I feel like John and I should be on first name basis now since he’s been in my life so often the last couple of months! I had mentioned awhile back in a Beauty Panel post (here) that John Frieda’s Frizz Ease* was a must-have for any bad hair day and even though much of my frizz has been tamed with the Conair Ultimate Brush (review) I have recently been suffering from a bad case of “baby hairs’'”. All over my head that seem to worsen with the heat. I HATE IT. I am also in desperate need of a cut and colour and have been holding myself over with the John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss* until I can get my act together and get my derriere over to a salon!
Frizz Ease is a fairly thick gel/creme that is used on dry hair to smooth away your hair troubles. It is quite light and is referred to as a “touch-up” cream which is a fairly accurate description as you do not need a lot to tame just a few flyaways or in my case those incredibly pesky baby hairs that are now growing in around the crown of my head. I hate them so much because they stick straight up and with the current humidity all of my usual anti-frizz tools are not enough!
Seeing as how this is a creme-based styling product, I start with the ends of my hair and use whatever is leftover for my roots since the last thing anyone wants is limp-looking roots. The scent might be a little strong for some, but once in the hair it was practically invisible.
The John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss* is the product I was most interested and also most afraid to try. Any colour treatment products still scare me, but the product description seemed tame enough. This is a colour-boosting treatment to keep colour fresh looking in between salon treatments or even boxed dye treatments. This is a treatment to be done once a week and seeing as how I am a “cool brunette” this refreshing gloss removes any red-orange tones and keeps brown hair “espresso-rich”.
This bottle is enough for 6 in-shower treatments and is used after shampooing and conditioning. Squeeze out all excess water from hair and use a quarter-sized amount from root to tip. You really want to make sure that every bit of hair is covered so you can repeat this process up to 5x! Leave gloss on for 3 minutes, shave your legs, exfoliate whatever and then remove! I would have shown you guys what this looks like, but my hair is so long now that I need every last drop of this stuff! Essentially the gloss looks like a purple-brown jelly and has a hair “colouring” scent, BUT is ammonia and peroxide-free!
The first thing I noticed while rinsing the gloss out of my hair was how SOFT and SILKY my hair felt! Oh man! Although I personally didn’t notice a difference in my hair colour, I had a couple of coworkers comment on how pretty my hair colour was and they were shocked when I told them that I hadn’t had an ombre touch-up since the beginning of November! They could not believe it! So I guess it does work! It’s hard to know yourself if something like a colour product is working unless you do before and after photos which without consistent lighting can be misleading. I don’t work with the same people all the time so the comments were coming from people who hadn’t seen me in a few weeks to a month. So yay!
John Frieda products are becoming NECESSARY in my haircare routine now and I know MANY of you have expressed your love for John when I posted about the Brilliant Brunette line. What other must-haves should I be looking into?