Sadly, my once beautifully thick hair no longer has the volume and body it used to have (I used to have a hairdresser who would jokingly complain that my hair was so thick it was blunting his scissors!), so for the last two or three years I have been on the hunt for products that will return what the years and poor health have oh so cruelly taken away.
I've tried products from salons, products recommended by family and friends, by adverts in glossy magazines, by beauty editors and makeover articles - you name it, I've tried it.
And then the ever fabulous Boots came to my rescue. While checking out the offers and vouchers available from their Advantage Card kiosk, there was one that gave me a free miniature product from their hair 'salon' range - ie John Frieda, Charles Worthington, Toni&Guy etc. So I scurried straight round to the haircare aisle and scrutinised all the lovely offerings very closely so that I could treat my hair to a fabulous freebie.
The Toni&Guy Boost-It Mousse comes in a vibrant red can with a white plastic top, and this packaging certainly helps it stand out on the shelves - a good marketing strategy. Other products from Toni&Guy come in different colours, according to their different ranges. On the front of the can is the promise 'for a volume boost with natural hold'. That sounded good to me. Although I wanted fuller, thicker hair, I didn't want it to feel overly-styled and stiff. When my husband touches my hair, I don't want him to get his fingers stuck!
The instructions don't specify whether it should be used on wet or dry hair, but I always use it on wet hair after shampooing and conditioning. The directions on the back state that you should 'Shake can well. Spray mousse into palm. Apply to roots for volume or to mid-lengths and ends for all over texture'. The mousse feels quite thick, and makes your hands feel a little bit sticky, but it's easy to work into your hair. Comb it through to make sure you get an even coverage. I then usually wait until my hair is about 80% dry before blowdrying, as I've read that it will hold a style better that way.
Because the mousse is very thick, I find that you need to be just that bit firmer with your hairbrush than usual when blowdrying. But not so much that it's a problem, or gives your arm muscles a good workout. In the interests of getting lots of lovely root lift, I always aim the nozzle of my hairdryer at my roots first.
I do find that it takes a little bit longer to blowdry my hair than, say, with a liquid styling spray, but the results are definitely worth the extra effort. It really does do what it says on the tin, and restores my styled hair to something approaching its former glory.
Toni&Guy's website states that their Boost-It Mousse 'literally pumps the volume back into hair, adding density while giving control. Provides additional care to drier/chemically treated hair types'.
I hate the fact that my hair is thinner that it used to be, and this styling mousse is the best product I've found for restoring body and volume.
I was very glad to be able to try this product for free, to see whether I liked it before investing in a full-sized can. Although the 'freebie' offer was some time ago now, you can still buy a travel-size can of 50ml for £1.99 - handy for taking on holiday as well as for giving the mousse a trial run.
A huge 250ml can currently costs £5.61 in Boots, and they are currently (as of 1st May) running an offer of '3 for 2 mix & match across over 1000 haircare products'. Boots regularly run some sort of offer, so you should be able to stock up without breaking the bank.
I'm delighted to have added this product to my haircare routine, and give it a definite five stars.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
I'm quite a fan of the tony & guy product range but now I've come to right it down 'on paper' I can't really think why.
I've not had a great deal of experience with the shampoo's and conditioner's on offer - on the few occasions I have tried them I've not been either overly impressed or disappointed. They washed/conditioned my hair adequately, nothing more or less.
I've used the toni & guy range of styling products on and off for many years though and will repeat buy these products if I notice them on special offer in Boots.
The products are divided into different styling ranges for different hair requirements and they each have a specific packaging colour to help you pick out the correct products whilst in store. For example, the range that contains products for volumising and 'funking' up hair is red with a white 'Tony&Guy' logo. Each range also seems to have a slightly different fragrance which is nice if you're layering up products from the same range but a bit annoying if you want to use, say, the mouse from one range and the serum from another. Overall the fragrances all seem quite strong but pleasant - quite feminine too.
The products that I have used vary in their effectiveness (for me personally) from good to not-so-good. Their funky gum is great for adding texture to shorter styles and works really well for example. On the other hand the volumising mouse from the same range is heavy and very difficult to dispense. All are a little more than standard hair care products - generally around the £6 per product - but are frequently on offer at Boots (2 for £10, £5 off any three items, that sort of thing) which makes them affordable.
I think I keep going back because of the big-name factor and some of the packaging/marketing is so good it makes me want to take it home and try it! Couple this with a special offer and I'm dutifully scuttling over to the till to make my purchase. Not the most effective of hair care products now I actually think about it and perhaps it would be worth buying the cute travel sized products first to determine how suitable they are for me.
I have a problem with greasy hair, i can wash my hair at night and if i dont blow dry it straight away it needs washing again in the morning, i work full time aswell so this is a nightmare. Ive started using tony and guy deep detox shampoo and conditioner, ive been using it now for about 4 months, 4 times a week and it is fantastic, its £8 for both shampoo ad conditioner from superdrug and 1 bottle last me about 3 weeks, washing 4 times a week. It is defo worth the cash. When ive washed my hair with this shampoo you can hear your hair sqeek when you pull on it, its that clean, and my hair is so much healthier, it help dry hair too. You defo need both shampoo and conditioner though, after just the shampoo i found my hair clean but tangled, the conditioner just tames the tangles but keeps it clean and non oily.
Shampoo is not an easy thing to review as every persons hair is completely different, what doesn't suit me will probably be great on the next person so this is a completely personal review, bear in mind that for you the results will probably be completely different so don't let me put you off giving it a try!
This review is for the Toni and Guy frizz smoothing shampoo that comes in a white pouch with Toni and Guy in big red letters on the front. The pouch size is 75ml-can't remeber how much it cost as it was free in a boots promotion a while back (i'm too tight to buy designer hair products normally!)
I can't say i am very impressed with it, first the scent, it smells a bit like Gucci Rush perfume which is great but unfortunately it smells like Gucci Rush the morning after where it has worn off, smells a bit stale and you just want to get in the shower! Not great when you have just got out of the shower.
The results for me weren't great either, i realise that you are probably meant to use it in conjuction with the same conditioner but i didnt have any so just used my normal conditioner. Directly after shampooing i noticed my hair felt a bit lank, when i had dried it my hair felt heavy and weighed down-it wasnt frizzy which i suppose means the product does what it says but not a lot of good at the expense of having greasy looking hair. As i said perhaps this is due to me using normal conditioner.
I wouldnt buy this again as i didnt like the smell but it might be worth a go with the proper conditioner for some of you as there wasnt any frizz!
I'm not really a great fan of the toni and guy products you get in boots - I much rather spend a little more and purchase from the label m range! They are the only products that really work!
toni & guy started the tigi range (TIGI - T G, get it?!) but from what i can make out there has been some sort of upset between the english arm and the american arm (who now seem to own tigi) so toni & guy uk, although still stocking tigi, no longer really support it.
they have a new range, label.m which they have developed and is now their "feature" range.
TONI&GUY products sold in boots have never really had much to do with toni and guy. boots make them and pay toni and guy for the privilege of using their name. the address given in the original review to contact toni and guy is, in fact, an address for boots.
such is the extent of the deal with boots, toni and guy are not allowed to put the words "toni and guy" on their label.m products!
so, there you go. toni and guy's fully endorsed range is label.m, tigi is sold but not supported and TONI&GUY is only mainly sold in boots, made by boots and looked upon with some embarrasment by toni and guy staff
Toni & Guy TX-Wax was purchased from the Toni & Guy salon in Altrincham on the recommendation of a colleague for £5.99. Normally I wouldnt dream of splashing out so much cash on hair wax, but I cant stress enough how long I had to listen to this product being praised!
The wax is flesh coloured and is packaged in a transparent cylinder (similar to a stick deodorant). The Toni & Guy logo is written up the side of the packaging in red lettering. Without going into too much detail on the actual packaging it does state that Toni & Guy X-Wax is for hip hair wear that holds, shines and defines. On closer inspection of the packaging it again builds up the product by stating that this wax will load your hair with attitude (where do they find the people that write this stuff????). Designed to tantalise hair with texture and kick it into shape. In addition to this, the product should be easy to apply with minimal effort.
The wax should only be applied to dry hair, so after washing and blow drying I removed the screw lid and began to run the stick through my hair. I was very surprised to find that although the wax contains a perfume it didnt have a smell as such to speak of.
After running it over my head four or five times I noticed that none of the wax had actually stuck, however there was hair stuck to the stick! I again tried to apply the wax, this time using more pressure. When looking in the mirror I was shocked to see that the wax had indeed stuck to my hair, but instead of adding texture, it looked more like a large family of slugs had crawled across my head (think slug trails).
I ran my fingers through my hair to and after 15 minutes managed to get my hair to resemble something like a hairstyle. A sticky residue was left on my fingers and it wouldnt simply wipe off, I had to again wash my hands.
After an hour the style in my hair began to wear off and rather than looking textured, styled and shiny, it looked fluffy, lacked definition and had no body whatsoever. After a few more hours it was as though I hadnt applied anything to my hair. Thinking that I hadnt applied enough of the wax I gave it another shot the day after, this time I used three times as much as the day before. It did last longer but found that after five hours my hair again looked as though I had dried and left it.
As Ive run out of other gels and mousse and havent had the time to buy any other products I have had to continue to use this wax for the past week. As a saving grace, after a weeks use, only an eighth of the wax has been used.
So, in summary:
The good points:
The actual product lasts for a long time.
Doesnt have a nasty smell.
Doesnt leave the residue some gels do.
The bad points:
Difficult to apply.
Doesnt last long once applied.
Difficult to style.
Very difficult to wash from hair the following day.
Would I buy this again. Not a chance, I feel as though Ive been robbed. Im seriously tempted to write to the manufacturers of this wax. Not only does it not hold hair as it should, its overpriced and a complete waste of time. Of all the products Ive used over the past number of weeks this has been the worst. I could have bought a tub of 99p gel that would have had better results.
NOT RECOMMENDED - WHATSOEVER
Toni & Guy can be contacted at:
PO Box 5322
Toni & Guy have a very stylish website at www.toniandguy.co.uk, its a shame they dont put as much effort into their products.
Thanks for reading.
As I can't find Toni & Guy No Kinks Smoothing Balm in a category of its own, I thought I would put it here in Toni and Guy hair products in General.
Toni and Guys smoothing balm
I got this and other Toni and Guy products free when I subscribed to the magazine New Woman. I checked in Boots how much it would cost. £6.99. Its probably cheaper in places like Superdrug or Savers but I havent had time to look if they stock it and how much it is.
On Saturday, I had the morning off from work and I decided to wash my hair with the all the products. Today, I washed it with my other Shampoo and Conditioner that I normally use.
It comes in a kind of foil package with a white background and red and silver lettering saying Toni & Guy no kinks smoothing balm, for sleeker, straighter looks.
Its a bit bulking for my small shelf in the bathroom.
On the back, it gives advice on how to use the product, a salon tip do with the product, the standard warning that you get with these sorts of products and the list of ingredients.
Directions: rub a small blob into palms, apply to wet hair from the root to the ends. Comb through. On dry hair, smooth on when needed.
Salon Tip: blow-dry using a brush, directing the airflow down the hairshaft. (Dont know if thats a mistake in printing I thought it would be airshaft. Maybe its a play on words.)
Warnings: avoid contact with the eyes. If contact occurs rinse immediately with cold water
The packet that I have contains 200ml. In Boots, I saw that you can buy it a mini size of 50ml at the price of £1.59. Great for when you go swimming or to the gym.
The product itself:
The product works best when you use it with the other Toni & Guy products. Toni & Guy Toni & Guy Daily Shine Fix Shampoo and Daily Shine Fix Conditioner. But it still works okay if you use it with other shampoos and conditioners.
I didnt know how small the blob should have been so I started with a blob the size of a 50p piece but it wasnt enough so I used two 50p piece blobs on my hair. The length of my hair goes half way down my back and its quite wavy. I did what the packet said and did my roots to my ends.
Then I combed my hair to get spread the product more evenly and get all the tangles out as well. I dry my hair upside down like I usual do and then used my straighteners to straighten the kinks out of my hair.
With all the other products Ive used, it has taken me a good hour and half to straighten my hair after blow drying but this time it was already half way there before I started to straighten it. It took me 30 minutes to achieve the look I normally have. I think its a brilliant product and when I run out, I will definitely buy it again.
My sister rang me one day to tell me of a Toni and Guy shampoo that she had seen in Boots that i would love. She was right as soon as i set eyes on it i had to have it - the shampoo comes in a clear bottle (250ml) with silver, black and white writing on. The lid is silver and you just press/tilt one side and a hole appears - I prefer these as flip top lids get water in if left open and theres nothing worse than watery shampoo. The best thing about the shampoo is it shimmers and sparkles, everytime i pour the thick mixture into my hand im mesmorised! They come in a range of 6 shades (all of which look yummy) so whatever hair colour you are theres one for you: *Cranberry red (deep red shade) *Sunlight blonde (yellow/golden shade) *Rustic copper (coppery brown shade) *Platinum blonde (A lovely bright blue) *Blueberry black (Black shade) *Chocolate brown (self descriptive!) Toni and guy claim that "The Toni and Guy insights range consists of six vibrant shampoos to help restore and intensify the tones and highlights in both coloured and non-processed hair." Directions: Use the shampoo just like any other. The verdict: I love the fact that its so pretty and shimmers - although the bonus is that its not like a kids shampoo it leaves no trace sparkle in the hair. I find it quite hard to lather up but it may be more effective in an area with softer water. I wouldnt say it improved the condition of my hair. It smells divine (quite hard to describe) and lingers in the hair all day. The main purpose of the shampoo is to intensify the tones and highlights of the hair - i was very dissapointed with the result. I have thick dark brown hair which shines red naturally. I wanted to intensify the reddish tones so i used the deep cranberry red shampoo - it has absolutely no effect on my hair even after several washes. Whether it would have a different effect on more porous hair or chemical
treated hair im not sure. The one worry about the product is that it may stain white grouting in tiles - i daren't test it out in my boyfriends white bathroom incase it turns everything pink!! So far it hasnt turned any white towels pink yet! The question is would i reccomend the product to my friends - to change colour tones probably not but i like the novelty of having a sparkly shampoo which smells yummy! Would i buy it again? maybe, i'd like to try the blueberry black shade. They do show the whole range at www.toniandguy.co.uk
I first saw the Toni and Guy ceramic straighten-it irons in Boots and thought they looked fab.They were big and i dont like the smaller ones as i dont have the time or patience to fiddle about every morning.Also they were ceramic and I was after a ceramic model,as I was then using the standard futura iron.Since Toni and Guy is such a well known make i decided to part with thirty pounds and buy it. It was awful.It just didn't straighten very well at all.It was bulky and heavy and made my hand ache.It was awkard to use and the ceramic coating certainly did not aid atraightening.It did not seem to have any real straightening power in it,not compared to my trusty Futuras. I was dismayed to be honest.I couldnt believe Toni and Guy would put their name to such a useless tool.After using it only once,i tried to sell it locally for half the retail price.No one wanted it so I gave it to my boyfriends neice. Toni and Guy must use their own products in their salons but if they use these straighteners i would be shocked.Maybe if you are a skilled hairdresser you might get it to work but still.its a headache!I would advise any one considering buying a straightener to avoid this one. If you want a top notch product shell out for a GHD.Or if you havent got the funds plum for a Futura.
I have quite long thick hair and have always had problems with hair bands, as to get them tight enough to hold my hair in a pony tail I have to pull them quite tight. This usually ends up in the elastic coming away from the little bit of squished metal which holds the two ends together. Usually after using them two or three times thay are fit for the bin! I have persevered with this until I discovered Toni & Guy Bungees. These ingenious little hairbands work with a metal hook on each end. You gather your hair into a ponytail and hook one end into your hair. Then start to wrap until you can hook the other end in. No more hassle with bands which are either to tight or too baggy, you can get a perfect fit for your hair!!! And they hold like I have never seen before. I sometimes sleep with a hairband in, and usually by morning I have "dragged through bush backwards" hair at the front and a hairband which has slipped right down to the end of my ponytail, this morning I awoke and it was almost perfect still!!! Today I have pigtails and they have held all day without giving me the usual tight hair headache!! These things are bloomin' marvelous!!!!
This is going to have to be quite a short opinion as there’s not a great deal to say about shampoo, but hair (very funny) we go... I only bought this product range as it was on three for two (I'm stingy you see)and I have to agree with leannes opinion in this section that the pouches are a pain in the arse. The shampoo and conditioner range only comes in pouches which I assume they are using as a gimmick, but if they are it's a bad one. They look like they do not contain as much product as a bottle, although they do. Once you have used them a few time the pouches have a tendency to fall down, difficult when you're covered in shampoo and your desperately trying to balance the damn things on the edge of the bath. Apart from the design defect the other drawback is the price. Currently priced at £4.49 for 250ml. Fortunately these products do deliver. the smell gorgeous and stays on your hair for ages (and if you like the smell that much they do there own hair perfume). The products i can recommend are those from the Re Build range which say they are ... 'For hair that's dry, damaged or coloured, this luxury lather is the route to recovery. The super-suds will gently cleanse your locks whilst clever conditioners seek out damage and protect hair from harm. This nourishing salon-tested formula will instantly revamp and revitalise your hair leaving it smooth, shiny and totally terrific' I'm not so sure about the 'seeking out damage' silly advertising blurb, but they do work for my hair that is both fine and dyed at least once a month. The Gloss It conditioner is also very good and is much better at de tangling your hair than the Re Build, also this product seems to go further, with very little of the conditioner being enough for my hair. The other product I always try in new ranges is the serum. The Toni and Guy Tame it Serum states 'Glea
ming, glossy and smooth; this shine-rush serum will give your hair a mega-smooth high-watt shine. Curly, straight, short or long; it tames hair and troubleshoots frizziness leaving hair nothing less than sleek and chic.' Don't use too much though, or your head will look like it's been through the deep fat fryer. The range is currently on 3 for 2 at the wellbeing site again. So if it sounds like your cup of tea stingy people out their get yourself down to the website.