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On my quest to help me with crazy, curly, frizzy hair I come across different kinds of hair products. One that has been recently catching my eye is the brand John Frieda Collection, frizz ease. I have already done a few reviews on some of there products. As I said - it's a quest!! I'm starting to really like this brand, though some the products are a little pricey. However I picked up this product as part of a 2 for 3 offer.
The packaging is really simple just like most John Frieda products. A silver tone to the bottle with purple and black writing on the front, with some easy to read instructions, ingredients and a little about the straightening potion on the back. It has a lid covering the spray which comes outs in a light must. It comes in a 200ml rectangular bottle.
When sprayed on the hair it has a light fragrance that isn't over powering like some of these products can have. It's really simple to use, spraying in the hair from the roots to ends after towel drying. Comb through the hair and then blow dry straight. A quick and easy thing to do before blow drying.
On the product it promises to deliver smooth styles, repair and protect hair from heat stress. If you ask me it does exactly that. When I use it my hair is always much smoother after blow drying. Honestly, I do have to run the straighteners through my hair still but it's still better than it was.
I do really like this product and will keep using it for my hair. It makes doing it slightly quicker and leaves my hair looking healthy after straightening.
I've always been a fan of John Frieda products, my favourite being the Brilliant Brunette range, but I have also dabbled with a number of products from the Frizz-Ease range too. Problem is there appears to be a lot of different products to choose from and I often want to buy two or three but simply can't afford to unless there is a promotion available. The Straightening Potion was something I bought when there was a three for two offer available and to be honest I put it in the cupboard and forgot about it for quite some time. Indeed it was only when looking for something recently I came across it and felt a little ashamed that I hadn't yet used it and so out it came.
I have wavy hair which curls at the ends and therefore I often use straighteners when I want a smooth and straight look. This straightening potion is designed for people with naturally straight or wavy hair with light, flyaway frizz. Now as I mentioned, my hair isn't naturally straight and is probably more wavy and curly than it is straight and wavy, but I still thought this potion may benefit my hair as it claims to control flyaway strands and kinks in your hair. The other thing which interested me was that the potion has a thermo protectant, which when you use straighteners as much as I do, then you may need some help to protect your hair from the effects of heat damage.
Using this spray couldn't be easier. It has a pump action top which enables you to spritz the product over your hair. It is to be applied liberally all over your damp hair and I sprayed from root to tip and underneath my hair, but did pay more attention to the ends of my hair as this is where it can be dry. I suffer from greasy roots and wash my hair nearly every day as it is and so I didn't want to apply too much product to my roots, wary that it may make my hair look greasy. However, I was surprised to notice immediately that this spray doesn't actually leave any residue on my hair nor does it make my roots appear greasy.
What it does have is a strange strong smell which isn't exactly appealing. I thought it would be more fragrant but in its defence, I couldn't actually smell it after applying it to my hair and the smell had diappeared by the time I had dried and styled my hair.
I bought this spray as I hoped it would calm any frizz or flyaway strands and also to minimise the use of my straighteners. However, I still found I had to use my straighteners for the same amount of time as I usually would and didn't really notice any difference to my hair at all after using this product. I thought it looked a little smoother but I couldn't really be sure and to be honest I was expecting far better results then I have achieved with continued usage.
I have used creme and gel serums before which have left my hair looking lank or feeling sticky and whilst this product gave me none of those problems, I can't honestly say I have noticed any notable difference to my hair after several uses of this potion, I still seemed to have the same amount of flyway strands.
I am hoping that the added thermo protection is actually giving my hair some protection from heat damage, but again I can't be sure. I have stuck with it to use it up, but I am left fairly disappointed with this potion, which is a shame as I am usually praising all the John Frieda products I use to the hilt.
The bottle is a 200ml size and is lasting a fair amount of time. I spray it quite liberally over my hair around five times a week and it is lasting well. The average price for a 200ml of this straigtening potion varies greatly and whilst you can purchase this for around £3.30 if you shop around, I have also noticed it priced at over £5.00, so it really does pay to shop around.
Sadly, I haven't noticed any real difference to my hair after using this potion, nor does it minimise my need for straighteners. Maybe there is a slight increase in smoothness and maybe it is protecting my hair, but I doubt I would buy this again.
I'm currently working my way through the huge quantity of hair and beauty products that I've amassed over the years, in an attempt to save some money by using up old products before I buy new ones. One such product that I found in a cupboard and have been using for the last couple of months is John Frieda's Frizz Ease Straightening Potion. I use this as a heat protection spray, spritzing my hair with it before blow drying and straightening it.
As a heat protection spray, I've been pleased with this product. I've noticed a slight reduction in split ends caused by poor treatment and over-exposure to heat. However, I don't think that this spray lives up to its name of 'Striaghtening Potion', as it doesn't seem to make any difference to how straight my hair is. It does leave my hair smoother, sleeker and less frizzy after blow-drying than it would be if I didn't use any product, but I still have to straighten it for the same length of time as I would without using anything.
Despite its failure to straighten my hair, I've been pleased with this product. As I have already mentioned, it seems to protect my hair from the damaging effects of blow-drying and straightening, and it also leaves my hair looking smooth and sleek. I also find that a little goes a long way (I have quite long hair and find that four to five sprays are sufficient to protect my hair), and it doesn't weigh down my hair or leave any unsightly residue, unlike similar products that I have used in the past.
I had a look in my local Boots store to see if this spray was being sold and I couldn't see it, although they were selling a Frizz Ease Heat Protection Spray which looked pretty similar. However, I remember paying approximately £5 for this spray, which I think is reasonable for a decent heat protection spray.
Overall, I'd recommend this product to those looking for something that will protect their hair from the damaging effects of heated appliances such as hairdryers and straighteners. However, as a warning, it doesn't appear to have much of a straightening effect, despite its ability to make hair smoother, sleeker and less frizzy.
I've always loved John Frieda products, mainly the Brilliant Brunette and Frizz-Ease ranges, and each time I look at the products in Boots I'm always amazed at just how many different ranges there are, and how much different products are within the ranges! I bought the Straightening Potion on a whim, I originally went into buy the hair serum but as there was a special offer on the range I couldn't help myself with giving something else a try.
I was drawn in by this product as the features really appealed to me. It is aimed at people with naturally straight or wavy hair with light, flyaway frizz. My hair isn't naturally straight and is probably more wavy/curly than straight/wavy, but I wasn't going to let this put me off. The bottle claims to control flyaways and kinks to perfect hair. Another benefit which interested me was that it comes with thermo protectant, which is an important factor for me as I'm always straightening my hair on a daily basis using GHD's, which are hot straighteners.
Using this spray couldn't be easier. It had a pump action top so it's more like a spritz, and you simply spray this liberally all over damp hair. I always do several sprays making sure I reach from root to tip and underneath my hair. I would usually be a lot more cautious with hair products as I do get greasy roots meaning I need to wash my hair daily, but this spray doesn't actually leave any residue nor does it make the greasy problem any worse. It does have a strange strong smell to it, which isn't too bad but it's not the nicest of smells. Thankfully I can never smell this on my hair afterwards! After using this I blow dry my hair, then in the morning I'm attacking it with hair straighteners.
I bought this spray as I hoped it would help calm the frizz I get on my hair, and also to help straighten it. I haven't noticed my hair being much straighter, only a slight difference, however I do notice a difference when it comes to frizz, as the problem is slightly better. My hair also looks nicer when I've used this spray, although again this is only a slight difference. I was expecting far better results then I do get, however I do bear in mind that this is a spray rather than a cream or serum that's rubbed into hair and so it does gain some positive marks with me. The added bonus of it having the thermo protection in it means my hair also has some protection from heat damage. I can't tell when I have used this spray as it doesn't not leave hair sticky and it doesn't cause any residue build up. I use it almost everytime I wash my hair now, and it's so quick and easy to use, it's just a shame the results aren't as brilliant as I was expecting. It does give a slight shine to my hair too, my shampoo's and other hair products I use help here, but this potion does make a small difference.
The bottle I own of this is 200ml in size and it's a fairly large bottle and is lasting me ages. Considering I spray it quite liberally over my hair I am surprised at how long it is lasting, and I do use it about 4-5 times a week. Despite this I probably won't buy this again as the differences are only slight, and I'd rather stick to the smoothing creams and hair serums that are in this range which have bigger results. It costs £4.89 however I get buy this as part of an offer, but it is expensive for something which doesn't have big results.
Straightening sprays and "potions" are a bit of a nightmare. Strictly speaking (from someone who has relatively frizzy and wavy hair), they never do what they say on the bottle. The only way I have found to actually get anywhere near the desired results is to use a straightening cream which you apply after you have dried your hair, and just before you use your straightners.
However, saying all that, I do still use this spray everytime I was my hair. Why? Because it does seem to do something to help the straightening process. I actually think that it is probably more to do with drying out hair that is prone to retaining water, rather than actually straightening it, as I have found that my hair is much easier and quicker to blowdry when I use this product than when I don't. The instructions say that you should spray this liberally onto wet hair, comb through and then dry and style as normal.
This product has been around for a few years under various slightly different guises. I am fairly convinced that when I first used it, it was called "Miracle Dry" or something to that effect and was marketed as a blowdrying aid. More recently it was known as "Straightening Spray". The most recent version of this product contains a heat defence element to protect your hair and this is probably my least favourite aspect of it and probably why I will think about changing after I finish this bottle. I find a lot of products with heat defence in them make my hair feel sticky and like I have overused the product. This is no exception, though by no means the worse I have tried. I appreciate the fact that it supposedly protects the hair, but it tends to also make the drying aspect more difficult, which is why I was using the product in the first place.
This is not the cheapest straightening potion at £4.69 and I think it depends on how frizzy your hair is as to whether you actually notice any difference.
Having lost my beloved straightening conditioner to the whims of the discontinuing gods, I've been wroking on trying to find an alternative solution to my wavy/kinky hair. I bought Frizz Ease Straightening Potion as part of a 3 for 2 deal at Boots, alongside their straightening conditioner, and I really wish I hadn't.
Spray it onto your hair following a shower, and it should both magically straighten your hair (I assume that's why it's called a potion - made by the straightening sorcerors!) as well as protect it from the damage caused by the hairdriers of the world.
The spray claims to offer a brilliant straight shine without weighing down hair, but the reality for me was somewhat different. Following blow drying, a slightly greasy residue was left on my hair, almost as if it hadn't been shampooed at all. And while the hair didn't feel overly weighed down, it lacked the shine and vitality my hair normally has. And, as if to add insult to injury, my hair was no more straight than normal.
I used the spray twice before realising that it wasn't worth persevering with - I'd rather call it a bad buy than walk about feeling like I have a dirty mop on my head. Other Frizz Ease products don't have this effect (the conditioner purchased at the same time is pretty effective and leaves my hair soft and clean) but this one just doesn't live up to the claims of an otherwise trustworthy brand.
Although I have discovered my 'holy grail' product when it comes to a heat protection balm (Kerastase Ciment Thermique, that you smooth into damp hair after shampoo-ing), I'm still searching for a great spray in product that I can use to protect my hair each and every time I straighten it afterwards until it is washed again. So far I havn't found the perfect one but John Frieda's "Straightening Potion" is probably the closest yet.
'Smooth straight styles are just a spray away' according to the packaging of this product. It also claims to work with your hairdryer to deliver a perfect straight style with glossy shine. Salon created it contains revolutionary 'inner smoothing technology' to penetrate the hair strands to smooth and straighten from the inside out and with regular use it promises to repair and protect from all types of heat styling damage. Now, from my hair care courses taken as part of my Uni course, I know for almost a fact that no product can repair hair from split ends and such problems encountered from straightening, but they can protect them and since John Frieda products have rarely let me down in the past I decided to look past this claim of theres and give it a go anyway!
It is packaged in a flat silver bottle with a spray pump. It has a strong fruity scent which I find pleasant enough and it only lingers slightly in the hair after use. I bought this as part of a three for two deal in Boots but it retails at £4.69 per 200ml usually and for the amount you use per use I think it will last a long time and is of good value :-)
I use after shampooing, conditioning and using Frizz-Ease hair serum (another John Frieda product). I spray onto the lengths and undersides of my hair, avoiding the roots and concentrating on the ends. I brush through before blow drying and straightening.
I find that is incredibly easy to use too much of this spray which results in a wet mess that tends to stick to the plates of my straighteners leaving me with very limp, greasy looking hair. If you do use too much you can end up with heavy feeling hair which has an obvious buildup of product in and generally doesn't feel / look very nice :-(
For that reason I now make sure I only use a small amount of "Straightening Potion" and take extra special care to only apply it to the tips and dry areas. When only a small amount is used hair stays lightweight and glossy whilsnt being protected at the same time.
After using this for a few months now, I wouldn't agree that it is a miracle 'potion' by any means and although my split ends have definately been reduced, I just find the product so hit and miss that I am still looking for a better alternative.
If it were a little more lightweight and less sticky I think I would love it, but for now I wouldn't necessarily recommend it as there are many other products available on the market that would perform just as well, if not better.
Another one of my rash purchases! I went on the rampage with buying Frizz-Ease products and had already purchased the Frizz-Ease Straight Ahead Shampoo and Conditioner and was less than impressed with the results so I got this to continue with my quest for perfectly straight hair realising the shampoo and conditioner was only the start and a preparation to continue with the styling process. I'm not keen on the Frizz-Ease Serum and I actually own 3 bottles but again I'm not that impressed although I keep battling on with it hence why I stocked up on bottles of it!
I like the sound of a spray and so popped this in my basket in Boots with a load of other stuff!
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straightening Potion comes in a 400ml spray pump action bottle which labelling states clearly what it is and who it is by and gives instructions for use, cautions and ingredients.
What It Offers....
'John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straightening Potion has been developed with inner smoothing technology to instantly transform frizz-prone hair and deliver super sleek, straight results without the need for straightening irons.
The Spray penetrates the hair shaft and repairs damaged caused by heated styling appliances, restoring soft, shiny, manageable hair texture. It protects the hair from the heat of the hairdryer, whilst smoothing and straightening from the inside and out, delivering beautiful straight, glossy results, without weighing down hair.'
Well I used it after shampoo and conditioner on my hair. I sprayed it liberally and the thing that struck me was the smell. It's kind of fruit oil fragranced with an overwhelming smell of pencil sharpenings! Luckily that does fade though and once hair is dried all you can smell is the fruit oils.
It comes out of the spray very wet, if not to wet and saturates the hair . It's got the texture of water and you don't need too much of it. It's not sticky and it's not oily and you can feel it in and on the hair as it kind of clings on to the hair. I then comb it through and you can see that hair is less frizzy and more defined, even at this stage.
I always dry my hair on a cool heat setting. First time I used it I put it to the test on its claims. To just blow dry and get straight, glossy hair. Nope that certainly didn't work. Yes it took out a little frizz but by no stretch of the imagination did it go straight and although some frizz disappeared , not enough did and my ends especially felt fat, thick and fluffy.
Second time I used it I dried it just with a hairdryer and a round brush. Slightly more straight yes but still not straight at all and same thing happened to the ends, they were far too thick and fluffy and hair had to much life in it.
So the way I use it is to spray liberally and blow dry the best I can and then straighten with my straighteners on a very hot heat.
Yes this way works quite a bit but still not a perfect look of straight hair as promised and that's with using the Frizz-Ease Straight Ahead Shampoo and Conditioner along with it! I always get rid of my frizzies with products anyway so this was no more exceptional than any other I product I own.
The good points are hair doesn't feel greasy or weighed down and does give body and bounce and throughout the day once hair is straightened it does stay that way without a horrible controlled feeling. However I do feel that the claims made are huge and I'm yet to experience any in a big way! Hair is shiny in a none fake way and overall decent enough results but I'm not that impressed for the price of this product.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Transform frizz-prone hair and deliver super sleek, straight results without the use of a straightener /