In this article I review Wax Zero, By Vilain’s latest hair styling product from their new organic line that officially releases on October 15. Additionally I talk about how it compares with other popular By Vilain products (Gold Digger, Silver Fox, etc..)
I’ll be reviewing several factors: packaging; ingredients; scent; consistency; ease of application; styling; finish; longevity; washability; and price.
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Before we get into the review let me briefly talk about the By Vilain product line.
WHO OR WHAT IS BY VILAIN?
By Vilain is a best-selling product line of professional hair care products uniquely handpicked by the team over at Slikhaar TV. The Slikhaar concept was created by idential twins Emil and Rasmus V. Albrechtsen. As of today the twins run the largest YouTube channel focused on men’s hair styling and hair care.
In addition to establishing themselves as a premier shop for hair care products and resource for all things men’s hair care and styling, they’ve built a highly engaged and loyal community of followers over the years that contributes to their wild success.
The packaging design is consistent with all of the other By Vilain waxes and pomades. It has a black label with silver lettering, their logo, taglines, ingredients, and directions on how to apply. It looks like there’s a honey comb silhouette in the background which is a fine subtle detail.
Wax Zero is a 54% organic wax with 0% perfume, and so it’s is pretty much odorless, which is a good thing or bad thing depending on your preference. Me personally, I like at least a subtle fragrance in my hair styling products.
Organic ingredients include: aloe vera, almond oil, carnauba wax, shea butter and beeswax.
As mentioned above, there is no scent. Wax Zero pretty much smells like a wax substance would. I actually like the scent of the other By Vilain products, eg. Gold Digger, Silver Fox & Dynamite Clay. But with no perfume, Wax Zero has no scent which is fine with me.
Wax Zero has more of a creamy texture compared to the other By Vilain waxes. I’d say it’s most similar to Gold Digger and Powermade in terms of consistency. On a scale Dynamite Clay has a waxy/clay texture that’s the thickest, then Silver Fox, then finally Gold Digger, Powermade and Wax Zero.
EASE OF APPLICATION
Applying Wax Zero hair wax is easier than the thicker Dynamite Clay or Silver Fox. The waxy cream-like texture makes it a breeze to slick through my hair without tugging or getting too many tangled knots. It’s worth mentioning that once the product is in your hair, you can feel it begin to thicken, which allows for easy styling and reshaping.
Like the other By Vilain products you only need to apply a small dime or nickel sized amount depending on how long your hair is.
Keep in mind that for testing purposes I applied to dry hair, which is a true test of ease of application whereas applying to wet hair makes applying anything easier.
STYLING & FINISH
I started things off as I usually do with about a dozen sprays of Sidekick Zero pre-styler which as the name indicates is part of the same family of organic products as Wax Zero.
Sidekick Zero provides heat protection, shaping and hold, while helping get my hair that initial volume for easier styling with the hair wax.
Some days I can just tell when I’m going to have a bit of a hard time styling my hair as soon as I hit it with the blow dryer. I was definitely having one of those bad hair mornings where my hair wasn’t going in the direction I wanted it to.
I spent several minutes playing with my hair, fixing it, teasing it into place and what you’ll see below is the end result. All in all Wax Zero did a pretty good job of handling my unruly hair today.
LONGEVITY & WASHABILITY
Wax Zero provides a good hold, texture and volume that lasts throughout the day. It has a pretty good longevity, especially for how light the product is.
After 8 hours my hair did flatten a little bit, but the product works so well when it comes to re-styling. I just have to run my fingers through my hair to reshape it and voila, the volume is back.
And as expected, Wax Zero washes out easily with only water. Although if you really want to get it all out, a little shampoo will help.
Wax Zero is $22 for a 2.2. fl. oz/65 ml jar, the same price as all of the other By Vilain waxes. It’s not cheap, but worthwhile in my opinion considering you only have to use such a small amount per application. It will be available for purchase in the Slikhaar Shop on October 15.
IS BY VILAIN WAX ZERO FOR YOU?
I’d say that By Vilain’s Wax Zero is great for all hair types, especially straight hair. It’s got all the trademark qualities of the other By Vilain waxes such as reshapeability, allowing for easy re-styling throughout the day.
If you like your hair products lightweight with a strong hold and a matte finish as well as a textured look that lasts for a long time, then Wax Zero is a great product for you. Think of its organic ingredients as an added bonus if that matters to you.
WRAPPING THINGS UP
In terms of my favorite By Vilain products, Wax Zero ranks slightly behind Gold Digger and my favorite Silver Fox. It’s about even with Dynamite Clay and ranks above Powermade.
All in all, I think Wax Zero is a fantastic addition to the By Vilain family of hair products that I’ll be using as a part of my regular hair styling rotation.
A note: The hair product in this review sent to me. These are all my thoughts and opinions based on my experience. Gentleman Within holds all control over editorial content.
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