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My hair has been looking a bit dull and a bit lacklustre lately so I treated myself to some products in the John Frieda brilliant brunette range. I usually don’t buy them as they are a bit expensive but I bought them at Boot’s who were having an offer whereby you could buy 2 John Frieda products for £7.50 which made them much cheaper to buy.
As with most of these things the products work better when you use them in conjunction with each other and although the shampoo I tried was a big disappointment the moisturising conditioner was really good and helped make my hair look much better.
You use this conditioner as you would any other conditioner by applying some to your hair and massaging it through and then leaving it for a few minutes for it to get to work. It has been especially designed for people with brown hair to help bring out the multi dimensional tones of brown hair and give it shine to stop it looking so boxy and one dimensional.
This feels like a nice conditioner to apply to hair as it goes on smoothly and it doesn’t take too much to coat all my hair with it. It washes out nicely and doesn’t leave a greasy residue afterwards either.
When the conditioner has been washed out and I have towel dried and then blow dried and straightened my hair I think there is a noticeable difference in the look and feel of my hair. It looks shinier and feels so soft to the touch without having any greasiness to it. Dryness is improved and it just looks in better overall condition. I’m not sure I notice any difference in the colour tone of my hair and it doesn’t seem to have a more intense colour but it is definitely shinier and softer.
Full price this is 8.99 GBP and while I am not sure that this is worth paying for at that price I do like it a lot. The only problem with it is that I can’t see why this is especially for brown hair as it didn’t do anything to enhance the colour but it did work really well as a nice intensive conditioner but I could get that with any decent conditioner that was designed for all hair colours. I would buy it again when it was on offer but only as a conditioner and not as something to bring out tones in my brown hair colour.
I alternate this with a couple of other conditioners, but I find myself consistently going back to it because it adds a lot of moisture back into my dry, curly-to-frizzy hair. I actually prefer it to the Frizz Ease brand as it definitely helps my hair feel glossier and I already use so many de-frizz products that it's nice to use a normal conditioner and find that it works! I like to use it in summer or after swimming because it is intense. It's telling that this lasts as long in my rotation as products designed specifically for very dry, curly hair.
I've actually already mentioned the only thing that takes off a star, which is that I have to alternate it. After I've used this for a few months I find myself adding more and more until I end up with a whole handful of conditioner, just to get the same moisturising effect. This might be more to do with my hair type than the conditioner, but be warned if yours has any of the same attributes (although if it does, you're probably used to swapping products by now). However, once I come off it for a couple of months and then go back to it, the effects are back.
As to the shine, I don't find it affects my hair particularly, because I use a heavy leave-in after it. My mum found that it almost brought out highlights in her lighter, thinner brunette hair, which wasn't the desired effect! So if your hair is coloured or prone to lightening in the summer and you'd rather it didn't, maybe be a bit wary of this product.
For the first time in my life I have gone brunette. I have blonde hair naturally so I have never previously needed a shampoo for brunette hair. After my trip to the salon I decided to treat myself to new shampoo as previously I was using a purple shampoo for blondes from the same range. I got 3 for £10 in Asda which I always find to be the cheapest place for John Freida products.
A bottle of conditioner contains 250ml of the product. It comes in a brown bottle. The only problem I have with John Freida is the shampoo and conditioner are almost identical so in the sheer I have to be careful not to mix then up.
The conditioner is designed to be used with the shampoo. The conditioner contains crushed pearls and sweet almond oil. It is designed to moisturised hair as well as rehydrate and maintain colour. It can be used on naturally brunette hair as well as colour treated hair.
I used the shampoo first as directed then I applied a small amount of conditioner. I find this formula quite rich and it was very thick. I have long hair and I found a small amount sufficient to coat the driest parts of my hair. The conditioner is a pale brown colour and it smells sweet and pleasant. I always leave my conditioner on for a few minutes.
The conditioner rinsed out really well and I didn't feel like there was a slimy residue. As I have said in previous reviews I find some conditioners leave a 'film' on my hair which makes it lank and greasy.
I styled my hair as usual and straightened it. I found my hair was in excellent condition after using this product. My colour looked shiny and healthy and it felt soft and silky.
I wash my hair every other day and I find that it doesn't get greasy between washes. I would buy this product again.
Almost every time I go shopping, I pick up a nice little conditioner or treatment for my hair, I love keeping it soft and silky and am a little bit of an addict when it comes to hair products. A few months ago, I picked up the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shine Release Conditioner on offer in Sainsburys. I love the John Frieda range and couldn't wait to give it a go.
This conditioner does not have the strongest scent, when I first bought it I expected it to smell stronger, but it still smells lovely. It has the same scent as most other John Frieda products, it is clean and fresh and smells a little bit like a salon. The scent does however lightly linger in my hair for quite a while after I have used this conditioner, which I was quite pleased with.
This conditioner is like any other I have used, to apply you simply take a small dollop in your hands and then work it through your hair, concentrating the most on your ends. I like to leave my conditioners in for a while when I am using them, I usually give my hair 3-5 minutes, just to absorb it and let my hair get as much condition as possible.
I really love how this conditioner makes my hair look and feel. It does not seem to have any brown dye in it, but it enhances colour with its 'enhancing technology' according to the bottle. I did find that when I had used this conditioner, my hair did have a lovely shine to it.
My hair felt amazing when I used this conditioner, it had a lovely silky texture to it but it was still very manageable and easy to style. I also love how bouncy my hair is after using this conditioner, it is very easy to tease a little extra volume into it and my hair looks a lot healthier and less dry.
I find that this conditioner does not make my hair greasy or flat like other moisturising conditioners, it is quite light and my hair has a really nice texture to it when I have dried my hair after use.
Price and Availability
You can buy this conditioner in lots of different chemists and supermarkets, the cheapest I have ever came across it is in Sainsburys on a 3 for £7 offer (which is regularly on) so it is a good idea to keep an eye out for it. Normal retail price is usually in around £5 for a large tube, which I think is too pricey, I prefer to just wait for it on offer.
I really liked this conditioner and I have bought and used quite a few tubes of it, I will no doubt buy it again and would definitely recommend it to any brunettes who want to give their hair an extra bit of shine in their hair. Overall I would give this conditioner 4 out of 5 stars, it loses a star as it is a little pricey when it isn't on offer.
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Having reviewed the shampoo in this range, I am now reviewing the conditioner, as I always use the two products together. This is a John Frieda hair care product that is designed to "bring out rich, multi-dimensional tones and shine" in brunette hair. It currently costs £5.29 from Boots, and is part of the three for two offer as I type.
This comes in a dark brown tube that sits on its lid, which is good as it means there is less wastage. The conditioner itself is a nutty colour and has a nice creamy texture. It has an unusual, slightly musky fragrance. It isn't like any other conditioner I've used, and it is more like a body lotion in a way! But it isn't at all unpleasant, and it does smell a bit more expensive that other conditioners I have used.
A little goes a long way
I find that I only need a little of this conditioner to coat my hair, which is quite thick and comes below my shoulders. A little definitely seems to go a long way - which is a good thing at this price! I always leave this in my hair for a few minutes before I wash it out, and I find that this conditioner washes out really easily - unlike the shampoo which I found took a fair bit of time to wash out.
After washing this out, my hair definitely feels nice and soft and well conditioned. I always leave my hair to dry naturally, as it is naturally curly, and after my hair is dry, it definitely has a lovely soft feel to it. It's easy to manage and it looks good too! However I can't honestly say it makes my hair any shinier than other conditioners.
Still not worth it
I gave the shampoo in this range three stars as I felt it is overpriced. I actually prefer the conditioner, and think it is a little more worth the extra cash - but it still definitely isn't worth over £5 in my opinion. I usually use cheaper conditioners, and they are just as good as this I find. So I will give this four stars - but chances are that at this price I won't be buying this again.
I was first introduced to John Frieda hair products by my Mum who gave me a gift set one Christmas. It included several small bottles one of which was a Brilliant Brunette conditioner. The range also includes shampoos and hair styling products. I instantly loved the effect it had on my hair and I have been using it regularly since.
As you would expect from a more expensive conditioner this one comes in a good quality tube. The plastic doesn't crease so the tube retains it's shape. It has an easy to open flip cap and you can easily control the amount of conditioner you dispense. Although you can't see through the packaging to tell how much is left I really like the look of this dark brown tube in my shower.
Using the conditioner
Suitable for all brunettes whether natural or coloured this conditioner is 'multi-tone revealing', it has crushed pearls and sweet almond oil in it which gives it a luxurious feel and add shine to your hair. I really like the smell of this conditioner and it makes a nice change to the fruity fragrances I also use.
John Frieda recommend that you use this after your Brilliant Brunette shampoo which I do. I apply a generous amount of conditioner to my shoulder length hair and my hair instantly separates as I run my fingers through it. It rinses out easily leaving my hair feeling soft and well conditioned.
After drying my hair it still feels really soft and has a lovely shine to it even before I straighten it. My hair is in really good condition even though I colour it and it always looks, feels and smells great after using this conditioner
Price and Availability
This conditioner is available from stockists such as Boots, Superdrug and Asda. As it is usually about £5 for 250ml I tend to wait until it is on offer before buying. You can currently (October 2012) buy 3 for £10 at Asda which makes it a bit more reasonable.
Would I recommend?
Yes, this is a great high quality conditioner which gives the results you would expect for the price. Although I can't afford to use it every time I wash my hair I feel like I'm giving my hair and therefore myself a treat when I do use it.
John Frieda is known for high quality hair products so I was very pleased to have recieved a few bottles of shampoo and conditioner (costing around £5 per bottle).
John Freida have balanced the art of smelling delicious, without being overpowering. The smell is how a shampoo should smell - a little sweet, a little sultry but still clean and fresh. Personally, this conditioner has one of my favourite hair product scents and the accompanying collection of shampoos/sprays/serums all share this gorgeous aroma.
The bottle has a shimmery effect which creates a luxurious appearance. It's quite a large bottle too, which feels as if you are getting your money's worth. It looks nice, especially when lined up with the rest of the collection of John Frieda brunette products.
TEXTURE / APPLICATION
The conditioner is quite thick and quite luxurious. There's a shimmery quality to the product which adds to te glamour and seems to add extra glistening to the hair. I tend to put conditioner on around half my head of hair (I have very long hair), avoiding the scalp. After shampooing, I applied the conditioner to my hair and left it for around five minutes to really sink in. (If you are pushed for time, a quick application and rinse still adds shine and moisture!). My hair felt absolutely gorgeous as I rinsed the conditioner off leaving silky soft locks in it's place.
I left my hair to dry naturally then blow dried when it was around 80% damp. My hair was shinier than it had been with basic conditioners and had a great glisten. My hair also smelled divine, and did so until I next washed my hair. I'd defnitely recommend this to girls wanting glistening, silky locks. However, I'm unsure why it is specially for brunettes as it moisturised my naturally blonde hair exactly as it did my darker brown hair. It does make me wonder why it is so specific.
I would definitely recommend this conditioner, and though I found it quite expensive for a simple hair product (I am a student after all!), it definitely lived up to what it said on the bottle. A great moisture surge which creates shiny, silky hair!
~Are you a Brilliant Brunette?~
I have used so many shampoos and conditioners in the quest for that perfect salon style product that leaves my hair swishy and shiny day in and day out, yet have sadly never really found something that works well with repeated use unless I alternate it with other products, which it what I have done with this conditioner. The John Frieda hair care range is one that I like on the whole, as it offers a variety of products to suit different weather and styling needs including this Brilliant Brunette conditioner. I have used this product both with the matching shampoo and without and found that it has a nice smooth and easy to work with consistency that makes it easy for me to apply a little of this to my hair after washing.
~Using the conditioner~
The chocolate brown coloured product container is one that you can stand on its lid when it is in use, which means that the last few drops of conditioner in each pack can be used up completely. The container lid flips open with a light push and allows access to the conditioner which can be simply squeezed on to the palm of your hand ready for application to your hair. The conditioner has a light fragranced feel that is neither too sweet and sickly nor too sharp and pungent and its soft smooth texture makes it something that I find easy to work through my hair and rinse off once finished.
The ingredients in this conditioner include sweet almond oil which mixes with the rest of the ingredients to give off a nice light fragrance and I feel this has a good softening effect on my hair. I find that I do need to take care to use just a little more conditioner towards the ends of my hair and far less at the roots when using this so as to get the best results from it. I tend to leave this in for a minute or so before washing it off as I like to make sure that it has worked to the best of its ability prior to rinsing it off. Washing the conditioner away after application is something that I have found quick and easy to do as the conditioner is not overly clingy.
The idea of this product is that it works with the tones in your particular hair colour to enhance them and give a nice natural looking multi tonal effect. I find that sometimes this effect looks much better than others, as there have been times when this has really added some shine and sparkle to my hair as well as making my hair look enhanced colour wise. I cannot say that this is always the case with this product, although it does usually leave my hair soft and manageable, the colour enhancing effect is not always overly prominent. I tend to swap my hair care products around on a regular basis so whilst I like this product it isn't something that I use all the time now, as I prefer to mix and match products to suit the seasons and the day to day requirements of my hair.
~Cost and rating~
As you get 250mls of conditioner per tube I feel value for money can be quite good when this is on offer as I have been able to pick this up for as little as £1.99 at times, although very often it is on sale for much more (at closer to £3.99). One tube of this can last quite some time so you don't need to replace it too often which keeps costs down. As I feel this conditioner can help to enhance the tones in brunette hair whether coloured or natural some times, I feel it is worthy of a 4 star product rating rather than the full 5 stars, as results don't seem to be 100% consistent.
I first decided to use this product when I dyed my hair back from blonde to dark brown, and it left it looking rather dull and feeling in quite bad condition from all the dying.
I was really happy with this product, I did have to use quite a lot of it so the bottle didn't last that long even though it's quite a large bottle. It smells lovely and is really easy to use. It left my hair with a really nice glisten and the condition was lovely. It did exactly what it said on the bottle, and can be used on a daily basis. I generally would chose to buy this when an offer is on as it isn't the cheapest of products and can be used really quickly with the shampoo.
Overall a nice moisturising conditioner which leaves a gorgeous glisten to the dullest of brunette hair colours.
The John Frieda Collection is one we will all have passed in the supermarket hair care aisle, but perhaps one many will have avoided, predominately due to the size of the products and the price that comes with them. The target audience is broken down into Sheer Blonde, Brilliant Brunette, Radiant Red and others such as Frizz Ease and volume products. The basis of my review is the Brilliant Brunette Shine Release Moisturising Conditioner which supplements the Brilliant Brunette Shine Release Moisturising Shampoo I have already reviewed.
I bought my 50ml tube of conditioner from Tesco in the bargain bin for 90p alongside the shampoo. The dark bronzed chocolate brown tube is made from a soft plastic which when empty is more opaque rather than clear. The tube stands on its lid which has a clear, round, plastic screw cap. The range is very distinctive and automatically recognised in the shopping aisle, the white writing on the brown background is both clear and readable, whilst the smaller writing in a pale brown is less so. The key element to this particular product is its moisturising ability and this is highlighted by a blue background to the text. The writing on the front of the product varies in size and colour, depending on importance. For example the word brunette is larger than the word brilliant, whilst the word conditioner is in a different font to be clearly seen. The tube is identical to that of the shampoo, though the colour varies slightly. Where the shampoo tube is a chocolate brown, the conditioner tube is chocolate brown with a bronze hint to it, creating a metallic effect if you inspect it close up.
This product is suitable for natural and dyed shades of chocolate to espresso brown and boasts to infuse dry hair with rich moisture for a "multidimensional brunette shine."
The information on the back of the tube follows the same pattern of using different fonts and sizes to highlight the important facts. There are a lot of ingredients to this shampoo and I won't bore you with them.
I have used this conditioner both alongside the shampoo and also separately. I found that due to the fact I don't rate the shampoo the conditioner had a far superior effect when used alongside other shampoos. The conditioner lathers up well and you only need a normal sized amount depending on the length of your hair. Personally I use the equivalent to a 2pence piece size and this is adequate. The conditioner really makes my hair feel like it is being treated when it is being rubbed in. On rinsing my hair feels soft and shiny - this effect is maintained when my hair is dried and styled.
The conditioner itself is a reasonably thick texture/consistency and is easily squeezed from the tube. It is white in colour and looks like any other conditioner. Unlike the shampoo it doesn't leak and it maintains its thickness when applied to the hand before use, it also lacks the pearly brown colour that the shampoo has.
For me this conditioner is well worth a look, though I wouldn't use it alongside the shampoo. You can find it in the supermarkets for between £4.32 and £5.00 for 250ml and it is usually situated alongside the shampoo and other products in the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range.
I would fully recommend purchasing this product as it does do exactly what it says on the tube! I don't have a problem with the price because it lives up to what it said it does and for me this is exactly what I want.
Note: If you read my shampoo review you will see much of the information repeated. This is because both products are identical in that area.
The John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range provides me with my favourite shampoo and conditioner, although because they are so expensive (around £4.50 for a large tube) I can't use them all the time. I tend to buy them only when there is an offer on - it's usually buy 2, get 1 free - and when I feel I've been neglecting my hair too much.
The conditioner has a gorgeous smell, and my hair always looks extra glossy afterwards. I can't say for sure whether this is just down to the conditioner, as I always use it in conjunction with the shampoo. The likelihood is that it's the combination of the two products that give the best results, as you're essentially doubling up on all the fancy ingredients, such as 'crushed cocoa pearls'.
My hair colour has faded as I've got older, but I can definitely see that it is somewhat revitalised after conditioning with this product. I use the 'Espresso' shade for darker hair, but there is also a version for use on light-mid/brown tones.
The conditioner is easy to apply, although as I have quite thick, longish hair, I do need to use a good handful, and it always runs out before the shampoo does. I've found this with all brands of s/c though.
It's also easy to rinse out, and my hair feels really silky afterwards.
As I said before, the only downside is the expense. The conditioner does last longer than many others, however, and if you can afford it, it's definitely a worthwhile treat for your hair.
I have never received so many compliments regarding my hair since I began using this product and its sister shampoo. I have a very deep shade of brown hair so I use the espresso version! Because I have such long hair, (its grown about twice the length of the photo) I have tried a huge variety of products including very expensive brands from the salons. I once spent 40 pounds on hair products in a salon in one go, in an effort to find 'the one.'
As stated in other reviews, the product is very thick and I find that I don't need very much. In fact, since using this product ( I am totally serious), I haven't had to use mousse to keep the frizzies down and also, have not had to not wash my hair everyday. I can wake up after having my hair in a bun on the top of my head, brush it out and am ready to go!
I actually now have low maintance long hair! Also, another bonus is you can often find these products on two for one - a total bargain!
I used this conditioner for many years (only stopped using it when I fell pregnant and the smell made my morning/afternoon/evening sickness kick in)
The conditioner is quite thick and cremey (unlike some others I won't mention that i've found to be quite runny) and you can actually feel it coat the hair. A 5/10 pence size blob seems to cover my medium length hair really well so the bottle seems to last for ages (well 2 months ish)
I found that using this conditioner meant my trips to the hair dressers lessoned considerably. My hair is normally very dry (regrettable years of blonde highlights then bleaching then the dying it "funky" colours stage) and I had to go to the hairdressers literally every month to control my spilt ends. This conditioner allowed me to eek this out to every 6 weeks and I found that after continued use I got away with every 8 weeks.
My hair was so dry and flyaway it was unbeleivable. Now I could lie and say that my hair now resembles the models on tv. It doesn't. But there is definetley a marked improvement in the condition. It no longer snaps when I brush it, and it looks mega shiny!!
Ah, another favourite!
I've already reviewed the shampoo (the close personal friend of this product) and now, as you do, to follow with the conditioner...
I currently use the 'Hazelnut to Chestnut' version for lighter brunettes and have used the 'Chocolate to Espresso' version for many years. I've always used the 'Moisturising' ones as even though my hair is fine, it really appreciates a good moisturising.
I wouldn't be without this conditioner. I have shoulder length hair and it works brilliantly to detangle the lengths. The best thing to do is after shampooing and rinsing, get a dollop of this and work it with your fingers through your lengths and ends. Sort of 'squish' it into your hair. The formula is quite thick, not runny, so this is easy to do because it really sits on your hair. Then get a wide tooth comb and gently comb it through. When you come to rinse it (leave it for a few mins) your hair will be perfectly detangled. I've even used a very expensive conditioner called 'The Detangler' before and was it as good as this one? No. It was not.
Sometimes I even put this further up my hair (not exactly at the roots but close enough) it hasn't made my hair coated, lank, dull or greasy yet and as I said before my hair is fine. A type of hair which usually will not tolerate conditioner that close to the roots.
You get 250ml in this nice and big squeezy tube. The price at the time of this review is £4.69 from Boots, but there's always offers on and I usually wait for these then stock pile them. Like a squirrel with nuts. I've got a box with several of these shampoos and conditioners in a wardrobe, just waiting to be used. You may laugh but if you loved these as much as I do, then you'd understand!
Its non colour depositing which I take to mean that it won't dull your highlights. I'm testing this out (hair newly highlighted) and there's no dulling yet, but as I said in the shampoo review you can always treat your highlighted hair to one of those silver/purple shampoos to keep your blonde bits bright.
Deliciously smelling, luxurious to use and easy on the pocket - this shea butter infused conditioner will give your nourished and glossy locks! Make sure not to leave it's best friend behind on the shelf and buy the matching shampoo aswell - they're both amazing!
Helps hydrate dry, damaged hair /