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On the run up to Christmas I found myself buying loads of my girlfriends smellies from Boots. I don't find it at all easy to buy for anybody that I know and I think really almost everybody loves a bit of pampering! With an already overflowing basket and knowing I was maxing out my credit card anyway I decided to treat myself to a few new bits and pieces too, to try and make myself look and feel better and I knew I would be having lots of company over the festive period and I do like to look my best of course! I found myself mooching around at the hair care stuff and I have to admit I do like Toni & Guy products as a rule so bought myself a few! I both straighten and curl my hair and the one thing that I do religiously use is some sort of heat protection spray. I have used a different Toni & Guy heat protection spray for a long time now as I had a couple of bottles bought me throughout the year and I really loved it and still use it now but am running low on it so bought this one to try! The Packaging: The bottle is a light sort of grey colour with a white plastic trigger action sprayer to the top of it and on the front of the bottle we are clearly told that it is 'Prep' Toni&Guy 'London Salon Est 1963' Heat Protection Mist 'Anti-Static Control' and that it is 150ml, 5 US Fl Oz in size then on the back of the bottle other information listed includes being told a bit about the product and how to use it, cautions and ingredients are given, we are told that from once opened to use it up within 12 months and contact details for the manufacturer are clearly stated. This is a nice, high quality looking product and unisex in its appearance. The Spray Itself: You can use this on damp hair before blow drying and using other heated appliances and you can use this on dry hair too before using curling tongs, curling wands, rollers or hair straighteners and the likes and I use this in various ways! I do use this before blow drying my my hair and then spray a little on before using my curling tongs or hair straighteners, sometimes I have earlier washed my hair and let it dry naturally and then later straighten or curl my hair and then I simply use a light spray of it as I go to protect my hair. This is said to help protect against damage and breakage and that it should help to give hair a smoother and softer finish. Using it is easy and it does spray out a thin and soft liquid. It smells lovely and fresh and I think its a fragrance of both fruits and flowers really. Its really nice and not too strong and like I say it does smell fresh and it is very well blended too. Verdict: Easy to use and none greasy this really does make styling my hair easier and I feel that it really does protect it. I suffer with quite bad frizz to the mid section of my hair and this not only gets rid of that and blends it into my style but also keeps it from popping back up. My hair is left feeling soft and silky, stays as I have styled it until I rewash it and even gives my hair a nice healthy sheen to it too! This for me is a great product. I don't need to use loads to get results from it and it simply protects my hair and helps me style my hair too! My only slight niggle with it is that I cant see anywhere through the bottle and I would appreciate to be able to see when I'm running out so I can make sure I have one on standby so I don't run out of it! Google if interested for this or pop to Boots and a bottle of this will set you back £6.39 which I think is a great price for this! This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
As part of being a member of BzzAgent.co.uk I get to try a range of products for brands and then give my opinion of them. I most recently tested this Toni and Guy Prep Heat Protection Mist which the haircare brand are promoting as part of their 'hairmeetwardrobe' campaign. This product can be used to protect hair during the styling process and it can be used when blowdrying, straightening or curling hair. The product protects hair from the heat which can cause breakage, split ends or frizziness. The product also conditions hair and according to Toni and Guy leaves hair "softer [and] smoother". I have used several heat protection sprays over the past few years and often use them to protect and condition my hair when I'm straightening it. I have previously used the Toni and Guy 'Iron It' Maximum Heat Protection aerosol spray and found it gave good results and I also respect the brand for their expertise. The product come in a plastic bottle which is an off-white grey colour. The bottle is sized at 150ml or 5 US Fl oz. which is quite small but acceptable. The bottle is printed with information about the product including total ingredients, full contact information and details about how to use the spray. The spray is fitted with a big trigger spray on the top. Make sure to press the small button underneath this trigger which is a lock. This lock is not entirely obvious and it took me a while to realise how to activate the trigger. Press the button one way to open and the other to shut it so the trigger won't get pressed in accidentally if the bottle is packed for travel, for instance. The spray comes out in a sharp small puff of fine mist. It's easy to direct onto the hair and although the trigger is a bit big and awkward I can easily cover the whole of my head of hair. The spray has a sweet, honeydew scent which is pleasing to me but mostly suited to a female nose! The spray is very watery and has no stickiness or bulkiness when it goes onto the hair. It's easy to cover all of the hair since the cloud of mist means that even longer hair gets covered in one burst. I'm very happy with how the product performs. It's easy to work through damp or dry hair (it can be used on dry hair before straightening or with curling tongs). As I'm drying my hair the product does not cause the hair to feel thick or sticky in any way. The product helps my hair to look sleek, shiny and smooth when fully dry and styled. My hair's condition has not deteriorated whilst I've used this product and I always feel like this is a product I can trust when I'm using it during heat styling. This is definitely a product that I feel I need to have on hand before heat styling my hair and it's performed very well although I'm not certain it has any major advantage over competitors in the market. I would recommend this to anyone who regularly heat styles their hair. It costs £6.39 at Boots and I would say this is a fair price for what you get. Find out more about the whole Toni and Guy haircare range at: www.hairmeetwardrobe.com
About a month ago I signed up to BuzzAgent and one of the campaigns I'm currently doing is one for Toni & Guy. I received 5 products to try and review and the Heat Protection Mist is the first on that I decided to try. I've never used a heat protection spray, mist or anything so I don't have anything to compare this to but at the end of the day they all set out to do the same thing, protect your hair from heat. The first problem I had was opening it. I didn't realise that there's a release button on the side of it as it's not clear. I spent 10 minutes fighting with the bottle and trying to press the arm of the spray down which just made it spring off. Luckily you can reattach it. Once you realise there's a button which you press to release the spray and then again to lock it, it's very ingenious, it's just a pity it doesn't say this on the bottle. I used this on dry hair. I know it said on the bottle to use it on damp hair but I have very thick hair which takes nearer two hours when I straighten it wet. I chose to straighten it the following day after washing as it is so much easier. I sectioned my hair off and sprayed it on the section I was about to straighten and then combed it through to make sure it was evenly coated. The smell of the product is lovely . It's a gentle smell but I can't put my finger on what it is. It's fruity but I don't know which fruit. The actual straightening of my hair took the same amount of time and was no easier or harder to do. Once it was all straightened as usual I comb it all through and run the straighteners over the random bits of hair that always have a mind of their own. What I noticed when I combed it through was the texture of my hair was different. It wasn't sticky but I could feel it more and there was quite a few tangles in it, which is not normal. I don't know if this was because I had used it on dry hair, but I very much don't it. Although the next time I use it, it will be on damp hair to see if there is any different. I can't say that I felt my hair was anymore protected then normal but maybe after using it a few times I will see a difference. I'm not sure that I would recommend this product as it didn't seem to do anything mind blowing but it was a terrible product. What really puts me off it is the retail price. Looking in shops and online it sells for anything between £6.99 and £8.00, which I personally think is too expensive.