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Toni & Guy Straight & Shine Smoothing Balm

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Brand: Toni & Guy / Cremes / Texture: Fluid / Type: Hair Balm / What it does: Smoothes, regenerates,

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      24.10.2012 21:58
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      a great balm for wavy hair

      I love trying and buying new hair products, Toni and Guy would be one of my preferred hair care products because I always find they work great and also they smell amazing. I picked up the Straight and Shine smoothing balm to help try and smooth out my frizzy hair, in Semi Chem a few months ago and have been really pleased with the results. Application This balm is really easy to apply, you simply smooth a small dollop into the palms of your hands and then apply it from root to tip evenly. I have found that it is best to only use a little bit of this at a time, otherwise my hair became very greasy and dull looking. Results I am very happy with the results from this balm. My hair definitely is much straighter and it stays straight for longer and I hardly have any waves in my hair at all when I use this. As I have said before, if I use too much of this balm at one time, it makes my hair really greasy and sticky feeling. However with moderate use my hair still feels fresh and this balm de-frizzes my hair and gets rid of most of the waves in my hair. I think that this balm is perfect to use when I am looking to have a straight hair style. I really like the scent of this balm, it smells fresh and clean and very similar to other Toni and Guy products, also it lingers within my hair for quite a long time after use. Price and Availability I picked this smoothing balm up in Semi Chem for £2.99. I think that this is a really great price for such a great product and definitely plan to buy this balm again when I run out. Overall I think that this is a fantastic balm for keeping my hair straight and frizz free as long as it is used in moderation. I really love the smell of this balm and it is decently priced. Overall I would give this balm 4 out of 5 stars. *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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      25.02.2011 15:19
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      Really effective in general but not a full proof miricle product

      My hair. My nemisis. I thought that I had exhausted just about every product on the market that claimed to protect my hair from heat damage whilst combatting frizz until I happened upon the Toni & Guy Straight and Shine Smoothing balm. I decided to purchase whilst I was slightly sceptical as to whether it would actually work as well as they claimed it would. Toni and Guy claim their lightweight balm can be used on either damp or dry hair and will give the sleekest blow-dry whilst effectively banishing frizz which is just as well as my naturally curly hair (which at times I also colour) is prone to frizz which is not particulary selective as to the types of conditions that help it to thrive. The worst conditions are damp, moist air and central heating which leave my hair frizzy and puffy so this product seemed the perfect solution to tackle all of my problems eliminating my need to use several products saving space in my cupboard and time when styling! The Balm: A 200ml pump action bottle will cost a hefty £7.14 in Boots but I purchased mine whilst on promotion for three Toni and Guy products for just £10.00. I brought the Straight and protect shampoo and condition, both individually priced at £5.40 saving me £7.94 which in my opinion was excellent value for money. The balm itself is clear with a pleasant scent not unlike a subtle perfume which kept my hair smelling fresh for most of the day. I used a 10pence size piece, which to be hinest is probably more than would be recommended for my mid length hair. I rubbed into the palm of my hand (the balm felt very soft) and then smoothed onto my damp towel dried hair from root to tip. Easily absobed into my hair and with a non greasy formula, my hair felt quite soft and not sticky at all. I blow dried and heat straightened my hair as normal and then applyied a small pea size amount through my dry hair just to keep the style sleek for a bit of extra protection. Other: My hair is not in really bad condition as I get it trimmed and thinned every six to eight weeks so split ends are not usually a problem. I do however take extra precaution to help keep in good condition and minimize the frizz such as blow drying (not on the highest heat setting) my hair straight down to seal the cuticles and just pulling the straighteners through my hair fairly quickly so they are not in contact with my hair any longer than a couple of seconds so this may have helped the product to work better. My Opinion: This is a great product although not without its faults. Since using (I use in conjuntion with the Toni and Guy shampoo and conditioner of the same range) I have noticed a dramatic differance both in the appearance and feel of my hair. my hair is really manageable and I do not suffer from knots as much as I used to and it feels really soft. It looks in great condtition as well, the ends no longer look dried out and brittle and it neither feels or looks greasy. On ocassion it has been necessary to re-apply to my dried hair but because the balm is so light weight and absorbs into the hair so easily and does not leave my hair looking weighed down and lank or greasy so it is not a problem. I do have two small issues with this product though. The balm does not leave my hairy shiny and glossy as it claims to (unless under really bright lights) although it does look in great condition and it does not remove all of the frizz entirely. My hair stays really straight for most of the day but I do still get puffyness which is really annoying so I also use a separate product to remove (Lee Stafford Dehumidifier which I have previously rated) Smoothing balm has not allowed me to have one universal product for my hair but the differance it has made has been more than worth the money. I would recommend it as well as the shampoo and conditioner and perhaps for other hair types this will be perfect but for me it falls a little short of perfection.

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      18.03.2010 15:43
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      Make your own mind up!

      Toni & Guy Straight and Shine Smoothing Balm Description: Brand: Toni & Guy / Hair Care Type: Serums / Cremes. I have quite long, highlighted blonde hair. Unfortunately I am not one of those lucky creatures who naturally have gorgeous smooth hair which is manageable and shiny. Instead, I have slightly wavy hair which is prone to curling at the very thought of rain! It isn't perfect curls either, instead just looks frizzy so I have to use products designed for my hair type and straighten it every day to try and keep it looking sleek and straight. Toni & Guy are a leading hairdresser with salons all over the country but the cost of their products isn't too expensive. Having said that, they are not the cheapest either and a 200ml bottle of this smoothing balm will cost around £7. The range is available in most good chemists and some supermarkets (if you buy the product from Boots you can collect Advantage points too) and there are products designed to suit all hair types. The smoothing balm comes in a pump action dispenser which allows you to use a little at a time. I have noticed that you need to be careful how much you use though as a little goes a long way and when I used too much, my hair looked a little greasy. To use, apply the required amount of the product into your hands and then smooth through wet hair before drying. Rubbing the product through your hands first helps even distribution and I like to pay attention the ends of my hair, to help prevent them becoming dry. The smoothing balm smells gorgeous, it has a really fruity fragrance which you can still smell in your hair after drying. After you have applied the product just blow dry your hair as normal, I like to try and blow dry it as straight as possible but it never works as well as when it is done at my local salon! After blow drying, I already feel that this product has had an effect on my hair as it is smoother already. I then use GHDs to straighten it and it seems easier than doing it without having used this product. When I am finished, my hair feels soft, sleek and straight and in better condition than just normal styling. Having said that, I do find that my hair needs to be washed more often when I use this product as it seems to feel greasy sooner. For this reason, I don't use this product every time I shampoo, as there are others which I like too, which don't have this effect. I am awarding this product 4 Dooyoo starts because I love the fragrance and it also makes my hair look sleeker and in better condition. If you have hair that needs a helping hand then it is definitely worth trying!

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        31.12.2009 01:48
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        Would reccomend to anyone with similar hair

        I have tried a million different shampoos and conditioners over the years and this is my favourite so far. I can completely tell the difference when I have used Toni and guy and when I haven't been able to before. It leaves my hair feeling silky smooth and looks really shiny. It doesn't go fly away as it did before. I also love the smell of Toni and guy products, I always receive compliments on how nice my hair smells when I use this. However, it is fairly expensive compared to other shampoos that are on offer. However, when you buy them in Christmas gift sets for example, or take advantage of the offers that stores like boots normally have on them it doesn't work out too bad at all, the bottles last much longer than you would expect and its worth paying a little bit extra for the very best quality.

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          29.12.2009 10:21
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          I would not recommend this product

          I was bought this as part of a Christmas present and to be honest haven't been that impressed with it. Toni and Guy is a name that most would trust, including myself. When I opened the present I was delighted as this is something that I would class as a little luxury that I wouldn't have bought for myself and so I was looking forward to using it. The packaging is plastic and modern. It is attractive in the new Silver and Turquoise that Toni and Guy have started to use. The product itself doesn't smell as nice as I hd expected it to do. In fact I would go so far as to say it smells a little too 'chemically' for my liking. Although this does work to remind you of times spent in the hair salon, next to someone getting a perm or their hair dyed! The balm is a little sticky, regardless of how little you use and leaves a funny residue on your hair that can tend to look a little greasy. Not great! It does work to protect your hair though, which I suppose is the idea. It also does help to smooth it, slightly. All in all I wouldn't rate this as a great product and won't be buying it for myself anytime.

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          01.12.2009 20:13
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          A product from Toni & Guy to help straighten and smooth your hair.

          I've been really lazy lately when it comes to my hair, it's just so tempting when I wash it to let it dry naturally (which equates to something resembling a frizzy bush) and wear it up for the next few days. It's much less time consuming than going to the effort to curl or straighten it, especially the latter which takes me about an hour on average due to having such thick and wavy hair. I tend to only straighten it now for special occasions or when I can really be bothered to make an effort and I never attempt to straighten it without using some sort of product or products to aid in this process as I really would be fighting a losing battle! One of my latest acquisitions from Boots is Toni & Guy's Straight and Smoothing Shine Balm which I bought a couple of months ago when it was on offer. Toni & Guy claim to be the most powerful hairdressing brand in the world, they're certainly commonplace on nearly every high street in the UK. The brand began back in 1963 in South London and has grown massively since it was founded into a multinational company comprising of academies and salons worldwide including an impressive collection of products. They have over 250 salons in the UK and over 200 salons internationally with over 50 academies too. Quite impressive really! Their product range is equally impressive as it boasts a variety of shampoos, conditioners and styling products which are available from all Toni & Guy stores and Boots stores too. I've tried numerous products from them before with mixed results, none have ever produced bad results as such but some just haven't quite lived up to their claims or their price tag. I bought this one mainly because it was on special offer of 3 for 2 and after having chosen two products I found that there wasn't a third product I really wanted so I decided to opt for this. I thought it was about time I got around to straightening my hair and fancied something new to help. The Straight and Shine Smoothing Balm comes in a tall plastic bottle which is very light silver in colour. The brand and product name are written in a light green colour on the side in block lettering along with the claim that it is "for sleeker, straighter hair." On the other side of the bottle is some basic information regarding the product including some brief instructions and the ingredients too. The lid simply pulls off and pushes back on and it's a frosted white colour which is semi see through. Overall the packaging is quite typical of Toni & Guy's products, it's got that exclusive salon look to it which manages to look both classy and expensive. The product itself is dispensed by a pump style dispenser which you obviously need to press down on to release some of it. I quite like this type of dispenser as it means you won't be wasting any product as you might do if you were simply tipping it out of the bottle. One full pump gives you about a pea sized amount and I found that two or three pumps is more than sufficient for my hair. The product is very much like a thick gel; it's completely clear in colour and has a lovely salon fragrance that is slightly florally perfumed. I find that it leaves quite a greasy feel on my hands after I've used it so you will need to avoid spilling it anywhere. To apply the product the instructions recommend that you rub a small amount between your palms (as I've said two or three pumps is plenty for my hair), you then apply this to wet hair from roots to ends (I find it best to towel dry and comb through my hair before using it although the instructions don't stipulate this) and then comb it through (which I do to dispense it evenly). This leaves my hair smelling absolutely divine and ever so slightly sticky which mirrors the effect left on my hands. After that I tend to just blow dry it as normal and then use my straighteners on it to get the desired effect... which takes absolutely ages! After I'd straightened it I looked at the results and then also repeated this in depth process the following day after I'd been out and also slept on it to see how long lasting the effects of the balm were. As for the final results well the pleasant smell was left lingering on my hair even after I'd dried it which I love and my hair certainly seemed to straighten more willingly. The product name Straight and Shine Smoothing Balm suggests that the product should straighten my hair, should encourage shine on my hair and should also smooth my hair. It also promises in the description on the bottle that it will create sleeker hair. So let's see what it did. Straight Hair - It doesn't necessarily help me straighten it as I find I've still got to use the straighteners but I do find I don't need to go over it so many times to reach the desired effect. After I'd slept on my hair it still remained reasonably straight although there were a few kinks which were easily straightened out! Shiny Hair - I personally didn't really notice much of a difference when I used this product with regards to shine. I normally use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner which promise to enhance shine and then tend to finish with a bit of shine spray, especially if I'm going out. Overall I wouldn't really recommend it for shine. Smooth Hair - After I'd dried and styled my hair I did notice that there wasn't much frizz and hardly any flyaway hairs after using this which was great and did encourage smoothness. However the smoothness didn't last long as I did notice some frizz by the end of my night, although this could have been due to the rain! You can also use it on dry hair which I tend to do on the following days after I've straightened it. The instructions recommend that you just smooth on when needed, I find that I only need to use one pump of the product when my hair is dry as too much and it goes greasy instantly. I personally much prefer to use this on wet hair as it does a good job, on dry hair it makes my hair look so sleek it verges on greasy if I'm not carefully. This currently costs £6.99 for a 200ml bottle which I personally think is quite cheap considering the size of the bottle. I'm giving it four stars; it would have got the full five if it wasn't for the greasy effect! Thanks for reading.

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