The Tigi Bed Head Wax Stick is always a customer favorite

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If TikTok’s rise in popularity over the past two years has taught me anything, it’s that trends still come back around. From the re-emergence of ’90s thin brows to repurposed workwear into street style, younger generations are bringing back iconic looks and incorporating beauty must-haves into their daily routines. One of the classic products I’ve seen all over my TikTok feed lately is the Tigi Bed Head Hair Stick.

The tiny but powerful stick – which looks suspiciously like deodorant – was introduced in 1996 and quickly became a beauty staple for salons nationwide. It contains a wax blend designed to add shape and texture to hairstyles and smooth strands. Today, you can also see it used to tame flyaways and create perfect buns and ponytails, like in the TikTok below.

And according to Amazon reviewers, it’s also good at fixing coarser hair edges and textures, as mentioned in Yvette James’ review: “I have a very short haircut…and if I don’t can’t go to the beauty salon every week, I can smooth this on my edges and they won’t stick. Reviewer Monique Sullivan wrote: “Works great on my 4C hair as well as my lace front, that it’s whether synthetic or human hair!”

I was so curious about this seemingly magical product that I contacted professional hairstylists who use it in their TikTok videos.

Kat Aragon, a famed Washington, DC-based makeup artist and hairstylist who works with many clients on camera, told me she’s been using the stick for over a decade. Early in her time in the beauty industry, she said hair stick was one of the top products that helped fight flyaways.

“The way Tigi advertised it was more for sculpting and texturing the hair, but later I realized it completely helped smooth out flyaways on camera,” she said. “It’s the only thing that works for me. I can use hairspray, but I don’t like the helmet look or the crispness. I love that it allows me to only affect a few hairs at a time instead of using my fingers and trying to put on a paste.

To use the stick, you have several options. You can either apply it directly to the hair you want to straighten, or use a brush to spread the wax, like Anthony Kakos, hairstylist at Beauty Lounge in West Bloomfield, Michigan does. Lately, he’s been getting a lot of client requests for sleek updos and low ponytails.

“I use a brush or I’ll even use a spoolie and I’ll scrape it into the stick and then I’ll brush it over a client’s head,” he said. “This doesn’t leave a greasy or oily residue from the application, even if you use the actual tube and squeeze it onto a client’s head.

It’s important to note that a little really goes a long way, and Kakos said the tube will last a long time. It can even be applied to dry or damp hair for the smoothest results, he said.


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