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I have recently been taking part in the John Frieda frizz ease campaign.I suffer from frizzy,unruly locks so this was the perfect one for me! One of the products I was asked to test was a tube of frizz ease secret agent creme.
The creme comes in a toothpaste style plastic tube designed to stand on its lid. The information on the tube claims that this product contains avocado oil and is designed to seal hair to help eliminate frizz and flyaways.It also contains a UV filter to help protect the hair against sunlight. So hoe well does it perform?
The creme is easy to use and has a pleasant sweet smell. It is not overwhelming and does linger for ages once applied. The instructions advise that you rub a little of the creme into your p[lams before applying to dry hair. The creme should be pulled through the hair concentrating on the ends.
Having been disappointed in the shampoo and conditioner from this range I am very impressed with this creme. It is really easy to use and a little goes a long way. The smell is very pleasant and lasts well. Best of all the creme really does help to smooth my unruly locks and means I don't have to wash my hair every day as it is designed to use on dry hair. In the past I needed to wash my hair as it was the only way of getting rid of the dreaded frizz!
I will definitively be buying this creme in the future and have no hesitation in recommending it.
I have long, bleached hair that is prone to frizzing quite badly, so have been looking into a haircare range that might tame it a little without having to rely so heavily on straighteners.
After using the John Frieda Smooth Start shampoo & conditioner my hair felt slightly smoother. However, the next day the damp weather put paid to my sleeker look and I was back to the frizz. That's when I tried out this 'creme'.
The white cream has a really nice smell and didn't feel at all greasy, oily or sticky to the touch. It instantly seemed to soak into the surface of my hair. In fact, it soaked it up so fast I thought I hadn't put enough on (but resisted the temptation to squeeze another load out of the tube). This proved to be a wise move as once I'd brushed my hair the cream had apparently worked miracles and my frizz looked relatively flat once again, even the split ends. It also seemed to have reduced the static. Not only that, the lovely smell of the cream left my hair smelling fresh for the next 2 days! Impressive.
The verdict? Not the cheapest product of it's kind on the market (and by no means the dearest) but the fact you only need a small amount makes it very cost effective. It won't replace your GHDs but it's a good 'quick fix'. Would I buy it again? Yes.
I recently received the John Frieda Frizz Ease 'Secret Agent' Perfecting Creme as a gift, but I'm pretty sure it's one I've used before. It costs £5.29 for a 100ml tube in Boots.
It comes in a silvery-white tube with a blue-purple plastic flip top lid. The flip top lid makes it really easy to use and convenient. I also like the fact that it stands on it's lid as it means the product is always ready to come out as opposed to having to spend ages squeezing or shaking the tube trying to get it out.
The creme is meant to be used on dried hair and to use it you just rub a small amount into your palms then pull it through your hair, concentrating on the ends. It should then have a 'flawless shiny finish', with dry, frizzy ends camouflaged. You can also reapply as often as needed throughout the day.
The creme is fairly thin in consistency but it has a smooth, silky, creamy texture. It smells really fresh and fruity and when I've applied it I can smell it in my hair all day. It's really easy to apply to my hair and I don't need much at all, but I do have very fine hair so you may find you need to use more.
I find this really does leave my hair looking much smoother and healthier. I get a lot of flyaway frizz through my mid-lengths and ends and they really do disappear when I use this, leaving my hair looking perfectly smooth and sleek. It doesn't feel at all greasy either, unless you overdo it, and I don't feel my hair is weighed down or coated in product.
Overall I think this is a good product which I will happily continue to use.
I bought this secret agent cream absolutely ages ago and have been working my way through the tube ever so slowly. I actually use it far less often than I used to as I went through a real stage of straightening my hair every day whereas now I tend to blow dry it and leave it as it is.
This cream comes in a classic John Frieda style branded tube. The tube is made from a soft, flexible plastic in a silvery colour. All the colour accents in the branding and the lid are a nice shade of purple that I'd say is sort of a mauve colour. I like the combination together, it is feminine without being overly girly and the design is pretty ageless and functional. Really I have no complaints here, it works as it should and looks decent enough too.
I have hair which runs roughly down to where my bra clasp sits on my back. I would say medium length, so some might argue it is long. I dye it regularly and abuse it with curlers and straighteners. I really wanted something like this cream so that I could smooth it over after straightening as I often found it a little dry and frazzled. I also find my hair is prone to static and flyaways so I wanted something that would control it a little and keep it in place.
I find the cream, which is white in colour, has a nice glossy thick consistency and is easy to handle which is very important. I rub a pea sized amount between my palm and then smooth this over the top layer of my hair to smooth down any stray hairs and to add shine. The cream makes my hair instantly glossy and shiny, giving it that look of salon washed hair. I also find it does tame the flyaways and these stay in the right position for the rest of the day.
My only real issue with this product is that I find if I use it then I need to wash my hair more regularly than I usually would. I tend to leave my hair for 2 days before washing it but with this I usually need to wash it the next day as it feels overly greasy otherwise. Personally this doesn't bother me as I now only use it for special events and so can factor in an extra hair wash. If you want something for more regular use though this could become annoying.
This cream is widely available for around £5 for a 100ml tube. Places like Boots often have deals on John Frieda hair products and I understand their shampoos and conditioners are rather good too. This isn't much to pay considering my tube has lasted me a couple of years now and it is really good quality.
Overall, this is a cream I use infrequently but always get really good results with.
I have horrible frizzy hair and I need to blow dry and staighten it after each time that I have washed it. By the time that I get to work, my hair is usually starting to get a bit frizzy again, especially on the ends so I decided that it was time to seek a solution... And the Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Flawless Finishing Creme by John Frieda seemed to be it.
What does the product do?
Hair becoming frizzy when it gets dry and loses moisture so this product promises to replenish the moisture levels, leaving the hair looking smooth and healthy. It claims that it will hide frizzy bits and split ends giving you the appearance of shiny and supple hair instead. It also replenishes the natural oils that have been lost by the hair during heated styling, giving it a silky feel, and it also protects the hair from being damaged further by the natural elements.
How do you use the product?
The product is called a finishing creme because it is used a final touch once you have dried and styled your hair. You need to dispense a small amount of the product into the palm of your hands, rub your hands together and then pull the product through the underneath length and ends of your hair. You then use the tiny bit of excess to smooth the top layer. If you have tricky spots, you can use a bit more and the product can be reapplied as neccesary.
Packaging and Price
The product comes within a pale silvery plastic tube which has a pale purple flip top lid. It is easy to access the product and it is easy to open and close the lid, even with slippery hands. The product costs around £5 for 100ml and it can be bought from stores such as Boots and Superdrug, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
Application and Performance
The product has a fresh but subtle aroma which is fairly similar to the aroma of the other Frizz-Ease products which I have had the pleasure of smelling over the years. The product is white in colour, which doesn't translate to the hair, and it has a creamy consistency which is made obvious by the name of the product. Even though my hair is dry and frizzy, it doesn't take much for it to cross that line into being greasy and sometimes applying products of this type onto dry hair can make this happen.
Therefore I use tiny amounts because you can always apply more if needed and when used in this way, it doesn't make my hair appear greasy. It does hydrate the hair as promises and makes a immediate difference to my hair. It tames those flyaways and frizzy hairs while disgusing my split ends making my hair look smooth and sleek just as promised. It also makes my hair feel quite silky and gives it a conditioned shine. It doesn't tangle my hair and it hasn't caused any discomfort or irritations for me.
The product has quite long lasting results and although this doesn't keep my hair looking perfect, it does make my hair look better and I'm happy with the results. I have tried to 'reapply as needed' but I find that this overloads the hair and that once is as gets as it gets. The product is removed once I have washed my hair and my hair is back to normal so I don't think it improves the condition of the hair, it just makes it look better.
All in all, I really like this product. It gets my hair under control and gives the appearance of it being in a much better condition than it actually is. It smells nice and makes my hair feel and look nice. As long as you don't use too much of the product, then it won't make your hair greasy and as you only use such a small amount each time then the product should last a very long time as I've barely made a dent in mine.
The day I went shopping for my John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Satin Shine finishing creme and found that they had discontinued it was not a good day, I loved the product and couldn't believe they had stopped producing it. I visited the very useful John Frieda website where I found out that the product I now wanted to buy was this Frizz-Ease Secret Agent Perfecting Creme. Next time I went shopping I purchased a tube and was relieved to find that this product is just as good.
This product is part of the John Frieda Frizz-Ease range and has the familiar silver and purple packaging. The tube is made from a good quality plastic which is easy to squeeze out small amounts from but returns to it's original shape afterwards. It has a flip top lid which it stands on so the product is always ready to use.
Using the perfecting creme
I have long hair which is wavy and prone to doing it's own thing! I always have lots of flyaway hairs even when I have straightened my hair, this product is suitable for all levels of frizz and easily controls mine. The tube says it' Rehydrates and corrects flyaways for a flawless finish' and it definitely does and with only a small amount of product.
It is used on dry hair and when I have squeezed a small amount of product out of the tube I warm it between my fingers before applying it to my hair. To put it on my hair I just smooth it over the surface and this then keeps all my hair down.
The results are great, my hair looks sleek and it doesn't leave my hair looking greasy or feeling heavy like some products can. It contains a sunscreen which will protect your hair on hot summer days when we have them!
As you only need to use a small amount a tube lasts for ages, I use it most days and have had my 100ml tube for over a year.
Price and availability
I purchased my 100ml tube in Boots where it currently (August 2012) retails at £5.49. Boots often have multi-buy offers on and I bought my favourite shampoo and conditioner at the same time as this. It is also available from others retailers and is only £4.00 at Amazon.
Would I recommend?
Yes, I love this finishing creme. Whether I am wearing my hair up or down it's smoothing effects always improve the look and I would hate to be without it.
I own a few John Frieda products that I use on a regular basis (heat protecting spray, dry ends serum and hair masque) and was looking to buy more but hadn't as they are slightly too expensive for me sometimes but are always on a 3 for £10 offer somewhere.
The other day my mum came back from Morrisons with this and a frizz ease serum as they had a half price offer on all the John Frieda Frizz Ease range so they were only about £2.50 each! Usually most items are about £5-£7 so I was amazed at this and so was my mum which is why she picked them up for me. She said she didn't really know what to get me (she's not into hair things other than shampoo but knew I liked this brand) but she ended up choosing good things! My hair is ridiculously damaged as I have used peroxide in my hair and dye it fairly often and blow dry it most days too, so really damaged, dry hair! I also haven't had a good haircut in longer than I would like to admit which also doesn't help.
I have really liked and had amazing effects when using the John Frieda products I have used before so I was excited and confident to use this product. I have never used anything like this before as it's a creamy consistency that you rub through you hair much like a serum.
The bottle it comes in is an upside down squeezy bottle which means there will be no wastage and because of the plastic used I'm sure I'll be able to cut the bottle open to get to the very last drops. The bottle is purple and silver and fits well with the range of frizz ease products. It is for frizzy, dry and damaged, over coloured hair. You squeeze a pea sized amount into your palms and rub them together and rub onto dry hair, concentrating on the lengths and especially the ends. My hairs slightly longer than my shoulders and I need to use a tiny more than a pea sized but I'm sure this is going to last me forever even with almost everyday use.
The actual crème is white in colour and smells like a typical hair salon product and is so nice! I can smell it on my hair for the rest of the day when I touch my hair but it's not at all overpowering. It also doesn't leave a horrible greasy residue on your hands and I don't need to wash them after using this like I sometimes do with my dry ends serum. It doesn't make my hair greasy either.
The overall effect it has on my hair is good but not great. My hair feels slightly smoother and easier to deal with and definitely less static which is always a plus but it doesn't add much softness or shine to my hair which is what I need more as it's so dry. I may experiment with using more of the product to see if this has any effect but I am not too confident it ill. This is a shame as I really like this product. I'd recommend this to people who just want to keep their hair static and fly away free but it's not moisturizing enough to have any other effect. I will continue to use it though as it has UV filter protection which will benefit my hair as it is coloured and does this without leaving any noticeable residue behind and it can be reapplied through out the day as much as you want.
I'm not sure I would pay the full £5.49 it is usually sold for as I think the frizz ease serums are much better suited for moisturizing and softening my dry ends but since I got it half the price and it's going to last me a long time I can't complain!
I have ever so slightly wild hair. It's almost waist length, thick, dry, naturally curly and unless I do anything to it it's rather fuzzy from the mid lengths down. This doesn't bother me so much these days, as I usually have it up and it's easier to tame so as long as I keep it healthy I don't much care. But, if I'm going 'out' out, I like to wear it down, straight or curly, and this is when I need a little help from products. I used to use the entire Frizz Ease range when I straightened my hair daily as a student and had much, much more money (ironic or what?) and had always been pleased with the results. So the Secret Agent finishing creme is one that I make sure I always have in my cabinet.
It comes in the usual simple packaging for the range - silver grey and lilacy-blue in colour. It is a 100ml squeezable tube that sits on its flip up cap, which I really like as it means you get very little wastage. When you can't get any more out the tube by squeezing, you can snip the tube with scissors to get another couple of uses out of it, thanks to the soft and flexible plastic used. This matters to me as it's not cheap (though it's hardly the most bank-breaking haircare out there). I can't remember the exact price I paid as my current tube has been kicking around for a while. I do try to buy when it's on a 3 for 2 offer, and the usual price is around £4.50 in Boots I think.
It claims to "correct imperfections", giving "an ultimate salon finish" for "all levels of frizz". It can be used to tame flyaway hairs for a smooth finish and it also has a rehydrating action, so in theory it should last a decent length of time after application. You don't need a lot, you are directed to rub a pea sized amount between your hands and smooth over the surface of your dried and styled hair, reapplying to trouble spots if required.
The one thing I have found, is that I need considerably more than a pea sized amount! But I do have a heck of a lot of hair. When I apply it to my hair hanging loose, I will split my hair into two sections, bringing each over each of my shoulders. I use a bit more than a pea sized amount for each section, rubbing it between my hands and instead of going lightly over my hair's surface I actually run it through my hair using my fingers to get it around the curls for extra definition and finish by flattening my palms on each side of the hair section and gently dragging downward to smooth. It's worth noting that I don't need so much when I straighten my hair, just a wee drop through the bottom 5-6 inches inches (I do have awesome straighteners though!)
The creme itself is white and quite thick, a bit gelatinous. It does have a slight scent, though nothing too notable. I can't say that it smells like anything in particular to me, but it's pleasant. It is easily absorbed into my hair and the results are immediate, smoothing frizzy bits and giving curls extra definition, or smoothing the ends of my straightened locks without leaving hair looking greasy. Sometimes, I will have to reapply shortly afterward if I've been out in strong wind or really high humidity (my hair is so prone to fuzzing in humidity though so it's rarely loose on those days) but on a regular kind of day, I find it lasts most of the day. I always pop it into my bag on days I use it but rarely reapply unless it's going to be a long night, in which case I probably will, just to keep it looking good. It doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky or heavy; after a few minutes you could touch my hair and not know I'd put anything in it. It does leave your hands really sticky though, so I wouldn't recommend reapplying it out and about unless you're in the loo somewhere and can wash your hands.
I don't wash my hair daily as I don't blow dry and it takes hours to dry. And it doesn't need it, my hair still looks and feels as clean the day after. I have become quite the expert at showering while keeping your hair dry without a shower cap! The day after I've used this my hair is still clean, and it leaves no residue that prompts me to wash it sooner than I ordinarily would. I never apply it near the roots though, at most I will lightly go over the surface of my hair from just above ear-level, with whatever is left on my hands after applying it as I described above.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this product, it works really well for me and I have no negative feelings toward it whatsoever. It has no undesired effects on my hair. It's mid range in terms of price (though it's expensive for me!) but the range is often on 3 for 2 in Boots which is well worth taking advantage of as the serums are brilliant too!
JOHN FRIEDA FRIZZ-EASE Secret Agent Flawless Finishing Creme.
Around 6 years ago, my brother's former girlfriend (a hairdresser) introduced me to John Frieda!
It was love at first trial! And within a week, Mr Frieda had come to live with me.
Of course this was not 'John Frieda' himself, but rather one of his World Famous products, JOHN FRIEDA
FRIZZ-EASE Secret Agent Flawless Finishing Creme to be precise.
We have had a successful relationship for over 6 years, and now I would like tell you all about it!
Some basic information about John Frieda:
John Frieda was born in England in 1951. His father was a hairdressing entrepreneur, so it is no wonder that John had an interest in hairdressing from an early age.
In 1976, John opened up his first salon in London aged just 25!
Over the years he continued to make an impact in the Hairdressing sector, and had many celebrity clients, including the late Princess Diana!
In 1989 he formed the company - John Frieda Professional Hair Care Inc.
In 1990 the company's signature product Frizz-Ease was launched.
Since then, John Frieda has worked with chemists to develop products to address specific needs of virtually all hair types (from frizzy to limp) including coloured hair.
John Frieda now cover a vast range of hair products, from basic shampoos and conditioners, to over-night conditioning serum, curl reviver styling moose and glossing mist!
(He was also married to the singer LULU! An irrelevant but interesting fact)
The product is priced at £5.49 for 100ml in Boots, where it is currently included in a '2 for £7.50' offer across
the John Frieda range.
The crème is contained in a squeezy, sliver coloured tube with a clear (now purple) flip lid. The product is designed to stand upright on the lid, which it does rather well and feels sturdy.
The John Frieda Frizz-Ease logo is clearly displayed on the front.
Each product within the John Frieda range is numbered between Steps 1-5. The numbers represent the stage that the product should be used, whilst styling your hair. Step 1 products (i.e. shampoos) are the first stage of styling your hair, whilst Step 5 products are needed to create the perfect finish for your hair.
John Frieda FRIZZ-EASE Secret Agent Flawless Finishing Creme is a final finishing product, and is therefore clearly marked - Step 5.
On the front, there is also a brief description of the product:
'Breakthrough crème, applied to dried hair. Instantly transforms puffy, parched hair into a perfect smooth, supple shinny texture. Replaces natural oils lost to blow-drying.'
The back of the packaging contains further information on the product, how it works, and the benefits you will see once used.
You will also find the ingredients and Directions for use:
'Apply to dried hair. Rub a small amount of crème into palms. First, 'pull' through under layers of hair, concentrating on ends where the hair is driest. Then smooth hands lightly over surface. Use more to tame trouble spots. Re-apply as needed.'
The crème itself is creamy white in colour. However, when rubbed into my hands the cream becomes clear and leaves my hands with a shiny look to them. The crème feels quite light, almost like body lotion and it has a light fragrant 'salon smell' to it which I personally love.
Now, a little information about my hair:
I have always had fine 'fly-away' hair which is naturally wavy. Sometimes I spend ages styling my hair, but as soon as I leave the house it will either get tangled up from the wind or go limp from the heat of the sun. I have always had rather long hair (it currently sits below my bra straps).
Up until last summer my hair was blonde (highlighted with bleach). This of course left my hair rather dry and course at times, I found FRIZZ-EASE particularly useful in keeping my hair smooth.
My hair has now been dyed brown, and I have noticed a huge change in the overall condition. It is now noticeably softer, silkier and shinier than it had been when I was blonde. It still needs help though!
Since I have had my children I don't seem to have anytime to go to the hairdressers, so it only gets cut around once every 3 months (not the recommended 6 weeks.) As a result, I often have split ends to contend with. FRIZZ -EASE is brilliant at camouflaging my frayed split ends.
My experience of using this product:
As I mentioned at the beginning, I was introduced to John Frieda FRIZZ EASE around 6 years ago.
I was amazed at how sleek, straight and healthy my hair looked when 'Becky' applied the crème after my hair cut. In-fact, I was so impressed that I needed to know what she had used, this is how I came to know the product.
I didn't own a hair-straighter back then. I could spend ages blow-drying my hair straight, but it always had that 'puffy' look.
I needed to buy some of this crème!
I had expected FRIZZ-EASE to be very expensive, so I was pleasantly surprised when I found it was selling for around £5.00.
It is now my favourite hair-care item that I have used on a regular basis over the years.
The instructions state to use a small amount. I would personally recommend that a 'Pea' size is all you need. The crème really does spread well, and if you use too much, your hair will end up looking greasy. This has happened to me a few times, when I have got carried away, but I know realise how little I need (remember my hair is very long as well).
Due to the fact that you only use a tiny amount each time, the product lasts a good 8 months to a year, depending on how frequently you use it. I personally use it at least once a week.
Another tip I have is to quickly blast your hair with the hair dryer after applying the crème, so it dry's quickly.
One of the main benefits of this product that I have not yet mentioned is that it also contains sunscreen to protect your hair! This will help protect your hair from sun-damage, even during the winter months.
As far as I am concerned, this is very much a designer hair-care product, sold at a very reasonable price.
What more could you ask for in a hair product?
I bought this at least 3 years ago and given i always have my hair straight half of the time its still going strong. That plus the fact you only need a small amount (even though my hair is very thick and shoulder length).
I have naturally curly hair so after i have straightened my hair although its straight it can still be a bit wild so needs taming down and made a bit sleeker. I use around a pea sized amount rub it into my palms and carefully work through starting with the ends. You have to make sure you dont apply a lump of it as it will just look like grease the same if you put too much on in general. I tend to only use it from about 3inches from the scalp to the ends. Otherwise it makes my hair look greasy.
The serum comes in a silver upside down tube with a flip top closable lid. The serum is white in colour and consisitency of conditioner. It also helps define my fringe which goes a bit fly away without anything on it.
it may seem like a lot for a hair product cost wise but i think for how long it will last and the way it finishes off your style its an investment!
My hair has ruined many a hairdressers' day! Thick, frizzy and unruly, I've tried loads of products to tame my locks over the years. John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Agent is a firm favourite. It helps keep my hard work drying and straightening in tact and also replaces some of the oils I lose through doing it. It's a tad expensive, but I find that a little goes a long way so it's actually quite good value. I would recommend trying this if you have dry frizzy hair and want a smoother look.
I'm a marketers dream.. All they need to do is tell me that theres a product that could solve a problem I have and I'm there, money in hand and ready to buy. So, when they started advertising John Frieda I couldn't wait to try it out. Unfortunately, I couldn't justify the price tag so just kept longingly staring at it on the shelves. I can only assume that my mum had noticed me staring at these because Christmas 2009 she bought me a few from this range. I have hair that should be naturally wavy, unfortunately it's more inclined to frizz then anything else so I end up looking like I'm wearing this giant fluff ball on my head instead!
What Is It?
This is a finishing creme that is designed to give a "salon finish". It claims to be suitable for all hair types and all levels of frizz.
Apparently it works by rehydrating the hair and correcting flyaways to give a "flawless finish".
First Impressions And Use
The bottle stands on its lid making it easy to squeeze some out. The directions say to rub a pea size amount between my palms and then spread lightly over dry hair.
The creme easily squeezes out the tube and is white in colour. There isn't really too much of a scent to it, if anything it reminds me slightly of unscented body lotion.
When I work this between my palms it becomes invisible but I can still feel the slight layer on my hands which I then run lightly over my hair. I have very long hair so find that I need to repeat the process a second time as a pea sized amount doesn't cover all my hair, yet using more then a pea sized amount in the first place just leaves a greasy layer on my hair making it look like it's well overdue for a wash! It does take some practice to get the right amount but once you know how much is needed for you and your hair its easy enough to do it again.
Once on it does feel like its left a layer on your hair but assuming you haven't used too much this dries very quickly. Removing this from your hair is easy it simply brushes out.
I quite like this product as unlike some other serums I have tried it's completely weightless and if I stroke my hair I can't feel anything there.
All the frizz is completely controlled although I do have some stubborn flyaways still so it doesn't completely tame my hair but then I've yet to find a product that can. I did find however that with this I needed to reapply half way through the day - this doesn't affect the look and feel of my hair in any way and it didn't make it any harder to remove at the end of the day.
There isn't really any scent to linger on my hair but other products such as shampoo and conditioner can be smelt over this. It also didn't really bring out any shine to my hair which although it doesn't claim to and therefore I can't fault it for this, I do like my finishing products to do.
Price, Availability And Recommendation
As this was a gift I'm not sure exactly how much it cost but John Frieda products are widely available and a quick google tells me that this costs around £5 on average for a 100ml tube. Whilst this does sound a lot you only use a tiny bit at a time and so it lasts a long time. It's not perfect since it didn't control all my flyaways but none the less it was close enough and so I'm happy to give it 5 out of 5.
John Freida products for are reputable and also fairly reasonably priced. This tube of Secret Agent creme is no exception. It is priced at around the £5 mark, for a tube of 100ml. And this goes a long way. The tube is a stylish silver colour with a lilac cap. The cap is easy to open and close and doesn't get messy at all when using the product.
The Secret Agent creme is designed to give your hair a flawless finish, which I take to mean glossy and smooth, hence the overall title of 'Frizz-Ease', which has many products in the range. My hair has a tendency to frizz. In fact, given half the chance it would look not dissimilar to Monica's on Friends when she went to the Bahamas. So anything which controls it is a must have for me. Secret Agent creme goes a long way towards this. And the great thing about it is that it can be used on dry hair.
To use it, simply dry your hair in the way you normally do then apply a pea-sized amount to your hand. I then rub it into both hands and smooth it over my hair. It tames it instantly. There are a few unruly strands of hair left sticking up, but a bit more creme usually does the trick. Afterwards it can make you hair look slightly wet, but this soon settles down. The creme can be reapplied as many times as you want. I occassionally have to use it a day after first applying, but usually it's only straight after I've washed and dried my hair and that lasts til the next time I have to wash my hair. Such good value for money.
The creme itself is a creamy colour. It is quite light in consistency, comparable to many skin moisturisers. It has a pleasant slightly fruity smell. It is not at all greasy. It is suitable for all hair types and levels of frizz.
During the winter in particular I get very static filled and frizzy hair, I do also get it if the summer is very hot but the winter and central heating, not to mention scarves around my neck, seems to be the worst time for my hair. I've tried a whole host of different serums and creams and various shampoos and conditioners but if they work at all it's usually to an unsatisfactory level and very short-lived. So a while ago in Superdrug I decided to go for some Secret Agent Protecting Creme from the John Frieda Frizz Ease collection. It cost me £3.50 for the 100ml tube at the time of purchase and I suspect it was on offer.
The Secret Agent Protecting Creme is supposed to be suitable for all hair types and all levels of frizz and claims to "rehydrate and correct flyaways for a flawless finish" so exactly what I was after. I hoped it would be very effective as it's a big name and one that's been around for years.
That night I washed and dried my hair as usual, which is enough to set the frizz and flyaways off regardless of which conditioner I use, and rubbed a pea sized amount into my palms before smoothing over my hair. I actually couldn't see any difference from this amount and the tube does say to use more on trouble spots and reapply as necessary so I went for more of a grape sized dollop next which proved to be too much! If you use too much of this it leaves hair with a kind of wet look to it that goes crispy when it dries so not a very attractive look now we're well past the eighties!
After much experimenting I found the right amount to avoid the wet look and help marginally with the frizz but unfortunately it doesn't seem to work any better than serums I've bought for 99p and often I still have lots of frizzy bits and flyaways within minutes of using it. I actually switched to my previous Tresemme serum for a few days last week and that works better than the Frizz Ease Creme. I'm pretty disappointed to be honest as I expected it to be more effective than other brands as it describes perfectly on the tube what I actually need it for.
On the plus side it smells nice and fresh and a 100ml tube will last a long time if you have more luck with it than I did but it isn't very effective or long lasting on my wild hair. Not one I'll buy again and not one I can really recommend either. A low 2 star rating from me and my frizz.
I'm a fan of John Frieda's frizz ease range (see other reviews), and this is no exception. This creme promises to restore softness and natural shine by replacing natural oils that are lost during heat styling. Imperfections, including flyaways and split ends are supposed to be camouflaged, and it protects from UV rays, with a flawlessly smooth result.
Packaging: it comes in a 100ml sort of silvery opaque tube with the product information in black and light purple, and a light purple lid, which is at the bottom. This means the creme is directed towards the bottom, which makes getting it out of the tube easy.
Price: £4.89 for 100ml means this is quite pricey, but it does last a long time because only a dab is needed at any one time.
My thoughts: first, beware of using too much, as if you do, you can start the whole washing-styling process over, starting with the shampoo as it makes hair look greasy if you're not careful.
It does stop hair looking frizzy at the ends, and also adds shine. It is particularly good on straightened hair: when my hair is wavy or curly it doesn't really do much.
Last thing: it smells nice! Kind of like vanilla, and a bit chemical, but I really like it.
Highly recommended for those looking to stop straight/straightened hair looking frizzy, but would advise caution if you've got fine hair because it may just make your hair look greasy.
smoothing styling cream / 100mL / This exceptional finishing cr¦me, applied to dried hair, instantly transforms puffy, parched hair into a perfectly smooth, supple, shiny texture / Replaces natural oils lost to blow-drying and daily styling stress / Works instantly on dry hair to camouflage imperfections by smoothing away dullness, puffiness and frayed split ends; immediately restores Âsilkening¸ moisture to Âquench¸ parched hair; and creates ultra-glossy, supple hair with an incredibly healthy-looking finish / Contains sunscreen to further protect and care for your hair /