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I have very thick, fairly wavy, curly hair naturally but its main characteristic is that it is frizzy and fluffy all the time - particular in humid or damp weather. I was keen to try this extra strength version of the classic frizz ease serum which I have used several times in the past. The extra strong serum has the same pleasant smell and texture as the standard variant and is used in the exact same way. It can be applied to wet or damp hair prior to styling or blow drying, regardless of whether you are opting for a straight, wavy or curly end result. It can also be smoothed over dry hair to help it look sleeker and fuzz free.
Overall, I found that I expected the serum to be stronger - I didn't find it much different than the standard strength option. While it certainly reduced the amount of frizz in my hair, it didn't significantly reduce the frizz much more than the standard type of serum. I also found it to be greasier than other serums I have used and made my hair feel a little weighed down and not as lightweight as I would like. I also found it to be more effective on straight styles than when I style my hair to be curly (or embrace its natural wave) - while it smoothes straight hair nicely it doesn't give much curl separation.
I've always had Frizzy hair, not frizzy enough to be curly, but just enough to ruin my straightened hair as soon as soon as I step outside. I'd heard about John Freida Frizz Ease products, and thought I'd give it a try.
So, I bought this product, and tried it the next day. The directions instruct you to use one pump, rub it into the palm of your hands, and apply to soaking wet hair, avoiding the roots. If you've got quite long hair, like mine, you'll probably need to use an extra pump to get the best coverage. After I've applied it, I brushed it through my hair thoroughly, before blow drying.
This product is fantastic. Just a small amount stops my hair from frizzing, and I've tested it a lot. Humidity and moisture in the air always made my hair frizzy, so after using this, I tested it by going out while the weather was humid, and my hair stayed perfectly straight for most of the day. I was very happy with the result, since my hair wasn't ruined before I got to my destination. I've also tested it with moisture in the air, since even if I wore a hood, or used an umbrella, the moisture would ruin my hair. I went out in the rain with just a hood, and my hair stayed straight and only needed to be brushed.
The only downside to this product, is you can only use it on wet hair, so if your hair doesn't need to be washed, you'll need to use a different product that's suitable for dry hair. I use John Freida Secret Agent Perfecting Creme when my hair is dry, and sometimes I'll use both for brilliant results. The price can also be viewed as a downside, since it is fairly expensive, and for a small bottle. However, a little bit goes a long way, and one bottle can last me for several months at a time.
MY BEST RESULTS
The best results I've had with this product, is by using John Freida Frizz Ease Shampoo, using the Serum when my hair is wet, and using the Perfecting Creme after my hair has been styled. However, no matter what Shampoo you use, you will get a good result with this product.
Frizz Ease is one of my 'must have - take to a desert island even if there is no-one else around for miles' products. I first discovered this product through my mum, who recommended it, having herself very short frizzy naturally ginger hair. I use the extra strength version, and it really does work wonders. My hair type is thick and frizzy, prone to split ends and over processed from dying. The first sign of moisture and my hair turns into an unruly mess.
I use frizz ease right after washing, when my hair is still soaking wet. The packaging recommends using just a pea size amount and I cannot agree enough. From experience I can tell you using more doesn't make your hair sleeker, just makes it look very greasy and lank, so do be careful with the amount you use. I then rub into my fingertips and run completely through my hair, especially ensuring my ends are covered. I then generally comb through my hair, and leave to try naturally, or occasionally brow dry.
When I leave to dry naturally without frizz ease, my hair does go wavy / curly, but is generally frizzy and messy, whereas when I do use it, the curls are more defined and my hair generally sleeker, even without blow drying.
Frizz ease isn't cheap at around the £6 mark, however a bottle lasts absolutely ages, and is often on 3 for 2 or promotions in boots, so I always get stocked up. Very much recommended - just make sure you don't get over zealous and use too much!
Finally a serum that has been produced for even the most unruly hair. I have thick, uneven wavy hair that I straighten on a daily basis, I wash my hair every other day and have been searching for something that will improve the coarsness and frizz that my hair seems to insist is normal.
Well I bought this for about £4.50 from my local supermarket about 3 months ago and I'm still on my first bottle. I feel that the fact you use so little of this product with each application makes it great value for money.
I use a standard shampoo and conditioner each time I wash my hair. Before towel drying my hair I add a small amount of the serum (the bottle suggests a pea sized amount, i use a little more) brush through, towel dry, use John Frieda heat defence spray, and blow dry using a paddle brush. I then later starighten my hair. This has always been my hair washing routine, minus the serum until 3 months ago and I have seen a difference, I wouldn't call it a dramatic difference but definitely enough to make me buy the product again.
The product is odourless which is good with the range of products I already include in my hair routine and it is colourless. For information on ingredients see above or the John Frieda website.
The only draw back with this product is if you use it too close to your roots or use too much of it, it does make your hair greasy quickly. For me the recommended amount to use just wasn't enough due to the thickness of my hair. It did take me quite a few applications (and couple of greasy hair days) to get the amount right, but now I have found that I am satisfied with the product. Also it doesn't work if you don't blow dry your hair. On the odd occassion i've used it and let my hair dry naturally, it has left my hair greasier and with no effect.
Overall it does what it says on the tin and some improvement on my unruly mane has been made :-) I would recommend this only for hair that is very frizzy and unmanageable as I feel other hair types may just find it leaves a greasy effect.
I have finally decided that I need to 'just go' with my naturally curly hair and to stop straightening it as the heat is ruining my hair and causing split ends. I needed a hair serum to tame my unruly hair, so purchased (I think) one of the most famous hair serums: Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Formula Hair Serum by John Frieda.
I previously used Frizz-Ease many years ago, but because I used to swim a lot back then, my hair was like straw due to the chlorine, so the serum made no difference to my hair. Fast forward to 2012 and I have just become fed up of trying to straighten my hair on a daily basis. Also, as some people pay a fortune to have curly hair (think of the perms in the 90s!) I may as well work with what I have rather than trying to change it.
After 3 days of not straightening my hair, my natural curls started to bounce back into shape, however the curls were not defined as I would have liked and my hair became extremely frizzy as the day wore on, so I started using Frizz-Ease.
Frizz-Ease is a hair smoothing serum from the John Frieda brand. Frizz-Ease is available in: Original, Extra Strength and Thermal Protection hair serums. It costs around £4.00 for a 50ml bottle, but the bottle lasts a long time. Due to my hair being very frizzy and unruly I purchased Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Formula for coarse to very coarse frizzy hair. It comes in a Purple coloured dispenser pump. The hair serum claims to: block frizz, transform unruly frizzy hair, leaves hair feeling supple, easy to manage and healthy looking, repels humidity to help prevent weather-related frizz and contains a UV filer.
Application will vary on hair length and coarseness and usually one pump (pea sized amount) of hair serum is sufficient. It's important to note that Frizz-Ease should be applied when hair is wet - not towelled dry - but wet, straight from the shower. I do dab my hair with the towel first, so that the water is not running down my back. My hair is between chin and shoulder length and I use 1.5 pumps of serum. I find that this is enough to cover all of the ends and in the middle, where it is the frizziest and it doesn't leave my hair feeling sticky. To apply, dispense the serum into your palm, rub hands together and distribute evenly throughout hair. I tend to flick my head forward so that I can apply the serum to the underside of my hair, then flick my head back and concentrate on the front. Frizz-Ease shouldn't be applied directly to your roots, as doing this can cause your hair to become greasy.
After applying the serum, I tend to use hair mousse so that the curls become defined and I feel that this is necessary. As much as I like Frizz-Ease and it is reasonably good and stopping my hair becoming too frizzy and unruly, it does not define my curls as much as I would like and have to use hair mousse to scrunch my hair to finish off the desired look.
I also use Frizz-Ease before blow drying my hair, when I want a straight style. It leaves my hair feeling light and soft which means that I can spend less time with the hair straightners as blow drying using a hair dryer smoothes out the curls in my hair. Frizz-Ease has the added benefit of being heat resistant. It contains heat protection, so whether you are blow drying or diffusing your hair, using hair straightners or curling with tongs, you can be confident that your hair is being protected from the heat.
An advantage is that Frizz-Ease does not make my hair greasy. I don't tend to fiddle with my hair a lot during the day, but would imaging the more that you mess around with it, the greasier it will become. Even after a night's sleep my hair doesn't get too greasy and still feels soft.
Overall, I recommend Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Formula Hair Serum as it helps to reduce frizzines of unruly hair, smoothes hair and makes it more manageable. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't define my curls as I had hoped. Having said that, I will continue to use it as it is reasonably priced at £4.00 for a 50ml bottle and as only a small amount is used, the bottle lasts a long time. Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Formula Hair Serum gets 4 stars from me.
For further information, please visit: www.johnfrieda.co.uk
Thanks for reading xx
© sweetdaisy 2012
The old John Frieda packaging used to show a woman with straw like hair, miraculously transformed by the power of John Frieda products into a glamorous goddess. I can't say the products dothat for me, but the serum certainly offers far more than any other product I've tried. It's easy to use - although my very long hair demands copious quantities of it and I've found that working it in and combing it through can be time-consuming. BUT it gets the knots - ok, a lot of the knots - out of my hair and it is noticeably shinier and the curls are better defined. I can't say it cures all frizz - it doesn't. But what it does do is to make my hair softer, shinier and more likely to take and keep a style. My hair curls wildly and I've never tried to straighten it - it could be that the effects of the product are even more noticeable if I did blow dry it. But I wouldn't dare to stop using it. I remember how my hair was before the advent of this serum and it wasn't pretty!
If John Frieda stopped making Frizz Ease Serum, I don't know what I would do. I have extra dry, naturally curly hair which turns big and frizzy at the first sight of damp weather. This makes the British winter an absolute frizzy nightmare. Luckily Frizz Ease Serum is my saviour.
The serum contains silk proteins and seaweed extract to soften and add shine. It is suitable for both straight and curly hair. As I only have the extremely curly variety, I cannot comment on how useful it is for straight hair. The serum comes in a 50ml purple bottle which currently costs £5.79 in Boots. A bottle lasts me about 2 months. I think this makes it quite a costly addition to my hair care routine, but it is the only product that I have come across that actually controls my frizz. Put it another way, if I had to sacrifice any of my hair care products, this would be the very last one that I would let go.
You apply the serum after you have washed and conditioned your hair. The bottle has a pump dispenser and I usually find that two pumps is sufficient (about the size of a 10p piece). My hair is coarse, but quite short, so you would need more than this for longer hair. The essential thing is that you have to apply the serum before you towel dry your hair. For me this is the one down side. I sometimes forget to apply the serum whilst still in the shower. By the time I remember my hair is already drying and it is too late. I never usually get chance to wet my hair again, and so I spend the day cursing the frizz.
The serum is clear and glossy. I don't think it has a noticeable smell to it. It should be applied evenly, so I tend to rub it between my hands, apply it to my hair and comb through. Once applied you can towel dry and style your hair as normal.
I can really tell if I don't use Frizz Ease Serum, because my hair returns to its normal dull, big and frizzy state. With Frizz Ease Serum my hair is much more manageable. It separates my curls, which definitely appear more glossy. I'm not sure that the serum makes my hair any softer, as my hair can still be soft and frizzy!
Frizz Ease Extra Strength Serum is one of the biggest selling frizz busters in the UK. I probably make up a large proportion of those sales, but I guess there must be a few other satisfied customers out there too.
I had previously heard good things about these products but never tried them until recently. I originally brought it for my BF to try but he never used it and it bugged me that I had gone to the effort to buy it for him so i decided to try it.
I brought it on a 3 4 2 offer but you can buy it on its own for about £5.79 for 50ml which you might think is quite expensive at first but when you see the amount you need you will realise its SO worth it! I have long hair and I only need 1 pump but people with really curly or frizzy hair may need more.
My hair is not curly but it does have a slight wave and is it frizzy and static most of the time, if I had of brought it for myself I probably would have brought the original rather than extra strength.
Its simple to use just apply to damp hair, I squirt a blob in my hand and rub them together and apply like hair mousse, running my hand through my hair and to make sure I use all of it I rub my hands together with my hair in the middle. This way there is no wastage and there is even no need to wash your hands after because it all comes off!
I quite liked the bottle because it was purple (one of my favourite colours) but the serum itself is clear. I noticed a big difference instantly! After only blow drying my hair it was SO much softer and looked really healthy and had a lovely shine. I couldnt stop running my hands through it! And all that from one application and I didnt even need to use my straighteners after! As my hair is quite fine the other great thing was that it didnt go limp and flat like it usually does when I use styling products which was a big bonus.
I would recommend this for people who want a bit of control over their hair without the paying salon prices. It may also be good for people trying to keep their hair in good condition.
John Frieda, top hairstylist, released a range of products designed to hlp tame and tackle hair that is difficult to tame and style. The aim of the range is to acheive your desired look (in this case to tame tresses and leave them silky and glossy) with ease and less fuss. Frizz Ease is a well known trusted brand to help fight frizz, tame locks and to define and gloss curls, there is something for everyone.
I started using this product 5 years ago, when my hair was dried out and damaged from colouring and excessive straightener use, it was a lifesaver on those mornings I woke up late for work.
The bottle comes in a dark blue/purple design with a pump action top to easily and uickly dispense the desired amount of serum. A small amount about the size of a penny should be rubbed between your hands running them lightly and evenly throughout the length of towel dried hair. Try to avoid roots as this will make them look greasy. With this product less is more, too much and it will make your hair look greasy. Then continue to style your hair as normal.
I found that it made my hair easier to straighten and run a comb through, and once dried it left a healthy looking shine to my then damaged tresses.
I no longer can use this product as over the 5 years of trying to get my hair back to its former glory, my hair is fine and using serums and balms leave my hair looking very greasy. I would recommend this product to those who find their hair to be 'untameable' or would like to add shine to dull, or damaged hair. It works better for those with thick hair and can work equally as well for those with curly hair.
The serum comes in two other strengths, the clear bottle for normal hair and the orange bottle for damaged/fine hair, so if this one doesn't quite suit you then it is worth looking at the other two.
This can be a little bit expensive if you use it regularly. I would get through a bottle each month and would cost me between £6.00-£8.00 depending on the shop. This is widely available to buy from most chemists, Boots usually have a good offer on, currently at £5.79.
I highly recommend this product.
I have used frizz ease serum for years, switching to the extra strength as soon as it came out, and I really need to thank whoever it was who recommended it to me all those years ago.
I have naturally frizzy curly hair which sits in that unfortunate christmas tree shape (if you have frizz you'll know what I mean!) I smooth this through my hair every time I wash it and either leave my hair to dry naturally to form curls or dry it straight. If I forget to use it I can definitely tell the difference. Ok so it doesn't completely eliminate the frizziness of my hair (I think this is a physical impossibility...even the hairdresser can't get it perfect!) but it definitely tames it to a normal level. It helps my curls form into nicer waves rather than a frizzy mass, and it definitely makes it easy to style it straight.
Ok so John Frieda is not a miracle worker...there really is only so much that a hair product can achieve. However, this should not diminish the fact it leaves my hair looking so much smoother and more managable then if I don't use it.
Now that my favourite Charles Worthington Serum has been discontinued, I am having to try alternatives. When I saw the John Frieda Extra Strength Serum on special offer in Boots a couple of months ago, I decided to give it a go.
My hair is quite frizz-prone, and difficult to manage, so I thought that the Extra Strength version of this serum might be just what I needed - especially as the front of the bottle declared that it 'corrects chronic, unruly frizz'.
The serum comes packaged in a plastic casing with a cardboard sleeve, which I find to be very unnecessary packaging, but never mind. The actual bottle itself is also made of plastic and is a deep purple colour, which distinguishes it from the other two Frizz-Ease serums available - the original which comes in a clear bottle, and the Thermal Protection one which comes in an orange bottle. It has a pump action dispenser, which can be twisted to lock into place, meaning you can carry this around with you, without the worry it may leak in your bag.
The product should be used on wet hair, something I didn't notice at first, despite it being written in bold capital letters on the instructions! You simply apply the clear serum to your hands, rub them together and smooth through the hair, which is pretty much standard for hair serum. As I hadn't realised this was meant for use on wet hair, at first I applied it to dry hair, and found it to be pretty much awful! It's a lot thicker than the serums I normally use, so on dry hair it was quite difficult to apply and left my hair looking and feeling greasy and weighed down.
When I realised my mistake, I started using it the proper way and applying it to wet hair. This way it glides through the hair easily, so is much easier to work with. It has a slight smell to it, its kind of floral I think, but its pleasant enough, and not too overpowering.
When my hair dried, although it did seem to have tamed the frizziness quite a lot, my hair felt strange - I wouldn't really say it felt weighed down, but it was a little bit sticky, and slightly hard too.
It was easily styled, and even when I used the straighteners on it, my hair seemed not to be its usually frizzy self. In fact, appearance wise it looked quite good - smooth and shiny, without looking greasy or limp.
I have used this several times now, and I find that it will leave my hair frizz free throughout most of the day, but after around five or six hours, the frizz starts to creep back, which is no good for me as I work eleven hour shifts most days and obviously as it needs to be applied on wet hair, I cannot be going off to shampoo and condition halfway through my shift - well I could, but I don't think my boss would be too pleased about it!
A 50ml bottle of Frizz-Ease Extra Strength Formula Hair Serum, will cost you £5.98 from Boots.
Overall, this was OK, but I wouldn't buy it again. I think its inconvenient that it can only be used on wet hair, and although it did seem to control my frizz without making my hair look greasy as others have done, I didn't like the way my hair felt - sticky and slightly stiff. OK, but not for me.
This is a hair product, I simply could not do without. As a natural curly haired girl (in the rain it verges on the afro look!) I find that if my hair is not cared for correctly it can end up a mass of frizzy ringlets..so not a good look.
This product is quite pricey I think anyway. It comes in a 50ml tube like container and is £5.98 from boots.
You remove the platic container from the outer carboard packaging, and you will see a pump action top, and this particular one is in a purple colour. The actual liquid is clear in colour but as you can get various types of the serum, I assume the colour of the bottle is so you can see at a glance the one you are looking for.
After washing your hair, you give it a small rub with a towel, but do not dry. The product will work best on soaking wet hair.
You press the pump action top and put small blobs on your hand according to both your hair length, and frizziness, curliness and thickness, and dry/style as normal. I use three-four blobs of this and find it works great.
The result is your hair will dry smooth, you do not get as many breakages in hair, and wven in the wettest, dampest weather you do not get frizz head! I have even washed my hair, put in the serum, and left it to part dry itself for a few hours. It still dried straight and no frizz!! tThis was unheard of for my barnet previously.
I love this product, and it would defo be on my top ten things I couldn't live without--things you would take to a desert island etc. Thank you, thank you for Frizz ease hair serum-----
Where were you when I was a gangly fourteen year old looking like a poodle on a rainy day?????!!!!!
I have been using this product for a while, and I'm not sure what to make of it. I think it works best of all when you use it with other Frizz-Ease products as I think it takes a disliking to other products and chooses not to work.
My hair - I have very thick very naturally curly hair. I have more than my fair share of hair I'm sure. To be quite honest I hate it, but we're all stuck with what we've got and we've got to make the most of it really. This serum is "extra strength" so I thought it would be good with my hair.
The serum - it is quite thick for a serum. It doesn't seem to have a smell. I use quite a lot as I have a lot of hair, and you're supposed to use it on soaking wet hair after you have washed it. So, I do this. I smooth it over and run it through with my fingers. I usually use it with Frizz-Ease mousse too. They work quite well together, though I must say I do not have frizz-free hair when I use it. I have LESS frizz, but not NO frizz. It does not, as it says, "Instantly illiminate frizz" or maybe that's just my hair. If you use TOO much it makes your hair slightly...sort of...sticky and weighed down.
It helps me comb through my hair, and it does lessen frizz, but it is not perfect. Perhaps my hair isn't curable! I do like this product, though, and continue to buy it.
hair styling / frizz-ease serum / 50mL / This intense formula is infused with silk proteins and seaweed extract to soften and add shine to even the most dull, coarse strands / Ideal for straight or curly styles / The results: unruly hair looks silky smooth & ultra manageable