3-1-1 bag, carry on, hair gel, hair styling, liquid alternative, one bag, styling powder, travel, women
If you have baby-fine straight hair like me, you know the importance of styling product. I “needed” it to make my hair look nice, and I used a lot of it. Unfortunately, I also “needed” to take the full 3 ounces of styling gel on my travels, which filled up my 3-1-1 bag. I searched for a non-liquid alternative, but could never find one. I resigned myself to maxing out my 3-1-1 bag on longer trips.
Well, things have recently changed. I visited my hairdresser and noticed several styling powder products on the shelves. My stylist was happy to discuss them with me and showed me how to use them. I tried the Evo Haze Styling powder. After several weeks of using the product on a daily basis I am totally sold. This stuff works! In fact, it works better than my old gel. Yes, I am abandoning my gel product in favor of the travel-friendly powder.
The principle is simple: Sprinkle some powder on your hands, rub your hands together, and run the product through your hair just like gel. My stylist showed me a different technique: lightly tapping the powder on to the roots of the hair and then fluffing the hair up. It doesn’t take much powder to get lift. Less is more in this case.
Things I like:
- It absolutely works. I would say that it works better than my styling gel.
- A little goes a very, very, very long ways.
- It lasts all day.
- It is water resistant.
- It decants into a small shaker bottle and takes much less room and weight than any gel.
Of course there are things about the product that I don’t like. You’ll have to decide if these are a deal breaker for you.
Things I don’t like:
- It is white. Rub it in or people will notice.
- It is sticky and feels tacky in my hair.
- My hair feels matted when I brush through it.
- I have to wash my hair aggressively to get the product out (this is a side effect of being water resistant, I suppose).
In all, I am thrilled that there is a non-liquid alternative to my hair gel. Evo Haze styling powder is available from many stylists and is also available on-line.
Sharon Schulze said:
Are you able to use any styling aids (hair dryer, curling brush, etc.) once the powder is in your hair? I have fine, straight hair, too, but I also use a blow dryer with attached round brush to curl my hair under (I wear it in a short bob). I like the gel I’m currently using (Paul Mitchell Thicken Up), and it works better than anything else I’ve tried, but I have the same issue you mentioned when I travel for more than a few days–although a little goes a long way, it still takes up space in my 1-qt. bag that I’d rather use for other things (or not–I hate stuffing the bag too full).
I do like the idea of a powder–I’d never heard of anything like that!
I do the hair dryer and curling iron first. I add the powder as almost the last step, fluff, quick brush back into place, and go.
The powder is incredibly concentrated and takes no more room than a contact lens case.
Sharon Schulze said:
Sounds great! I’ll definitely have to check it out–maybe I could manage to leave the can of hairspray home, too, lol.
Another similar product is the powder from the Schwartzkopf Osis line. Not sure how it compares as I haven’t used the evo one, but from your description it sounds like it works very similarly! I also use dry shampoo for volume if I don’t have any around.
Thanks! I know there are several products out there. I have never used the dry shampoo but have often seen it recommended.
Shirley Cole said:
this product is crap, you may as well use a supermarket one for less cost, I am going back to Sachajuan Volume Powder wonderful don’t know why I bought the EVO wish I hadn’t
Cindy Heazlit said:
Perhaps you could tell us why you believe Evo is so horrid? Details, please!
I should note that the Sachajuan Volume Powder is marketed as a dry shampoo, not a styling powder. Apples Vs oranges.
Hi, thanks for the post! I’m leaving for Colombia for 3 weeks this summer and I need all the hair help I can get. I’m normally pretty high maintenance with my hair and I loathe the idea of having to ‘let it go’. I also have very fine hair, but it’s also a touch wavy, and it’s oily. With this product do you have to wash your hair every day? Or does it help keep the 2nd day hair look away? Thanks!
Cindy Heazlit said:
I found I can let it go a 2nd day. Just fluff your hair. Add a little more (and I mean just a little) if needed.
Also a comment on high maintenance hair – you might want to experiment on lower maintenance styles. For years I tried to force my hair into being what it was not. I used perms, curlers, curling irons. I found that a different style that fit my hair type was really the way to go. My prep time dropped by 30 minutes. I also didn’t mind if I got wet. I finally went with an a-line bob for my straight fine hair.