Well, I bought this at a "Buy 1, Get 2 Free" sale at the Wal-Mart salon. (I don't get my hair cut there, but I do see the sale racks when I walk by. And I got sucked in by that sale.)
When I used the product as intended, which is to spray on top of dry or towel dried hair to create waves, yes, it made my hair look oily and feel stiff and gunky. (It really does give that tousled wave look, though, so I guess if that's your style, it'll work.)
However, as with many TiGi products, the "instructions" they give are less than stellar.
I decided to spray a few sprays (I need 3-5 with shaggy, layered hair, your mileage may vary) into my palm, rub it between my hands, and then worked it through my hair. I blow dried my hair as I usually do, with my head upside down, and flipped my head back up, and I had crazy volume and thickness. My hair did settle down, but it's still visibly thicker and volumized. I really can't complain.
If you use this as intended, it might not be the best.
However, if you use it as a blow-dry thickening spray, it's fantastic.
I bought this to be a substitute for my Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray which was running out. I thought it would be nice to try, since from time to time Tigi manages to have some good styling products (i.e.Foxxy Curls spray). The guaranteed good scent also was definitely not a con!
But unfortunately Sugar Shock turned out to be quite a disappointment. My hair is fine, naturally wavy and quite long (mid back) so it lacks volume and thickness. Salt spray gives just the right amount of roughness and a nice volume which I expected Sugar Shock to do as well. Turns out it doesn't. It gives nice smell, that's it. Oh and very sticky and rough hair if you put it on too much.
I tried to add a little amount, like 5-6 sprays to my roots and 2 for the lengths. I get nothing. At first there is a nice quite subtle volume, the kind you get from B&B. But after 30 minutes it's gone. The next time around I add the product more generously, if it might work better. No, just worse. My hair is stiff and the messy volume I got at first lasts 45 minutes. Not impressed.
So basically I will use this as a base for a messy bun, nothing else. Doesn't work, at least not for me. But the smell is gorgeous as always. continued >>