Tuesday 10 December 2013

Smooth And Silky Hair With John Frieda Frizz-Ease ?

This is the first in what I'm going to term catch up reviews x I've been a bad blogger this year and for that I apologise to you, and of course the companies who have provided me with things to test out. I really don't know where this year as gone, it doesn't seem two minutes since it was last Christmas! Anyway like a lot of my up and coming reviews this one is all about the hair!

There are so many celebrity hairdressers out there but few have the pedigree and perseverance of John Frieda. Already a highly respected salon owner and stylist, in 1988 John Frieda moved to the USA and teamed up with highly respected beauty insider Gail Federici to create his own haircare line. Constantly innovating the line produced many range including hair colour specific lines such as Sheer Blonde, Brilliant Brunette, and Radiant Red ( You can read my review of some products from the Brilliant Brunette line here.) Perhaps though the range that made Jo Frieda though was Frizz-Ease! Often heralded as a life saver for women (and men) with curly and frizzy hair, the Frizz-Ease line is currently the number 1 hair smoothing range in the UK.

When I was younger my hair was poker straight, no waves, no frizz just smooth sleek hair. Age, a bit of hair abuse and illness though have played their part though and now my hair is a wavy, often curly when it's wet, frizzy, often uncontrollable rabble. If I don't use heat tools, or masses of product it really does have a life of it's own - in other words I'm a perfect candidate for the Frizz-Ease range.

Way, way back in the Spring I was sent a few products from the extensive Frizz-Ease range to try out x 

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo - 250ml 

The foundation in any hair care routine should always be a good shampoo, and John Frieda are firm believers in starting as they mean to go on with good quality treatment shampoos. There are currently 3 shampoos in the Frizz-Ease range, each tailored for individual hair types and concerns. I was sent the Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo.

This shampoo is specifically designed for extra dry hair. Containing John Frieda's unique Frizz-Mending Complex and nourishing olive oil, this shampoo is designed to provide moisture to that hair whilst at the same time restoring the hairs own natural frizz defences.

Packaged in a squeezy tube, this iridescent white shampoo smells gorgeous, it as a really fruity aroma. It contains SLS so only a little is needed for a good lather. It rises out easily and the hair is left feeling really clean.

Used on it own this is a really good everyday shampoo, that both me and Mummy Lou have enjoyed using. My mum used this on it own and found that it made her naturally curly hair much easier to control even without using a conditioner. My hair though is  longer and more processed than my mums so I really need a lot of moisture in my hair, and whilst I really liked this shampoo, I didn't feel that it gave my hair as much nourishment and moisture as it promised, and I really needed to use it alongside a conditioner to keep my hair smooth and tangle free.

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo retails at around £5.99 for 250ml.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner - 250ml

Which leads me nicely on to of course the next stage in your hair care routine, conditioner. Again the John Frieds Frizz-Ease line contains a range of hair conditioners ranging the daily leave in's to the more traditional post wash. I was sent the conditioner which corresponded perfectly with my shampoo, the Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner.

Again the unique Frizz-Mending Complex and olive oil, this conditioner is a perfect partner to the shampoo and is designed to replenish moisture and prevent frizz.

With the same fruity fragrance, this conditioner has a smooth creamy texture. It spreads easily through the hair and feels remarkably light despite it's thickness. It washes out easily leaving the hair feeling silky soft and smooth, and smelling fresh.

The combination of the shampoo and the conditioner made a big difference to my hair. There are still some frizz and flyaway strands after shampooing and conditioning but by and large it feels a lot silkier and smoother, and it also made it easier and quicker to straighten and style.

If your hair is really, really dry this conditioner might not be enough for you but there are other products in the range that you could maybe add to your hair care routine.

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Conditioner retails at around £5.99 for 250ml.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Perfecting Cream - 100ml

The shampoo and conditioner together made a significant difference to my hair but even after straightening there is still the odd strand and kink that needs ironing out. I've got a few patches particularly at the front and around the mid sections of my hair that have suffered from breakage and no matter how diligently I straighten they always seem to stick up or give a sort of halo effect. There are a number of styling and finishing products in the John Frieda Frizz-Ease range but the one I received was the Secret Agent Perfecting Cream.

This is the type of product that I always turn too, something to calm down those strays, and to finish the sleek look that I nearly always try to create.This products is designed to be used predominantly on dry hair, to add moisture to the hair and to disguise and smooth away imperfections such as flyaway strands and split ends.

It has a similar fruity aroma to both the shampoo and conditioner and a creamy texture. The key is with this product is not to use too much. I just worked a small amount of product into the ends of my hair and into the flyaway areas.

Alas no befores but I hope you can see just how smooth this products left my hair. Alas it's only a temporary fix but it really makes a difference to the texture and the finish. As I say you don't need a lot apply it sparingly and distribute evenly throughout the hair to avoid sticky product build up and if you do that you should see a difference.

The John Frieda Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Perfecting Cream retails at around £5.59 for a 100ml.

It's not often I will say this but to see the best result you really need to use all of these products. Each product, contributes and enhances the use of the next. Yes, you could add other products from the Frizz-Ease range for more specific concerns but if you have slightly frizzy or flyaway hair than this would be a great basic hair care routine. Obviously if your SLS free this range won't be for you but otherwise it's definitely worth a try and since John Frieda products are available in most major supermarkets and chemists, it's easily accessible too. To find out more about the John Frieda products please check out their website and their You Tube channel x

P.S. The entire John Frieda Frizz Ease range has been redeveloped and repackaged so these products as no longer available in this format.


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