I have struggled with dry and frizzy hair for as long as I can remember. As a teen, I would skip washing my hair for weeks to keep my long tresses from doubling up in size. This gave birth to several colourful nicknames, which I would hate to repeat. But as time passed by, I did find better ways to care for my mane. I also learnt that I have high porosity hair, which means it tends to lose moisture faster. This leads to annoying dryness in day two hair, with dullness and knots making an appearance just in time for my next wash. It also doesn’t help that I keep experimenting with at-home hair dyes, which does damage your hair.
The only time I’ve noticed my hair behaving was when I followed up the wash with a leave-in treatment that helped seal the hair follicles to lock in hydration. But my search for a good hydrating shampoo (one that’ll let me skip the leave-in treatments) was still on. That was until I went in for my recent hair appointment (getting rid of some quarantine length) and the hairstylist took matters into her own hands to fix the state of my dry hair. Following her grimace was a relaxing hair wash with the TIGI Custom Care Moisture shampoo and conditioner. My first impression was how smooth the stylist’s hands felt in my hair. No tugging and pulling, which is something I do struggle with while cleansing my mane. The haircut was a success, but I did decide to pick up the products for an at-home haircare experience and here is a quick tried and tested review of the range…
About the range
The TIGI Custom Care moisture range is formulated for dry, damaged hair that needs an intense moisture boost. The formula is infused with their Colour Care Complex™ - unique blend of keratin, lipids and coconut oil for hair that is nourished and feels more conditioned and soft, as compared to a generic shampoo. The formulation consists of glycerine, that helps draw in moisture during the washing process and holds on to it. The range also consists of giant kelp – a fast-growing form of marine algae that provides a natural source of vitamins and minerals to your hair.
The main goal of the shampoo and conditioner combo is smoothness and softness of tresses for hair that is 40% more conditioned and 54% smoother, as compared to a non-moisturising shampoo. The range focuses on hydration, to make your hair more manageable and vibrant, protecting it against external aggressors like harsh products and environment.
For someone who has been on the hunt for a hydrating shampoo, this find was a definite win. First off, the lightweight, creamy consistency of the shampoo spread over my mane like a dream. It emulsifies nicely, without having to massage the product into my hair aggressively. The TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Shampoo feels so soft on my hair and, combined with the conditioner, showed results from the first wash itself. Similar to the shampoo, the TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Conditioner has an easy-to-spread texture as well. I section my hair into two parts and crunch the conditioner in the ends for best results. I am also a sucker for the super mild, yet tender fragrance of the product. Every hair wash sesh feels like you just got your hair done at the salon!
On the recommendation of my hairstylist, I have stopped towel drying and just squeezed the excess water out and let it air dry. On days when I feel my hair could so with an extra dose of moisture, I mix pump 6-12 drops of the TIGI Custom Care Repair Booster (it contains 10x more protein) in my conditioner and apply it from the mid-lengths to ends and leave on for 3-5 minutes before washing it off. The result? Stronger, shinier hair post each wash.
I follow this up with the TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Frizz Control And Straightener Serum to tame my very stubborn flyaways. In addition to the hair wash experience itself being simplified, the result is considerably soft and smooth hair that stays that way for a long time. I did notice a change in my brushing experience, as well. It is not like going to war anymore, but an easy and fuss-free experience. I have also started to notice ease in putting my hair in fun styles; my mane has finally begun to play on my side. The final takeaway — the TIGI Custom Care Moisture shampoo and conditioner have finally given me a hair wash method that does not overly dry my hair every time I wash it.