I've always found the array of hair care products available a little dizzying (more so than the choice of MAC lipsticks!), they all claim to be your personal at home hair stylist in a bottle, but those claims rarely ring true. So over the last few weeks I've been putting a few hair products by John Frieda to the test, to see if his salon-inspired formulas really do work and the verdicts are in.
I've never been loyal to any particular set of shampoo and conditioner; I usually pick up whatever is on offer and as long as it cleans I'm content! And John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette Multi-Tone Revealing Enhancing Shampoo & Conditioner may have an unnecessarily long name, but its formulation of crushed pearls and sweet almond oil helps clean and truly enhance the colour of my hair. I use just a small amount of the brown gel and cream to cleanse and condition and after use my hair is silky smooth and with continued use it gives a multi-tonal lift. Whilst they work well as a pair, when the shampoo is used alone it can be a tad drying. Nevertheless, if you're looking to keep the colour of your natural or colour-treated hair fresh, this might just be the natural boost you're after.
I've never found a hairspray that truly holds my hair in place without looking like I'm wearing a helmet. But the John Frieda Frizz-Ease Moisture Barrier Hairspray has a flexible formula that leaves my hair soft to touch whilst helping hold my hairstyle. In all honesty I've not noted a "moisture barrier" as such, but this hairspray helps prevent frizz come wind, rain or shine and even resists the humidity of the London Underground! I'd love to get my hands on a mini to take away on holiday and John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Thickening Hairspray is next on my list to try.
John Frieda's Frizz-Ease Perfect Finishing Polishing Serum does exactly what it says on the tin. The silky serum has been a godsend in recent weeks helping me to disguise my split ends (and the fact I'm well overdue a hair cut!). Just one pump rubbed between the palms of my hands and worked through the mid lengths of my hair, this seriously lightweight serum controls flyaways, smooths, adds gloss and also prevents static which is common in finer hair, all without being too slick. The polishing serum can be applied to wet or dry hair and yes you'll be left with greasy hands, but not greasy hair!
Whilst John Frieda's Luxurious Volume Thickening Blow Dry Lotion doesn't give as much va va voom as the Charles Worthington Texturising Spray, it's the only blow-dry product I've used that helps me achieve a full bodied head of hair. I apply a light spritz to towel dried hair; concentrating on the under-section at the roots (to avoid getting crunchy coarse hair) and post blow dry the non-sticky lotion does just the trick for boosting my hair when it lacks volume and bounce.
Have you tried any of these products from John Frieda?