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My hair is full of frizzy waves which can't quite make themselves into curls and so just ends up looking like a mess. I need to blow dry and straighten my hair after each time that I have washed it to get it looking sleek and under control. On holidays however, when I am in an out of the swimming pool, my hair can look horrendous! I bought the Dream Curls Styling Spray by John Frieda to try and get my hair under some sort of control in between dips!
What does the product do?
The product is described as being a curl perfecter that will transform your frizzy waves into gorgeous curls and spirals which seemed to be exactly what I needed. It uses a magnesium enriched formula to restore the hairs elasticity and spring and as its alcohol free then it will be gentle on the hair. It promises to enhance your hairs natural curl pattern and uses a conditioning formula to reduce frizz and leave it shining with health. It is non sticky and non greasy and contains Glycerin to hydrate the hair.
How do you use the product?
You need to shake the bottle before using it. You need to apply it to damp hair which preferably has just been shampooed and conditioned but I wanted to use it on my damp hair straight from the pool. You can spray the product liberally through the hair which I did my turning my head upside and then added a touch more to the top layers. You then let the hair dry naturally, scrunching your curls as it dries or scrunch it as you dry your hair with a hair dryer. You can also spray some onto your dry hair to reinvigorate the curls.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a cloudy white plastic bottle and there is some extra information given about the product on the bottle. It has limited decoration and it is quite plain other than its pale lilac lid which you can pull off. Under the lid, you will see a pump dispenser which you push down on in order to release the spray. The product will cost you around £6 for 200ml and it can be bought from plenty of high street stores, large supermarkets and also from a range of online websites.
Application and Performance
Quite a lot of this product is dispensed with each spritz so you don't need to push the dispenser down too many times. This does save time and energy but it also makes it harder to ensure that you dispense the product evenly. The product doesn't have a strong smell and just has a fresh and clean aroma so I would be suprised if it was enough to put anyone off using the product. The first time that I used this product, I think I got too spray happy. I left my hair to dry naturally and my hair looked greasy once it was dried and crunchy in parts where the waves had clumped together.
I tried again the next day, being a little less spray happy, and the results were a bit better. The product did reduce the frizz a little bit on my hair but it certainly didn't transform my hair into curls. It made my hair look a little bit better but didn't make that much of a difference. Using a little bit more on my dry hair reduced the frizz further but again, it didn't make any curls appear. I tried it that evening after washing and shampooing my hair, and letting it dry naturally and again although my frizz was slightly reduced, it didn't transform my hair into curls. It also take the shine from my hair and also left it looking a little greasier than it normally would. By the third day, this product had been binned.
All in all, this just didn't work for me and I tried using it in a variety of ways. I did reduce the frizz but it most definitely didn't transform my waves into curls. It took the shine from my hair and did get crunchy when I applied to much. Maybe it would work better for those who already have more of a curl but as it was advertised as being suitable for wavy hair, I thought I'd be ok. I was very disappointed with this product.
I have naturally curly hair which is really thick, but has a tendency to develop frizz around my hairline. It looks fine when first washed, but within a day or two it becomes a bit flyaway again. Over the years I have tried many things I have found from hair oils. The John Frieda range has been a bit hit and miss for me. Some items work a lot better than others.
The curl perfector is something that I occasionally use, but only occasionally as it is not as good as the other products in this range. It's more about using up bottles that I bought on offer previously.
It is a liquid spray, which is designed to be sprayed onto damp hair and scrunched through to make your hair go wavy. This can then be blw dryed or left to dry naturally, and your curls should look natural. This can also be used as a reviver to dry hair, by spraying it onto hair that has dropped, you can revive your curls.
I find that this works ok initially on damp hair. However, the results do not last longer than the first day in my hair. The curls drop. This could be because my hair is so thick and heavy, but I find that I get better results with hair mousse which is also a lot cheaper than buying this spray.
I have tried it a few different ways. The recommended way is after applying the hair serum from this range. I have tried with and without this step. I have also found the refreshing/reviving use of it poor. I get similar results just from wetting my hair and running my fingers through it.
I think this product is not really for me, and I would be better off just buying mousse. The price (£5.29 for 200ml) is reasonable if it had worked, and it is available currently in boots 3 for £10, but for me, it is not really worth using just for the one day effect on clean fresh hair. I've come to the conclusion I'd rather buy the serum from the range and then use a lower priced mousse to get a better effect.
I love John Frieda products and have invested in shampoos, conditioners and serums that wholeheartedly live up to their claims. Unfortunately, Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfecter is an exception.
When I bought this product a few years ago, my hair could be described as naturally wavy/kinked and good at holding a curl. In a bid to reduce heat damage to my hair I decided to put down the curling tongs and find a spray or mousse that could help achieve similar results. The Dream Curls Curl Perfecter claims it 'Transforms wilted waves & curls into sexy swerves, curves and spirals' with hair left 'super-silky, never "crispy"'.
Hair is definitely left silky-soft and shiny after distributing evenly. Moreover, frizz is also reduced.
This product just didn't work for me. I followed the instructions, scrunched my hair and even tried using a diffuser, but waves and curls were not enhanced in any way. Another irritating issue is that the nozzle of my bottle is faulty. When I activate the spray it does not come out straight, instead veering off to one side, making it very difficult to predict where the spray will go! Furthermore, while the packaging is clean and simple looking, the stretched oval shape of the bottle makes it quite uncomfortable to grip and use. Due to these reasons, and priced at £3.99 at Boots, it was simply a waste of money.
I would only recommend this product to those with already very curly hair and who just want to add a bit of gloss, shine and definition. It definitely does not transform 'wilted waves' as claimed.
I have used quite a few of John Frieda products and can honestly say only a small amount of them haven't been disappointing. I bought this from boots when I first got a perm, as when I woke up in the morning my hair would be frizzy, the curls would be limp and my hair would look lifeless.
As this product claims to 'Transform wilted waves & curls into sexy swerves, curves & spirals'. It also states that it doesn't leave hair crispy, fights frizz and leaves hair looking shiny. I thought to myself what a big claim to make and a high price tag to pay, but I was willing to try anything.
-- Price and Availability --
This product came me found in various stores, including drug stores, super markets and various shops online. The price tends to vary between them all but is roughly around £6. I bought this from Boots for £5.29 for 200ml. The price I thought was quite expensive, but if it does live up to the claims then its money well spent.
-- Appearance --
The product comes in a white thin long plastic tube, with a blue lid. On the front is a label stating the name of the product, the brand logo and on the back ingredients and directions of use. The bottle also has a spray dispenser, this allows you to use the perfect amount, effortlessly.
-- Application --
This is very easy to use, you can use it on both damp and wet hair. After washing my hair I like to scrunch the water out using a towel and let it air dry for a few minutes before apply this product. When I am satisfied that my hair is damp, I like to spray my hair from roots to tips, evenly distributing the product. I like to scrunch my hair as I go along, after this process my curls in fairness do look slightly more defined and bouncy. As my hair is damp, I find it hair to see whether it is less frizzy or shiny.
To use on dry hair, I like to spray a small amount all over and repeat the scrunching process. Again I have to wait to see any signs of improvement, whilst I wait for my hair to settle.
-- My experience --
I was extremely disappointed with this product, I barely thought any of the claims were relevant. After using on wet hair, it didn't keep my curls defined for very long and after waking up the next morning my hair would be exactly the same as it usually would, limp, lifeless and curls nowhere need defined as they should be. On the other hand it did give a slight sheen to my hair, but it was still very frizzy. After using on dry hair and the product had settled, I did see some slight improvements. The frizz wasn't as apparent and my hair still had a slight sheen. As for really defining and transforming the curls, it did nothing whatsoever.
After spending £5 on a product that did not live up the claims and definitely wasn't of good quality, I was extremely disappointed that I had wasted my money. I found the packaging to be nice and simple, liked that it came with a spray dispenser.
The product may have reduced frizz slightly and made it shiny, it did not live up to its main claim. I did find that it didn't make my hair crispy, which I did like as after using mousse I tend to find this can be a problem. I did continue to use the product to see if it was something that would take more than a couple of uses for you to notice the difference. But I still didn't find any improvement and decided so that I did waste my money, to use it together with mousse with did a much better job.
After using John Frieda's products, I have finally come to the conclusion that the brand isn't as good as they make out to be and seriously doubt that unless I see the results on someone first, I will not be purchasing their expensive products.
-- Conclusion --
Overall the product left a slight sheen and has a little less frizz. But as the product did not live up to its main claim to transform my curls, I wouldn't re-purchase this product nor any other from the brand, without seeing results. A lot of money wasted on a poor quality product.
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Styling Spray/curl perfector
I have used John frieda products for a while now and I have always been impressed with their quality and performance so when I saw this product I instantly thought it was going to work well. I had been looking for a product like this for a while and as John Frieda is a great brand, in my opinion, I bought it to try.
- About the product
This product is a spray which you spray onto the hair and when the hair is scrunched this product is supposed to "restore definition, elasticity and bounce to natural curls. Leaves hair touchy soft and shiny." The spray bottle contains 200ml of product and it basically claims to 'activate and define curls'. This product is alcohol free and contains a thermal protectant.The packaging is quite nice, like all john frieda products, as it is simple and the text is easy to read.
- Using the product
I have used this product quite a few times and the instructions on the bottle are as follows: "spray liberally on damp hair and distribute evenly. Scrunch small sections of hair to help create definition. Allow hair to dry naturally or blow-dry using a diffuser". I followed the instructions each time I have used this product and it is very easy to use. Firstly I brush my hair throughly to remove any tangle or knots. Then I spray a good amount of this product in my hair, about six or so sprays and as you only need a few sprays each time you use this product, that in turn means that it will probably last a while, for me anyway. One of the main things I like about this product is that it is so easy to use, it just takes a few sprays and also this product smells really nice too - it smells quite fruity/floral to me. I distribute the product evenly through out my hair by brushing my damp hair with a paddle brush. Once the product is evenly distributed I then scrunch my hair well and I then sleep with my hair damp so it dries naturally over night. Overall, the application process is really quick and easy and the product smells nice too.
Once my hair is dry in the morning I was really quite disappointed to find that my hair is just as it normally is in the morning - which is wavy/curly and a bit frizzy. My hair is naturally thick, wavy/curly and I thought this product might emphasize and define my natural waves but this product seems to have no effect at all on my hair. Well I think that this product does make my hair a bit smoother and a bit easier to manage. Overall, I really quite disappointed by this product as the only thing it does to my hair is make it a bit smoother/easier to manage and it does not have any effect on my waves/curls - which is the main claim/selling point of this product.
Overall, I am not impressed with this product. This product does smell nice and it is so easy to use but it does not do anything at all to my natural waves/curls. This product does seem to make my hair a bit smoother and in turn a bit more manageable but this products main claim/selling point is that it is supposed to 'activate and define curls' and it does not do this to my hair.
- Price and availability
I bought this product as it was part of an offer which was 'two john frieda products for £7.49' at superdrug a few months ago and this offer is still on going. This product can be bought from Superdrug for £5.29 and it is part of the two for £7.49 offer. I believe this product is also called the 'John Frieda Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Curl Perfector'.
*Easy to use as the product is contained in a spray bottle
*Smells nice - fruity/slightly floral to me
*Does not do anything to my natural waves/curls - which is the main claim/selling point of the product - so for me it was a waste of money as it does not work for my long, thick, naturally wavy hair
Thank you for reading my review
I have natural curly hair and so I often leave it to go curly after washing it by not drying it. It does go very frizzy though and I need something to calm it down and control the frizz, and make my curls look nice and glossy. I have been searching for ages for a product that does this well but have yet to find anything that does this. The curls won't stay glossy for long and always end up frizzy again by the end of the day.
I currently use John Frieda's satin shine finishing cream, but as this is from the brilliant brunette range I don't always like to use this as I often dye my hair with a hint of red or purple in it. The finishing cream highlights the brown tones in your hair which I don't want it to do when I want the red or purple tint to be highlighted.
I forgot I had mini Frizz-Ease products from Christmas that I received in a gift set and so I have just started to try these products. This Dream curls curl perfecter is 'step 4' in the process of achieving dream curls. It is designed to transform wilted waves and curls into sexy swerves, curves and spirals, and the alcohol free formula leaves hair super-silky, and never 'crispy'. It doesn't state anything about making your curls more 'glossy', but as this is step 4 I guessed there would be other products that may be used for making them more glossy.
You apply this curl perfecter onto damp hair from roots to ends, distributing evenly. You then scrunch small sections of your hair gently to help create waves. So if you applying this then make sure you remember to scrunch and not just smooth it through your hair. At first I just smoothed it through my hair as I am so used to doing this with all of my other hair products, which will not help create curls! You can also use this on dry hair for touch ups, and this is when I probably use this product most. The product itself is a light spray and doesn't weigh your hair down or make it look greasy, but I think it might if you spray lots on so just be careful not to spray too much.
I do apply it onto my wet hair if I plan on leaving it to dry naturally. If I am drying my hair then there is no point in leaving it curly as the frizz really is uncontrollable then! I then use the product again when my hair is dry as it does seem to calm down the frizz slightly, it does not make my curls appear any more glossier though, for this to happen I also have to use the Frizz-Ease serum, which you apply onto wet hair before applying this.
So in my opinion if you want to achieve nice curls (I'm not going to say perfect because I am still not completely satisfied with the results and I am still searching for alternative products) then you would have to be willing to buy a few of the products in the Frizz-Ease range. One of their products is not enough when used alone. I normally ignore directions on bottles when brands state that it will work best with their other products in the same range, as I don't think this is always true and I have many products from several different brands that I love and will use together. However, I think with the Frizz-Ease range this is an exception, and to get nice curls that don't look frizzy you need to use a few of these products.
As I received the gift set I also got the shampoo and conditioner in it so I am currently using four of the products on my hair when I want it curly, I do get better results than I did when I used products that weren't specifically designed for curly hair, but I am still searching for a product that really does give me glossy and frizz-free hair all day!
This product is available from Boots, Superdrug and many supermarkets, anywhere that sells John Frieda products really, and it is usually priced around £5.29 for 200ml. This is a little expensive but there are often promotions on John Frieda products where you can get any 3 for £10. So it may be worth getting them then as like I said, to notice a difference you need to use more than one product from the Frizz-Ease range.
I have the pleasure of being born with curly hair (not) and was always looking and trying new products and let me tell you I have tried them from hot oils to serums and I was never truly happy . Sometimes I think I may have been using too much products on top off each other trying everything I could. I was told by a friend that I should try the frizz ease range as it was a good product but to be honest I was'nt holding out any hope but bought dream curl perfector mainly because of the name it had alot to live up to accomplish a dream curl.Well at first it didnt have the desired effect but I was also using mouse and other products at the same time, then one day I only had the dream curl in the cupboard and had to use something so used it on its own for the very first time and WOW i was really happy with the results for the first time I had defined curls all over,my hair was soft and did nt have the feel of lots of product in your hair. Since then its the only product that I use and I truly love it.
I know that people with curly hair all have different ways to tame their hair but I definitly would reccommend this product but only to use on its own which can be hard for people with frizzy hair as we are tempted to put anything and everything on our hair to get results but i do promise it worked for me and I hope it works for you.
The product is realitivly affordable at £4.89 200ml a bottle but you can go through alot of product so can work out expensive if you have long hair but for special occasions push the boat out.
The bottle is nice looking and can fit in well in your bathroom or dresser and I would nt be without it
I was given this a couple of days before I went to university, I dunno why but someone must have though as I have curly/wavy hair it might make my hair alot more wavier/curlier.
But I gave it a try after I washed my hair for the first time at university and I can honestly say it is defo not the best product if you already have wavy/curly hair! As a hour or so later my hair just stayed the same and I could see no difference in my hair. Pretty annoyed by this and it certainly does not make your hair prefect. This I believe is very bad advertising especially for a hair brand company which sell hair products which do some of the amazing jobs out there!
The product is more suitable for people who straight hair or don't have naturally curly or wavy hair.
Another bad thing about this product is that it can make your hair look dry and damp, not an attractive especially if you love the glossy, shiny, curl-wavy look.
However this product is expensive, around five pounds, and for a product that doesn't do the job properly.
I will not buy this product again, even though I have used John Frieda product frizz ease products before, but this is one that I will not touch. I will stick to the others thankyou!
I'm a huge fan of the Frizz-Ease range, and this is one of my favourites.
Packaging: comes in a wide, thin spray bottle which is a translucent greyish colour which means it's easy to see how much product is left. The lid is light purple plastic, and it clicks shut so it doesn't fall off easily.
Price: £4.89 for 200ml makes this about the same as the rest of the frizz-ease range, and quite pricey, but then 200mls is quite a lot.
What it claims to do: transform wilted waves and limp curls into highly-defined spirals that are soft and silky, and never crispy or sticky. The formula is supposed to be non-greasy and penetrate hair to restore elasticity and spring to enhance your natural curl pattern.
What it actually does: on dry hair (as in hair that's not wet, not hair that's damaged through dehydration!) not a great deal, even though it is supposed to reinvigorate curls when scrunched into dry hair. On towel-dry hair, however, this product does a great job, on its own but particularly when used in combination with Frizz-Ease serum.
It takes a fair bit of product (in my very thick hair) but the result is not at all frizzy and neither is it at all greasy or sticky. My natural waves look more defined, both if I use my hairdryer and diffuser on 'low' and if I allow my hair to dry naturally. The product smells quite nice too, not too chemical.
All in all, a pleasure to use, and highly recommended.
My hair is somewhat of a nightmare. It is thick and wavy and sometimes quite curly and goes below my shoulder. I also have very sensitive skin, so hair products can be a bit of a nightmare, but in an effort to look good for a friends wedding I decided to check out some products to help give me nice curls or at the very least less crazy hair.
My older sister has very, very curly hair and uses Frizz-Ease a lot so I thought I'd give it a go. I bought this from my local Superdrug where it was on special offer at £3.50, normal price £4.79. Even the £3.50 I spent is far more than I usually spend on hair products, so I thought it had better do a good job on my hair.
The bottle is 200ml in size and comes in an opaque bottle with a lilac lid. The front states "transforms wilted waves and curls into sexy salon-inspired spirals". This sounded perfect for me. So I tried it out. It suggests that you use other Frizz-Ease products first for "best results" however I always feel uncomfortable with this as products should be stand alone and not dependent on you using other things. So, I washed my hair as normal, towel dried and then as suggested sprayed liberally. The first thing I noticed was the quite chemically smell on the spray. It's not really that pleasant, so I tried to keep it as far away from my face as possible. I scrunched my hair and left it to dry naturally, as this is what I normally do.
I was very disappointed with this product. It didn't make my hair any less frizzy or give me sexy spirals, what it did do was to make my hair crispy and flat. This was not what I wanted at all. I thought maybe I had used too much, so next time I washed my hair I again used the spray and didn't use as much, but this time I didn't even get flat hair, it just looked exactly the same. This is not what I paid £3.50 for and I'm quite glad I didn't pay full price.
In a ridiculous turn of events, I have bought a hair dryer recently and on one particularly cold morning I dried my hair with it. Now I'm quite aware that heat dries out hair, so wondered what I could do to help it and I remembered the Frizz-Ease stuff has heat shield. So, I sprayed some on, worked it into my hair and then dried my hair. I was really surprised to find I had frizz free and rather straight hair. So, as a consequence of this, I've used it whenever I use my hair dryer but will not buy another bottle when this has finished.
As well as using the John Frieda curl mousse that I reviewed earlier today, I also used to use John Frieda's dream curls.
Dream curls is a spray that is used to transform wilted waves and curls into sexy salon spirals according to the bottle. It needs to be sprayed onto your hair from quite far away so that the has plenty of room to travel outwards in different directions rather than just straight onto the one spot if it's sprayed too close. If it's too close it will just make a very crispy and hard layer on that bit of hair which doesn't look or feel very nice. If sprayed from the right distance away though it does its job while still keeping your hair nice and soft.
It does create some lovely looking curls and waves depending on how much you scrunch your hair after applying it. You can either scrunch it to create tight and big curls or you can just run your fingers through your hair to create waves. The spray lasts almost the whole day with the curls just starting to go a bit limp towards the end of the day.
It doesn't completely control frizz which is why I used the mousse before this as the mousse would tame my frizz and then this would create the perfect curls. I don't use it anymore because my hair isn't frizzy anymore and I like my natural curls now but if I did want more defined and perfect curls then this is definitely the hair product that I would use.
Okay..I am one of these people that straightens my hair to within an inch of it's life and decided that as it is high time i embrace my natural curl and actually let myt hair grow without snapping the ends off!
I have tried lots of mousses, gels etc in the past and always ended up with a either a product that overloads my hair or doesn't do enough.
I find that this product is perfect and gets rid of any frizz perfectly, leaving me with silky waves and sexy swirls as it says on the bottle, I just tend to lightly scrunch my hair and leave it, and it is perfect for that, I'm not sure how good it would be on very curly hair, mine is more wavy than tight curls.
But is definately gets rid of the frizz. The only down side is that you tend to use alot as the pump spray comes out in quite a fine stream.
As many of you with naturally curly hair will know, frizz can be an absolute nightmare, especially in the winter when it is cold and damp. I was drawn to the Frizz-Ease section in Boots one wintry afternoon, and found I was spoilt for choice on products that could control my frizz! I eventually went for this Curl Perfecter spray, which promised to 'Wake up sleepy spirals for captivating curls'. The containing bottle seemed quite large and stylish, and so I thought that this would compensate for the money I was paying for it (£4.79 in Boots).
The product has a fairly mild, lightly-perfumed smell, which I liked because often hair products have a strong chemical smell. I used the product as directed, spraying the product 'liberally on roots to ends, distributing evenly' after I had washed and towel-dried my hair. After I had done this, however, I found I had used up quite a lot of the 200ml bottle already!
The mistake I made is that I didn't realise how much of this product I would use on a daily basis. The bottle itself is also misleading; the lid makes up about a third of the size of the whole product, and when you take it off it is clear that the bottle is actually fairly small.
I was fairly pleased with how the product worked in that it definitely calmed the frizz that was so frustrating me. However, I found it still looked fairly limp, and I know that if I had used mousse I would have got much more volume, and perhaps only a little more frizz. If you use a lot of the product then it gives you a hold which will last about 4-6 hours, but this then means that you run out of it quickly.
The directions also state that for the best results you should use Frizz-Ease Curl Around Shampoo & Conditioner, and Frizz-Ease Hair Serum. I did not do this as I was perfectly happy with my shampoo and conditioner, but perhaps the product would have worked better for me if I did. On the other hand, it could have just been a marketing ploy.
Overall, I quite liked the product but there is nowhere near enough of it to justify value for money. Yes, it made my curls seem smoother and silkier, but they also tended to just lie there looking limp. I now use a very good brand of mousse instead, and this works a lot better for me, and I think it makes much more economical sense!
All you curly haired people out there will know that buying curl products is very hit and miss- what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. So when a fellow curly haired friend of mine gave me this saying it hadn't suited her thick, wavy hair, I was happy to try it out. Unfortunately, it didn't work wonders for me either. My hair is prone to frizz, and while this spray did reduce the fuzziness, it did this by sticking the hair together, making it stiff at the top, and the ringlets that did result were a bit sticky. On the plus side my hair did look quite shiny after using it, but I think that was mainly due to to fact that most of my curls had been sprayed solid! The fragrance is quite strong as well, a bit overpowering and not natural smelling at all. I have since found that creams and leave in conditioner work better than sprays like this.
I have long, ridiculously frizzy, knotty, curly/wavy hair - so I am constantly on the lookout for the perfect hair product to transform my hair into perfect spirals. Sadly, this product isn't it.
The positives: it is pretty cheap, something like £5 at Boots. It did go someway in taming the frizz and defining the curl, but not as far as i would like.
The negatives: I experimented with using different amounts each time. Too little and it did absolutely nothing. Too much and it made my hair rather crunchy. It was very hard to find the appropriate amount.
How i use it: After washing and towel drying my hair, i spray quite a bit in my hair (it will be different amounts depending on you hair type - mine being thick and long it requires a lot), i then spend a while scrunching my hair to encourage those curls and i let my hair dry naturally. I can't comment on what it would be like using a hairdryer as i don't use one.
The result: My hair is less frizzy, and more curly. But it is in no way perfected!
Just spray and scrunch for sexy swerves, curves & spirals /