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I spent number of years as a red head and then decided to go back to my original hair colour, Brunette. Once I did I decided to help the colour by adding colour treated shampoo and conditioner to my hair to make it look richer and lustre looking as the red was coming out.
This product was a hair saver during the transition as the red dye came out and the new colour went on. I used this was over a two years and I still see the difference.
The cream is almost silvery in shine and appearance like pearls for the hair.
You only need a small amount to work through, even long hair as this lathers up very well.
For maximum results, I just the conditioner to bring out the best in the effect and once I had blowed dried by hair my first impression was how much definition it adds to your colour.
I use a multi-tonal hair colourant and sometimes after a few weeks of this colour you cannot tell the different shades apart but when you use this product it helps so much bring the tones out in your hair.
It was one of the first times my friends turned to me and asked if I had the tones added at a salon, even though I had been using the dye for months. Honestly it such a gives off good shine on your hair.
Using this regularly with the conditioner, I saw a difference in the volume and bounce of my hair. I wouldn't say it was an immediate effect but after one week my hair looked healthy and shiny and just how you want the colour in your hair to look, glowing.
This is currently retailing for £4.19 for 250ml
I have long been a fan of the sheer blonde range however last month I had my hair dyed brunette so I decided to treat myself to some new shampoo. I got a bottle of shampo and conditioner as well as a shine spray in Asda where they were 3 for £10, I generally find Asda sell these products the cheapest as normally the shampoo retails at around £6.
A bottle of this shampoo contains 259ml and comes in a tube which is brown in colour. The shampoo is described as being colour protecring and moisturising. It is designed for all shades of brunette and also natural brunettes and colour treated hair.
On the back of the bottle the shampoo is described as containing crushed pearls and sweet almond oil. The bottle also states it will preserve your brown colour as well as rehydrate and replenish dry hair.
To use the shampoo you simply lather and rinse repeating if required. The shampoo has a lovely creamy caramel colour. The shampoo smells really nice it has a sweet smell. I found that I needed to use a little more shampoo than I normally would to get a good lather, the shampoo felt really creamy when I massaged it in.
After rinsing I noticed that without conditioning my hair felt sometimes some shampoos I use have made my hair feel too clean and really dry.
I only used a small amount of conditioner following this shampoo. After drying and styling my hair I was a impressed with the results. My hair was really soft and shiny. One claim I didn't think the shampoo lived up to was protecting colour as I have naturally blonde hair ands I have coloured it twice with a semi permanent brown the first time the colour didn,'t last too long but then this could have been because of the weather and the sunshine bleaching my hair.
I will still continue to use this shampoo as I really like it, it leaves a my hair in fantastic condition. The only downside is it is hard to tell the difference between the shampoo and conditioner when you are in the shower.
My dear other half likes to try different sorts of shampoos. She has long brunette hair which is lank and rather greasy but she tries to bring out some shine and colour by using this. I basically am inclined towards having a nutty ginger hair colour so I decided I would use this after I found it in our shower. I have used it a few times now and I like it quite a lot.
It's packaged in a kind of tube made of thick squidgy plastic and it stands upside down so all the shampoo runs to the end to make it easier to get out. The tube contains 250ml and I know she paid £4.59 for this, as I was astounded at how expensive it was for such a small amount.
It has a flip top lid but word of warning here - this is impossible to open when your hands are wet and you are trying to get the lid to flip off in the shower. I remedy this by chucking a towel over the top of the shower door then when I have wet myself down and I am ready to shampoo myself, I have to use the edge of the towel to help me raise the lid off - it is very stiff and it doesn't seem to matter how many times you use the tube, it doesn't slacken off one bit.
The shampoo is thick in consistency and I put a blob onto the palm of my hand and it won't run off - it will sit there rigid till I put it on my head. It lathers quickly and creates loads of foam, and like all shampoos I use, I also use this to wash all over my body - including the hair on my face (I have a beard which is currently 47 inches at its longest point).
The shampoo rinses off well and when dried y hair does look good, even though I say so myself. It looks shiny and it is a lot more manageable and it blow dries to perfection. I have receive many compliments about the added shine to my hair when I have used this shampoo and people have told me that my beard looks in much better condition. It smoothes out all the hair cuticles and makes the hair shaft lie flat and doesn't tangle at all.
I also think it brings out the nutty ginger highlights to my hair and helps make me look and feel more attractive. All this in a tube of shampoo. It smells great and I would definitely recommend this shampoo if you want to impress.
I think this is probably one of the best shampoos ever made! I tend to rotate shampoo and conditioner but this is a set that i will always keep in my shower. I repurchase time and time again and my hair has never yet gotten used to it.
John Frieda brilliant brunette shampoo aims to "bring out the multi-dimensional shine for ultra rich, ultra luminous brown hair" without weighing it down and adding volume and body. The product claims to have a salon-inspired formula containing Enriching Technology with sweet almond oil and crushed pearls.
It is widely available, found in most supermarkets, boots and superdrugs. My only qualm is that it is rather expensive, usually priced at £5.99 for 250ml, however you can often find it on a 3for 2 offer in superdrug which helps keep costs down.
It truly is a lovely shampoo, but i find i need a fair amount to work through my long hair. Any more than a 20pence sized amount seems to start to dry my hair out. I always work it in my hands before i apply it to my hair and work it into a nice lather. It doesn't spread too easily, and tends to take time to work it into the roots of my hair, but i don't mind this as i feel like it helps clean my hair that bit better.
After rinsing out my hair doesn't have that squeaky clean feeling like it does with other shampoos and i follow up with the brilliant brunette moisturising conditioner. The combination of the two always leaves my hair smooth, swishy and glowing. I feel like the pearls coated each stand of hair individually, allowing my hair to reflect the light beautifully. I previously used this for every time i washed my hair, however i felt that it started to leave buildup that i could only remove with a clarifying shampoo.
I tend to save this shampoo and conditioner for those days i want to look my best as in my opinion it is fantastic. However for regular days i tend to use more nourishing shampoos as i have rather damaged my hair over the years via ghds. Overall it's one of my favourite shampoos, and i wish it didn't leave me with buildup because then i would use it nearly everyday!
This shampoo is excellent, if like me you have brown hair which can be lacking in volume. This shampoo genuinely does give your hair a lift, while enhancing your natural hair colours. From the minute you pop the lid, the shampoo smells great, and you really do feel that you are using a salon style product. The shampoo lathers well and is best used with John Frieda Brilliant Brunette conditioner.
The downside to the product is that it is slightly pricy. However you can often pick it up on 3 for 2 at Boots or you may find it with a third off at the main supermarkets. As a result I try and stock up when it is on offer. However I must admit that with this shampoo, I do find that a little does go a long way.
If you do not have blonde hair, there are other shampoos suitable for different hair colours. However I find that this product really does enhance my hair colour, and although it is the volumising shampoo, it leaves my hair shiny and glossy. It does most crucially give it extra volume, which I find vital. So many other shampoos promise to do this, but do not deliver.
Overall this is a great shampoo which delivers on all of its promises. While it is slightly pricy, I think it is well worth every penny.
I have brown naturally curly hair that I have been styling straight for years now and I feel that I have finally come up with the perfect routine to make my hair as sleek and manageable as it can be for a curly mop!
I think this is an excellent shampoo although I do prefer how the "original" makes my hair feel as opposed to the Volumising, which my hair doesn't really need.
The shampoo is designed specifically for brunette hair (there are also ranges for blonde and red hair too). The choice for brunette hair is hazelnut to chestnut (lighter brown) or chocolate to espresso (darker brown).
You can also choose from Original, Moisturising or Volumising.
Now for the science bit :)
It's not a hair colour, rather an enhancer - it brings out your natural highlights and makes my hair super shiny - basically it helps my hair look the best it can. It also repairs damage by "filling in and mending porous areas of hair strands" - basically to smooth the hair shaft and help it to reflect light therefore making it sleeker!
Its quite expensive at around £4.70 for 250mls but sometimes there are offers on which are worth stocking up on.
One way to keep the cost down is to use a basic shampoo on first wash, and then this brunette one on my second wash.
My top tip is to do a final rinse with cold water :)
Its been a fave in my bathroom cabinet now, I have tested a lot of products out there and this one can stay :)
I have already reviewed a couple of products in the John Frieda Brilliant Brunette range as they are my favourite hair care products.
Brilliant Brunette shine release shampoo is my favourite shampoo. The only other one I use is Pantene, and Brilliant Brunette is my 'treat' shampoo as it can be quite expensive at £4.50 - £5.00 for a 250ml tube.
Because of the expense I do try to buy it when it is on offer, as most supermarkets, Boots and Superdrug often have 3 for 2 offers or lower price offers on the John Frieda range.
The shampoo itself comes in a 250ml tube with handy flip top lid, which I do prefer, as always drop the lids in the shower if not, as they are too fiddly!
It is specifically for brunettes, although there is also a range available for blondes and redheads. There are two varieties of this shampoo: - volumising and moisturising, and I have used both, liking them both equally. This volumising shampoo promises to thicken your hair whilst giving it shine. The shade is chocolate to espresso for darker brunettes.
On the packaging it also states that it 'Optimizes the effects of light for flawless dazzling brunette hair and fills in and mends porous areas of hair strands to create a more uniform internal structure for optimal light reflection.' Well that may sound a bit technical but I can say after using this shampoo it does reflect the light and optimizes the different tones of my hair.
The shampoo has a cocoa butter smell which I do like, though I admit it is not a favourite fragrance of mine, and I have used better smelling shampoos, but the effect and results I achieve when using it far outweighs the smell.
It lathers up quite easily and has a smooth, creamy consistency which I like. I lather once then rinse. I then use the Brilliant Brunette conditioner.
After drying my hair it feels soft and shiny, and I notice when used regularly, quite a difference to my hair. It does look multi-tonal and does seem to thicken my hair slightly.
I have tried other shampoos which are designed for brunettes and haven't thought much of any of them, and certainly none of them have made my hair feel or look any different. In fact some of them have made my hair look quite dull!. So although Brilliant Brunette may be more expensive, it certainly lives up to its promises, so in my opinion it is worth the extra money.
If you do buy this when it is on offer then it works out at around the same price as other shampoos so well worth a try. A favourite gift I receive at Christmas is the Brilliant Brunette gift set, which is available from Boots in their 3 for 2 gifts range. Included is handy travel sizes of the shampoo and conditioner, as well as shine shock glosser, hairspray or intensive conditoner. I keep these to take away on holiday with me, and I have also seen these sizes available to buy separately on Ebay.
If you are a brunette I strongly recommend this shampoo to you. Try it and see the difference.
Brilliant Brunette is specifically designed for people with brunette hair of course and comes in a couple of different shades to cover all brunette colours (well, hopefully).
The bottle is 250ml and has a flip top lid. Normally I think these are a great idea but whether in the shower or the bath I find this particular bottle very difficult to open and I find it best to open it before getting in to the bath or shower and then flipping it closed again and this normally means that when I go to use it it's open a little or at least easier to open. The shampoo flows very easily and I use around a 50p sized dollop.
When the shampoo is in my hand I can see lots of light reflecting particles and these are glimmering in the light. This is what helps to make my hair look so shiny after use.
The smell is very fragrant but it's quite difficult to place a particular scent to this shampoo. It's kind of cocoa-ey and it's a very pleasant smell that stays with my hair throughout the whole day.
After just one usage my hair is lovely and soft and although I have the conditioner for this product I don't use it every time because it just doesn't need it.
I am a huge fan of this and the only real reason that I haven't been using this product so much recently is because my budget is tight and this is £4.34 per bottle in Tesco or Asda and for just 250ml I feel hard done by, although it is worth every penny! Asda currently have 3 for £10.00 on Brilliant Brunette products so if you do want to stock up, now is the time!
I am rating this product 4/5, the only thing letting it down is the difficult to open bottle as I don't want to be snapping off fingernails just to get some shampoo out. Other than that the product itself is absolutely fantastic and will give brunettes gorgeous, radiant hair that shines all day and smells amazing!
I have loved using Brilliant Brunette Shampoo's and Conditioner's for a few years now. When I first starting using them I was very dubious about whether they would have the effect on my hair that it says it will, but I am always really pleased with the result.
The Brilliant Brunette haircare range is by John Frieda, who also do the frizz-ease range. For quite a big tube of this shampoo it costs £4.69. This is expensive for me for a bottle of shampoo so I usually only buy it when it's on offer on Boots which it frequently is. The current offer is save £2 on all John Frieda products so I bought this shampoo recently because it was only £2.69. I've bought it in the past when it's been on offer at half price too, I usually stock up on it only when it's on offer or I have a voucher.
In the Brilliant Brunette range there is a moisturising shampoo, and the one which I use is volumising. I have used the moisturising before but I prefer volumising as my hair is thin and gets greasy quickly. They also offer there products in 2 'shades.' I have darker brown hair so I use the 'Chocolate to Espresso' products, which brings up an image of lovely brown dark shades.
Brilliant Brunette say the Volumising shampoo will thicken my fine thin hair whilst giving it shine. They also say:' It optimizes the effects of light for flawless dazzling brunette hair and fills in and mends porous areas of hair strands to create a more uniform internal structure for optimal light reflection.' Now seriously do they really need to make it sound so technical? They're obviously trying to blow our minds away using such fancy words to convince us to buy it! Basically what I understand from the Brilliant Brunette range is that it's made for brunette people (obviously!) and it will enhance the colour of your hair. There, did I use any long fancy words there?!
The tube itself is great, it's a soft plastic so it's really easy to squeeze the product out of the bottle, especially when it's running low! When you squeeze the shampoo out it's a thick, light brown but transparent liquid. I like to be quite liberal with my shampoo, I like lots of lather on my hair and this shampoo certainly lathers up nicely! It doesn't stink strongly of chemicals either which is a nice bonus. It rinses out nicely, just like any other shampoo. I don't notice any immediate difference with my hair to be honest.
Once my hair is dried and styled I LOVE the appearance of my hair! Always when using this shampoo I have my best 'good hair days'. The brown colour to my hair just seems better, and there's a healthy shine to my hair. It isn't just me who's noticed the difference in the past either. An old boss once asked if I'd dyed my hair because the colour looked lovely. Also, and this really isn't a lie, my HAIRDRESSER asked if I had a colour on my hair because it had a lovely shine to it and a lovely colour.
This is my favourite shampoo and I love the effect it has on my hair. I personally prefer the volumising one, but people who already have thick hair should maybe go for the moisturising or original products.
I highly recommend this range to all your brunette's out there!
This was another recommendation to me by my mother-in-law. Ever keen to improve my grooming, she suggested i tried this shampoo and the matching conditioner to add a bit of shine and oomph to my hair. lovely, i thought, i must look like a bedraggled clammy haired hag in that case.
A few weeks later, Boots were doing a special offer on the shampoo and conditioner so i bought them. Dubious as to exactly how good it would be, i set to work lathering up my locks.
I'm not really the sort of person who waxes lyrical about shampoo, but the smell of this one is delicious. It's like a luxurious cocoa butter but less clinging. my hair ended up smelling clean but without an overly manufactured scent on it, which i was pleasantly surprised by.
the consistency of the shampoo is gel like, and is a lovely dark brown colour. for some reason, the fact that it was a gel made me think that my hair was even more clean. i don't know why - i don't think that's part of the marketing scheme really! anyway, it cleans my hair without leaving it static or frizzy. the conditioner is a smooth pearl-like cream which leaves my hair silky and again without static or frizz. a truly unbelievable feat with the type of hair i have!
once dry, my hair (which is generally flat when it isn't frizzy) did feel a little thicker or with a little more body. because of the silky texture, and the clean feeling, i've kept on using this. the product leaves my hair looking very shiny - with almost a mirror effect if i use hair straighteners.
all in all, i've kept on buying this shampoo. i was a bit of a product tart before, but i'm more than happy to have used this consistently for the last couple of years. lovely smell, leaves my hair with a lovely texture and yes, it is shiny and a little volumised!
I got this shampoo in a set from a friend at Christmas as a gift, I normally use Tony and Guy products on my hair but I think that this is a great shampoo, I may even have been converted from my old Tony and Guy ways.
This product has a lovely aroma that you can smell from when the bottle cap is opened, it leaves your hair smelling great after you have dried it but the smell will fade after afew hours as you would expect.
When applying this product you simply use it as you would use any other shampoo, it is no easier or harder to wash out in my opinion. This product is for brunettes only.
After washing my hair with this shampoo it felt lovely and soft and looked really healthy, my hair can be very dry on occasion and this product left it looking and feeling great.
This shampoo can be expensive and there may be brands of shampoo that are just as good for a cheaper price but for a treat or at a special occasion I think this is a very good product.
***Also posted on ciao under lorrainek90***
~JOHN FRIEDA SHINE RELEASE SHAMPOO~
I have just had a shower and washed my hair and thought that I would review the shampoo that I have just used. I colour my hair quite regularly and so I need a shampoo that will help the colour to last and ensure that my hair stays in good condition. As a treat to myself I used to buy expensive shampoo from hair salons. However, in an effort to cut back, I decided to try a mid range shampoo and as John Frieda had recently launched a series of shampoo's aimed at hair colour I decided to give them a try.
I use one aimed at Brunette hair, choosing Chocolate to Espresso as my hair is quite dark. I have used both the original formula (translucent liquid) and moisturising one (thick and creamy). It markets itself as having 'Shine Release' technology - not sure what that is, but it works for me.
The bottle feels expensive and what struck me most was the gorgeous smell upon opening. It smells a bit like coconut. It reminds me of holidays and smells quite fresh and clean. This is probably what I like the most and lasts on your hair all day (well for the first day, it wears off by the second)
You need only a small amount and boy do you get a great lather. If you inadvertently put on too much, it takes ages to get out. Using this shampoo means that I can generally wash my hair every other day. I also use the conditioner that accompanies the range.
As with most shampoos, I just wish that you could hang them up in the shower, but that is a minor complaint. Anyway, I must like it as I have used nothing else since it came on the market. My hair is glossy (not quite like the models on the tv!) and most of all it feels soft and smells lovely (well to me anyway).
There is also a massive list of ingredients on the bottle - always feel like having so many complicated sounding ones can't be good.
As I have said they also do shampoo's for other colours - blonde etc. The bad part - this is not cheap shampoo, however it is regularly on special offer in Boots and Tesco and so I only it buy it then, when it is BOGOF or money off so I never pay full price. As you don't need to use much, it does last a long time. It is £2.84 in Tesco at the moment - saving £1.50, so if you want to give it a go - now is the time (only until the 20th January).
~AMBER, MAPLE, CHOCOLATE, ESPRESSO: WHICH BRUNETTE ARE YOU?~
I'm a 100% natural brunette and plan to stay that way until Mother Nature decides otherwise. Following an incident during my schooldays, which involved a weekend home alone, the folly of youth, a bottle of bleach and a box of red dye, I know what it's like to resemble The Joker from Batman and for one's hair to later break off in random clumps due to peroixde abuse. So a brunette I shall remain.
According to John Frieda's terminology, my hair colour is espresso. Thanks, John! This sounds a lot more glamorous than dark brown/black, and conjures up evocative images of crowded Italian street cafes, shiny vespas buzzing down narrow cobbled lanes, and gondola-studded canals shimmering beneath the afternoon sun.
But back to my chilly, dimly-lit bathroom, where I first tried this product, having been drawn in by Mr F's promise of having the "unique brilliance" of my tresses "exposed" (ooh-err). I automatically chose the volumising version rather than the moisturising one as my hair is fine and very straight and needs all the ooomph it can get. So did I end up looking more of a young Sophia Loren or Dot Cotton?
Brilliant Brunette Chocolate to Espresso shampoo comes in a tall, slim but sturdy, plastic flat-bottomed tube, so doesn't take up much room on the bathroom shelf and is not liable to tip over when accidentally knocked. It opens at the bottom with a plastic flip-down lid, which can be tricky to open with wet hands. Nevethelss, it's easy to control the amount you're squirting out once you've prised it open - this is useful as you only need a little bit at a time.
One thing that did annoy me is that the bottle collects water from the shower in the lid, and so can dribble and leak cold, stale water if you happen to pick it up again later. The design is is fairly modern and no-nonesense - rich brown panels and white/orange text in a clean font. It looks like something you'd see in an upmarket salon.
The shampoo promises to thicken and fortify the hair of natural, colour-treated and highlighted brunettes, using fruit pectin, cocoa bean extract and silk protein.
For anyone reading who need to be careful due to allergies, it also contains:
Water; Sodium Laureth Sulfate; Sodium Lauryl Sulfate; Laureth-16; Sodium Chloride; Lauramidopropyl Betaine; Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Extract; Hydrolyzed Silk; Pectin; Malic Acid; PPG-9; Polyquaternium-10; Cocamide MEA; PEG-12 Dimethicone; Cocamide MIPA; Glycine; Benzyl Alcohol; Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate; Propylene Glycol; Disodium EDTA; Diazolidinyl Urea; Fragrance; Caramel.
I can't say whether this product is more overloaded with chemicals than other shampoos, but www.goodguide.com gives John Frieda products between 6 and 7 points out of 10 for environmental performance, which is fair to good.
I applied a small amount - a blob about the size of a 10p piece - to my fine, mid-length, hair, which I had already wet, in the shower. The shampoo was thick, clear and a pleasant amber colour and I was immediately struck by the fragrance, which is fresh and slightly oriental rather than floral or fruity. I must admit I'd almot been expecting it to smell of coffee because of the name!
I worked it into my hair and it quickly formed a rich lather, which really felt as though it was getting to work. It didn't make my eyes water or irritate my scalp in any way and was fairly easy to rinse out. After 1 wash my hair felt lovely and clean so there was no need to 'repeat as necessary' (in my view that's just a marketing ploy to make you use twice as much!). It didn't feel so stripped of its natural oils that it was squeaky clean, though, which I was pleased about. I then used my usual conditioner.
Once I was out of the shower my hair seemed more difficult to comb through than usual, but once I started to blow-dry it, it suddenly felt amazingly soft, was a lot easier to dry straight, and had more body than usual, even hours after I'd dried it. My hair is naturally shiny anyway, but this shampoo seemed to bring out the underlying tones (though it doesn't actaully deposit any colour).
The real test, however, was the second time I washed my hair with this product - I left it to dry naturally, which usually means it ends up shiny but slightly limp. Not so with Mr Frieda's magic formula - my locks looked bouncy, healthy and slightly volumised around my parting. What's more, the lovely smell of the shampoo lingered until the next wash (though it wasn't at all overpowering).
Having now used a whole bottle of this product, I can also confirm that it doesn't leave a nasty build-up on the hair or lose its effect.
This set me back around £4.50 at Boots. At the time of writing it is on offer at £3.59 at Superdrug (normal price £4.79) for a 250ml bottle. While it's not the cheapest of shampoos, it lasts me around 4 months, since a little goes a long way.
~WOULD I BUY IT AGAIN?~
Yep, I already have - I'm a convert. Apart from the awkward cap, this is a fantastic product and well worth the money.
Although, as you'll know from my reviews, I'm really into my beauty products, when it comes to my hair I'm much more of a laid back girl - my hair is very long having not been cut in over 6 months and pretty damaged, due to lots of blasting with the straightening irons. I know I should invest in a really good quality shampoo, but what with the length of my hair and then my bank balance sometimes that's just not practical! John Frieda's Brilliant Brunette Shampoo is a mid priced shampoo that I come back to again and again.
The Brilliant Brunette is for natural, colour treated and highlighted brunette hair and comes in two shades - Chestnut to Hazlenut and Chocolate to Espresso - being a dark haired girl, I go for the Chocolate to Espresso. The shampoos are suitable for use on either natural or dyed brunette hair. It contains silk protein and cocoa bean extract, which should leave your hair soft and shiny. The bottles come in 250ml brown plastic tubes with a flip top lid on the bottom. I love the design of these as you can always get every last drop out as all the shampoo slides down - plus the flip top lid is easy enough to negotiate with wet hands in the shower.
The shampoo itself has a lovely golden brown colour and the consistency is lovely and smooth, feeling really silky in your hands. The smell is gorgeous - a lovely waft of coconut which can be smelt on your hair even a day later - and it lathers up nicely on wet hair with no problems rinsing out.
I find this shampoo leaves my hair lovely and soft and really clean. I find with lots of cheaper brand shampoos I get lots of build up on my hair, so the first wash gives the impression of giving a great effect but my hair ends up very dull but this leaves my hair feeling really clean and soft. It also seems to bring out my natural highlights which saves me forking out for a highlighting job at the hairdressers! As to it's volumising claim, well maybe I'm not the right person to confirm this as my hair is incredibly thick anyway, but I can't say I noticed a difference. However, I don't find that this shampoo makes my hair any shinier - if I really want shine, I do need to invest in a top quality shampoo like Kerastase or Aveda. But for the price you pay for these, I do think they are vastly better than Herbal Essences or Pantene, which are slightly cheaper. These tend to last me around 2-3 months, washing my hair around 3 times a week (I have very long and thick hair so go through shampoo pretty quickly!)
These are normally priced at around £4 each, but are very often on offer in Boots on a 3 for 2 offer so make sure you buy then and get your money's worth! John Frieda has an entire range of products for Brunettes including conditioner, serum, hairspray and other styling products - as well as another range for blondes.
Overall this is a tricky one - I don't adore this shampoo, but it is probably the shampoo that I buy more than any other - best in its price range is probably the fairest way to describe this!
Firstly, I'm not really a make up and hair product junkie. I like shiny and pretty looking things, but usually I don't usually buy anything unless I really need it! However, I have no loyalty whatsoever towards products, particularly when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. Its usually a case of looking round boots to see what's on offer, what looks nice and what I haven't tried before!
This time, it was a special deal on this John Freda Brilliant Brunette stuff, in fact you will get a two for the price of one deal on this review too - as I bought the conditioner! As I have used them together, It would be difficult for me to review one without the other as I have no idea how to attribute what results to what!
** PACKAGING **
There are so many hairdresser tagged shampoo and conditioners out there it is hard to know which one is good, it easy to be seduced by the expensive looking packaging and expensive looking prices along with that name attached. I am no different to anyone else. Aside from the offer (I forget now, I have a terrible memory, it was 2 weeks ago!) I liked the look of the tall bottles - 250ml - it looked like it would last a while and I liked that it was specifically targeted to brunettes.....the brown shade is a giveaway if the title isn't! It is also a V shaped bottle, to squeeze out the product meaning that there is no need to shake the bottle when the product is getting low to get the most out of it!
** THE BLURB! **
The shade I've bought for both the shampoo and conditioner is Chocolate to Espresso which is the darker of the brunette shades. The bottle says that this shade is for "darker shades of natural, colour - treated or highlighted brunette hair." It also says that it infuses dry hair with rich moisture and gives it shine.
I have dark brown hair, but I tend to dye it black quite often. My hair isn't particularly dry or frizzy, but a little TLC is needed due to the frequent dying as well as my hair being long and thick. So, we are half way there it seems with this product!
There is also lots of big talk on the back of the bottle about it "polishing, filling and mending" each strand. A fairly big claim which I might as well say now that I'm sure it doesn't really live up to!
** MY EXPERIENCE **
It's a thick cream that is tipped out when I squeezed the bottle. The aroma of both the shampoo and the conditioner is strong as soon as its squeezed into your palm and not at all unpleasant. Its sweet and coconutty - not surprising as it contains shea butter and cocoa bean! A small 20p size amount was more than enough of the shampoo to lather up and cover all of my hair. I would say that the same would be said for the conditioner, but I tend to use a bit more as my hair is so long and thick!
** RESULTS **
Aside from the usual bulls*** claims of repairing your hair if its dry and damaged, my hair is gorgeously soft and clean as well as smelling wonderful. In fact, I last washed my hair yesterday morning and its now 10am the following day, and having a quick sniff of my hair reveals....yep, its still smelling delicious!
It hasn't however really changed the actual appearance of my hair. Due to its dark colour, my hair already looks fairly shiny but only I know that secretly it could be in better condition (ha ha). These products do not have a miracle cure. I'm sure you are all shocked!! My hair looks exactly the same as it usually does, but that's not a bad thing if you are just looking for a decent shampoo and conditioner!
** WOULD I RECOMMEND? **
Absolutely. This stuff is expensive, and perhaps it isn't any better than any cheaper alternatives, but the smell is long lasting, the bottles are big and if you get it on a special deal then its well worth it. Just forget about all the crap that they put on the bottle to big it up - that stuff didn't work!
shampoo / available in a variety of shades to match your brunette hair / 250mL / Silky-lathering formula reveals incredible shine, clarity and luminosity while gently cleansing; brings out the multi-dimensional richness of brown hair while enhancing highlights but without adding or depositing colour / With regular use, unique brunette tones come alive with vibrancy and incredible lustre / This unique formula features tea leaf infusion and silk protein / For natural, colour-treated or highlighted brunettes /