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Friday, 13 September 2013

New John Frieda Products | Tried and Tested!

John Frieda is undoubtedly one of, if not my favourite hair care brand on the market.  I religiously use their 'Blonde' range and I always feel at a bit of a loss if I don't have my trusty 'Volume' shampoo at hand! Whenever people ask me about my hair care routine, I guarantee there's always a John Frieda product or two in there - it's fair to say that my bathroom cabinet houses my very own little JF army!   So, when I had the chance to try some of the new offerings from John Frieda, I was rather chuffed to say the least.  What I love about John Frieda is that there's always something new - the ranges are tailored perfectly for different hair colours and types and the products are almost always of amazing quality and all at a competitive, high street price.  I've been trying these products now for a good few weeks and thought I'd give you my two pennies worth; have they managed to make it into my 'John Frieda Army' or are they just a fleeting member of the 'Not so Sure' crew...? Let us find out, shall we?!

John Frieda | Full Repair | Deep Conditioner 'Hydrate and Rescue' | £6.99*

The John Frieda 'Full Repair' range often finds it's way into my shower! I love the conditioner and often use it if my hair is feeling a little in need of a moisture boost - so I was really intrigued to try the Deep Conditioning version.  This bottle promises to 'restore softness and shine' whilst deeply nourishing the hair strands and repairing the look and feel of any damage.  I found this to work really well on my hair - it left it feeling smooth and silky and easy to comb through and style, and left it looking in good condition with a good bit of shine. Having long hair means that my ends can sometimes lack a little bit of life but this perks it up no end.  It says to leave it on for 2-5 minutes so I always leave it on for as long as I can - the longer you leave it the more beneficial it will be. It's by no means the greatest deep conditioner on the market, and if your hair is considerably dry I'd recommend using this in-between a thicker treatment - but it is without a doubt a very good little deep conditioner that I will definitely repurchase.

John Frieda | Full Repair |  Flyaway Tamer Smoothing Wand | £10.99*

Ok. I'll be honest. Out of everything I thought this would be the one I wasn't going to be too fussed about.  I was intrigued by the wand concept but was unsure if it was going to be more of a gimmick and do nothing more than stir up memories of my 11 year old self getting creative with the blue hair mascara (don't lie, you went there too).  I was wrong.  I actually really like this one! I can only describe it as a serum in handy little tube, that you simply smooth on using the mascara-like wand. It distributes an even amount of product and instantly tames any fly aways.  I get one heck of a load of 'wispy' bits so this has been a little gem of a product for me! It's so simple, and is the perfect handbag friend due to it's size and easy to use concept - no sticky serum hands on the go! It's perfect for going to uni or work, or for events where you might get a little bit of frizz going on (I'll definitely be taking it to my graduation - there's no way that I'm having any 'bird's-nest-barnet' in my photographs!)  The only downside is that it can get a little straw-like if you overdo it.  It's easy to go a bit heavy handed on it (I did simply because I liked the motion of mascara-wanding my hair...) so it's worth using a very light hand and using quick, gentle 'wispy' motions rather than full on combing!

John Frieda | Frizz Ease | Dream Curls Enhancing Oil | £9.99*

This one still holds the 'undecided' status with me.  I have naturally straight hair that I curl or wave using hot tools or rollers - so straight away I wasn't so sure this would work for me what with it being tailored towards naturally curly hair.  However, I gave it a good go.  I noticed it feels more like a cross between a serum and an oil rather than a pure oil - it didn't provide the moisture I usually want from a hair oil.  However, it did seem to work well at defining the curls I went on to style and didn't seem to weigh them down at all - which is great.  I do think it does it's job - I just wasn't blown away by it.  I've taken to using it now as a finishing oil to smooth on once I've styled my hair rather than before - or I mix a drop or two in with my usual oil to give it a bit of 'oomph' which seems to work better for me.  I like it, don't get me wrong, I just don't love it.  Maybe it would work better for people who do have naturally curly hair as I can imagine it would provide a good bit of definition and tame any frizz. 

So, yet again, John Frieda doesn't disappoint! I love that they're always bringing out new things, and for me they still hold a special place in my bathroom cupboard. You can have a nosey at their products on the John Frieda website here, or have a gander at Boot's website - they often have 3 for 2 offers on which is when I tend to replenish my stash - so keep your eyes peeled!

Have you tried any of these products from John Frieda? Have you got a favourite JF product?


  1. I used a few of the john freda full repair products last year and really liked them! I seriously need something to tame my frizz though - nothing works! x

  2. Liking the look of the enhancing oil - I find John Freda to be a bit of a hit and miss but I do adore the split end serum!

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  3. Ooh these sounds great, i was instantly intrigued by the smoothing wand and im glad you enjoyed using it, i also have a huge amount of wispy bits so gonna keep an eye out for this when im in boots next... yes i used to wear blue hair mascara, i even tried purple (crazy kid)

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  4. I really liked the look of the Smoothing wand but always thought it wouldn't actually do much, now im actually tempted to get it! Great post. x

  5. I love the idea of the oil for curly hair, I'm all for anything which helps tame my lioness mane of natural curliness. I think the wand is a clever idea too!!

    Molly x
    Lyon Notes

  6. Haha I think we all made that mistake with hair mascara. Had completly forgotten about it until you mentioned it here haha.
    That smoothing wand looks really interesting!

  7. I'll be honest, I completely went off JF after the 'go blonder' shampoo turned my hair to straw, so switched to Loreal. I'm quite tempted to give this full repair range a try though when my current shampoo runs out! Great post :)
    Carrie:Brighton xx

  8. I've just tried out some of their full repair range and I really love it. Definitely products I will be buying in the future!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  9. Ahh I'm so happy to see such a positive John Frieda post as I've just bought my first product from the range, a volumizing hair mousse. I'm yet to try it but I'm feeling more excited to have a go with it after reading this.

    And I went for the blue hair mascara when I was younger, too. I thought it looked so cool against my blonde hair, cringe!

    Danielle xx

  10. I do love a bit of John Freida! I've never seen the curl enhancing oil before, such a shame it doesn't give moisture like an oil xx



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