Don’t you just hate hair grooming products that do not work? Well, it’s may be comforting to know that you’re not alone. Though it’s inevitably hard to avoid being in such situation as much as we all hate it.
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We’re also a firm believer of sharing knowledge with the community. Not only revolving around our products, but also other products (that we do not sell) amassing popularity around us.
And so, I’ll be taking an in-depth look at one of the heavy weight products around: By Vilain Gold Digger (GD) from Denmark. In this review, I will approach with the perspective of a consumer (just like you!) and not as a seller (we do not sell this product).
Packaging of Gold Digger
On first sight, the packaging is small and petite. Easy for bringing around especially for travel purposes. A volume of 65ml at a cost of USD $22 sounds reasonable to me. So the next question to ask will be how much to use per application. This question is pretty subjective, as it depends on one’s hair texture and it varies for everyone too.
Typically, the amount that I used for styling products is about the same (i.e. about 3/4 length of my fingernail). For GD, I used the hard part of my fingernails to dig up 3/4 of my total used proportion on first dig. As this is considered a slightly hard-textured clay, I didn’t use the soft part of my fingernails to dig the contents. Then, I rubbed on my fingers then my palms before spreading it evenly afterwards. Subsequently, I applied onto my hair using the “towel-drying” method (i.e. circular motion) in order to ensure the contents are distributed evenly into the hair . This complements my hairstyle, or haircut, of having undercut. I want the texture to be seen from the sides and using this method will helps to achieve that. Once I spread the gold digger evenly across the crown (i.e. top area of the hair), I did not proceed to style the crown immediately. Instead, I used what is remaining on my fingers and palms to pull up and crunch my fringe. Making it into a side pomp, I twisted and curled back my fringe and hair ends (easier as I permed my hair) and use fingers to slightly comb it back. Here it comes.
Pros of Gold Digger
#1: Hold itself is pretty awesome (if you’re looking for even higher hold, try Indians Molding Clay)
#2: What is more impressive here is that it gives a very nice slight shine texture finish. Definitely not matte IMO and the shine is just nice on the dot. BINGO. When you make a side pomp, it cant possibly look very matte. It just doesn’t go well when its too matte but with the shine that gold digger gives, its simply awesome.
#3: Holds and bunches up the different strands of my fringe ends together very easily; no stickiness at all.
#4: For the longest time, it troubles me to classify this as a wax or clay. Both terms depicts different properties and I realized its sort of a hybrid product of wax and clay, which makes it versatile. Clay is usually very dry and gives matte texture finish. Wax is usually softer and gives shine texture finish. Gold digger is not very dry or wet and gives slight shine finish which I simply love the shine that it gives over here.
#5: It’s not very hard form and instead, its easy to dig up. Using it to comb it through your hair is simple. Easy application definitely.
#6: Doesn’t harden or becomes firm THAT MUCH after application. I am still able to change my hairstyle very easily to side pomp from backcomb (my sides are too long to do backcomb).
#7: Very washable and i mean it. Super easy to wash off. Thumbs up!
Subsequently, I continued to style my crown with the current distributed gold digger spread onto it. Crunch them up as if you are crunching your fist and do it across different parts of the top area. This creates the volume and the layered texture for one. Twist and pinch the hair ends, if you want it to further show the contrast of your hair texture. Then, rub the sides of the head in a diagonal direction by pressing it inwards. It helps to sharpen your face and makes your hairstyle stand out even more. With the above-mentioned steps, I must say, GD really impressed me. It really did well on these steps and the remaining 1/4 of the total amount of gold digger used is for touch up and back of my hair. Now for the cons.
Cons of Gold Digger
#1: Tends to be heavy. It will definitely pull the hair down so for me (thick & coarse hair type), I used Finishing Hair Spray to counter the weight of gold digger.
#2: Will yank out a few strands of hair. For my thick-textured hair, approximately 2 to 3 strands of hair were being yanked out by GD. Still acceptable but people with thinning hair, it may be of interest to be aware.
#3: The shine itself is still not adequate to make a backcomb IMO. Side comb still okay but backcomb will require a higher degree of shine.
I hope my 2cents’ worth of opinions helps those who are considering to buy or try out new styling products. Not an expensive investment to make but I can say its definitely worth it. It should be able to last for 2 – 4 months depending on your usage pattern.