'Frizzy' is the perfect adjective to use when talking about my hair. I've been 'blessed' with very thick, wavy, coarse hair which I find very, very hard to style (I say 'blessed' with reluctance as I know my friends with very fine hair would give a limb to have thicker hair). Left to its own devices, you'd probably think a bird had nested on my head. Straightened, it still looks pretty coarse. Curl it and the waves fall out in a matter of minutes when I walk out of the front door. Yep - it's a trial: the frizz that is my hair.
Over the years I've tried all sorts of lotions and potions on my locks, so when John Frieda (not the man himself alas) contacted me and asked if I'd like to review some of their products, I thought 'heck, why not?' I've used their serum before, but not any of their other products, so was thrilled when they sent through their Smooth Start shampoo, conditioner and smoothing creme for me to try.
Packaging - I'm pretty familiar with the John Frieda packaging. It's clear, functional and easy to use. I like that the Frizz Ease shampoos and conditioners open from the bottom, as it sames me shaking up a storm when I'm in the shower and bleary from sleep. I was also relieved to see that the shampoo and conditioner bottles are the same size. I need a fair old amount of conditioner to tame my tresses, and I feel frustrated when you get less conditioner than shampoo.
Texture - In terms of the actual product, texture is texture when it comes to shampoos, so I'll focus on the texture of my hair after I'd used these products. I won't lie, I didn't wash my hair with these products and suddenly develop silky locks that needed neither serum or hair straighteners to keep them pretty. I wasn't expecting miracles. I was born with coarse hair, and it will always be coarse, but I was pleased to see that these products definitely made an improvement. The oils helped to nourish my hair, leaving it much less dry and much more manageable. I'd never bothered with smoothing cremes before, but was pleased with the difference it made, which was clear once I'd blow dried my hair properly. It also made a big difference in blocking humidity - one of my hair nemeses.
Results - One thing I noticed with these products, which hasn't been the case for a lot of products I've used over the years, is that a little goes a long way. Just a pea-sized amount of shampoo worked up a good lather, and considering I have dyed red hair (which tends to fade very quickly), the colour stayed impressively long without fading at all. Overall I was pleased with the results. They weren't a miracle cure for my frizzy locks, but they definitely made a marked difference.
Price - These products retail at £5.89 each in Boots, and you can also buy them in stores like Superdrug, Asda and Tesco. I think the value for money is pretty good, especially as Boots and Superdrug often run 3for2 offers in store.
Would I repurchase? Yes
Incidentally, the fringe is back! I'm still warming up to it and I'm growing out my hair so it's in that awful 'in between' phase at the moment, but i'm enjoying the colour at the moment.
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