Being a budget babe, when it comes to buying shampoo’s and conditioners I’m really not that fussy. I don’t really think about whats best for my hair, mainly I like to keep it cheap so I pick whatevers on a 2-4-1 offer, or something that smells nice like Herbal Essence. But recently my hair has been dry, dull, lifeless and even more frizzy than usual. No doubt from all the self-inflicted damage. So when the people from John Frieda asked if I wanted to try out some of their Frizz Ease products, I jumped at the chance.
I know this product won’t be suited to all hair-types, so I’ll just give you a little background on my own hair so that you can figure out if this post will be useful or not. Growing up I had quite wavy/curly hair (that I totally did not appreciate at the time, sigh). I used to my make my Mum blow dry it, and then GHD’s came along and I straightned the hell out of it. I’ve been straightening my hair for ten years now, and in addition to that I often use Babyliss heated rollers. So it’s safe to say the mane is fairly damaged, and not so curly anymore. Throw in the countless home-kit hair dyes I’ve applied and my hair is also very dry. So what I’m left with is semi-wavy, sometimes curly, dry and brittle hair that can really frizz up. Sound like your hair? Read on …
Despite having frizzy locks when I was younger, I’ve never EVER tried John Frieda’s Frizz Ease products and now I can’t even think why. I think I may have assumed at an early age that John Frieda is quite an expensive brand, but it’s not (the products I’ve been using start at £5.59, scroll down for prices). So at nearly 26 years of age, I decided to give this de-frizzing brand a go. I’ve been using Straight Ahead Shampoo** for the past three weeks, along with the Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner** and I’ve found it really gives my hair a good clean. After the first few washes I mostly noticed the difference when I was blow-drying my hair. It felt so much softer. Brushing through my hair when blow drying can often be a tatty, painful experience for me, but after a few washes using Straight Ahead and Smooth Start, I found my hair softer, with less tangles and much easier to comb through. The only complaint I have is with the shampoo, I’ve found that it’s not as foamy as other brands (you know what I mean, when you start rubbing it into your scalp and the next thing you know it’s foam party central – I like my foam!) the downside of this is that I feel the need to use more of the product. But as I said, thats the only con I could find, the pro list is much much bigger.
For the second week I began using John Frieda’s 3 Day Straight Styling Spray** in conjuction with the shampoo and conditioner. This spray is to be applied to wet or damp hair (so after washing) and is meant to “Tranform curly, frizzy hair into a smooth, straight style that last for 3 days”. The lady on the box has a mad-crazy curly barnet, that transforms into sleek straight hair. Testing it on mine is a little different, as I do not have that mad-crazy barnet, just frizzy wavy hair with far too many fly-aways. But it did as it promised. It didn’t necessarily “transform” on its own, styling equpment was still needed, BUT it did work! I sprayed a few amounts throughout my wet locks, combed my hair, then did a bit of a rough dry, before using my battered GHD’s (so bare in mind, not the best styling equpitment) and the result was sleek straight hair. But what impressed me more was how it stayed straight. I normally straighten my hair, step outside, and all it takes is a gust of wind and suddenly I’ve got kinks in my hair and the ends are curling up. I found that when using the 3 day straight spray, this didnt happen.
Ultimately, I’m really chuffed with the results, and I found the John Frieda products definitely calmed down my frizz, made my hair sleeker, easier to style, and feel and look healthier, with far fewer fly-aways. And the price tags arent too bad either (see below for list of prices). I never thought I would be using this brand, but I actually plan to buy some more to take away with me on my travels because I can definitely predict some frizzy moments occuring when I’m tottering about Bangkok in the sweltering heat, think Monica from Friends when they go to Barbados – not a good look. John Frieda are also relaunching their line of Luxurious Volume Products (click this link to find out more). These products look fantastic, especially the Blow Dry Lotion Root Booster (wowser!) I’m gonna have to get my hands on some of that!
At Boots and Sainsburys, the prices were as follows:
3 Day Straight £6.99.
In Superdrug, the prices matched exactly bar the conditioner which is currently on offer for just £2. Bargain.