauty storage bin.
Price: 1 out of 5 stars. Most of his products are reasonably priced. The 8oz Thickening Spray retails for less than $7. However, when it doesn’t work, the low price doesn’t matter.
Effectiveness: 1 out of 5 stars. I liked the hint of shine and that it didn’t leave my hair sticky. However, it did nothing in the way of thickening my hair.
Product purchase probability: 0 out of 5 stars. I already have hair shine products so this one is redundant if it doesn’t thicken and it doesn’t.
Retailer purchase probability: 5 out of 5 stars. I have no problem with Ulta, where I purchased this product.
Final rating: 2.2 stars. Still love your other products, Samy, but this one is a dud!
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor