Does your hair go crazy at the sight of one drop of rain?
Is your hair difficult to tame?
Do you have permanently frizzy, untameable hair?
I sound like a haircare advert but the thing is, these questions run through my mind every single time I look in the mirror at my hair or when I spend ages reading the back of haircare products desperate to find something that will shape and define my curly mane.
I also have a serious case of FOHA – Fear of Hairdresser Appointments. The prospect of my curly hair being cut too short or the wrong style so it sticks out even more and the damage bleaching and dying does to my already dry hair (thanks so much grey hairs) is enough to send me running the other way. Even when I straighten it, the slightest drizzle of rain results in the biggest bird’s nest of frizzy hair that I’m sure is the reason I have pigeons flying at my head on a daily basis!
In short my hair is my own personal nightmare, so when I was contacted to try out some haircare products from the John Frieda Frizz Ease* range I jumped at the chance.
First up is the Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo and conditioner which along with pure coconut oil and John Frieda’s Frizz Immunity Complex, claim to gradually reduce frizz with every use. Together they deeply penetrate the hair follicle to hydrate, smooth and strengthen each strand to improve the overall condition of your hair.
The shampoo is really nice to use. It lathers up well leaving your scalp feeling clean but it is so creamy in texture it also feels really moisturising on my hair. Even after just using the shampoo I felt my hair was less knotty and smoother. The conditioner looks like a classic cream conditioner and feels really nourishing on my hair. I squeeze out as much water as possible and apply a coin sized amount. The last time I used this, I kept rinsing my hair under the water to wash out the conditioner until I realised it was actually my hair that was so soft!!
The smell of haircare products are really important to me, if I have to have my mass of hair getting in my face all the time, I want to be able to smell a lovely fragrance while I’m picking it from my lipgloss. Both the shampoo and conditioner smell really fresh almost floral. They remind me of the products you get at the hairdressers which makes them feel really professional.
After I have squeezed out most of the water in my hair I apply the Extra Strength Six Effects+ Serum. I have been using the original John Frieda Frizz Ease serum for well over a decade now and it is the only hair product that keeps my curls defined without leaving them crispy so I had really high hopes for the Extra Strength version.
A blend of silicones, thermal protectant, silk proteins and algae extract, this serum hydrates and boosts shine for more manageable frizz free hair. The consistency of this serum is similar to caramel. Not too thick that it’s hard to work on your hair but not so runny it makes a mess.
The instructions say distribute 1 pump of serum evenly throughout hair, however because I have an unnecessary amount I apply 2 (a reduction from the 4 I put with the original – result!). Once I’ve left my hair to air dry, the result is really bouncy, shiny curls!
Price-wise they’re the same price as other high-end haircare brands:
Shampoo £7.99 for 250ml
Conditionerl £7.99 for 250ml
Serum £6.99 for 50ml
This is obviously more than an own brand product but you are getting much better quality and to be honest quantity too, as a 250ml bottle is not a stingy size. Even with my extra pump of serum, a 50ml tube lasts me months.
For me it’s always been about the John Frieda Frizz Ease serum. The shampoo and conditioner have definitely made my hair softer and smoother, perfect for when I straighten my hair as don’t like to have it full of product before I attack it with my GHDs but applying the three together is like a holy trinity. I actually enjoy having my hair curly when it looks this good and after all, isn’t that all we want from haircare? To look our best, natural selves.
*This post contains products sent for review purposes but I always give an honest review, where all opinions and views are 100% my own.