I will be honest and say that before trying out these products, I had never really heard about Catwalk before as a hair care brand. I tend to ‘stick to what I know’ and very rarely steer away from the products I love, which is partly the reason I’ve never got round to trying it out. However, when I was sent several products in the Session Series collection recently, I thought I would take the plunge and try something new once and for all. Not all of the products were completely my cup of tea, as you will read below, but I absolutely love the chic packaging of the collection, as it’s not too fussy and doesn’t make false, over the top claims.
Transforming Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo and I have never really got along. I had a terrible experience once getting ready for school, where upon noticing my roots were a little greasy, I decided to spritz on a bit of dry shampoo. As I was in a rush, I must have sprayed the product too close to my head and after brushing it through once or twice, I decided my hair looked acceptable and so trotted off quite happily to school. In my first lesson, I was attracting some rather strange looks, but since we had a practice exam that day, no-one had the chance to say anything. It was only when I visited the toilet during the break-time did I realize quite how bad I looked.
I had a grey circle at the front of my head, which was made up of lots of white, dandruff type flakes (this was the talcum powder solution in the product I used, but it was very reminiscent of dandruff) and since I had half heartedly brushed through the product before I left, these lovely flakes were also clinging to my black school blazer. Well, I looked just lovely.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced something along these lines, however since that moment, I banished dry shampoo out of my life, until now. I will admit, it is a little annoying having to wash your hair every day or every other day, and when you’ve had a blow dry – it would be nice to be able to maintain it just that one day longer. So, with the Session Series Dry Shampoo claiming to be ‘virtually translucent’, I decided to give it a go.
True to it’s claim, this product does not leave any white residue, is completely transparent and doesn’t give you that ‘dandruff’ finish that most others do. It does give a matte finish, which basically means that your hair feels quite heavy and volumized at the roots, however I love the fact that there is no horrid residue. I have finished this bottle already, which is self-explanatory with regards to how much I use/love it, so I will most certainly be investing in another. It works best in between washes, when you are planning to wear your hair in a styled side ponytail, or tousled waves.
Session Series Styling Cream
I’m not a huge fan of styling cream, and unfortunately, this product didn’t change my mind. I loved the scent of the product, as it’s very fresh and has extracts of Sandalwood (which is my favourite) however as I prefer a more natural look on a day-to-day basis, I just haven’t managed to get the wear out of this product that would persuade me to buy it again. It claims to provide shine and body, but I’m afraid all I experienced was a slightly greasy and sticky mess.
Perhaps I am not quite using it correctly, as a small dollop is sufficient, but I may have got a little carried away, however I just didn’t really like the texture it gave my hair. It is quite good at sealing your hair’s cuticles before blow drying, so is perfect to use in a small amount for the tips of your hair – however I wouldn’t use it personally as an all over styling cream.
The term ‘salt spray’ scares me a little because whenever I used to play in the sea as a child, or even as a young teenager, it used to take me around an hour to get my hair back to a manageable state. I could enter the sea with neat, silky smooth hair but no matter what I did, I would exit with it a tangled, birds nest mess.
It’s for this reason that I’ve never tried out a salt spray properly, however I actually really loved this product. If you are having a natural day, and are planning not to use any heat treatment at all, this is so easy to spritz on – and I definitely noticed my hair was less frizzy and much more manageable (ironically). It does add a little body, although you should be careful when spraying the roots, as you can end up with greasy looking roots again if you’re not careful. I have used this consistently for the past few weeks and absolutely love it, so will definitely be buying again!
As you can see in the images, I also chose to incorporate TIGI’s Bed Head products into this review also, as they are from the same umbrella brand.
On The Rebound Curl Recall Cream
If you’re looking for a product that provides natural looking waves/curls, without any heat treatment and that doesn’t create a crispy, wet look finish, then look no further – as I have most certainly found it. With a fresh scent and a smooth texture, just a small amount of this product effortlessly produces silky looking curls, that don’t look over-done or crispy. Whilst it didn’t exactly create the ‘ringlets’ that it promised, it definitely produced natural looking curls that previously, I could only create with my Cloud Nine wand.
Straighten Out Cream
Years ago, I was a hair straightener addict. I didn’t feel glamorous or ‘dolled up’ unless I had straightened my hair, which meant that I constantly had frizzy, split and damaged ends. This, unfortunately (but inevitably) resulted in permanently damaged hair which only now I have got back into a manageable condition. Whenever I have straightened my hair (although this is quite rare), I have still found that the ends are quite flyaway, however a quick dollop of this cream softens, smooths and relaxes hair, meaning the ends look much more tame and frizz free! Although I have only used this twice (straightening really is a rarity), I can definitely recommend it to any of you who have thick hair that doesn’t quite look smooth all the way through after heat treatments, as this banishes any kinks or flyaway ends!