The hold is pretty good and if you have short hair, it's perfect. The smell is pretty good, the "sandiness" that some people claim can be in the hair cream is no big issue. Just continue to rub it in your hands BEFORE applying. And the best part is that your hair will not be sticky or stiff. Of course, unless you leave a big ol' blob of the stuff in one part of your hair. Just like all other hair products, make sure you evenly distribute and you'll be in good style.