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I have always been a little too experimental with my hair. When other people cringed at the idea of tormenting their hair into an unusual style or colour, I would take it as a challenge. I have cut my own hair, tortured it with at home straightening treatments, and dyed it every colour under the sun, skipping browns and reds for platinum blondes, blues and pinks. As you can imagine, this means my hair has seen a fair bit of bleach through the years. It never really seemed to do any damage.
Fast forward a few years, and whilst my hair is hardly the recurring nightmare that beauty adverts revel in telling you your hair will become without their specialist products, it has most definitely seen better days. Nowadays, I very rarely straighten my hair, though I do blow-dry it several times a week. It is also dyed using John Frieda foam in a vibrant auburn. After loving the colour my naturally dark blonde hair came out after trying their dyes, I thought it was about time I actually tried treating my hair.
I bought this conditioner, along with a styling spray, from boots on their 2 for £8 deal, then came home excited to try the product. First of all: the design. I love the screw on top style of this product, most other conditioners I own come in tubes and I always find I have a battle at the end forcing the last few washes out of the tube. With this tub, you can see exactly how much is left; though it is worth mentioning that those without shelves in their showers out of the way might find it difficult to manage.
When I opened it up, the smell was appealing, though not overpowering. In general, I am a fan of heavily scented cosmetics, such as Lush, so I was a bit unsure, but I combed it through my hair nonetheless. The conditioner wasn't as thick as I initially thought it would be, and it combed through easily.
After my shower, I blow-dried my hair on low heat as usual and was impressed with the results. It looked more tame, and more luscious and shiny than it usually did, and my usual frizzy ends were calmed, and it only got better. Each subsequent use left my hair feeling and looking more and more radiant. I couldn't help but want to run my fingers through it constantly.
Overall, I would definitely use this product again!
I think we are spoiled for choice these in terms of the range of personal care products available to us. There's certainly no need to be stuck in a rut or bored with a product - just try something new! There's something for every budget.
===A New Look For Me===
In my younger years it wasn't really like that. Try as I might I couldn't find a way of taming my wild, extremely curly hair. So when I discovered the world of hair straighteners and all the products that go with it - well, it felt like a bit of a renaissance! For the first time in my life I could make my hair look how I wanted it to look. That actually did quite a lot for my self -image. I've been able to grow it longer, so that it's now about shoulder length when straight. I've worn it short for most of my life.
===Taking Care Of My Hair===
I don't straighten it every day, because it does tend to be quite dry and I'm well aware that I have to keep it in good condition if I want to keep this look. I like to supplement my ordinary conditioning with a more intensive treatment about once a month. Having used the John Frieda Frizz Ease products with satisfaction I decided to buy this more intensive deep conditioner to keep my ends in good shape.
===The Writing On The Tub===
This comes in a 150 ml tub with a screw-on lid. I spotted it when doing my weekly shop in Tesco and thought it sounded good, from the description. I don't recall the price: I see Amazon have it at £5.50, Boots £6.29 and Tesco Online at £6. It must have been an impulse buy because, if I'd been thinking straight, I would have realised that it would be difficult to apply in the shower, which is my preferred way of hair washing. Its main claim is that it revives, restores and strengthens over- styled hair, reducing the risk of breakage and leaving it silky and soft. Unsurprisingly it's recommended that you use it with the matching shampoo, which I didn't do, partly because I don't remember seeing it in store. The ingredients are listed in tiny writing, some of which I recognise but some as usual might as well be another language. The star ingredient appears to be Inca Inchi Oil. You are instructed to comb through freshly washed hair and leave in for 2-5 minutes for intense repair, before rinsing well. One thing I liked about the information was that it clearly states that it's safe to use on children, and on hair that's been chemically treated, like mine. However there is no information about animal testing. There are contact phone numbers for UK and ROI should you want further information, and the web address is given: www.johnfrieda.co.uk
===Ground Level Is A Mistake===
Unscrewing the lid, ready to apply the conditioner, I noticed the smell immediately. I'm not very good at describing scents but I found it very pleasant, perhaps with a slightly fruity edge. I was surprised that it didn't seem very thick. It was difficult to scoop it out of the tub and apply to my hair as there is no shelf or any means of holding a product at head height in our shower - which is awaiting a major refit - so I had to leave it on the shower floor. Of course this meant that water got into the tub, causing dilution and making it slightly thinner each time I used it.
===I Don't Call That Deep===
It's not difficult for me to leave a product like this in for 2-5 minutes during a shower as I fit it into my routine, washing my hair first and then applying conditioner. I always comb through with a wide toothed comb, too, to separate the many tangles and ensure full conditioning. With this product I found it difficult to tell it was on my hair once I'd combed through. Towards the end of the tub's lifespan I found myself applying an ordinary conditioner in addition to this one, as I wasn't convinced it was effective. Now this may well have been down to the dilution effect I mentioned and not necessarily the fault of the product itself, but I can only describe how I found it.
===Put It Down To Experience===
My last use of this tub was last week, when I washed my hair shortly before getting my hair cut. Although she didn't specifically mention breakage, my hairdresser, who knows my hair very well, commented that it was still a bit dry at the ends on both sides. This didn't totally surprise me. I suppose everyone's hair has a maximum length to which it can grow and stay looking healthy and perhaps mine has just about reached that point. I wasn't particularly looking to grow it much longer, but I do want it to be in good condition. I'm sure it will suit other people as we're all different after all. I'm just not sufficiently convinced that this product has suited my hair well enough to buy it again so I'm afraid I'm only giving it a 2 star rating, purely based on personal experience. It's not for me.
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©Verbena March 2013
Since having my baby I have let my hair grow long so it is easy to wear up out of reach of little hands! As a result my hair is quite dry at the ends and prone to split ends. I found that my regular condition just isn't nourishing enough so when I spotted this on special offer I thought I would give it a try.
Unlike my usual condition which is in a bottle this comes in a screw top pot. I did think it would therefore be quite thick and rich however it is pretty runny. This meant the first few times when I was using it in the shower that it ran off my hands before I could apply it. The pot in easy to spot on the shelf as it is red with the logo clearly marked on it. I do feel that it would be easier to apply if in a regular bottle although I think the cost would substantially increase if that were the case. Buying a pot with less volume n it does make it appear reasonably priced in compassion to regular conditioner but it is more expensive once you work out cost per ml. For example in Boots it currently costs £6.29 for a 150 ml pot which is £4.19 per 100 ml which is almost double the cost of a normal conditioner. I did however managed to pick up my pot for £5 so it does pay to keep an eye out for special offers.
I tend to wash my hair in the shower and apply conditioner after shampooing and wind my hair up on my head until it is time to rinse it out. As I explained above I think it would be better if this product had a thicker consistency having said which I find it easy to spread over my hair. The longer you can leave it on for the better your hair will feel but even after a couple of minutes I do notice the difference when I am brushing and drying my hair. The recommend time is 2 to 5 minutes. (As I tend to be in a rush in the mornings I havent tried 5 minutes apart from the one time when the shower's hot water disappeared but that's another story!) I cannot say it leaves my hair smooth and flat but it does leave it in a better condition. It doesn't leave my hair looking greasy and I have noticed an improvement in the condition of my hair. This is apparently due to the Incha Inchi oil that the product contains which is meant to help reduce hair breakage. ( I have never heard of this oil until now but apparently it comes from Peru.) I colour my hair and therefore have checked the label to make sure it is safe to use on coloured hair. I haven't noticed my colour fading any more than usual so would say that it works well on coloured hair. If possible when my hair is in serous need on tlc I do like to spread some of this product over the ends of my hair and leave it on all night after which I quickly rinse it out.
I am pleased with the results that this product has given me. My hair doesn't appear to be breaking as easily and is stronger. The only downside is the consistency which I wish was just a bit thicker. 4 out of 5 stars for me.
I bought this as part of a 3 for £10 deal in Boots soon after I started dying my hair with peroxide as it dried it out and it felt awful! Before dying my hair I always had super soft hair and hardly ever needed to condition it.
I was choosing between this and the Frizz Ease hair masque and in the end chose the Full Repair as it was more directed at over worked hair like mine. At full price the pot costs £6.29 which I doubt I would spend alone but as it was part of an offer it wasn't too bad and worked out at about 3.30 in the end. I really love the pot, it is a screw lid which means none of the product will go to waste and it sits cute in my bathroom and is very secure when travelling. The pot has a red lid and the body seems almost frosted, at first I thought the pot was very large and I was getting a big amount of product (the mls don't mean anything to me!) but when I got home and opened it up I found that the frosted effect was created by having frosted plastic around the red pot inside which was smaller so it is a little deceiving (well to those of us who just go by looking at the size of the packaging haha).
The conditioner smells amazing! It has a classic hair salon type of smell and the Full Repair range has Inca Oil included which makes it smell extra nice. The conditioner is thick and white with no shimmer like most conditioners seem to, the first time I used it I found it hard to judge how much to use as you have to scoop it up with your fingers instead of a squeezy bottle. I used too much the first time!
Directions are easy, use 2-3 times a week and rub over your hair much like you would with conditioner but leave on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse out. This time is usually how long I'd leave a normal conditioner on for so I waited for about 6-8 minutes instead, the conditioner was very easy to rinse out afterwards and I could feel my hair was less tangled than usual too. My hair was very easy to comb out afterwards and after drying my hair, it was very soft but not too much different to using my normal conditioner. The smell lingered in my hair for quite some time which I loved as the scent is so lovely. My hair tends to feel a little heavier when using this deep conditioner so it doesn't always style as well I'd like but it doesn't make it greasier quicker but I do use it more often on days when I'm not going anywhere too nice as my hair lies a bit flatter.
Even though I don't use much of the conditioner I have noticed the tub has gone down pretty fast so I don't think it would be worth the full £6.29 is it usually priced at. I also don't think there is a huge amount of difference when using my normal conditioner so I think it should drop the 'Deep' part of its name and I most likely wouldn't purchase this again although I really do love the scent. Over all I am pretty disappointed with this product as John Frieda products are usually really good, the only advantages I have from using this instead of my usual conditioner is that my hair is easier to comb after washing.