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My hair used to be considered my crowning glory - thick, black, lustrous - but my crown is definitely a bit lacklustre these days, and so I really appreciate products that help restore my hair - giving it the volume and shine that will enhance my short hair cut. My once extremely thick black hair started going grey when I was still quite young, and now it's thinning too - I lose quite a few strands on a regular basis, possibly due to poor health or because of certain medications. Or both. Anyway, I don't like it, and I'm always glad to find new products that will help add volume, or that will help restore a bit of volume without my having to wash my hair. I'm lucky enough not to need to wash my hair more than twice a week. It doesn't get greasy, and it usually holds its style quite well once I've blow dried my hair and given it some volume.
I was recently lucky enough to win a little tub of L'Oreal's Tecni Art Super Dust, which I liked very much (and which I have reviewed). It added a boost of volume to my hair and restored my style on those days when I should have washed my hair - but either didn't have the energy, or was suffering from my inner ear problem which means that bending over to wash my hair makes me feel really poorly.
After reading my review of the Tecni Art Super Dust, cha97mw very kindly sent me a tub of a similar product - Toni & Guy's Casual Sculpting Powder - so that I could try it. It hadn't suited her hair type, but we both agreed that it might suit mine.
I really like the packaging of the Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder. All the products in this range (which include Forming Spray Gel, Sea Salt Texturising Spray and Flexible Hold Hairspray), are packaged in a beautiful soft blue/green with white and dark green lettering. The Sculpting Powder is presented in a small rectangular box, and on the front, the word 'casual' is written in large type across the length of the box. Toni & Guy's logo also features, and at the bottom of the box you are given the product information: Sculpting Powder; Mattifying, Volume & Texture, 1g net weight, 0.035 oz. One side of the box cautions you to use only as directed, to avoid contact with your eyes, and to discontinue use of the product if an irritation occurs. Keep out of the reach of children. There is a symbol that shows the box to be recyclable, and that the product will be good for 12 months after opening. The tub of powder is also recyclable.
On the left side of the box, you are directed to take a look at hairmeetwardrobe.com, so that you can discover the rest of the Toni & Guy collection, and also receive exclusive expert styling tips. Finally, the back of the box gives you directions for use. You are shown the information that this sculpting powder 'Helps combat grease and creates volume and shape with a matte finish'. You should 'Dust directly at the roots and work through with fingers or backcomb for extra body. Create light hold with natural movement', and you should finish your style by using Toni & Guy Flexible Hold Hairspray.
The little tub itself is about 9cm tall, with a diameter of about 3cm. The instructions from the box are repeated on a label wrapped around the tub. The powder itself is accessed through four little holes - which reminded me somewhat of an old-fashioned plastic salt or pepper shaker. You twist the lid in the direction shown (by a little arrow) to open the holes and gain access to the powder.
So, on to the experiment. Toni & Guy's Casual Sculpting Powder has a different application method to that of my beloved L'Oreal Tecni Art Super Dust. With the L'Oreal version, you shake a little of the product into the palm of your hand, rub your palms together and then gently work the product through your hair, although you can also add it close to your roots for added volume. With the Casual Sculpting Powder, you dust the product directly onto the roots of your hair, rubbing it in with your fingers (or, as they suggest, teasing it with a backcomb for extra volume).
My first attempt was less than successful. I applied what I thought was a reasonable amount, and then tried to rub it into my hair. I had obviously used too much product, and my fingers were met with a sticky, gritty mess. I tried to rub the powder into my roots so that it would blend with my hair, but this proved too difficult and I immediately had to wash my hair to get rid of the horrid stuff.
So, when I used this product for the second time, I took great care to apply a light dusting of the powder to my roots all through my hair, but this time using a very light touch. It can be difficult to see how much you are applying when you're working on the back of your head, but I just trusted in the application method, and it seemed to work.
I dusted the powder on to the roots of my hair, working my way around my head so that each area got its own light dusting. After each application I immediately massaged it into my roots as instructed, and I did this before moving on to the next area - hoping to avoid the gritty mess from my earlier attempt. Although this technique eventually produced the volume promised by this product, my hair felt horrible - really thick (too thick) and ever so slightly sticky. However, it really does deliver on its promise to mattify your hair. My hair lost all its shine, and I really didn't like the look of my newly-matte locks. My short grey/silver/Arctic Blonde hair needs shine, not dullness, so this product does not suit my hair at all. I decided to wait until the next day before washing my hair, to see whether the volume remained. It did, and so in a way the product delivers what it promises. But in my opinion it's not worth it - I didn't like the way my hair looked or felt, and I was glad to wash this out of my hair.
When I took a look at Boots' website, I found a video from hairmeetwardrobe.com which shows a model with very long straight hair using the different products in the Casual range. Towards the end of the video, she used the Sculpting Powder but only at the crown of her hair to add extra volume. I decided that I would try this, because when my style droops, giving volume to the crown is very effective at perking things up.
So, I persevered once more with the Casual Sculpting Powder. On this occasion I applied it only to the roots near my crown. I was a bit happier with the results this time, but I still didn't like the way my hair felt - you certainly wouldn't want a loved one running their fingers through your hair. So my final decision is that this product is something I would only use if I had nothing else that would produce the same effect. I think L'Oreal's Tecni Art Super Dust is far superior.
When I took a look at the product page on Boots' own website, I was surprised to find so many good reviews, especially as my own experience had been less than positive. The Casual Sculpting Powder got a customer rating of four and a half stars out of five. Boots describe this powder as giving 'volume and body to your hair with a "lived in" feel through a fresh, matte finish'. The product information says that 'The micro-fine powder creates volume and body great for achieving a laid back "lived in" look. With a weightless texture, Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder absorbs instantly into the hair giving Bardot-worthy bounce and texture.' You are instructed to 'Dust directly at the roots of dry hair and scrunch through with fingers or work through the lengths and ends of an up-do for texture and light hold. Or for extra lift, sprinkle Toni & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder on the crown before backcombing'.
If you wish to buy Toni & Guy's Casual Sculpting Powder, you can find it at Boots, where it costs £7.19. Boots currently (as of 16th November) have an offer of 3 for £12 on selected Toni & Guy hair care. The only other place I could find this product was on eBay. There's an auction today (ending at 20.46), but otherwise the prices aren't much better than Boots.
One benefit of this product is that it does seem to absorb grease, so if a thick, matte look to your hair is what you're looking for, and you don't mind your hair feeling a bit 'yucky' in the process, then this Sculpting Powder may be worth a try. I can only award it two stars. For myself, I'm going to stick to Batiste if I have to leave my hair unwashed for an extra day. It's much quicker, and very easy. And I shall be returning to my much-loved L'Oreal's Tecni Art Super Dust with a sigh of relief - it's much nicer to use, and gives a better result.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
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This product is made by Toni & Guy and is part of the casual range. The particular product I am reviewing is a sculpting powder that helps to combat grease and create volume and shape with a matte finish. I have used sculpting powders before to help give my hair some volume but I didn't really get on very well with the last product I purchased. I didn't actually plan on buying this when I went to my local Boots store as I was buying another product in this range. How-ever as I browsed the range this caught my eye so I thought I would buy it and give it a go to see if it worked. I often read good reviews and Toni & Guy products so I was sure that this product was worth the money (I was hoping anyway). The micro-fine powder creates volume & body which is great for achieving a laid back look. It has a weightless texture and absorbs instantly into the hair leaving it bouncy and full of texture.
The Sculpting Powder comes in a box which is blue in colour and has Toni & Guy clearly in white bold lettering. The powder is part of the Casual styling range. On the front of the box it states that the product it is and that you get 1g of powder in the container. On the back of the box it tells you a little about the product and how to use it. You can also find some tips and a list of ingredients as well. I opened the box and took out the tube which holds the powder. The tube is a blue colour to match the box and it has the same information on as the box which is handy as you don't really need to keep the box. There are 4 small holes in the top of the tube which are covered and it looks like a twist top which you need to twist to open the holes ready to dispense the powder. The tube that holds the powder feels very light and doesn't feel as though there is anything in there, how-ever powder is very light anyway so I wasn't worried about this.
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I purchased the product from my local Boots store for £7.19 which was pricey, how-ever I thought it was worth spending the money on a Toni & Guy product, and I had high hopes of this product and hopes that it would work as well as it stated on the packaging.
Using the Product
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Dust directly at the roots of dry hair and scrunch through with fingers or work through the lengths and ends of an up-do for texture and light hold. Or for extra lift, sprinkle Tony & Guy Casual Sculpting Powder on the crown before backcombing. I twisted the top of the tube open to reveal 4 small holes in which the powder comes out. I gently shook the powder above my head ensuring that that the powder dropped onto the roots. As the powder is very light, I find that it does tend to float away from the roots a little. You do need to apply the powder in a room with no draft otherwise the powder tends to blow everywhere. The powder isn't white but is more of a grey colour and isn't actually that easy to see when shaking the tube to dispense some the product onto your hair. After shaking some of the powder onto my roots, i tend used my fingers to ruffle my hair a little and to help give my hair some lift and volume. I then used a comb to backcomb it a little to help with some further volume. After using my fingers to help work the powder into my hair there was a slight residue on them, it wasn't sticky but felt a little strange. After ruffling my roots with my fingers and back combing my hair a little my hair had noticeably more volume than it had done before. My hair rdidn't look as though it had any product in and it looked clean and fresh. Although there was a residue feel on my fingers from the powder, there was no actual residue on my hair that you could see. I also felt my hair, and it didn't feel sticky or stiff and felt like normal, like I hadn't put anything in it. I went to town and hoped that the volume in my hair would last. I would check the results on my return from town.
It wasn't windy outside just a bit chilly, and I thought at least if it wasn't raining or windy this would give me a good indication as to whether the product is long lasting or not. I was in town for a good few hours, before returning home and looking in the mirror at my hair. Although there wasn't a smuch volume as there was in my hair when I left the house, there was still a lot more volume than what there would normally be when not using this product. My hair still looked clean and fresh and I simply ruffled my fingers through my hair and the volume soon came back. I did notice that my head was a little itchy after applying the sculpting powder, which must be from the powder, how-ever I wasn't scratching like mad and it didn't look like I had headlice which was good thing.
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In terms of value I think the product is quite pricey, how-ever I would expect this from a Toni & Guy product anyway. The product does work on my hair, and I think it would probably need a bit more styling in order for the style to last a bit longer. Admittidly I did apply the powder in a bit of a rush so if I had spent more time styling my hair after applying the powder I think the results would have lasted much longer. I loved the fact that the product didn't leave any residue in my hair and it left it looking clean and refreshed. The product doesn't have a smell or scent to it, how-ever this didn't bother me, so long as it didn't make my hair look greasy or dull I didn't really mind that the product didn't smell. I would only really use the product when going out for a night out or maybe during the day at the weekends. I wouldn't apply the product to my hair when going to work as I always tend to dress very casual at work anyway with no make up. As I would only use this product once or twice a week, I think it will last me a good few months before I need to purchase it again. I am taking 2 stars off the product as it did make my head itch a little and the style didn't last as I hoped it would. I also think this product is quite pricey as well considering it doesn't work as well as expected.
(review may also appear on ciao)
I am a member of a community called Bzz agent. I sign up to do product trials of branded products, and I then report my findings to my peers through social media and review sites.
One of the most recent campaigns I was given involved trialling Toni and Guy hair products. I was sent a generic set of 5 items that were given to all females in the trial. All the products were full size items.
This product came within a cardboard outer packaging. Inside there was then a cylindrical tube of the product with a twist top lid that opened to reveal some small holes like you get on a salt and pepper shaker.
This product is descrbed as a sculpting powder. I was unsure what this might mean from that description, as my past experience of sculpting has involved mousse and hair spray, but I was willing to give it a go. The product is described as mattifying, volume and texture. According to the package, it ' helps combat grease and creates volume and shape with a matt finish.'
My hair type is very thick, curly hair. I don't tend to find that I get very greasy or lank hair. My hair is usually full of volume au naturel. I followed the instructions given on the packet. I applied this to my dry hair between washes at a stage where it was beginining to look a bit like it needed a wash to me. I was starting to get a fair amount of frizz around my hairline, and my hair looked like it had been handled a lot.
I stood in front of the mirror and started to shake this onto my hair at the roots. I found it pretty tricky to direct this at any particular part of my head, as I was having to shake it to release the powder, and it was falling all around me. I was concerned as there was a warning on the pack to avoid getting this in my eyes, and though I was trying my best to be careful, it was going everywhere.
As it fell on my head, I felt that the flakes of powder were quite big, but they had that sort of property that snow has when falling on a fairly mild day, as it was hitting my head, it was starting to disappear. I tried working this through my roots with my fingers as described, but the feel of this on my skin was not pleasant to me. It felt rather tacky.
My hair did look a bit cleaner, and I felt my appearance was a bit sleeker with the frizz toned down a little, but I didn't feel like I had particularly clean hair. In fact, it still felt a bit dirty and my scalp was a bit itchy. Touching my hair, it wasn't particularly tacky, and the hold is ok while indoors, but as soon as I walked into the wind, it was the same mess as always.
My hair is far too thick and heavy to have any more volume from using this, and I don't think it is strong enough to hold my style. If anything, for me my curls were flatter than normal.
I found it unclear how much of this product to use, it was hard to get any where it was needed, and although my hair would look slightly cleaner to a passer by, it didn't feel that nice to me. I was still thinking to myself I was in need of washing it pretty soon.
This is not the sort of thing I would buy myself. I don't tend to need to use mattifying products like dry shampoo normally. I am not sure if it was ineffective on my hair because of the weight of my hair, not using enough product, or the product not being much good. I think it might be more beneficial for someone who has a thinner or more greasy hair type. I can however say, it was a pain to use, and the result was not really worth it. There is no noticeable scent to it (I'd prefer my hair to smell a bit cleaner if I were to use this sort of thing) and there is no way I would pay £7.19 for this product.
I recently got to test this product for a group called BzzAgent who let members try various branded products for free. Hair specialists Toni and Guy were the latest brand to sign up to the BzzCampaign and as a result I got five products to test at home. One of the products was this 'Sculpting Powder'. I had never heard of any hair product like this before - a powder that you use to style your hair - so I was keen to try it out.
Firstly I had to read the packaging of the product to find out exactly what it was and what it does. The product comes in a little box with all the product information printed on the outside. Toni and Guy state that this powder "helps combat grease and creates volume and shape with a matte finish". It sounds a little like the effects a dry shampoo spray might give you except this powder also promises to create "volume and texture".
Inside the box there is a small 1g (or 0.035 oz) sized bottle of powder. It looks a lot like a pepper pot and has the same kind of top with several holes where you shake the powder through. The top twists one way and the other to open and close these holes. I was a bit confused the first time I used this powder as I thought the bottle was empty it was so light!
Directions for use state to apply the powder by dusting it at your roots and then working through with fingers or comb, backcombing for extra volume if you wish. I find the application process rather difficult. The problem is in the substance and form of the powder. The powder is actually like a strange cobweb dust that is barely there and is difficult to see when shaking out of the bottle. It's grey and floaty and when you shake the bottle the powder flies out and is so light that it goes upwards rather than lands on your hair. You have to literally make contact with your head to have any of the powder land on your hair.
I have found myself testing this product whenever my hair is between washes. The effect of the powder is that is dries up the oiliness that tends to occur at your roots after a few days of not washing your hair. The powder minimises this greasiness and bulks out the hair at the roots making it look fresher and cleaner. So overall it really is a lot like a dry shampoo.
I am not overally enamoured by the product though. Firstly I find the whole concept of a dusting powder rather strange when there are dry shampoo sprays on the market that can deliver a more efficient result. I find the Sculpting powder rather difficult to apply given the ultra light weight of the product. It also comes out of the bottle rather finely and so you end up having to use loads just to achieve a small effect. The product is helpful in minimising oil around roots and scalp but I've used products like Batiste that give a much better (and quicker) result overall. The Sculpting Powder also supplies volume but not much texture. The volume enhancement is visible and the product never leaves any residue even on my darkest roots.
I can't see this product as something that would ever become popular to be honest and I doubt that anyone who needs this kind of product would opt for this rather than an aerosol based dry shampoo. I would only recommend this for the novelty of it as it is rather strange - after application and before working the powder through your hair you end up looking like the Charles Dickens character Mrs Havisham - coated in a white dusty cobwebs and looking very old and odd. This is not a product I would ever consider buying for myself in the future as it just doens't provide enough benefits for me to want to pay £7.19.
Find out more about the Toni and Guy range at:
Product: Toni & Guy casual sculpting powder.
Purchased: I received mine from Bzz Agent but it is available from Boots and across the net.
* The Product *
Toni & Guy are a well known brand that not only have salons but also their own products. I'm guessing everyone has heard of Toni & Guy and if not where the heck have you been?
I have used Toni & Guy products on and off for a number of years and especially love their Insights shampoo for brown hair. The product I'm reviewing is called Toni & Guy casual sculpting powder and comes in a salt shaker style container which is a grey-blue colour with the typical Toni & Guy brand name vertical on the packaging.
* Why I wanted to try this *
I love beauty, haircare and skincare after all it's what I do for a living so I was excited to try this out. My hair is long but it's very fine and flyaway, because it does fly away it gets greasy at the roots quickly and dry at the ends. I have to wash my hair daily and due to it's thickness and volume I cannot get curls, waves or any voluminous up do to remain in my hair. I have tried volume and thickening shampoo's, conditioners, miracle sprays, bump it's (not too great), back combing my hair to death and a variety of concoctions along the way and nothing has really helped.
I had started to reserve myself to the boring hair club when Bzz Agent asked if I wanted to participate in the Toni & Guy trial, my answer was Heck Yes! I received my Bzz pack and it contained a few goodies but it was the casual sculpting powder that really got me excited and I couldn't wait to try it.
* Trying the product *
I hadn't seen or heard of the product before being sent it and after reading the instructions I was a little bewildered about how to use it. It sounded like it worked in a similar way to Baptiste dry shampoo but it wasn't advertised as being a dry shampoo. I decided to give it a go because I was off work and knew I could re-wash it if disaster struck.
- First Attempt -
My first attempt was on freshly clean hair I shook some of the product aiming at the roots like the instructions say and to be honest I didn't get much on my roots. Due to the way it comes out it ended up all over the top of my head. I wasn't too worried as my hair is pretty lank. It rubbed in to the hair well and straight away my hair looked thicker (like it does with Baptiste) and more starch like.
I styled it in a messy up do bob that everyone is wearing and decided to test out it's wear ability. At first my hair looked neat and glossy the bun section felt secure (normally it starts to fall out, even with super tight kirby grips) and remained in tact until I took it out at bedtime. The front sections of my hair because it was slightly thicker and looked less glossy I decided to straighten them and found it difficult with my GHD's. It seemed that as hard as I tried I could not get the sleek look I normally get with my beloved straighteners.
-Second Attempt -
The second attempt was on day old greasy at the roots and dry at the ends, sticking to my head and just looking pretty yuck type of hair. I hate going anywhere with this type of hair and really wanted to try the product out. I decided this time to shake some of the product on to my big barrelled hair brush and apply it directly to the roots, this way I could ensure it was getting to the area that really needed it. Again I tested out the up do bun style, normally when I try to do a ponytail or up do on a greasy hair day it looks even greasier. The sections that normally fall out around the front are just embarrassing.
The product definitely freshened up my hair enough to allow me to go out, it thickened my hair and the bun remained in tact. I didn't feel clean however and by dinner time the effects of the 'fresh' look started to dwindle and I had to re-apply the powder. Applying the powder during the day was hard due to having a style in my hair and I did have to smooth down and apply more kirby's to keep the style looking nice.
* Overall *
The product claims to be feather light which it was, it did give my hair volume which was a huge positive in my opinion and I feel confident that I can now get away with doing many of my dream hairstyles (which I plan to do). It blends in to the hair well and doesn't smell at all which is great.
I think that anyone who wants volume without having to back comb the hair should use Toni & Guy sculpting powder because it does really give your hair a fresh and voluminous look and feel. The product is best used on clean hair (or for normal hair I'd say a day or two maximum) so that you do not have to re-apply throughout the day and ruin your style.
The price is really good considering that this little shaker will last for ages. It will save you a heap of damage from not having to back comb and it's quick and easy to use. I have tried other dry shampoo's (which is very similar to this product) and I feel that this one is the best of the bunch and doesn't leave you with grey hair marks like some others.
I'd award this 5 out of 5 stars.