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A Frizz-Free Failure
John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Spray
Member Name: savvyshopper6476
John Frieda Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Spray
Date: 17/08/11, updated on 03/06/12 (165 review reads)
Advantages: I was quickly relieved of my misery as the contents diminished quickly!
Disadvantages: Left a sticky residue, extended my styling time, no real deterent for frizz, over priced & packaged
Why My Mischievous Hair Needs Taming....
My hair, a complex shoulder length bouffant I battle with daily to tame. Whilst everyone strives to pump up the volume of their tresses I want the opposite. My hair is thick, naturally curly and voluminous. Left unattended, unmanageable. I submit my locks to a daily workout of heat styling to eliminate any trace of body and occasionally I colour it. Left unprotected my hair becomes coarse and dry. I undertake a religious six week sabbatical to my hairdresser to thin my mop and remove dry, split ends and keep my tresses in tip top condition.
For years I deluded myself I could achieve straight hair, now I would be content winning the war on frizz, the worst of all hair conditions persistently inflicting misery on my hair during damp weather and humidity. Even central heating causes my hair to frizz and throughout the course of the day my barnet slowly defies gravity providing the (less sought after do) of a motor cycle helmet, an unflattering look only enhanced if I wear sun glasses that double as a tinted visor (for those giggling at my misery...shame on you!). So whilst my hair could offer my skull full protection from hurtling debris it's not the look I want so I need products that prevent damage from heat and stave off the atmospheric nuisance of frizz. On face value, John Frieda's 3 Day Straight seemed to have the potential to be my new hair saviour.
What Is 3 Day Straight.....
An opaque, thin, liquid solution with a soft, silky consistency that, when in direct contact with the skin provides a feeling not dissimilar to the slightly slimy sensation you would encounter if you were to dip your hand into water mixed with washing detergent that leaves a slightly tacky/sticky patch on the skin once dried (I generally spray a tester on my skin first to determine if I will have an allergic reaction as some products I have used in the past have caused irritation which led to persistent head scratching and a sore scalp!).
A gentle fragrance reminiscent of a delicate, almost floral perfume is noticeable with a slightly sweet (but not sickly) aroma. It's actually pleasant without being over powering or pungent and a welcome change to the intoxicating and cloying toxic smells favoured in other products of this ilk. Clinging to the hair for a few hours after application, the solution left my hair smelling fresh and fragrant in much the same way as a higher scented shampoo and/or conditioner would.
Designed to protect each individual hair strand from the intensive heat of straighteners, 3 Day Straight also acts as a relaxer by coating and smoothing the hair cuticle which in turn "should" reduce frizz as well as claiming to leave hair soft and tangle free but ultimately without being weighed down by product residue. A semi permanent spray solution that's suitable for use on coloured and chemically treated hair one of the main ingredients is Keratin, a protein found naturally in nails and hair. This new addition to the John Frieda Frizz Ease collection has been hailed a leader in the battle against frizz.
I think John Frieda's inspiration for this product comes from popular treatments such as keratin wraps and Brazilian Blow-drys/Blowouts, the new "must have" salon treatments that effectively eliminate frizz and leave hair straight for up to three months. Time consuming and expensive, the Keratin treatments can cost upwards of £75.00 depending on hair length and type but are largely considered to be the best solution for those who crave straight hair. On face value John Frieda's offering claims to provide most of the attributes of it's professional alternatives although I was not naive enough to believe that even on a temporary basis it could ever be as effective. Protecting hair from heat whilst claiming to leave hair conditioned and shiny but above all weightless for a fraction of the cost of the salon alternatives, the compromise being it claims to last for just three days (or until you next wash your hair) as opposed to several months and much as I'm no fan of John Frieda products I decided it was at least worth a try.
Spray Away For A Frizz Free Day (or 3). The Application.....
The treatment needs to be applied to clean, towel dried hair and no great surprise is recommended to be used in conjunction with John Frieda shampoo and conditioner (advice I did not heed, opting for my preferred brand unconvinced that my results would be any more effective using John Frieda's reccomendation). I shampooed and conditioned my hair as normal before I attempted application as per instructions.
Depending on hair type and length, up to fifteen spritzes maybe required to ensure an even application as the solution needs to be applied from root to tip. The slim design of the bottle allows an easy grip and access to the nozzle which, although fairly rudimentary in construction and will easily break if too much pressure is applied does effectively dispense the liquid contents vigorously onto the hair. I found it best applied at arms length to ensure an even coverage, a process made easier when I tipped my head upside down, allowing access to the underside of my hair with relative ease. My hair is mid length and thick so I did needed to apply a substantial amount of liquid, around fifteen spritzes but if your hair is longer I have no doubt more would be required. Satisfied my hair was coated I simply combed the product from root to tip to ensure an even distribution and was free to style my hair as normal. My towel dried hair was almost instantaneously tangle free and any small knots were easily combed through without any pain but my hair, still slightly damp felt sticky but I gave the product the benefit of the doubt and styled as normal.
I first blow dried (in small sections ensuring the nozzle of my dryer was pointing down the hair shaft to assist the product in smoothing the cuticles as well as ensuring my dryer was not set to maximum heat which only aggravates my frizz). The first thing apparent was my hair took considerably longer to dry (almost fifteen minutes) and looked lack lustre and felt coarse, not the soft, conditioned mane I was expecting although both look and feel improved slightly once I began to straighten my hair.
Sleek And Chic Or Poodle Puff.....My Results!
Using my straighteners, I only attempted small sections at a time pulling the irons through my hair only to find that I needed to repeat the process several times before my hair began to settle down, thus the entire process not only took considerably longer but also substantially increased the chances of heat damage. My straighteners never glided smoothly through my hair as the sticky feeling I experienced whilst my hair was wet was still there and worse still the lengths of the plates on my straigheners had evidence of a residue build up. To be fair, my first application was applied when my hair was days away from an appointment with my hairdresser, at it's thickest and most stubborn but subsequent applications fared no better. A little less product, slightly damper hair, slightly dryer hair, I tried every possible scenario and each time the results were the same. My hair both looked and felt in worse condition than ever and worse still within half an hour or so of application and styling my hair was puffy, no slight kinks or waves, actual frizz which only added to my irritation of the product not to mention yet more time to style as I had to periodically keep re-straightening to regain any kind of order to the top of my head. I was lucky to get a couple of hours of straight hair let alone three days.
I'm no fan of the John Frieda collection and 3 Day Straight has done nothing to convince me to buy into the range. In fact it embodies all the usual traits I despise about the brand. Sticky styled hair, dull and lifeless appearance and dry texture seem to be a trend of the collection if the previous products I've sampled are anything to go by.
My Final Verdict: Poodle Puff!
Buy Or Bypass.....
Available from most high street stores and on-line retailers, 3 Day Straight is only available in a tiny 100ml pump spray bottle, a meagre size for a hair product that will lighten the purse by around £7.00 or so depending on where you purchase, particularly if you have longer hair or thick hair that will require more product. The product lasted me a little under a fortnight (used daily) and if my maths serves me correctly then in a three month period of using I would have spent half, if not more of the money required for a more effective salon treatment. For me, the contents diminished fairly quickly and (reluctantly) the application was a daily chore. It's over packaged. Omitting the unnecessary cardboard box would almost certainly reduce the price by a few pence but above anything else, it just failed to perform for me in every way it should have. Infact the only positives I can muster is the spray is non aerosol and both the box and bottle are recyclable. A pitiful one star.
My Advice: Walk on by!!!
Summary: If you want to fight the war on frizz you won't want 3 Day Straight in your army!