TIGI Catwalk Headshot shampoo and conditioner

TIGI catwalk headshot duo review image from music and eyeliner

My hair. Oh, the poor thing. For starters, it’s naturally very wavy, very thick, dry and coarse. 
Then I go and bleach it, and subject it to different hair colours most months. It goes without saying, my hair is dye-ing. It needs help. Serious help.  When HQ Hair kindly sent me this TIGI Catwalk Headshot shampoo and conditioner*, I’m not gonna lie, I was a little bit excited…


Because of my damaged and coloured hair, I try to only use sulphate-free shampoos, and nourishing conditioners – preferably without silicones in them, as I don’t see the point in coating my hair in a plastic-sheen just for it to remain as damaged underneath.

TIGI Catwalk Headshot Shampoo and Conditioner

So here we have them – TIGI Catwalk – Headshot reconstructive shampoo for chemically treated hair and TIGI Catwalk – Headshot reconstructive intense conditioner for chemically treated hair
Nice, easy to remember, short names then eh?!

This duo ticked all the boxes on first look, and with the product claims:

  • sulphate free shampoo
  • ‘reconstructive formula, designed for chemically treated hair’
  • claims to progressively repair the hair after each wash
  • says it works to reduce breakage and split ends
But you know, products say a lot of things don’t they.  Testing is the only way to be sure, and lucky you, I’ve done that for you – gone through the whole duo before making a judgement, and it’s pretty good.

I found that although the shampoo is thick, and a bit tricky to lather up (more than usual with sulphate free shampoos), it did leave my hair clean, and smelling fantastic. The Catwalk Headshot Intensive Conditioner, however, is the real star. It turned my hair from straw, into a soft, silky, shiny mane. Once detangled, it had less frizz, and just felt really good.

The low-down

Positives:
  • Packaging – it has a handy twist-top, instead of a cap, which can be turned one handed. Might not sound a big deal, but for me, the serial lid-dropper, it’s a bonus (seriously, every.single.time).
  • The scent – it’s kind of minty, kind of fruity at the same time… that makes no sense, I know, but you just have to smell it to get it. It took a little getting used to, as I normally like herbal scents, but it’s a sweet treat.
  • Leaves hair clean and really soft.
  • Gives a nice smooth finish to the hair, helps to control frizz and leaves a great shine.

Negatives:
  • The shampoo is REALLY thick, so it doesn’t spread through hair easily. However, if you lather it in your hands first, this helps.
  • Although it’s sulphate-free, I find it does shift colour a little more than other sulphate-free shampoos I use. It’s not a deal-breaker, but just something to be aware of. 
  • It leaves hair soft, but I find it doesn’t detangle that well. Nothing a good comb through can’t help though.

Would I repurchase?

I would, but it doesn’t beat my love for Bumble & Bumble or Aveda products I’m afraid. It’s worth pointing out that it’s significantly cheaper though – which is why I’ll probably have it on my bathroom shelf again before long! 

The Catwalk range is available to purchase from HQ Hair and this duo can be found here at £23.72 for 550ml between them (really good value as they last for ages).  If you spend £45 on the site, use  code GIFTSEPT to get a free Real Techniques set. Nice!

This got me thinking about the other TIGI products I used to use all the time, and found really effective:
  • Bed Head Small Talk – great for putting in damp wavy hair, for giving definition and a boost
  • Bed Head After Party – despite being in a bottle that often has people commenting that it looks like a sex toy, it’s a great smoothing cream that adds a bit of shine and just ‘niceness’ – yeah, technical.
    TIGI Bed Head After Party – See what I mean?
  • TIGI S-Factor Flat Iron Spray – it works so well at keeping hair straight, but the smell is a little too overpowering for me to use all the time. So I fall in and out of love with this one.
  • Bed Head Control Freak Serum – the green glittery goo! Best TIGI product, fact. If you have wavy, curly, frizzy, annoying hair… you need to make friends with this. 
Thanks HQ Hair for sending me the duo to try – it was a good hair discovery! 

Do you have any favourite products at the moment? What should I be trying in the quest for amazing hair? 


*Products sent for review purposes. All words and opinions my own. This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affiliate links.
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2 Comments

  1. September 3, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    I would DEF get this set and get the free real techniques on payday!!!! I love the sound of it despite the colour shift, I haven't actually tried bumble and bumble before as a brand but know they have great reviews, and my hair is a disasssster xxxxx

    Blonde of carbs

  2. October 7, 2014 / 1:05 pm

    I am a bit of a fan of Tigi. Love their shampoos and conditioners, really need to pick up the After Party, but like you said, it's a little suss 😛 hehehe. I have been loving Kerastase products lately, so good!

    Kate | themintedbeauty.com