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I first became familiar with Tigi products a good five years ago when my sister started her own hair salon. It was the main brand her salon used and sold to customers. Over the years I have acquired a few freebies from my sister and have had many positive experiences with Tigi products I have also bought a few products myself.
I bought Tigi S-Factor last year direct from the Tigi website, it cost me £13.00 as they has a sale on, it usually retails at £15.00. You can find many online stores selling Tigi but find it more difficult to buy on the high street as none of my local salons stock it any more.
The S-Factor range is one of the newest tigi ranges it has been design to give salon results at home, It comes in a stylish bottle with a spray applicator. The bottle has a red and silver S-Factor logo and has information on how to use on the back of the bottle. Its a 125 ml bottle and lasts me a good six months.
The S-Factor Flat Iron Spray has been developed to give your hair extra protection from hot styling, the thermal heat protection formula stops hair from becoming damaged while using hair straighteners, curling tongs and blow drying your hair.
It can be used on wet or dry hair, I use it on wet hair for when I need extra protection from blow drying my hair. If I am straightening my hair I like to let my hair dry naturally and use the S-Factor Flat Iron spray on my dry hair before I use my ghds.
The spray applicator is easy to use but you need to be very light handed while spraying it, the formula feels quite greasy like a serum. You only need to use a small amount and I usually separate my hair into sections and spray a light spray to each section and then style as normal.
The S-Factor Flat Iron spray makes such a difference to my hair, I have less split ends and my hair looks a lot more healthy and more soft to touch. The shine it adds to my hair is amazing it look very clean and glossy as well. I found it to be a product well worth the money and will be purchasing it again. Its made from a fantastic brand and does give my hair a added kick of life and think the added vitamins help strengthening the hair.
My only negative point is that when I use it with my ghds over time a slight film sticks to the metal plates and needs a good clean every month to remove this build up, it can be removed with a damp cloth.
~Has this Tigi Flat Iron Spray really got the X factor?~
Tigi's S Factor Flat Iron Spray is just one of the many products that have crossed my path over the years in the quest to find the best hair care products for the best price. When thinking about what to use in order to get that super sleek salon straight look for every day wear, at a fraction of the cost of a trip to the hair salon I decided to hunt down something new to try. I eventually purchased some of this Tigi branded product as I had discussed my requirements with the helpful salon assistant and decided that this product sounded promising.
Once I got to grips with using the product I found that it took a little time to get the balance right when applying the product to the hair. Applying too much of the product left my hair feeling weighed down and overly hydrated and almost oiled, which in turn left my hair feeling a little too greasy for freshly washed and styled hair. I found that if I adjusted the amount of product used per application the results could be much better, with a lighter smoother effect being possible once I had used straighteners on my hair to finish the look.
~Applying/ using the product~
When applying the spray the less is more way of using the product was a real help and it also made the spray last longer too which in turn was helpful as I felt I was getting slightly better value for money. I found that when applying this to the hair before using heated hair straighteners, that as long as I used this sparingly there was no sizzle or burning when placing the heated stylers over the hair.
With some other products I have found there can be some product residue left on heated straightening blades which builds up over time to form a nasty film that reduces the efficiency of them. Thankfully when using this product I am pleased to say this was not the case which certainly made this product something that worked well with the straightening irons. The only real downside to using the Tigi spray apart from the price that is, was the fact that using the product regularly did increase the chances of finding my hair needed washing and styling more often than usual.
The day after using the product when I might normally be able to get away with leaving my hair as it was and washing it in the evening rather than in the morning, I often found that I had to wash my hair earlier in the day as it looked a little weighed down and less glossy and fresh looking than when I have used other similar hair care products. This may be due to my own hair type rather than any real issue with the product so that should be considered when choosing this product over something else.
~Value for money?~
One the whole I found that with care and attention I could end up with nice fresh smooth straight hair for a day or so which I liked. I also found the scent given off by the spray to be a little sweet yet pleasant enough and not too strong or over powering. The price of this product is an issue and there is no getting away from the fact that there are a range of much cheaper hair care products on sale that do similar things for your hair at a fraction of the cost of this product. With an rrp of around £15 this isn't a cheap buy, although to be fair I have seen this for slightly less and was able to buy this myself for just under £12.
Over all this is a fair hair care product that can work well if used carefully, although it isn't the best product I have used it isn't the worst either. I found the product quick and easy to apply with it lasting well if used sparingly and whilst it gave fair results once I got used to using the spray I wouldn't say I would be overly keen on buying it again unless it highly reduced in price as I have found I can get similar, if not better results from some other cheaper products that leave my hair looking straight, fresh and smooth for longer. As such my rating for this product is a mid range 3 stars which reflects my thoughts about it.
Even though my hair is naturally straight (ish) I still wouldn't dream of leaving the house before running my straighteners through it to get rid of any fly away hairs and smooth down any bumps. Because 9 times out of 10 I also blow dry my hair after washing it my hair goes through quite a lot so I am forever on the look out for products that will help protect and repair my hair.
The Tigi flat iron shine spray is designed to protect hair from heat and stop it becoming dry and damaged and basically being frazzled with all the abuse that it gets.
You use it by spritzing some on damp hair before blow drying and straightening it but I also like to spray some on my hair when it is dry to make sure that my hair is protected from my GHD's. I find that it is best not to add too much of the spray otherwise it can leave your hair looking and feeling a little greasy so after you have sprayed some from a distance get a comb or brush and just make sure and work it through from roots to tips.
The spray contains vitamin A&E and it does sort of act like a leave in conditioner in that my hair is always left feeling super soft and smooth when using it. It is hard to try and describe what exactly the heat protection in this spray does but I have definitely noticed that I am getting less hairs that are being singed and split by my straighteners and my hair does seem to be in excellent condition. I have used heat sprays by other brands before but I really think this is probably one of the best that I have used.
As for the shine aspect of the spray to be honest I haven't noticed any great improvement in that respect other than my hair looking a little shinier because of it being healthier looking and I am still using my favourite Tony and Guy shine spray if I am going somewhere special and want a high gloss impact.
I originally bought this a couple of years ago when my hairdresser recommended it but I remember it was expensive and I couldn't justify spending that kind of money on it on a regular basis so I only bought it the once but I recently found it in my local factory store for only £6 for a 125ml bottle which I thought was a total bargain and decided to buy it again and I was pleased to find that it lived up to my expectations of it.
As my hair has a natural curl to it straightening it has been a part of my morning routine for many years now, I tend to let my hair dry naturally now to reduce the amount of heat I am putting on it, however I still need to protect it from the heat of my hair straigteners. As a rule I tend to buy whatever is on offer in my local Tesco or Superdrug, I dont really have a particular brand that I use all the time and am happy to try out different products. I was recently browsing online and saw something about S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defence, after doing a bit of research I got the impression that this product was pretty good, a bit pricey but I decided to look it up, I actually ended up buying a bottle to try and have to say that I am pleased with the effects.
TIGI is that brand that makes S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defence, to be honest this wasn't a brand that I had tried before so I decided to have a little read about it before making my purchase. TIGI have launched a new range of premium hair care products, the S Factor products are specifically designed to be suitable for all hair types and will leave your hair smooth, glossy and will even tame frizz prone hair. What particularly drew me to the S Factor range is that it is described as having conditioning properties and is also suitable for coloured hair, I have bleached hair which can dry out so it does need a lot of conditioning, I also like to use products for coloured hair where possible as I feel they keep my colour looking good for longer, the S Factor Heat Defence covered both of these points whilst also protecting my hair from the heat of my hair straighteners.
The S Factor Heat Defence comes in a white coloured bottle with a large pink/red circle on the front of it, inside this are the words "S Factor" along with the make which is TIGI. Just underneath this is written "Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defence", the word Heat defence is then repeated in two different languages underneath. That is basically it for the front of the packaging, whilst it is quite plain and simple it does stand out. The back of the bottle contains pretty standard information such as directions for use, all clearly written and easy to follow. The bottle has a large shiny sliver lid almost bullet shaped.
S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defence is basically as the name suggests a heat defence spray to help protect your hair when straightening, this particular product is said to literally absorb the heat from your straighteners and protecting your hair, I'm not sure exactly how it does this but as long as it protects my hair that is the main thing for me. The S Factor Spray is not only a heat defence but also a shine spray which will leave your hair smooth, sleek and shiny as you straighten it, it contains Vitamins A and E as well as UV Protectors so an ideal product to take on holiday with you.
The directions of use which can be found on the back of the bottle are standard for this type of product but basically include 2 steps
* Mist over damp hair and comb through before drying
* Once dry use tongs or flat irons
Personally I do use mine a little bit different to this, as I have said I no longer blow dry my hair dry unless I am going out somewhere and need it dried quickly, I find t his reduces the amount of heat going onto it and in turn reducing the damage. I tend to mist the spray over my hair in sections and then straighten as normal, I find that this works just as well as if I use it on my damp hair before blow drying. I do find it important not to apply too much of the spray to each section as it then tends to leave the hair wet meaning you are not only straightening it but having to dry each section with your straighteners too which I do not think can be too good for it.
As I have mentioned this product is not cheap, it costs £12.29 for a 125ml bottle, compared to the brands I purchase in the shops this is double the price, my main reason for buying it was because it got such good reviews I thought I would try it for myself. Personally I have found the spray to be long lasting, I do have long thick hair so do need a decent amount of the spray to cover my hair, however the heat defence is dispensed from the bottle in a fine mist which evenly coats each section of your hair meaning that some areas do not get too much spray whilst others are missed totally, I find I get an even coverage therefore do not waste any of the product, however despite this I do still think it is quite expensive for a heat defence spray.
The heat defence is available online from www.beautybay.com, I'm not sure if it is available anywhere else or in high street shops, however this is the only place I have seen it so far.
Overall I have been impressed with my S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray, it has a lovely fragrance which is quite fruity, light and delicate, even a few hours after using the spray I can still smell the fruity fragrance on my hair, it is not overpowering but definitely detectable. After I have straightened my hair using this product I do notice how sleek and shiny it looks, my hair naturally has a bit of a curl to it and can go a bit frizzy from time to time especially if I have gone to bed with wet hair, however after using this product my hair is perfectly straight and has a lovely shine to it. As for whether it protects my hair, it does, I use heat defence most of the time on my hair so it is in quite good condition anyway, but I have not noticed that the condition of my hair has deteriorated since using S Factor so it is at least keeping it in the condition it is in already which in my view means it must be protecting it from the heat of my straighteners.
I would definitely recommend the S Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defence as it is an excellent 2 in 1 product combining a heat defence and shine spray all in one, however the only issue I have with it is the price, I do find it is quite expensive for what it is, yes it does work and combines 2 products, however I could buy both a heat defence and a shine spray from Superdrug or Tesco nad it still wouldn't cost as much and would probably do the same job. I definitely like this product and will continue to use it however I am trying to make it last as long as possible as I do feel it is a bit on the expensive side for a heat defence, especially when it does the same job as the cheaper brands I buy in he shops.
Anyone who regularly uses straighteners will be aware of the damage they can do to your hair. The heat is extremely bad and causes dryness and split ends. There are so many different heat protection products out there so it is difficult to know what to chose. I am a massive fan of TIGI products so I thought it may be the right way to go to find a product that would protect my hair effectively.
This S Factor range come in bottles than are all relatively similar and recognisable. They are always red and white with a large S on the front. They come in some interesting shapes as so a lot of TIGI products which look great in the bathroom or on your dressing table! The prices vary greatly depending on where you buy them from. I paid about £9 for mine but if you shop around online on sites like eBay and Amazon you're bound to find one at a cheaper price. It is pretty expensive however it is fully justified by the quality of the product.
I use the product after washing and combing through my hair. I have a variety of other products that I use as part of my routine but I have incorporated it in at the end to ensure it has a maximum effect on my hair. After drying, I separate my hair into sections while straightening as it is long and thick. I spritz each section with the easy to use pump just to make sure that my hair has even coverage. I noticed the result straight away when my hair looked shinier. Over time, my split ends seem to have disappeared! They are no where near as obvious as they were before. Although the product feels extremely lightweight on my hair it has definitely had an effect and I'm really pleased I decided to buy it.
I bought this last month. I normally use Tigi Bed Head but I couldn't find anything in the range that was suitable for use with my straighteners to protect my hair from dryness and split ends. I bought this on ebay for just short of £7. I comes in a see through bottle with a pump dispenser and you get 125ml of product.
The product itself contains vitamins a & e to nourish hair and condition, it also promises to protect from UV damage and give a healthy finish to hair. On the back of the bottle it advises you to use on wet hair. When I use it I spray a thin layer on before blow drying and then I spray each section of hair before running the straighteners over. The product itself sprays as a fine mist. It has a really nice fruity smell. You don't need to use a lot to get an even coverage. I would recommend you spray it at arms length so that your hair doesn't end up greasy and weighed down.
I loved this spray, after using it I noticed that my hair felt soft and supple. Normally when I have used these sprays my hair has always been a bit 'crispy' and 'stiff' This was also good because it never left a residue on my straighteners. After I had finished my hair it didn't feel like it had any product on it at all. My hair has a lot of movement and it stayed straight all day. I also like the fact this has UV protection to prevent colour fade, as I have bleached hair the sun tends to make it all one colour rather than highlighted.
I woould recommend this for all hair types, it's great value and it lasts about 3-4 months. It prevents split ends and dry hair a must if you use irons every day.
I give this 5 out of 5!
At my hair salon where I go to have my hair cut and treated, I was delighted to find that they had changed their hair care range to Tigi. I haven't used many Tigi products in the past so I was quite interested to see what effect they would have on my hair.
I am one of those people who doesn't quite remember life before GHD's, I actually don't think I have ever not owned a pair it has been that long since I began using them and no I couldn't live without them. But using hair straighteners can come with a raft of issues and problems for your hair if you don't use them properly and protect your hair properly and it can therefore be quite costly. Whenever I use my GHD's I always ensure that I have some sort of heat protector that will protect my hair from the heat of the GHD's, thankfully if you do own a decent pair of hair straighteners then you shouldn't need to use them everyday to straighten your hair, only where you have a few crinkled strands of hair which does help to keep your hair in tip top condition and I try not to use my straighteners everyday because when they heat up to 210 degrees you can only imagine the damage they can cause.
When I do use them, I have now switched to using TIGI S-Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defender which is one whopping great big mouthful I am sure you will agree but my hairdresser swears by it (I know she would she is paid to use the products) and even uses it on her own hair. My hair is blonde and shoulder length and if I haven't swept it off my face into a pony-tail then I have it poker straight with a little bit of volume, the only problem is that I have a few fly-away strands of hair which really annoy me and I am not really a big fan of serum because I can never quite get the balance of using it right and end up with greasy looking hair by the time I have finished, so I needed something that would conquer those strands of hair.
Tigi is one of those brands which I would think everyone has heard of. They are quite unique with their branding in that their products are usually sold in bright eye catching coloured bottles and tubes and to match their eye catching colouring is a witty name such as 'Bed Head' or 'Dumb Blonde' names which play on a theme in your mind when you are debating whether or not to pat with your hard earned cash. Then there is the S-factor range which stands out from the rest of the Tigi brand because it is sold in a pure bright white bottle/tube with a huge silver colour lid which is not only really shiney but is a rather bizarre oval shape which stands out amongst other products and in the centre of the bottle in a big S which is also in the same silver colour to match the lid but its background is a bright cerise pink.
Tigi sell products for every type of hair you can think of whether you have wavy hair, straight hair, short hair, long hair, frizzy hair, Curly hair or for men there is a hair care range aimed at you and alongside the hair care range which spans from pre-wash treatments, shampoos, conditioners, masques, heat protectors and styling products, Tigi also have a make-up range too. So as a brand they have branched out right across the beauty market.
So using the TIGI S-Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defender is really easy to use and you need to towel dry off excess water from your hair after washing it and then because this product is a spray you need to hold it away from your hair, as you would do with any similar product and spray evenly across your hair. Once you have done this, use a comb to ensure it is spread evenly. This spray also helps protect your hair from heat damage from your hairdryer. As this spray is released onto your hair there is a slight fragrance released with it which can best be described as fruity, although the writing on the packaging gives no indication as to what the fragrance is derived from and it is also a clear spray. Adding to the fruity smell is the fact that this spray contains both vitamins A and E which nourish your hair and are also said to encourage your hair grow as well as prevent hair loss. Vitamin E also acts as antioxidants to protect the hair from environmental damage and also protects your hair from UV rays.
Once your hair is dry, whether by hair dryer or from drying naturally you don't need to re-apply this product to your hair, you simply straighten it as you would normally. The one thing I have found with this spray is that it does leave my hair looking really shiney and feeling smooth to the touch, as though I had applied a serum, the GHD's glide through my hair leaving it poker straight.
Having now used this TIGI S-Factor Flat Iron Shine Spray Heat Defender for 4 months roughly 3 to 4 times a week I have just about got to the bottom of the bottle, whilst it isn't the biggest bottle in the world, it has lasted much longer than I expected it to, however, my hair is only shoulder length so I wont be using as much as those people with longer hair. The bottle itself is 125ml and for that you can pay anything from £7 right up to £15, so it is worth shopping around online and in any stores which sell it near to where you live.
Overall I really do like this spray, it is great value for money, it smells really lovely and does what it promises to do and protects your hair from heat damage when using both a hairdryer and hair straighteners and when I have been back to the salon, which is every 8 weeks, my hair dresser said they had noticed that the number of split ends had decreased and that my hair generally looked much healthier with a natural shine to it. My hair is also much easier to style on a daily basis, even if I don't need to use my straighteners, the fly-away ends that I once had have slowly decreased and I am less self-conscious about them. So for me this is a really good product and one I am happy to carry on using for the time being because it does exactly what it promised me it would do.
In general, I am a big fan of TIGI and their products, having tried a number of their range of shampoos, conditioners and styling products. However, I was left disappointed by the S-Factor Flat Iron Spray.
As any girl who is fond of their straighteners will know, they cause a lot of damage to your hair. Basically, all that heat isn't good. Therefore, when heat styling, it is necessary to give your hair some sort of protection. That's the idea of this spray - to form a barrier on your hair and protect it from the damage that the intense heat can cause, and at the same time give your hair a nice shine. It also helps to protect your hair from UV rays when out in the sun.
The spray is clear and comes in an oval shaped clear plastic bottle with a silver lid and manual spray pump. This is not pressurised, so when you spray it gives a 'spritz' distribution, so covering more of your hair. The spray contains vitamins A and E which nourish the hair and protect it from harmful environmental antioxidants.
I purchased a bottle for £10 for 125ml, but it is worth shopping around online.
The spray is applied to wet hair before styling. You need to hold the spray a decent distance from your hair (about 5-6") to ensure good distribution. My hair is pretty thick and layered, so I apply to each layer before straightening. The spray pump is good and only a few squirts are required per application. I tend to focus most on the mid lengths and ends as this is where the heat is applied most intensely.
On spraying, there is a pleasant fruity scent, which you can also smell when straightening as the heat really brings it out. It doesn't remain on your hair though.
I have been disappointed with the effects of this spray long term. I have not noticed any real extra protection from using this, my hair has dried out just as quickly and I have not noticed any reduction in the amount of split ends I have developed between haircuts. The one positive that the spray did have is to give a nice shine after styling. As this is not the main reason for buying the spray, this would have been a nice added bonus had the spray offered more protection. I don't think my expectations are too high - I know heat is always going to damage hair and I was not expecting this to completely erradicate all damage, but I was expecting to notice an improvement. For the price this is, I think my expectations were reasonable.
In short, poor value for money. I have used other products from boots or superdrug that retail at half the price and seem to offer me more protection, I shall be returning to these in the near future.
As well as safeguarding hair from heat damage, by literally absorbing the heat from flat irons, this nifty spray also acts as a leave-in conditioner and shine spray to leave hair sleek , shiny and soft! It also contains vitamins a and E and UV protectors!