Product Type: John Frieda hair care products
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John Frieda Frizz Ease Straightening Potion
Member Name: jeffjen
John Frieda Frizz Ease Straightening Potion
Advantages: Easy to use, non-sticky.
Disadvantages: Doesn't really work for me.
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.
Summary: I had high hopes for this John Frieda product but found it a disappointment.