Back to the battle of the brands! We go head to head with two of the most popular hair styling products from two of the biggest haircare brands. They are both best sellers for their brands, but which is better, we will soon find out. Today we will be testing the TIGI bed head Matte Separation VS Hairbond Shaper.
TIGI originally founded by the famous hairdresser, Anthony Mascolo, behind the Tony and Guy brand, with products for fellow hairdressers in mind. Within the Bed Head For Men collection, we noticed Matte Separation is their best selling hair styling product. Today this huge corporate brand has dominated the most affordable proportion of the market for a number of years now. With thousands of sellers at their fingertips like supermarkets, discount shops, as well as hair salons, the whole Bed Head brand was designed to be a low cost, high volume mass-market brand.
“WHEN WE COULDN’T FIND THE PRODUCTS WE WANTED, WE MADE THEM OURSELVES.”
“TIGI founder, award-winning, iconic hairdresser, Anthony Mascolo has created a unique culture: a family-orientated hub of creatives who share his ethos of pushing the boundaries and technical know-how to benefit themselves and other professional hairdressers. It’s about sharing everything through TIGI education, exciting the audience through shows and artistic imagery. TIGI understand and interpret fashion to create hairstyles hairdressers will want to recreate and their clients will love to wear, using TIGI products to enhance the cut, colour, style and finish.”
Hairbond United Kingdom
Just like TIGI, Hairbond United Kingdom was also originally founded by a professional hairdresser and barber Scott Michaels.
Unlike TIGI, Scott stated his original focus was to only provide the best quality hair styling products Britain could manufacture, whatever the cost. Since then Hairbond products have been carefully crafted to be loved by the masses.
With the brand like Hairbond representing at the premium end of the scale, the male grooming industry has certainly evolved with more of us realising price isn’t everything if there’s a level of quality you don’t mind paying for. This is why Hairbond hair styling products are so popular today.
Hairbond United Kingdom has rapidly grown with endorsements from thousands of celebrities over the years. Due to the amount of famous International footballers who use and promote it like England’s Jamie Vardy, Jordan Pickford, Harry Winks, Michael Owen etc, Hairbond United Kingdom are known as the “Premier League Of Hair Styling”. Here’s what the brand say:
“Launched in 2008, Hairbond is an authentic British hair brand that produces professional hair products. The brand products are all as a result of progression, innovation, and expression. What Hairbond offers, no other hair brand can claim. It uses the best ingredients to formulate professional products that achieve creativity and style. Hairbond has won many awards across the globe, and rightfully so.
The Hairbond brand is distinctive and luxurious, trading all over the world as the number one men’s hair product. Hairbond’s mission is to bring together different world fashion into one world stage. Therefore, to get the right hair products to achieve your best results, buy Hairbond products.
The philosophy of Hairbond is as true today as the day it was founded. The Hairbond range has intended to deliver its promise of quality by maintaining the highest possible standards, using top of the range product formulations and ingredients to create an authentic British solution for the ultimate hairstyling results.”
OK now we’re ready for marking, each category will be ranked a score out of 5, first up is the Hairbond Shaper Professional Hair Toffee
Hairbond United Kingdom Shaper Professional Hair Toffee
Wow this is incredible. Such a high standard for hairstyling product packaging. I’ve never seen anything look so premium. It looks like it’s glass but it’s actually plastic. It sparkles in the light, and looks great on the bathroom shelf. 5/5
Super easy application especially seen as it’s strong holding. 5/5
Professional slicker finish. For Matte results use less. So versatile, keeps every hair and place and really brings a fresh haircut to life. 5/5.
As it’s labelled, 5 notches out of 5 for hold. 5/5
5/5 full house!
What They Say
“All you may possibly need in shape and texture, The Hairbond Shaper Professional Hair Toffee is among the strongest hairstyling product sand is excellent for separation and keeping your hair exactly in place. Contains a wonderful butterscotch scent. Rub a small amount of Hairbond Shaper Professional Hair Toffee between palms to coat your hands. Make sure hair is dry before applying then style into any shape. The thick, gooey paste achieves texture and definition while managing to also easily rinse out of hair. Also available in 50ml.”
Up next is the TIGI bed head Matte Separation!
TIGI Bed Head Matte Separation
Not impressed. Even at the price point. Cheap alluminium tin. 1/5
Sticky cream on the hands and some tug and pull on the hair 2/5
It was actually more of a sticky cream which meant the finish was a bit wetter than I was hoping for especially when it’s supposed to be a matte separator! 2/5
Thick creamy. Spreads into hand and begins to get tacky. 2/5
It holds ok. 3/5
What They Say
“Style hair with texture and definition with the Bed Head for Men Matte Separation Hair Wax. This strong hold hair wax adds hold, texture, separation and definition to styled hair. The hair wax has a natural matte finish and resists humidity for long-lasting hair styling. The Matte Separation Hair Wax is the most popular Bed Head for Men product globally.
Ideal for styling short to medium hair. Apply the hair wax to towel-dried or dry hair, then style and create extra detail with fingers. Top tip: the drier your hair, the more matte the finish and the wetter the hair, the softer the results.
Formulated with Beeswax for hair amazing texture and hold, Cera Carnauba, a medium-weight wax that gives a long-lasting workable hold and Glycerine that moisturises, conditions and nourishes the hair.
The hair wax is 85 g and comes with Fresh Green Aromatic fragrance.
Apply to damp or dry hair for texture and hold”
And the winner is..
Scoring full marks, Hairbond Shaper Professional Hair Toffee wins this brand battle against TIGI’s Matte Separator with a spectacular 5/5.
I hope you find this brand battle helpful. Stay tuned for more!