Wow - I think I love this product. I've only had it for a day, but so far it's love at first try. First off, way back when I really didn't know that you should use a heat protectant product before flat ironing...I know - where the heck have I been? Of course I use smoothing serums but usually after I've ironed - and I have some smoothing hot iron spray (Matrix) but I don't use it much. And I use a leave-in conditioner, so I just didn't think I was missing anything. I've been getting my hair cut in a new style these last few months and it gives me a chance to use my iron a lot. However lately I've noticed such drying!! (see pix of new cut - and today after using Heat Defender). And frizzies - I've lost the battle with them no matter what I use! As I'd walk, my hair would bounce in fluffy dry pieces instead of smoothly swinging along. If I tried to run my fingers through (to tuck or sweep my bangs aside) I could feel little hairs breaking and then it would just flop back. This was beginning to bum me out. I read about this Heat Defender and had to phone around a lot of salons to find it. I paid $30 for it, but you get a generous amount (about 4.25 oz I think). Oh, yes, the packaging sucks - it's just cheap and crappy, all form, no function. This has been my beef with other TiGi S-Factor items, like the Lusterizer (or whatever it's called which sits at the bottom of my product basket) - it's shaped like Gumby and barely stands on end - it's just dumb (plus I'm not wowed by the product either like others are - I have a review on it). Anyway, back to this little beauty - this product and now me! When I got home I sprayed some in my hands and applied it to my dry hair. I kept adding a wee bit more, and more until my hair was GLOSSY, and SHINY and had BODY and movement - no puffiness and total reduction of frizz.....ahhhhh. This morning I simply rinsed my hair with warm water and I noticed it felt very silky. This time I sprayed about three short bursts at the middle of my wet hair, combed it through and just blow dried - OMG I love it. I don't have to flat iron (this is what helped me discover the product to begin with - I wanted to use either an appliance or a product that would eliminate my growing need to use my flat iron every day or look like a frizz ball). My hair came out glossy and swingy and no dry ends or floating pieces - and it's so soft and shiny - I swear, it looks like I took about 10 years off my hair (I mean you should have seen it before). In the picture you can still see some frizzy bits - this is at the end of the day and b/f Heat Defender it was all over like that. I think this will improve my hair over time. So no need to whip out the iron if I dont have time. LOVE IT!!!
I have fairly fine hair, and this product weighed it down terribly. It was difficult to gauge how much to use, as you want to use enough to prevent damage, but too much makes your hair greasy fast. It did impart a noticeable shine. I did not care for the strong melon fragrance, but some people might not mind it as much. It was a disappointment, as I love the S-Factor line otherwise. But for such a hefty price tag, I'd like better results. I think I will give this product a pass and stick with CHI's Silk Infusion.
As good as a straightening serum gets. I try not to burn my hair too frequently, because dry and split ends are a fast and very obvious result. But, whenever I do iron them, I always use this and get lots of compliments, because, firstly, even a slight change of style attracts positive attention, and secondly, my hair gets so sleek and chick and they shine like mad. I donít recommend using it on dry hair right before ironing Ė tried it with ugly results.
Flaming heck! This stuff's brillient. I have very damaged processed hair, however I still like to iron the ends. Well this makes your hair come out like you've had it done at a salon. I got it based on the great reviews on MUA, trust me I was not dissapointed. This is quite expensive and I don't know if there's a similar product on the market that's cheaper, but I woud definitely repurchase. Do not use on your roots otherwise your hair will end up greasy (unless you wash it everday).
Not a bad product at all, but might be too heavy for those with thinner hair. It smells good. Adds shine and helps protect from the flat iron. The packaging is terrible though. I can see how these could break easily when dropped.
Does a great job on my curly frizzy hair. Best I have ever got with home straightening.
Use with Lusterising lotion as well for added shimmer.
Spray on dry hair before using irons, leaves it smooth and silky without the grease.
Will def buy again, only gripe is bottle is awkward shape to hold.
Although the packaging and the price are not that great, this product does everything it claims to do. The heat really did disperse away from my hair, providing a lightweight coating before the flat iron touched my hair, the shine was incredible, and personally, the best aspect of this product was the speed with which I could get my hair straight. After, blow drying in small sections, I would spray this on and then flat iron, and my hair was like SILK, even straighter than when I get it done at the salon or professionally. Will keep repurchasing when I run out. This product works. Excellent.
I Loved this. This makes my hair so shiney and really helps get my afro hair super strait. Everyone loves the smell. I only thing i dont like is the packaging. It can make it kind of hard to spray if your hands are slippery.Its still expensive ($28) but i dont mind paying for things that work. I love this entire line.
I've been searching for the perfect flat iron spray for quite some time, and if this isn't perfect its as close as it comes. I have super thick hair that looks absolutely horrible after blowdrying. S-Factor Heat Defender leaves hair soft (not crunchy), VERY shiny and straight!! It smells great, too. It's pricey, but a little goes a long way so I would say its worth it.
This is, without a doubt, the BEST flat iron spray I have ever used. I've gone through Farouk Systems Iron Guard 44 (good), Aquage Flat Iron Shine Spray (great), and this, the S-Factor Heat Defender. It works absolutely flawlessly if you, like me, have dry, chemically treated, damaged hair; it changes your hair completely, adding a brilliant luster, smoothing all flyaways, and reducing split ends. You can either spray in damp hair before blowdrying, or apply directly before flat-ironing. I prefer the latter. You'll notice "smoke" rising from your iron when you go to smooth your hair with the iron: don't worry: that's pure heat being dispersed AWAY from the hair shaft. The natural and essential oils in this product are amazing as well. I was very impressed. HOWEVER . . . the packaging is pure and utter sh*t. A friend of mine shattered a bottle of mine before I ever got to use it, simply by dropping it. I broke my next one, but simply put the remains in a different spray bottle. Not quite as aesthetically appealing, but not nearly as tricky or flimsy. The product itself is . . . wow. You must try this.