Have you seen these big ol’ sets of TIGI Bed Head shampoo and conditioner at Nordstrom Rack? They’ve been around for a while. 6 months? 8 months? There are a few different kinds available. They started with just offering levels 1 Re-Energize, 2 Revovery, 3 Resurrection, and Dumb Blonde, but over time have brought in a couple more options (volumizing and smoothing, if I remember correctly). I eyed them for a couple of months before taking the dive and purchasing very large bottles of shampoo and conditioner that I hadn’t ever tried before and hadn’t heard much about. I grabbed the Dumb Blonde set which is intended for bleached and highlighted hair, as I used to bleach my hair and currently highlight it.
I was tempted by this set because it’s a pretty good deal. You get two bottles, each containing 25.36 fl. oz., for $25. I love the whole look of Bed Head’s branding, and am also tempted by Nordstrom Rack’s display of their styling products (I have purchased the Control Freak straightening and smoothing serum, which I really like). I like the idea of getting big bottles with a pump, too.
The Dumb Blonde set promises to battle breakage and lifeless color, prolong hair color and provide UV and thermal protection. The formulas have an interesting look and feel to them. The shampoo is an opaque pearly pinkish purple, and the conditioner is a creamy light yellow with a funny goopy consistency. The set, especially the conditioner, have a scent that’s sweet like vanilla or cookies. It’s very light, though. I usually am not too keen on vanilla scents, but I think this smell is pleasant. It lingers a little bit, but any styling products put on hair after washing seem to dominate and wipe out the Dumb Blonde scent.
The shampoo is easy to work through hair. It does include ammonium lauryl sulfate (second ingredient), but it does not provide an especially wild lather. I’m used to little-to-no lather from shampoos formulated for color treated hair, so I barely notice the weak lather from Dumb Blonde. It seems to rinse easily enough from hair.
The conditioner is very goopy and will look stringy if you play with it in your hand or pump it slowly from the bottle. I believe that strange textures are part of the branding and experience of the Bed Head line, so I look at it as a fun characteristic rather than a flaw. Though, because of the texture it takes a little more effort to work into hair. The conditioner smells especially good, as I noted above. I leave it in my hair for a few minutes while I wash my face and body, a habit I tend to keep no matter what hair products I’m using, and when I wash the conditioner out my hair feels smoother and detangled.
I think these products give my hair a really nice look and feel. My hair is tame and manageable as well as smooth and soft. I wash my hair about every other day, and these do a nice job of cleaning oil yet keeping hair in shape.
However, soon after I started using these products I started to notice that my hair seemed to be accumulating some build-up. I went through a lot of experimentation to figure out which product was the culprit (it took a lot of experimentation because I suspected one of my styling products and not the shampoo or conditioner). I found it, though: it’s the shampoo.
I’ve never had this problem with a shampoo before … when I run my fingers through my hair, I’ll notice residue. I have no issues with the conditioner, which plays well with both the Dumb Blonde shampoo as well as a handful of other shampoos I’ve tried with it. I’ve changed to using the Dumb Blonde shampoo about every other time I wash, and use the conditioner every single time. Because of this, I’ll most definitely run out of conditioner before the shampoo, and I expect I’ll just go ahead and toss whatever’s left of the shampoo along with the empty conditioner bottle. I hate to waste products, so this is my compromise.
The bottom line is that I’d recommend picking up the conditioner but skipping the shampoo. Unfortunately this means that the Nordstrom Rack pair is not a good buy, but you can purchase them individually at a low price (less than $15 each) through Drugstore.com (shampoo and conditioner). The Bed Head products can also be found at stores like Ulta and Target (Target’s website only has tools, but my nearby location has a pretty extensive selection of products).
Above, you can see my hair having used the Dumb Blonde pair. If you’re interested in the makeup I’m wearing, you can find details on my post featuring 3 looks using the new BH Cosmetics Galaxy Chic palette (it’s look number 3).
Shampoo ingredients: Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Propylene Glycol, Glycol Distearate, Fragrance, Polyquaternium 55, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Methylparaben, Glycerin, Magnesium Chloride, Quaternium 26, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Amodimethicone, Polyquaternium 11, Polyquaternium 7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzophenone 4, C11 15 Pareth 7, Caprylyl Glycol, Laureth 9, Trideceth 12, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Sodium Benzoate, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Nitrate, Sodium PCA, Methylisothiazolinone, Chenopodium Quinoa Flower/Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Hydrolyzed Cottonseed Protein, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Citral Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Red 33 (CI 17200), Blue 1 (CI 42090)
Conditioner ingredients: Water, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Amodimethicone, Dimethicone, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Quaternium 95, Polyquaternium 37, Fragrance, Polysorbate 60, Polyquaternium 55, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, PPG 1 Trideceth 6, Propanediol, Panthenol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Magnesium Nitrate, Polysilicone 15, Glycine, Chenopodium Ambrosioides Extract, Alanine, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Serine, Valine, Proline, Threonine, Isoleucine, Butylparaben, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Phenylalanine, Histidine, Methylisothiazolinone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool, Red 4 (CI 14700), Yellow 5 (CI 19140)
Have you tried any of the TIGI Bed Head products? Let me know your thoughts!