Product Type: John Frieda hair care products
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Not Deep Enough For Me!
John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner
Member Name: Verbena
John Frieda Full Repair Deep Conditioner
Advantages: Lovely smell
Disadvantages: A purchasing mistake for me.
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.
Thank you for reading my review, which may appear on other sites.
İVerbena March 2013
Summary: Not for me, I'm afraid!