“ Brand: Toni & Guy / Type: Hair Shampoo / What it does: Protects, „
For my birthday I was bought some vouchers for Boots and I decided to use them on some special hair care products. Instead of buying whatever was on offer at the time for as cheap as possible I thought I would treat myself and buy some shampoo and conditioner which was of higher quality. I chose Toni and Guy because I thought it would have good results and I liked the bottles. Sadly though they did not live up to expectation and I was left feeling rather disappointed with it.
=== The Bottle ===
The bottle of this shampoo looks nice which was one thing which attracted me to it in the first place. It is rounded and slim and tall and looks very 'fashionable' (as fashionable as a bottle can look anyway!) It has a very smooth feel to it so it doesn't feel like a cheap, plasticky bottle like other brands. It looks nice on the shelf next to other products in my bathroom, it is something which you quite like having on display. It isn't see-through and has the brand clearly displayed on the label. It promotes that it is shampoo to keep your hair straight and protected. The lid comes off by you pulling it off, this is sometimes a bit difficult to do especially when you have wet hands which, lets face it if you're in the shower you will have. This is a bit of an irritation.
=== Using the shampoo ===
Using this shampoo is not easy. The shampoo is very thick, far thicker than any other shampoo that I have used and so getting it out of the bottle is hard. For a start the bottle stands upright so the opening to get it out of is at the top and so when the shampoo is running low it's especially hard to get out. The bottle is robust so you can barely squeeze it to get it out, instead you have to hold it upside down and give it a shake. This isn't too bad when it's new but as it gets lower it gets more difficult to do and eventually becomes very time consuming and frustrating. It is hard to get the right amount out as it comes out in big blobs with it being so thick so very often I get too much out and have to mess around trying to get it back in. This is frustrating.
The shampoo itself has a slight shimmer to it which makes it look nice, almost like tiny bits of glitter have been added. What I noticed, after the shimmer, was the smell. It is quite a strong shampoo smell, it doesn't have a fragrance just that soapy, clean shampoo-type smell. I like it, it's nothing to fall out with.
It was easy to apply to my hair and it lathered up well without needing lots of attention which was good. I found that a little bit did go a long way and was pleased with how quickly it did cover my hair. It took a long time to get it out though, I had to rinse it far, far longer than I would any other brand and I think this is to do with how dense it was. It seemed to just stick to my hair and it took about three times longer than normal. A few occasions i have had to go back in the shower and rinse it again as I've realised it's not all come out and this is frustrating, it leaves a horrible sticky feeling if I don't though.
=== The result ===
After showering I blow dry my hair to get the best results. When it was still wet it felt a bit tacky and I wasn't sure if it was supposed to or if I hadn't rinsed it properly although I had kept on rinsing it for far longer than normal.
After blow drying my hair I did see a difference, it definitely does make my hair appear more straight which is what I was hoping for. I have really thick hair so if volume is added to it it can go frizzy but this shampoo did help to take the volume out and have it lie quite flat. I like how it does this it looks nice, it also gives my hair a nice shine which I also like. At the same time, however, my hair felt a little coarse, slightly heavy as though properties of the shampoo were still in it and it was weighing down, this is disappointing.
I found that my hair got quite greasy faster than it normally does when using this shampoo so think it must have all kinds of chemicals in it to make my hair like this. The result of this means I need to wash my hair more frequently and therefore use more product which makes it even more expensive compared to other brands.
=== Conclusion ===
This shampoo was very disappointing to me. I was hoping for a luxury product that would make me really enjoy washing my hair and appreciate it's effect, however, when I use this it results in a shower which takes much longer than normal because it's difficult to get the shampoo out of the bottle and then even harder to rinse it out of my hair! These little annoyances would be worth it if the finished result was beautiful hair... the result was nice, shiny, straight hair but it was also heavy and needed washing faster than normal. It was disappointing to think that I bought it as something special but it ended up being something which isn't very impressive at all. I won't be buying this again and don't recommend it.
Update: Sainsbury's now have this product in stores.
I've got long thick hair which I dry and straighten regularly. I've been using Toni & Guy Straight and Protect for a few years and now I don't like using anything else. Straight and Protect makes my hair feels softer and smoother after straightening. If I run out and have to use something else my hair never feels as nice.
The downside is that it is a bit more expensive than other products but I often buy it when it's on offer at Boots. Another is that it isn't very widely available. You can only buy it direct from Toni & Guy (or until recently Boots).
Boots have recently taken this range off the shelf and it has been replaced by a new Toni & Guy range which doesn't feature a shampoo specifically for straightening. I have bought some of the new range which in my opinion is still good but it isn't quite this shampoo. Both are good but in slightly different ways however I given the choice I would rather have this version.
I brought this in boots a week ago along with the Toni & Guy Straight Protect Conditioner and Soothing Balm. I had been using Schwarzkopf Hair Repair shampoo and conditioner which left my hair really soft and fairly shiny and reasonably frizz free but I wanted to try something that would help keep my style straight as well.
I decided to try this not just because it claimed to help keep my hair straight but also it would add protection from heat styling. I blow dry and heat straighten my hair on an almost daily basis and my hair can get dry at the ends. I always use protection (was V05 Miricle Mist but I changed this week) but adding double protection through my shampoo and conditioner cant be a bad thing!
As I have mentioned on my previous reviews my hair is very thick it needs trimming and thinning out every six to eight weeks. It is naturally curly and even when heat straightened can get kinks. It is temperamental and prone to frizz at the slightest temperature change. It is most effected in very humid conditions, when I get hot or damp, moist air.
Available in a 250ml bottle, I will not elaborate on packaging as its the contents I am interested in! Apparently the shampoo "maximises the straightening effect and protects from heat damage leaving your hair clean, smooth and sleek"
I now have mid length hair and used about the size of a 10pence piece which was more than adequate to wash my hair. It foamed and lathered really well and felt quite soft when I massaged into my scalp. The shampoo has a nice scent. Not fruity or floral like other shampoos this was like a very subtle perfume and it lingered on my hair even after it had been dried and styled for a good few hours.
My hair felt soft (not as soft as my normal shampoo) but manageable. I blow dried and styled as normal with my straighteners and my hair did stay relatively straight and it also looked healthy. I noticed that it seemed easier to straighten (but then I did use in conjunction with the Toni and Guy Straight and Protect Conditoner which may have helped). I have found with some of these types of shampoos in the past they can leave my hair a wee bit fly away (which is almost on a par with frizz in my book) but that never happened with this shampoo.
I am happy with the results I have got from this shampoo. Manageable, fairly soft, fairly shiny hair that feels and looks sleeker than normal. I would reccommend but I think it would be best to use with the conditioner. I have this week decided to stick with this shampoo and ditch my V05 because this does seem to keep my style straighter.
The only downside to using this range is they are a little excessively priced but purchased on promotion there is room for a good saving and hopefully due to the small amount I needed to use it should last a while (I will update this review to let you know how long it has lasted me when i finally run out)
Stock And Price:
I purchased mine at Boots. Current price £5.40 (250ml bottle). Boots are currently running a promotion to buy three Toni and Guy products for £10.00
I got this shampoo as part of a gift set for a Christmas present last year.
When I received the same gift set this year, It reminded me to review the products inside it.
I straighten my hair several times a week so even though I use heat protection spray I get quite bad split ends.
I hoped this shampoo would help but I wasn't sure a shampoo could really prevent split ends from forming
When I first started using this shampoo I had just had a hair cut so my hair was free from split ends and I hoped that if I started to use this straight away I wouldn't get any for a while.
I seem to remember my first bottle of this had a sort of pump which you had to twist and then push down to get shampoo out, and I remember finding it quite difficult to use at first.
However, they have clearly changed the design of the bottle because it is now much easier to get shampoo out of the bottle.
The shampoo has a nice scent, it's sweet and smells very similar to other Toni and Guy hair products, however I noticed the smell doesn't really linger after you have washed your hair which is a shame.
The directions on the back of the bottle show that it is used exactly the same as any other shampoo.
It lathers up well so a little bit goes a long way, therefore the bottle should last a while.
The bottle promises that the shampoo will maximise straightening effect and protect from heat damage.
I didn't really notice much change in the condition of my hair over the first few washes, and I can't say I noticed my hair was any straighter.
However, I continued to use the shampoo and I noticed that over time I wasn't developing split ends, which usually happens very quickly to my hair.
I haven't found any other hair product which prevents your hair from getting split ends anywhere near as well as this shampoo, so I was very impressed.
However, I should mention that I also have been using the Straight and protect conditioner, so it is possible that only the conditioner is making the difference.
In terms of price, this is more than I would normally pay for a shampoo.
It costs £5.40 from Boots for 250ml, and the same price for a bottle of conditioner of the same size.
I didn't but this shampoo again, partly because of the price and partly because I wanted a shampoo to stop my hair from being quite so dry.
However it will be nice to be free from split ends again when I use my new bottle, and I would recommend this shampoo to anyone who straightens their hair a lot and wants to prevent split ends forming.
Having been blessed/cursed with curly hair, I straighten my hair very frequently and felt that this shampoo and it's accompanying conditioner (review to follow) would be a perfect way of saying 'sorry' for all the singeing.
Packaging and Price
This shampoo is definitely at the higher end of the high street ranges, costing around £5.50 each for a 250ml bottle. Toni and Guy products are regularly part of offers and you can usually redeem Boots haircare vouchers ont hem when you get them but, even so, these cannot be relied upon and I would expect a product to be very special for this price. The packaging is fairly standard for this brand and I managed to obtain this product in a gift set without the pump action whcih appears to have been problematic.
Application and Results
The product created a nice lather and the smell was similar to some of the products used in the Toni and Guy hairdressers so that made it feel more luxurious. The shampoo washed out fairly easily but, after drying my hair, it felt heavier which did seem to make it stay straighter for longer but also meant that I had to use dry shampoo the next morning to stop it looking dull and unwashed whcih is unusual for me to have to do so soon after a wash.
In summary, my hair did feel soft and smelt nice but for the price I paid I would expect a longer lasting look that didn't make my hair feel heavy.
I'll give you the bad news on this product first... its the price... its £5.29 for 250ml from Boots... this does seem a little excessive especially once you add your conditioner on.... There are deals on every now and then in Boots but not as often as I like but I suppose the reason that you're reading this review is to find out if its worth it...!
Firstly, it comes in a nice looking bottle as per the picture above. It has a lid which just pulls off and it has a pump action... now the pump action isn't the easiest and when you have wet hands it makes it even harder. The first time you use it you need to turn the pump round to 'click' it into place and I always struggle if I'm honest but once you have mastered this you are good to go... well almost..
To get the shampoo out you just need to pump it.. all well and good when its full but when it starting to get empty it can cause problems and I end up throwing it around the bathroom in disgust...With wet hands it just ends up turning into something you would see on a Chinese Game Show...I have long thick hair so you need quite a lot and it takes ages..in the end I just unscrew the pump bit and just get it straight out the bottle...simples!
That's the packaging out the way...what about the product? Well I tend to find that the first wash doesn't cause any lather at all, but when I go in for the second wash I get alot more lather... it does appear to rinse out easily enough but I always add conditioner and stick my head under the cold tap to give it a good blaster so I don't tend to have issues with product staying in my hair..
The shampoo is supposed to maximise the straightening effect and protect from heat damage...now I do have confession as I do have pretty much straight hair but I do always use straightners to calm it down a little bit as it can go frizzy on the ends (not a good look)..
This shampoo does seem to calm my hair down a bit but I'll be honest I can't see any difference in the overall appearance and for £5.29 I would want to see a visible difference... even after using the whole bottle it still doesn't seem to look different...but it does smell nice!
Everyone with straightened hair will no that it can often be left dry and damaged. I decided to use this product as it is supposed to protect hair, whilst also giving it back a natural shine. I was very pleased with the results I got from using this, and due to straightening my hair nearly everyday it is vital to getting smooth, silky hair. The shampoo comes in a cyclindrical bottle which holds 250 ml. It is a silver bottle with pale blue writing, and is an attractive, expensive looking shampoo. The price is reasonable, and the results I have had from this product have been good. There are only a couple of reasons this product isn't perfect! One being the pump to get the shampoo out is quite small, and to get a decent amount takes a lot of time. And also, it contains a lot of oil, so can make hair become slightly greasy after two days.
Well, first problem, how do i actually get into this bottle? It is a pump action bottle under the cap which is fine except how do i get it to pump. Turns out that you need to turn the pump with the force of a small JCB. I had to ask a man. Once inside the pump provides very little shampoo per pump so it takes a while to get enough to wash much hair.
Once i got the shampoo out i was pleased with the smell - very salon-y which does make you think it's good stuff.
It doesn't foam like cheaper shampoo which was disapointing to begin with but i have got used to this and now appreciate that it takes less time to was out. Not so satisfying though.
This gives my hair a very clean 'squeeky' feel which is nice and i do certainly feel that my hair is coping better with straightening and blow drying. So, all in all, despite a ridiculous bottle and no bubbles, i'm quite pleased.
I was given the Toni and Guy Straight and Protect shampoo for Christmas as part of a hair pampering gift set. I had always wanted to try the Toni and Guy hair range but thought it was too expensive for my budget (£5.29 per 250ml bottle). I'd received quite a few nice pampering pressies so I decided to have a nice relaxing bath to try them out. Well it was relaxing until it came time to use the Toni and Guy shampoo. I removed the cap only to find a pump action dispenser underneath. After several unsuccessful attempts to open the pump and no instructions on the bottle I decided to unscrew the pump and pour the shampoo out instead. This turned out to be very messy as the pump had an extraction tube attached to it which of course was covered in shampoo. Although it was fiddly and took a while to get the shampoo out: very little shampoo was required to get a nice thick lather on my hair (hair length - long). The shampoo had quite a powerful, chemical but not unpleasant aroma and rinsed out of my hair with ease.
However, immediately after using the shampoo I noticed my hair felt quite rough and dry, not smooth and sleek as advertised. It wasn't until I used the Toni and Guy Straight and Protect conditioner that the texture began to improve.
After washing I styled my hair as normal and found it to be very fly away and full of static. It took longer than usual to dry and was a nightmare to straighten even with my ghd's.
I've not used the shampoo and conditioner since and would not recommend it. I think I will stick with my tried and tested shampoo and conditioner (Herbal Essences). It gives a much better result and is nearly half the price.
I straighten my hair far to much, about 6 or 7 days a week! I was using Toni & Guy Heat Protection Spray and decided to give the matching shampoo and conditioner a whirl.
The shampoo is in a 250ml circular silver bottle, with Toni&Guy written in a bold turquoise colour along with the type of shampoo it is 'Straight and Protect Shampoo.'
The bottle is fairly eye catching and does look like one of the more expensive brands on the market- which it is.
It states on the front of the bottle it gives a gentle cleansing for heat-straightened hair.
On the back of the bottle it has the usual directions and some more information on what the shampoo promises to do for my heat damaged hair.
'This Shampoo Maximises The Straightening Effect And Protects From Heat Damage Leaving Your Hair Clean, Smooth & Sleek.'
Great, it not only helps protect my hair but to make it look and feel better too!
At a quite high price tag of £5.29 I hoped I would achieve the results the bottle says.
When I first used the Shampoo I popped the frosted top off and saw a pump. I liked the idea of the pump as the tall, slim bottle means as you nearly finish the product it would be hard to shake the last bit out.
After wetting my hair, I went to push the pump down but nothing happened, I was a little confused and gave it a few more pumps, but still nothing. It said nothing on the bottle about how to get the pump to work. But after some messing around I finally managed to twist the pump and it popped up!
Not easy with wet hands!!
As I pumped some shampoo onto my hands a good pea size came out, it was a clear, thick consistency and smelt lovely.
The smell is hard to describe, fairly sweet a bit like hairspray but not over powering. It smells just like the matching Heat Defence Spray.
I rubbed the shampoo into my hands and straight away it lathered up changing from clear to a white colour.
The pea sized amount covered my shoulder length hair well and it continued to lather once I was rubbing it into my hair.
I then washed it out until I felt it was all gone. After the shampoo was all out I felt my hair was very clean but not so much smooth and sleek.
The bottle does state to use the matching conditioner, which I did do although I will write a separate review for the conditioner.
After I used the conditioner my hair was lovely! It was smooth, sleek, clean and looked healthier too.
I was very impressed with the results.
I wash my hair every other day and the shampoo keeps it non-greasy and clean until my next hair wash which is brilliant.
The fragrance also lasts very well and after 24 hours my hair still has a nice scent to it!
- Where To Buy It -
You can buy Toni & Guy in Boots stores which is where I got mine from. Boots have Toni & Guy products on offer alot generally 2 for £7 or 3 for £10.
You can also buy it online on Toni & Guy's website for £4.88 which is much cheaper than Boots, but you may have to pay postage.
Toni & Guy make travel size bottles which are 75ml.
These are great for holidays and will set you back £1.95. Boots often have the travel size bottles on 3 for 2.
- Overall -
I am very pleased with the results I got from this shampoo. My hair feels really clean! Although to get the promised smooth and sleek I think you will have to use the matching conditioner.
They are expensive, but I think it's worth the money! And as it does the job you want it to do it's even better!
If you time it right you can buy the Shampoo & Conditioner on offer and by the time you run out they should be back on offer again!
To save a bit of money too, I tend to use Toni & Guy then another brand of cheaper shampoo & conditioner when the bottle has run out.
This way my hair doesn't get 'used' to the product and it stops working on my hair.
I recommend getting the Toni & Guy Heat Defence Spray as the Shampoo & conditioner go very well with it and using the whole set will hopefully protect my hair that bit more.
As I've said, I am very pleased with the results!
5*'s Highly Recommended.
I got this shampoo with the conditioner in a set for Christmas. I am very fussy about the type of shampoo and conditioner I use. Purely because once I have bought a product which works well I dont like to change it and risk having disasterous hair until I have finished the bottle.
The toni and guy straight and protect shampoo comes in a tall thin shiney bottle. It has a plastic lid which pops off to reveal a nozzle underneath. Whne using two hands it is easy to squeeze some shampoo out, but not with only one hand! The bottle is white with turquoise writing on it. It is a simplistic style, very modern, clean and fresh.
The shampoo smells nice although the smell is not too strong. The shampoo is off white, a kind of shiney pearly colour. The shampoo doesnt really lathe rup, and Im not sure if this actually effects anything, but for some reason it makes me think it is not working aswell as it could.
I washed the shampoo off after a few minutes and it all came off my ahir easily which is good as I hate it when shampoo lingers on your hair. The scent lingers which is a good thing as it adds to the nice clean smell given off by your hair. My hair was easier to straighten once dry, which is what the shampoo advertised so in that respect it worked well, but other than that it was just nothing special. My hair felt soft and healthy but not glowing and in fantastic condition like I have experienced with some other brands.
This is a good shampoo, but Im sorry to say I have tried better.
I also got this product in a gift set with the conditioner and I also thought that is was a bit of a let down.
The shampoo is ok, does its job and makes my hair clean and shiny however I really didn't seem to get any benefit from the whole "straight and protect" section which was a shame!
It does smell nice and looks like a pretty standard white glossy shampoo which lathers well and quickly and my hair is clean and nice after.
I have not used this without the matching conditioner though because I always condition my hair.
As I also found with the conditioner, you have to pump it alot to get enough shampoo out, and I don't even have really long hair so this is quite annoying but I guess it makes the shampoo last longer.
Overall I would say that this shampoo is ok but for the money, I wouldn't buy it for myself as I have used different conditioners which were better and cheaper too.
This was another one of my holiday toiletries and I decided to finish the bottle off when I got back, rather than waiting for my next holiday as God only knows when that will be! I have used a few Toni and Guy products in the past but it is not a brand that I know particularly well. I bought it because it said on the bottle it was for heat-straightened hair, which is what I have.
The shampoo comes in a rather sleek and modern looking bottle which has turquoise writing on the outside. I do like the packaging, it's not fussy and doesn't look too cheap.
It states on the bottle that this provides 'gentle cleansing' something I didn't realise when I purchased it. To me, 'gentle cleansing' would suggest a mild shampoo, and I tend to use a lot of products in my hair, so I was worried that it wouldn't get rid of product build up.
The shampoo itself is clear and a fairly thick consistency. It has a pleasant smell - it's hard to put my finger on what exactly the scent is, but I think it has a slightly coconutty type smell to it.
I found that the shampoo lathered up well, and only a small amount was needed for my reasonably long hair. The problem I had, was that when I rinsed the shampoo out, it left my hair feeling extremely tangled. Obviously having long hair, I have had similar problems before, but never to this extent. I found that I had to use extra conditioner to get rid of the tangles and leave my hair feeling smooth again.
After using this my hair was clean and felt soft, so I needn't have worried about it not getting rid of product build up. It also seemed to add a bit of shine which I was pleased about.
Unfortunately, however, I have found that after washing with this product my hair seems to become greasy quite quickly. At first I thought it was the summer sun on holiday making me hot and sticky which was causing it, however I've had the same problems at home. This alone is reason enough for me not to buy this product again, because whereas before I could get away with washing my hair every other day, now I'm having to do it daily. Having long, thick hair which takes ages to dry, this is a big inconvenience for me - not to mention that I am using shampoo at double the rate I was doing, so it will be costing more.
On the subject of cost a 250ml bottle will set you back £5.39 from Boots. Like I said, not good value if you're having to wash your hair more often.
Overall I have felt quite disappointed by this shampoo, and as I have said I will not buy it again. It got my hair clean and it smells nice, but those are its only redeeming features, and so I wouldn't recommend it.
For those of you who straighten your hair you will know that heat straightened hair needs extra care to keep it soft and in good, healthy condition.
I straighten my hair every day due to having very curly hair and hating it with a passion.
I often find that my hair is very dry and brittle due to the amount of heat my hair is exposed to.
Toni and Guy are one of the leading hair care manufacturers as I am sure most of you will know.
I have never been one for brands really but after using this product I understand why they are the leading brand and they certainly live up to their reputation.
I bought this shampoo not expecting too much but as I know Toni and Guy are a big name in haircare I thought it was worth a try.
The packaging is very attractive and makes the product look very luxurious and it smells fantastic. It comes it a large bottle with a pump on the top making it easy to get the right amount of shampoo.
When I first washed my hair it felt very clean and it was incredibly soft.
You only need to use a tiny little bit and you get a really good lather.
This is a really great quality product and the conditioner is fantastic also (see review).
Anyone who regularly straightens there hair should try this.