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Tigi Bed Head After-Party Smoothing Cream
Member Name: zombieflesh
Tigi Bed Head After-Party Smoothing Cream
Advantages: makes hair feel soft and silky, stops fine flyaway hairs, smoothes frizzy dry ends
Disadvantages: doesn't add any shine to my hair
I remember reading an excellent review of this product on dooyoo some time ago, and it was enough to convince me that I should try it for myself. Tigi is a favourite salon haircare brand, and this After Party Smoothing Cream is part of their Bed Head range. Reluctant to pay salon prices, I found a barely used bottle on ebay for less than £5 including postage, and the salon label on it states that the RRP is £15.15.
Product description: "Smoothing cream for silky, shiny, healthy looking hair. Controls funky fly-aways to silk-ify hair. The perfect party favor for our frizz prone friends.
+ Smooth, soft finish
+ Enhances shine, provides gloss"
The packaging is vibrant and eyecatching, in a hot pink colour with a bizarre sex-toy type shaping. The bottle is made of pink coloured plastic and you can see the level of product left inside. The cream is dispensed through a pump action and the mechanism works from the bottom-upwards, so every last bit can be used up and there's no leftovers stuck inside the bottle. It is quite responsive to pressure which makes it easy to control the amount required and I can always get just the right amount that I need with little effort.
Recommended directions for use: Work a dime-size amount between palms of hands and smooth onto dry hair.
My poor hair suffers a lot. I have quite a plain hair style, long with slight layers and a growing-out side fringe. But, I do like to play around with different looks and experiment with colour. I have been dyeing my hair for the past 12 years and it receives frequent chemical treatments to achieve the colour that I want. I try and use special treatments to give my hair some extra care and attention but I have to be careful about cleansing products as I don't want to strip or fade the colour away and ruin all my hard work. After care treatment products are fairly new to me but since I purchased this Tigi Bed Head After Party Smoothing Cream, I've been using it several times a week to keep my hair looking in good condition, even though it is heavily damaged.
The smoothing cream is plain white in colour and has a lovely sweet scent to it which is kind of vanilla-y, like milkshakes. It seems heavy to begin with but I spread it between my fingertips before applying to get an even coverage, and as soon as it's rubbed onto my hair it starts to work its magic. The white colour of the cream does not show up on my hair, and it just sort of disappears as it soaks into my hair and coats it. It doesn't weigh down my hair and I haven't noticed any residue at all which is excellent as my hair does sometimes have tendencies to get greasy quickly if its overloaded with product, but this smoothing cream does not cause any excess oil. I use this cream on most days, particularly when my hair is looking frizzy or in need of some extra TLC. The only downside that I can think of is that it does not give a shiny glossy finish as described in the item details. This is not a problem for me as the other benefits are more important, but worth noting that there are other finishing products which are more effective for adding shine.
I apply the majority of this cream to the tips of my hair, and then just a little around the crown and sides of my hair to make sure that I get coverage in the areas where I need it. It only takes a little of this cream to get a full application, so the 100mls bottle actually goes a long way and can be considered quite an economical purchase as the product is used sparingly. Even though I colour my hair regularly, and use heated styling tools several times a week, just a simple touch of this smoothing cream transforms my hair and leaves it feeling incredibly smooth and silky to touch. My hair is quite fine and I do get flyaway sometimes, but this cream keeps my hair under control and means that I don't have to use extra styling products like hairspray to keep these hairs set in place. It is also really useful for treating dry and frizzy hair and smoothing it down to make it more manageable.
Back in summer 2012 the biggest hair trend was for dip dyed and ombre hair colours. I couldn't resist giving the dip dyed look a try, and bleached the heck out of my tips before colouring them pink (which actually turned red...). This resulted in some mega-clown-afro level frizz, and I had to use my After Party Smoothing Cream every day to gain some control over my hair and make it look more smooth and sleek. I actually have a picture of this which I think really helps to demonstrate how effective the smoothing cream is. Check out the "before" fuzz on the left and the "after" effect on the right in this image linked here - http://tinypic.com/r/2jcwnb4/6 This product was a real life saver for me, and I was amazed at how well it worked to make my dry and damaged split ends look neat and tidy, giving the illusion that my hair was in much better condition than it really was!
Since I've started using this After Party Smoothing Cream I have become totally addicted to it, there's no way I could go without it! Seeing as such a small amount is required for each application, a bottle lasts me for absolutely ages and helps to make the expensive price tag seem more justifiable. I think it's well worth the money as it works perfectly to soften, smooth and control my poor mistreated hair. I am so happy with the results that it has for my hair that I would happily give 5 stars, but to be fair I think it should drop one star as I do not think it lives up to the claim to give a shiny glossy finish. I can live without that though! I would definitely recommend it to anyone and will continue to keep using it as it is really effective.
Summary: Can't live without it!