Supermarket vs. salon showdown

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Supermarket vs. salon showdown

A high-street brand claims to give salon-status hair…you’ll forgive Bh for being slightly sceptical and wanting to road test the theory ourselves. So welcome to our supermarket vs. salon showdown.

Doing the bragging is Toni&Guy. Its supermarket line is meant to enable you and I (ie. Not professional hairdressers) to recreate the ‘salon’ look at home without losing the quality.

To test out the big claims, we enlisted the help of salon super brand Paul Mitchell. The global company, founded by hairdressers, for hairdressers is known to deliver exceptional results. So ladies, let the battle commence… 

Tester: Leanne, Bh Managing Editor

Toni&Guy Daily Style Shampoo
“I like the light unisex fragrance of this shampoo (and my hubby agrees). The clear formula (quite unusual for a shampoo) foams well and is easy to distribute through the hair. Following use, my hair felt nice and soft and thoroughly cleansed. I’d use again and I love the mini size – perfect for travel or taking to the gym.” – 4/5

Toni&Guy Daily Style Conditioner
“Like T&G’s Daily Style Shampoo, the conditioner has a light, unisex fragrance which is really nice and not too floral or strong (a bonus when you wash your hair at 5 in the morning). The white formula feels really creamy and rich and although it didn’t foam much, it felt as though it was really nourishing the hair. It left my hair feeling soft and manageable.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo
“This shampoo has a nice light fragrance and left my hair feeling really clean – squeaky clean in fact! My coloured hair had been looking a bit dull but after shampooing with this my hair looked shiny and healthy.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment
“Because my curly hair can get quite tangled, I sometimes need to apply quite a lot of conditioner, however, I only needed a regular amount of this and found my hair easy to manage. Like its cleansing counterpart (Moisture Daily Shampoo) I liked the light fragrance as it wasn’t too sweet or overpowering. What I like most though, is it’s rich, nourishing texture. This could be due to the shea butter in the formula, but whatever the reason, it left my hair feeling really soft and, well, moisturised. Thumbs up from me!” – 4/5

Tester: Laina, Bh National Advertising Manager

Toni&Guy Daily Style Shampoo
“The shampoo doesn’t lather a lot, which is great for a daily shampoo, as you don’t want it to strip the hair. The gentle foam cleanses nicely and rinses easily, and there is no over-whelming or noticeable fragrance. I would definitely buy again, but would probably have to cleanse twice if my hair was particularly oily or dirty. My hair felt quite soft and was really shiny when it dried.” – 5/5

Toni&Guy Daily Style Conditioner
“This conditioner has a thinner consistency than most conditioners, but meant that I used much less than usual on my long hair and it spread really easily. There is no noticeable fragrance, just a really faint floral scent, which is great as it doesn’t clash with my perfume. The best thing about this conditioner is that it only needs to be left in for two minutes, which is the perfect amount of time for me to lather up, shave my legs and wash my face – perfect for those time-poor workday mornings! It rinsed really easily and left my hair feeling super soft and really shiny, almost airy. I didn’t have the static-y bits sticking out that I do with some conditioners either. Would definitely use again, but for my long hair that is sometimes dry, I would need to combine with a weekly deep treatment.” – 5/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo
“I have very long hair, and this shampoo is great as it foams really nicely so your hair feels squeaky clean, but doesn’t dry out the ends. This morning I used a tiny bit and only had to wash once, despite using styling products yesterday!” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment
“This treatment is really thick and creamy – you squeeze it into your hand and it forms a ball of product! I love thick creamy hair conditioners as they feel like a treat. My hair felt deeply moisturised, sleek and shiny afterwards. My hair is a bit oily at the roots though, so if yours is too, make sure you apply it about 5cm away from the scalp as it is so rich!” – 5/5

Tester: Sarah, Bh Editorial Assistant

Toni&Guy Daily Style Shampoo
“I loved this shampoo – I don’t know if it’s just me but if a shampoo doesn’t lather into a frothy mess it screams expensive to me! You don’t feel yourself drowning in bubbles at the salon and that’s what I want, a nice smelling shampoo that cleanses and leaves hair soft and shiny – exactly like this.” – 5/5

Toni&Guy Daily Style Conditioner
“I loved the scent of this conditioner – to me it really seemed ‘salony’ which is good considering you can get it without going to get your hair done! The texture of it was really, really smooth too and nice and light. I love the minis too.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo
“I did like this shampoo, I found it deeply cleansing, but I wasn’t sure that it left my hair super shiny. The smell reminded me of a salon though which is good and I would use it again for it’s strong cleansing qualities.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment
“I was surprised how thick this conditioner was. It felt really nice as I applied it to my hair, it glided on and detangled my curls without the usual tug of war. But for me, the scent was a little too clinical/overpowering – but that is my personal preference, my sister raved about it!” – 4/5 

Tester: Kate, Bh Photographer

Toni&Guy Daily Style Shampoo
“This shampoo is great for fine hair, as it’s very lightweight but still lathers well. It leaves strands feeling really soft and silky. I love the mini size bottle – it would be so handy to travel with. This is a shampoo you can tote around regardless of where you might be, for good hair days everyday! I would definitely use this again.” – 5/5

Toni&Guy Daily Style Conditioner
“This is a really light conditioner ideal for everyday use. It leaves hair with some bounce and volume because it doesn’t weigh it down with residue. My hair felt soft after using it, but definitely not limp – a winner for fine locks. The mini size bottle is so convenient for travelling.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo
“This shampoo is great for hair that needs a little extra TLC. It thoroughly cleans hair without stripping it of moisture. It has a light, fresh scent that lingers, and left my hair soft, shiny and manageable.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment
“This treatment is ideal for giving moisture back to dry hair. As I colour mine quite often and I’m addicted to my straightener, I’m always looking for a product to give my hair a moisture boost – and this one certainly did the trick. My hair felt as soft as it does when I leave the hairdresser! I will definitely be buying this product again.” – 5/5

Tester: Olivia, Bh Office Assistant

Toni&Guy Daily Style Shampoo
“I’ll admit I’ve never had the funds to back going into a Toni&Guy salon to get anything done, but I have to say that using this shampoo made me feel like I was there, having a posh wash before a trim and colour. I love the salon-esque smell and the texture made a small amount go a long way, which I loved. Following use, my hair is soft, shiny, bouncy and smells divine!” – 5/5

Toni&Guy Daily Style Conditioner
“I love this conditioner, the smallest amount covered my whole mane and lathered really well. I loved the salon smell and that it was the right consistency to spread evenly throughout my tresses. I loved the travel size bottle as it’s perfect for a mini-break or sleepover. A beautiful product!” – 5/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Shampoo
“I love this shampoo for a daily clean and a quick moisture injection to my mane. It has a strong, distinctive scent that makes you feel like you’re in a salon and leaves hair feeling refreshed and revitalised.” – 4/5

Paul Mitchell Instant Moisture Daily Treatment
“I love anything with extra moisture which is why I jumped at the chance to try this conditioner. My dry, frazzled winter locks needed a boost and that’s exactly what they got. I left the conditioner in for 5 minutes and my hair was so soft it felt like I’d had a professional salon treatment. Bliss!” – 4/5

The verdict

Toni&Guy: 46/50
Paul Mitchell: 42/50
It was a close call, but is seems that in this busy world that we live in, salon sleek hair in the comfort of our own homes is a winner!

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