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The winter weather always effects my hair in a bad way. My hair goes weak, dull, limp, greasy and has a messy mind of its own however tigi bed head creative genius helps give my hair a new life during these long months.
Tigi bed head creative genius sculpting liquid was recommended by my hairdresser for my type of hair this time last year. After having it applied to my hair during my visit to the hairdressers i went back a few days later to purchase the sculpting liquid because my hair had stayed in great shape and condition without me having to re wash and fight to style my mop.
Tigi creative genius sculpting liquid cost £15.99 for a 230 ml bottle. The liquid in the bottle is a green / blue colour with what looks like little gold glitter flecks through out the liquid. There is a strong coconut smell from the product with a tropical fruit twist in it also, smells really yummy. I have noticed the scent really lasts a few days in my hair and can smell it quiet strong but i'm happy with that.
The bottle is a lovely hour glass shape with bold black letters on the front. The lid is a little fiddly being a tiny cap lid with a small slot to stick into the top of the bottle. I found the instructions on the back of the bottle easy to follow, apply a small amount to damp hair, this can be put on the roots of the hair too add extra volume as well as the ends. I find it easier to add to my hair when it is slightly damp before blow drying, i also comb my hair to make sure i have good coverage of the product through my roots to ends. I then blow dry my hair as normal into my usual style and that's it. The liquid does come out the bottle fast so tipping it at a slight angle slows it down, i have had many spillages with this when in a hurry and not concentrating.
The creative genius sculpting liquid gives my hair firm hold so i don't need to add hairspray afterwards. Creative genius sculpting liquid also leaves my hair smooth, soft and shiny. I have never had any stickiness from the product and certainly does not leave it greasy, it actually helps prolong the grease so i only need to wash my hair three times a week in this weather.
Tigi creative genius sculpting liquid can be used to create many looks i.e scrunching the hair while damp using the liquid will leave hair firm in scrunched affect. Also good for keeping curls in place especially if using a curling tong after hair is dry.
I would describe creative genius sculpting liquid like a strong hold moose with added shine and body too.
I highly recommend the creative genius sculpting liquid especially if you have hair like mine. My hair feels full of life again and will continue to use this product.
5 dooyoo stars from me.
Why I tried this
Creative genius by Tigi is a product I was persuaded to try about a year ago by my hairdresser. I had a weak moment when I gave into the sales pitch that this sculpting liquid would allow me to create at home the same bouncy but sleek look with my hair that she achieves in the hairdressers. I think you need to know my hair type so you can compare it to your own to see if this review will help you decide whether to try it or not so here goes. I have long straight shoulder length with the sides being razor cut to be sculptured around my face. My hair is fine but there is lots of it so it is quite dense which means it can end up looking heavy and too flat. When I go to the hairdressers they always seem to be able to inject a bit more body into my hair and my hair looks sleek rather than flat this is why I hoped this would help me achieve the same look.
What is it?
This is a styling liquid from Tigi's Bed head range. They claim that it will "enhance shine thicken hair and condition and repair your hair" whilst it sculpts it.
The packaging for this is a curvy clear plastic bottle that can be recycled. The nozzle bit is in grey plastic with a small lid that fits into the small hole in the nozzle. A little bit of feedback about the packaging the bottle with its curvy shape fits nicely into your hand and the liquid is really easily dispensed from the bottle. However the cap is just plain useless really it is OK if it is just sitting on a bathroom shelf but if this has to go it transit in anyway the cap seems to pop out so easily. An example of this is I lost a good quarter of my bottle in my gym bag on one occasion when I had taken it there.
The liquid itself is a green colour that is almost turquoise in colour. The liquid rather than having a flat colour is almost glittery and pearlescent in look. The smell I have to say I found a little off putting as it is rather like a cheap cocktail of Malibu and pineapple. As an avid hater of Malibu this is not a smell that I find pleasant. However the smell is only really noticeable when you are applying it and seems to disappear after about 10 minutes once it is on your hair thank goodness. The liquid itself is really sticky to the touch on you fingers and hands and seems to leave a film across them when you use it which means you really need to wash your hands before holding a hairdryer.
In use and my experience.
This product is only to be used on wet hair I was told I think this is because of the formula that it is made from and due to the stickiness of the texture. My hairdresser advised me to use only a small amount on my hair she recommends about a 10 pence piece size for my hair length. I was told to rub it between my fingers and run this through my hair and then to either let it dry naturally or blow dry it for a sleeker look with a shine. I have had mixed result with this product at the beginning especially I would often find that I had put too much product in my hair and when it had dried naturally I was left with hard edges especially around the razor cut parts around my face. These would easily brush out but you were then left with a fluffiness problem around this area as it just seems to become a bit fly away. As I got more adapt at putting this on my hair I would be left with a more even application of the liquid and no brittleness. However I didn't really find that it gave my hair any more shine this way. It did however give my hair a bit more definition and shape especially around the face area but it never got to the wow factor levels and my hair never managed to look as good as it did when the hairdresser did it.
On the occasions that I used it when I have blow dried my hair I have found that it has worked very well and given my hair a sleeker look with the bonus of more shine. The effects of doing this I found did last all day if done in the morning or all evening if I had done it one the few occasions we go out now! But again though my hair looked good I never had one of those wow hair moment like you see on TV adverts. In regards to the conditioning and repairing function of this product I have to say I haven't notice any real change at all with using this product and I still needed to condition my hair as regularly. It is worth noting though I don't use straighteners or anything similar to that so my hair doesn't get much heat damage anyway and the conditioning element to the sculpting liquid may be for people who straighten their hair.
Overall and conclusions
Though I did like this product I personally found it didn't live up to my hopes and for over £10 at my hairdressers I had certainly hoped for more from this product. Though it did give my hair a more sleeked look it has been nothing extra to what I have achieved with products say from the L'Oreal range which is half the price. The smell is also an off putting factor for me and as you really need to wash you hands to get rid of a film before blow drying you hair is another factor against this one. The packaging also lets this product down as it is impossible to transport it around without taping the top down which is just not good enough for a product at this end of the market really. As you only use a small amount this product lasts for months provided of course you haven't lost some whilst transporting it. Overall I can only give this 3 stars as whilst it is good it is just not good enough. I would recommend this product if you like the Tigi range and like add more body and shine to your hair but I personally prefer the L'Oreal Silk and gloss mousse as this seems to work better for me.
Ingredients for those with allergies
Aqua (water/eau), Polyquaternium-46, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Isosteareth-20, Dmdm Hydantoin, Peg/ppg-17/18 Dimethicone, Parfum (fragrance), Benzyl Alcohol, Coumarin, Limonene, Methylparaben, Panthenol, Tetrasodium Edta, Benzophenone-4, Ci 77019 (mica), Ci 77891 (titanium Dioxide), Ci 42090 (blue 1), Ci 19140 (yellow 5)
A couple of years ago I had an asymmetric bob (or, if you will, a 'pob'), cut into my very straight, thick brown hair. The stylist straightened my hair, pulling the straightener outward to accentuate the layers, and then rubbed this lovely-smelling, mysterious creamy gel into my hair. It defined the layers and sat like a light dusting of hairspray - solid, but weightless. I asked what it was and the stylist told me it was Tigi Bed Head Creative Genius Sculpting Liquid. They sold it in the salon for £9 a bottle and though it's the most I've paid for a hair product I had to have it. I've never looked back!
The bottle is curvy, almost like the old Pammy Virgin Cola bottles and it has a plastic grey/silver nozzle. The bottle is clear - the gel really is an iridescent greeny blue. It goes on clear though. All you have to do is squidge out maybe a 10p sized flat blob into the palm of your hand and rub your palms together. It's not sticky particularly, but you do need to wash your hands after applying it. All you do is then rub through the areas of hair you want to define - layers, spiky ends, or flattening down an updo. It really does anything. It smells very nice - not perfumy as such but more sweet. It's suitable for men or women as it's fairly generic in the way it's packaged and the label - BED HEAD in rugged capital letters in black ink.
The bottle is 200ml in size and at a daily useage rate of a 10p sized blob, lasts aaages! It literally lasts months and months. My only criticism is that the cap is easy to lose - making travelling difficult with it, I wish there was a decent travel sized version because I tend not to bother with it when I travel, a shame, as pinching a bit of my husband's hair gel just isn't the same. He pinches enough Bed Head at home, though!
Even though the product is called Creative Genius Sculpting Liquid, it's got so many more uses than just sculpting short styles. It is perfect for choppy, layered longer styles, smoothing down a wayward ponytail, or adding some definition to a statement cut. I wouldn't say it's suitable for very long or blunt cut hair styles or curly hair - you'd be better off with a serum - but all in all this product is very versatile indeed.
Overall I highly recommend. You might think it is expensive when you first look at it but if you shop around you can get it as little as £5 - £6 on eBay, and it will last you far longer than your other hair products as you use so very little. It is well worth the money!
For those of you you know me already, you will know that I love Toni + Guy (you can read all about my experiences in another op)When I was a student I regularly attended their Student Academy in London for a cheap, but amazing, £5 haircut. Anyhoo...They like to try out different products from their range on you and this my friends is how I got hooked on their Bed Head range. Creative Genius was one of the first products they tried on my hair and afterwards I immediately snapped it up and three years later, I still will use nothing else! The first thing that hit me was it's unusual appearence. The bottle is shaped like no other, very funkily curved and this means very easy to hold too..It has a nozzle at the top which allows you to get a little bit out at a time without getting too messy..no fiddly screw tops to drop on the floor and get carpet stuck to (if you know what I mean!). Of course that's not the only strange thing about it...as you will notice by it's picture above..yes indeedy it IS blue! And a lovely blue too..it also has a golden shimmer in it which looks amazing in the bottle. EEK! I hear you cry? Nonono...don't worry this product will not turn you hair blue..and in case you hate glimmer..if you have blonde hair it shows a teeny bit (but only if you hunt for it) and now I have dark hair..it doesn't show at all.. The next fabulous thing about this product is its gorgeous smell, which seems to intensify as you blow dry and lingers in you hair for the rest of the day. It's like a mixture of exotic coconut and toffee..like those toasted coconut sweets that you can buy...hmmm...scrummy! My boyfriend actually commented that my hair smelt lovely..which is a bonus by any means! Ok..so how do you use it? I have short hair...very choppy and textured..I have a Toni and Guy funky mohawk at the moment...I say this because I only know how much I use and that it works well on textured hair. You
apply a 10p sized glob to towel dried hair and rub it through your hair. Creative Genius is a brilliant name for this product as it allows you to obtain any style you fancy depending on how much you use. I don't use anything else and I can't seem to get my little mowhawk style in place any other way! This also means that if you're in a silly mood you can do all sorts of mad, funny things with your hair! (not like I've done that ever you understand! ;) ) Next you blow dry your hair how you want it. As a result your hair doesn't feel gloopy or rock hard...just right! You can also apply more after you've dried it if you need further styling this I think would be good as an alternative to gel for that wet look. But I don't really use it this way. I think it would look great in long hair if it had some nice layers cut into it..like Meg Ryan's infamous do. I guess this is a great alternative to the Funky Chunky product she's reknowned to use! You get 200ml per bottle which is a substantial amount and it lasts quite well. I tend to get a new bottle every 3 or 4 months and I use it every day as I wash my hair every day too. Creative genius is £8 from Toni and Guy salons, although if you keep your eye out you'll spot it in many other hairdressers. It is a professional range so this is why it is harder to find and more expensive, but from using all types of mousses and hairsprays..I can tell you that I will never buy any other styling product now! I do sometimes team it with a little of the Bed Head wax stick or the manipulator, both of which I will try and write some ops on soon. Anyway I hope you get a chance to try this product for yourselves one day as I really feel I've wasted a lot of time and money on other products which I was never entirely happy with! Thanks for reading my op..and if you ever fancied one of Toni and Guys trendy haircuts take a look at my other op ;P T
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I'll hold my hands up I didn't actually buy this product before you starting thinking no I didn't pinch it off my best mate either! I won it from another opinion site ( cough cough no names mentioned but think italian and goodbye!) Now why's she rambling on about winning it you may well be thinking? Only because if I'd have seen it in the shops I'd have been put off by its turquiose greeny pearlescent colour but luckly first appearances can be decieving as is the case with this product. The sculpting liquid, more a cream than an actually liquid is an excellent product. The first thing you notice about it, ok the second think after that ridiculous colour is it's smell! Love coconut you'll love this then! The sculpting liquid comes in a 200 ml bootle, with the usual instructions for use written on the back in incredibly small writting - No I don't need reading glasses thank you!!! Basically it can be used on wet hair for a smooth finish after blow drying or can be used on dry hair for a more scrunched or just dragged yourself from bed kind of look.Either way this product does not leave that nasty sticky crunchy feel to your hair. It holds hair well and holds a style in place for ages. It is easily brushed out of your hair so the next morning you don't end up with a mop of greasy scrunged up hair that feels yeuk! I've got rather thick hair which has long had a mind of its own but with Creative Genius it seems to have been tamed some what! The one disadvantage of this product apart from that colour is the top of this recylable bottle. It is more a tiny stopper which I can see being lost in the near future! But the fact that it has only a tiny top does mean that it is more easily dispensed so you are not going to end up with half a bottle in your hand unlike some stuff I could mention. You only really need a tiny squirt of the stuff to get excellent results. Tigi stuff can be purchase
d from Toni and Guy saloons nationwide. See there web site for your nearest salon Other web sites that are selling this product and loads of other Tigi goodies include: WWW.Lookfantastic.com - where it can be had for £7.23 ( includes a 15% discount for buying online) P&P is £2.50 so it would be best to buy other stuff as well. WWW.thehairshop.co.uk - where it can be bought for £7.65 ( includes a 10% online discount) and P&P of £1.50. Should you wish to purchase further products from there excellent range not just Tigi stuff the online discount does go up to 20% once you have spent £20 with them but P&P is £1.50 per item with this company