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I am always on the hunt for the perfect shampoo and conditioner. John Frieda Full Repair is certainly not perfect but it is one of my current favourites. I''ll start with the good points. The packaging is attractive, clean, and looks like a salon shampoo. My hair feels soft and very clean after use and is easy to brush. It has a creamy consistency so doesn''t slip out of my hand. However its also easy to squeeze out and I don''t struggle to get the last few applications out of the bottle as I do with other bottles. It hasn''t so far leaked into my travel bag when I have been away for the weekend. The shampoo lathers up well so I don''t need to use very much and washes out very easily. I think it is reasonably priced although can be easily obtained cheaper via various 2 for 1 offers. It smells fresh and clean and is certainly not overpowering. The downsides to this shampoo are few. I am not keen on the identical packaging of the shampoo and conditioner. It becomes irritating in the shower when I pick up the conditioner when I want the shampoo and then pick up the shampoo when I want the conditioner. It probably wouldn''t bother me too much but for the fact that I have to take quick showers so my very young children can''t cause too much havoc. The only other negative point I have is that after maybe a week or so of using it, my hair becomes quite heavy and flat. To remedy this, I alternate this shampoo with a cleansing shampoo and it works really well. I would definitely recommend this product.
Some time ago I was very lucky and won a hamper of John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Repair products included in this hamper were 5 products including the Shampoo and Conditioner. This range is designed to 'hydrate and repair' damaged hair and I have found the products to be very effective and extremely nourishing.
The shampoo itself is white and smells lovely. The scent is very difficult to describe as it does not smell to me of anything in particular but it is a really nice smell. The shampoo lathers and rinses out well and leaves my hair beautifully clean and scented.
I find a small amount of this shampoo goes a long way and so my tube is lasting really well. I have used the shampoo both with the matching conditioner and alone and whilst the effects are enhanced by the conditioner this shampoo is very effective used alone and leaves my hair looking and feeling healthy, soft and shiny.
Unlike some hydrating shampoos that I have tried in the past this shampoo does not weigh my hair down and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
~Price & Availability~
John Frieda Full Repair Hydrate and Repair Shampoo is widely available in shops and online. It currently costs £5.89 for 250ml.
I love this shampoo, it leaves my hair lovely and soft and shiny, and makes it feel and look healthy. Highly recommend and I will certainly continue to use.
The John Frieda range of hair care products, including shampoo and conditioners seem to be on offer all over the place lately. I was beginning to wonder what all the fuss was about (and they kept putting them on offer) and I decided to try out both the shampoo and conditioner myself. The shampoo I bought comes in a dark red tube, much like a giant tube of toothpaste, that stands on its head and has a flip back lid. The lid is really soft, pliable and flexible and it makes getting the shampoo out really simple and easy.
The shampoo I bought in this range is called Full Repair and it's designed for all hair types, but those that have suffered some sort of trauma. My hair has probably suffered from more traumas than most, what with all the heating appliances and now, more recently, my lighter colour shade, and so I though that this shampoo might be just what my poor hair needed.
I've been using this shampoo now for about 8 weeks, which is quite a long time. I don't use it every time I wash my hair and I like to chop and change shampoos and conditioner around a bit, but I do go through spells of using this for most of the week and then I will swap over to another brand.
This shampoo was on offer at 2 for 3, so I bought two shampoos and one of the Full Repair conditioners. I always use more shampoo than I do conditioner anyway. I was so impressed I remember the first time I used this shampoo. It squirted out of its tube really easily and I like the fact that it looks a bit like a gel in consistency, rather than a white coloured shampoo, like I had been expecting.
I only need to use a very small amount of this shampoo and if you are going to use it for the very first time, please don't make the mistake I did and pour loads out onto the palm of your hand - you really won't need it. It lathers brilliantly, really quickly, and gives loads of luxurious and soft soapy bubbles.
The smell is rather nice too, though not floral as I had imagined. It's quite a man made sort to smell, but pleasant nevertheless.
The way this makes my hair feel after I've washed and dried it is the best bit. My hair looks and feels as though it has more volume and it definitely looks and feels in much better condition that it had been before. Tether is no denying that this shampoo suits my hair type down to the ground and it's worth paying that bit extra for.
It's an everyday sort of shampoo as it's gentle and kind and it rinses out well despite the immense amount of bubbles it creates on wet hair. My hair has a gloss and a shine to it that it never had before and I'm so pleased with this product.
Product: John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo
Price & availability (250ml): Boots £5.89 Superdrug £4.50 (save £1.39) Asda £5.00 or 3 for £10 (during March 2013).
Selling Point at a glance: Full Body Shampoo designed for damaged/coloured hair. Weightlessly repairs and revives over styled hair. Suitable for colour treated hair.
Active ingredients: Inca Inchi oil is a plant originating from the Peruvian Amazon region which has been known to the natives for several thousand years. This oil is one of the richest vegetable source of essential fatty acids: linoleic Omega 6 and alpha-linolenic Omega 3. When these essential acids are applied topically they can aid natural healing and add moisture to dry damaged hair.
I have long hair and send a lot of time blow drying and straightening and we all know what that leads to! Yes you've guessed it, dry damaged hair. But there's just some things you can't give up!! So the next best thing was to at least try to reduce and maybe prevent further trouble. I alway thought John Frieda to be an affordable and effective brand so thought I'd give it a go when I saw it on offer at Superdrug.
A smooth cloudy gel, not to thick with a neutral mild fragrance it doesn't really have a strong scent. A small amount, about the size of a 10p was enough even for my long hair. It lathers well and is easy to rinse, you can feel a smoothness as the water runs through your hair. When blow drying I noticed my hair sleeker but not heavy and was easy to manage the rest of the day. However by night my roots stared to feel greasy so that was a disappointment.
2. Reduced risk of breaking when brushing
3. Easy to rinse no residue
4. Lasts along time (about 7 weeks with daily use)
5. Suitable for colour treated hair
1. Although I agree this product does feel weightless my roots did feel greasy by night.
I did like this product and it does give dry/heat treated hair a boost however I may try something more suitable for greasy roots.
In the last few months, I have started testing some products for Bzz Agent and the latest one of these is the John Frieda Full Repair Full Body Shampoo and Conditioner. In this review, I am going to concentrate on the shampoo, although as I have been using the two products in harmony with one another, I will probably end up reviewing the conditioner as well. I was really pleased to receive a full size bottle of the John Frieda Full Repair Full Body shampoo to try out, as well as some sample size bottles to share with friends, as I have used John Frieda products in the past and always been pleased with the results.
* The Product *
The Full Repair Shampoo comes in a red squeezy tube with a flip lid at the base. The tube is a dark red in colour. The product promises to 'revive over-styled hair' and weightlessly repair hair that has been damaged by heat-styling and colouring. I haven't coloured my hair for a long time but I blow-dry it every day and style it with my GHDs on a regular basis as well, so I was looking forward to seeing what effect this product had on my hair. On the pack of the package, it says that it is 'bodifying formula, with Inca Inchi Oil rich in omega-3, repairs the look and feel of over-styled hair as it weightlessly restores bounce for full, flowing styles'. It also 'detangles strands, reducing the risk of breaking or snagging when combing or brushing'. This all sounded very promising and increased my sense of anticipation for using the shampoo.
* Application and Results *
When I buy a new shampoo, which I do regularly (beauty product junkie that I am), the first thing I look for is how well it performs at creating a good lather. This product is excellent at this. You only need a relatively small amount of shampoo to work up a great lather and it feels smooth and creamy on my hands as I work it into my hair. The fragrance of this shampoo is a fairly soapy, clean scent with a hint of floral undertones - it does not have a very distinctive smell but it smells very pleasant and the scent doesn't really linger in my hair. It is very easy to rinse out as well - our shower is probably of average power and it only takes me about 30 seconds to rinse all traces of this shampoo out of my now shoulder-length hair. I am very impressed with how easily it rinses out as I have used several other shampoos which don't rinse out well at all and leave my hair feeling heavy and greasy. That is definitely not the case with this one. Obviously, the recommendation is that you should follow up application of the shampoo by applying the matching conditioner. As previously mentioned, I have been trialling both products and I feel that the conditioner complements the shampoo perfects.
I have been delighted with the results that I have achieved from using the John Frieda Full Repair Shampoo. Prior to starting this product trial, I was feeling that my hair was looking dull and lifeless, plus I was having real problems stopping it getting tangled. This product has definitely revitalised my hair. It has much more body, feels lighter, looks healthier and is easier to style - in other words, everything I could possibly want from a shampoo (other than getting rid of those few pesky grey hairs that are starting to appear of course). My hair looks and feels better both when I just give it a quick blast with the hair-dryer and pull in back into a ponytail and when I take the time to style it properly with my GHDs. There is definitely more volume in my hair when I have blow-dried it properly after using this shampoo and conditioner and it feels more bouncy as well.
* Cost *
This product is currently available for about £6 at Boots and other high street retailers. It is one of the more expensive shampoos on the market but, in my opinion, the results I have achieved make it worth the money.
* Would I Recommend It? *
Yes, I would definitely recommend this shampoo for anyone who wants to give their hair a bit of a boost. I have finished my free tubes now and have replaced them with more of same, and it is still having a positive effect on my hair (which is not always the case when I use the same product repeatedly). It allows me to work up a good lather which leaves my hair feeling clean and fresh, rinses out well, smells nice and helps my hair stay smooth and tangle-free. Most importantly, it has genuinely improved the look and feel of my hair and that is good enough for me.
I recently stocked up on a lot of hair care products, my wardrobe now looks silly from the amount of shampoos, conditioners and lotions and potions, I couldn't miss out on the opportunity because a lot of different brands glitched at Asda meaning they worked out at about 38 pence a bottle! One of the shampoos I bought was this John Frieda full repair shampoo.
The shampoo is available to purchase from the usual places, supermarkets and places like Boots and Superdrug. They usually sell around the £5 mark but can often be found on offer such as three products for £10 and the like.
The packaging for the 250ml shampoo is quite sleek, it features a tube with the lid being on the bottom of the bottle so that all the product can run to the bottom making it easy to get the last bit out without faffing around. It is a deep red colour and has all of the relevant information. The flip top lid on the bottom of the bottle is easy to open, even just flicking it open with my thumb is a doddle. The shampoo itself has a gel like consistency, it is neither too thick nor too thin and has an almost clear colouring to it. The fragrance of the shampoo isn't that too apparent, I quite like floral smelling shampoos but this one just has a faint sweet smell to it.
When applying the shampoo, I find that I don't need to use much as it lathers up extremely easily and once rubbed into my roots it lathers brilliantly and my whole head of hair is fully covered in white bubbles. Although there is a lot of lather involved with this product it is still easy to wash out and takes less time than you would imagine once you see how much shampoo is on the hair.
I use this shampoo alongside the matching John Frieda full repair conditioner and am very pleased with the results. My hair is quite damaged, I think probably due to all the heat I use on it blow drying and straightening it. Using this product leaves my hair feeling and looking so much better, it has a sheen to it that comes with clean hair, and it is softer and looks good! This shampoo also leaves my hair cleaner for longer, I can go a day without washing it and it still looks like it did after I styled it after washing, with no greasiness in sight.
I'd definitely recommend this John Frieda full repair shampoo, I would definitely buy it once my stash has run out as it gives great results and if found on a 3 for £10 offer I believe it's great value for money.
I gratefully received this shampoo from the BzzAgent website for free to test it out and give my feedback. I also got the matching conditioner.
Full Repair shampoo is intended for hair which has been damaged due to colouring and using heat from tools like straighteners and hair driers. While I don't colour my hair and hardly ever use straighteners, I do blow dry my hair every morning and my hair can be a bit wild and frizz prone on occasion as it is naturally wavy, so I am usually glad to use anything which claims it will tame and nourish my hair. The shampoo is apparently suited to fine and medium hair, which mine is.
The main ingredient which is supposed to provide the repair is inca inchi oil which comes from plants that grow in the Peruvian amazon. Hair oils are a big craze at the moment but I am reluctant to put pure oil on my hair as I can't get past the idea it will look greasy, so I prefer to just get some of these supposed wonder oils contained in more "normal" products!
This shampoo comes in a bold red tube which gives plenty of info about the product and it's benefits. It contains 250 ml which is pretty standard and not too stingy and can be easily dispensed by opening the flip top cap.
The shampoo is whiteish in colour but kind of clear and gel looking. It has a silky texture, quite lightweight but rich feeling at the same time. It easily glides into my hair due to the silkiness, and it lathers up well. It also smells really good, lightly fruity and sweet but not too overpowering. After thoroughly lathering, this shampoo can be rinsed out with no difficulty.
My hair feels clean after use. I have never used it without following up with conditioner, and it is recommended to use them together, so I can't completely speak for how well it performs on its own. After shampooing my hair is still a bit tangled and I definitely think the conditioner helps to detangle.
After using both, my hair is easy to comb through and tangles come out quite easily. When blow drying after using this, the first time I felt it was making my hair look a bit puffed out and too volumised. It does also say it will add volume. I really don't like it when products give a certain fake volume effect and I feared that was what had happened here. However, after I left it for a bit while getting ready, I then brushed it again and the weird puffiness was gone and my hair looked really nice - so smooth, shiny and healthy looking. I was really pleased! I have been using it daily since then (I think today must be the third or fourth day) and the effects are still good. It is not leaving any build up or residue, and my hair still feels light and shiny.
I asked my sister her opinion on my hair because I have to feed back to BzzAgent and she said it looked very shiny and glossy like a horses mane - LOL! I will give her a tube to try it and I also gave a small sample tube to my flatmate, and she liked it.
On the whole I am really pleased with this, actually much more than I thought I would be as I find the John Frieda frizz ease cream can be a bit hit and miss, whereas this full repair now seems more reliable from my experience so far.
The only downside is that it is a bit more expensive than some other shampoos, costing around £6, but I am happy to pay that sort of price for Aussie and others which I consider good, so I would definitely be willing to get this one again every now and again, especially if on offer.
Worth a try if you have hair which can be a bit frizzy and you want a shiny healthy look.
I don't tend to purchase expensive shampoos, however recently I was given the opportunity as a Bzz Agent to try out both the shampoo and conditioner from the John Frieda Full Repair range, and I leapt at it. Sampling a pricey shampoo for free?! I didn't need to be asked twice. Very generously I must say, I was sent a full tube of this Full Repair Shampoo which I have seen full price at just under £6, though it is currently on offer in Tesco for £4.
The shampoo in this range has been designed for those who have heat damaged hair or coloured hair, in order to give it 'full repair' without 'weighing it down'. I do blow dry and straighten my hair everyday so although I don't think it is in bad condition, all the style does take its toll I'm sure. I also have little highlights in my hair as well.
Even better for me is that this shampoo is suited for those with fine to medium hair - now my hair certainly falls into the fine category, in fact it could NEVER be described as medium or thick. This shampoo included 'Inca Inchi Oil' which has been grown in the Peruvian Amazon and contains nutrients renowned for their health properties. Inca Inchi Oil is also meant to be non greasy and weightless which should be beneficial to your hair. In fact this product claims to reverse the damage down by styling and repair the hair. Such damage that can be 'repaired' includes hair that gets tangled, breaks, and looks limp and instead you should end up with hair that is full of body and which looks flowing!
Well since receiving this tube of shampoo, I have used it a handful of times and been happily impressed. It has been easy to lather up, washes out easily, and I can easily brush through my hair when wet after washing. I don't really notice a strong scent when applying this shampoo but there is a faint sweetish smell which is pleasant though doesn't seem to linger on the hair after washing. After drying my hair, it does look smooth and shiny, and certainly has some body to it. There certainly doesn't seem to be any tangles after drying and I presume the more I use it the better my hair is looked after despite my daily styling. THe other thing I did notice about this shampoo is that it really did clean my hair very well, so much so, that although I wash my hair everyday usually, on the days after I used this shampoo I didn't need to wash my hair as it wasn't in the slightest bit greasy and that is obviously a major plus in my book. Saves me time in the morning, which is brilliant when I have a toddler running around.
The only negative I would say about this product is for the full price, I'm not sure that I see enough that makes this shampoo stand out from other cheaper versions. Yes, my hair looks good and feels good after washing and it certainly cleans it very well, but to pay almost £6 for a tube when I could pay half that for an equally good shampoo, I'm not sure I would shell out the money.
All in all, this is a good shampoo that will help protect and repair damaged hair, but it is pricey!
As a Bzz Agent I'm often sent bits and pieces to trial and discuss with friends, a few days ago I took delivery of a box full of tubes of John Frieda Full Repair shampoo and conditioner. Having been highly impressed with the shampoo I thought I'd tell you all about it, or 'spread bzz' in Bzz-speak.
John Frieda Full Repair shampoo is sold in glossy red 250ml tubes; the packaging is in keeping with other ranges under the John Frieda umbrella, I particularly like the chunky flip top lid as it's easy to open and allows me to dispense the perfect amount each time even when my hands are wet and slippery in the shower. The shampoo has a reasonably thick consistency, it's a gel-like texture which doesn't drip as I'm washing my hair - the first time I used it I was a little worried as the shampoo has a very slight oily feeling against my fingertips, I needn't have stressed however as this doesn't transfer to my hair and actually works to make it an extremely pleasant shampoo to use.
It lathers up quickly and easily, almost instantly upon application actually so it really does make light work of shampooing my hair - this is actually a godsend at the moment as I hurt my elbow a few weeks ago and reaching up to wash my hair is still quite painful, it's great that I can get such a thick and luxurious lather going so quickly! My hair feels soft as I shampoo it and when I've finished I can feel tiny bubbles popping on my scalp which makes my whole head feel amazingly clean.
Despite the richness of the lather I find the shampoo rinses out surprisingly quickly. As I stand under the shower the lather will first start to lift up as though even more bubbles are being produced, but after a few seconds I can feel soft soapy lather running down my back indicating that it's rinsing away pretty easily - all I really have to do is reach up and agitate my roots to remove the final bits that have collected nearer to my scalp. Within a couple of minutes all traces of shampoo have been removed and I'm ready to either get out of the shower or apply the matching Full Repair conditioner - for the purpose of this review I've been leaving the conditioner off to get a feel for how the shampoo works as a standalone product, and I must say I'm impressed!
Let me tell you a bit about my hair. It's currently just below shoulder length after I had seven inches cut off recently when I realised I just couldn't manage the washing process with a poorly elbow, I've been bleaching and dying my hair for twenty years so despite the fact that I rarely use hair styling products it's in pretty bad shape and hugely over-processed. I have a few split ends but this isn't particularly an issue I suffer with (thank god as I hate going to the hairdressers!) and my hair is on the thin side so I often put my hair up in a ponytail to hide the fact that I was at the back of the queue when god was handing out hair volume. I can hide the majority of my hair issues in this way but I was intensely curious to find out whether the Full Repair shampoo could, in fact, improve the condition and appearance of my hair.
And it has! I'm quite shocked actually as this is a simple shampoo not a highly specialised hair treatment, but in less than a week of using it exclusively at every hair wash I can see an incredible improvement in my hair. The active ingredient in the Full Repair shampoo is Inca Inchi Oil, an ancient natural product favoured by Inca women and derived from the seeds of the fruit produced by the Sacha Inchi plant which is native to the Peruvian Amazon. I'm always very wary of used oil based hair products as my hair is on the greasy side anyway (and coupled with the vague greasy feel of the shampoo on my fingers I was even more concerned), but Inca Inchi Oil has a completely non-greasy texture and is such a light oil that it's unlikely to weigh your hair down or give it a limp appearance regardless of how thick (or in my case, thin) your hair is. This is certainly true for my hair; both immediately after washing and once time has passed I can feel and see the extra body given to my hair, this is obviously more apparent when I wear my hair loose as the lift seems to happen from the roots but it also enables me to create more voluminous up-dos including ponytails with extra curl and allows me to pull out strands of hair for a more tousled look (without them just hanging limply at the sides of my face).
The actual condition of my hair is greatly improved too, with the few split ends I had being smoothed down almost from the very first time I washed my hair with this shampoo and a lovely shine which became apparent as I brushed my hair and blow dried it. Incidentally, while this is quite a moisturising shampoo it doesn't have any particular conditioning properties so it doesn't stop the knotty tangles I'm plagued with as soon as my hair is wet or damp. Of course, if you choose to follow your shampooing with the matching Full Repair conditioner the conditioning effects will be amplified but even using just the shampoo I'm still impressed by how healthy my hair feels after washing. Obviously the main consideration for a shampoo is how well it cleans my hair, and this one is very cleansing (as I expected it to be based on previous usage of John Frieda shampoos) - this one leaves my hair feeling soft and clean, removing all residue of the hairspray I use in my fringe and giving my hair the kind of sheen you only really get when your hair is squeaky clean.
I really love this shampoo (and the conditioner too) and will definitely continue to buy it once my samples are finished, the price is a little off-putting at £5.50 a tube but in my opinion it's worth paying a bit extra for a product that leaves my hair looking and feeling so good - plus John Frieda is very often on special offer in Boots and Tesco (in November it will be £4 a tube) so is worth stocking up on when you spot it reduced in price. I'll just hide mine from the kids to help the tube last for longer - and thereby save myself some cash over the lifespan of the shampoo tube.
I was after a product that would put a bit of life back in my hair which is constantly being attacked with heated appliances, making it look a little lifeless and dry on the ends. When Boots had a 3 for 2 on this range recently, I thought I would try this range out. The Full Repair range aims to revive over-styled hair, and the range contains a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner and serum. The shampoo is enriched with Inca oil which is rich in Omega 3 to help restore body and bounce to coloured and heat styled hair. The shampoo has an RRP of £5.89 for 250ml of product, but it is looking out for offers to reduce the price
The shampoo is contained in a red squeezy tube which has a plastic flip top lid. The first issue I came across was the difficulty I had opening this product, both wet and dry! The cap is very tight and I have actually cut my finger trying to prize the lid off this tube. Not a good start! When I can eventually open the lid, I am presented with a lovely, expensive smelling fragrance from the shampoo. It is easy to squeeze out and has thick consistency, so it feels more expensive in your hands compared to some cheap brands. It is easily distributed through wet hair and lathers up reasonably well. Throughout washing, it did feel pleasant and luxurious to use on my hair due to the thickness of the shampoo, it felt like it was cleaning my hair and scalp without stripping. Washing the shampoo out was easy, as normal and my hair felt softer than normal after just using this shampoo. I wasn't able to purchase the matching conditioner in this range, so up to now; I have just used this shampoo on its own with no conditioning product.
I dried and styled my hair as normal after using this shampoo. It was no more difficult or easier compared to when I have used other shampoos. I did notice that my hair looked shiner and had less frizz around crown, which was pleasing. I didn't notice any difference in body or volume in my hair, I suppose my hair looked slightly sleeker, but not dramatically.
The fragrance of the shampoo did lightly remain in my hair throughout the day, but I could only smell it if I actually sniffed my hair. Thankfully, my hair wasn't weighed down with residue from this shampoo, I didn't have to wash it any quicker than I usually do, and there was no sticky film on my hair after using this.
Overall, this is a nice shampoo to use to add shine and smooth, but I'm not sure it lives up to its claims entirely as it didn't really improve the overall look of my hair or add body. It did add shine and take away some frizz, but I'm sure some cheaper products are able to do this, which are easier to open!! Perhaps the results are heightened or advanced when the shampoo is used with the conditioner? I can't comment on this unfortunately.
I award this 3 (and a half) stars due to the high price, the slight lack of results and packaging.
*** My Hair History - Just SKIP this paragraph if you want to get straight to the product review!***
First of all a little history on my hair. I didn't go to the hairdressers for nearly 4yrs but had perfect long blonde hair down below my bra strap that everyone always complimented. I bleached it at home with a 'Wella Hair Streaking Kit' & would just trim the (split) ends myself. It was always in excellent condition, for bleach blonde hair. Anyway, I decided after 10 years of being a bleach blonde.. I was going to do something drastic. I dyed it black. Worst. Mistake. Of. My. Life.
It was in okay condition when it was black. Still very long etc. However within a month I decided I didn't like it. It wasn't me. I decided to bleach it back. Unfortunately for me I hadn't seen that product that gets dye out your hair without bleach (I wish it had been out then)! Also, stupid me.. instead of using the Wella once or twice (for some reason I thought it would be TOO strong & would damage my hair) - I instead used up to 4 or 5 boxes of different brands (l'oreal, clairol etc) of blonde hair dye. Sigh.
I got my hair back to an orangey blonde but after a holiday in Spain & visiting a theme park damaging my hair in the chlorine on the wet rides (plus having it tied up all the time - which I NEVER used to do) most of my hair decided to snap off :'( - That was back in April. I resumed to do my roots with the Wella Hair Streaking Kit as I ALWAYS had done & up until the start of July, my hair (well, the orangey, damaged section) was still slowly snapping off. Right now it is up to 8/9 inches long on the sides & about 12 inches at the back - it is my old colour on top, so 4 inches of blonde before it fades into the orangey colour! I'm too scared to even THINK about lighting up the orangey part so I'm growing it out slowly - then eventually, one day, I'll be able to cut the orange out! So yeah, I have been through EVERY product. When my hair was blonde & in good nick, I used L'oreal Elvive (the pink one & the red one). To help my hair grow I use Lee Stafford's hair growth formula (from Boots) which is amazing. I also ordered some products from the U.S - Mane n Tail, originally made for horses - but good for helping it grow! Anyway onto the John Freida Full Repair...
*** PRODUCT REVIEW - #1 ADVERTISING ***
I always watch hair adverts & think 'yeah, yeah.. as if. It's all lighting & extensions'. This advert was no different really! I did get depressed when I saw the girl in the ad, because she did actually have the hair I used to have! When it heard that it helps with bleach & heat damage, my ears pricked up. I have used John Freida's blonde products in the past & they were VERY good, so I thought I'd give this range a go! I went & bought the Shampoo, Conditioner & a Heat Activated Styling Spray.
*** PACKAGING ***
I love the bottle. It's a lovely bright red & silver colour & is the same style bottle as ALL other John Freida Shampoo (& conditioner) bottles. The only downside is that you need to be careful when putting it in your trolley/car because it IS squidgy & the lid could pop open & you could end up with the product everywhere. The same goes for when the bottle is in your shower/bath. Make sure you re-seal the lid properly.. otherwise it could drip out! Also, another downside (nothing major) is that you cannot really tell the difference between the shampoo/conditioner bottles unless you read the actual word 'shampoo/conditioner'. This is a pain when you're rushing in the supermarket or are in the shower & like me without any contacts, squinting trying to see which is which!
The front of the bottle reads: John Freida Full Repair. Revives overstyled hair. With Inca Inchi oil. Full Body Shampoo. Weightlessly Repairs. For damage from heat & colour.
The back of the bottle reads: Bodifying formula, with Inca Inchi oil rich in Omega-3, repairs the look and feel of overstyled hair as it weightlessly restores bounce for full, flowing styles. Detangles strands, reducing the risk of breaking and snagging when combing or brushing. SAFE FOR COLOUR-TREATED HAIR.
Directions: Apply shampoo to wet hair, lather, rinse well. Follow with Full Repair Conditioner.
*** PRICE ***
For the quality of this Shampoo & how it has helped my hair, personally I would pay full price for this product, the full price being £5.89 for the 250ml bottle. However, shop around. It is ALWAYS on offer either in Tesco or Boots (3 for £10) so it's worth buying the conditioner & another product - I bought the heat activated styling spray. It is expensive but honestly, after what I've seen cheap products do to my hair. I will never, ever mis-treat it again! It deserves the best until it gets back to it's best & so it is definitely worth paying for that.
*** THE SHAMPOO ITSELF ***
Shampoo's to me are all the same - in all honesty, the only way I can tell that one is better than the other is that it leaves your hair a little soft after you rinse it out. NOT as soft as when you rince the conditioner out.. but still soft. I hope you all get what I mean! I've rinsed some shampoo's out & my hair has felt like straw before I put the conditioner in, which is not a good sign - but this one DOES leave your hair soft. It is a white/almost clear colour & the smell.. is very hard to describe! It's in-between floral & fruity, but I love it. Probably the 2nd best smelling shampoo next to Aussie! My partner says it smells like 'the hairdressers', haha.. which is a good description too. It does smell like when you walk into the hairdressers!
It goes in easily, I always leave it in for between 2-4 minutes & really massage it into my roots, to help my hair grow! Then, like I said it rinses out easily & leaves your hair quite soft ready for the conditioner! I think you definitely need a conditioner afterwards. I know some people who ONLY use shampoo on its own - but yeah, with this you would need a conditioner!
So I go on to use the conditioner (which I will also write a review for - but copying & pasting most of this)! The conditioner is also one of the BEST I have EVER used. Then when I get out the shower I use the Heat Activated Styling Spray (I'll also write a review for this). The styling spray unfortunately does have a slightly more 'chemically smell' than the shampoo & Conditioner.
When brushing my (wet) hair, the first thing I noticed was, wow. No tangling. No snapping (which has happened a LOT recently). Also, no 'elasticcy' feeling. Bleach Blondes will know what I mean.. your hair when bleached does get a little elastic and this is what causes most of the snapping, sigh. However, I noticed straight away it wasn't as bad at all! As I was blow drying my hair I noticed it wasn't drying in the unruly way it always does. Being this awkward, annoying length, it tends to dry all frizzy looking & going outwards (like a mad professor hairstyle)! But using this product, it kept my hair flat (not TOO flat), the product also had NOT weighed my hair down at all! Brilliant. It had a bit more volume than usual & the blonde colour looked great, even the slightly orangey bits looked more blonde - but the main thing is that it looked healthy! After one wash too! After straightening my hair.. again, it looked brilliant. It did NOT dry out much at all. Usually after straightening my hair it dries out & loses the shape but with this it didn't! The softness too is just, amazing. I seriously sat there stroking my hair for five minutes, no joke!
*** OVERALL REVIEW - AFTER GOING THROUGH THE BOTTLE ***
So I'm still on bottle one really but bought my second bottle ready, I've had about 4 washes with it (I wash my hair every other day). It is lasting longer that what it actually looks like it will last (if you get me)? My hair has been just AMAZING! The ultimate PRO for me was the 'next day after bed' test. Usually if I've washed my hair one day, the next morning (even though I've just been sleeping) it has kinked up, lost the shape completely & feels horribly, horrrrribly dry at the ends. Using J.F Full Repair has shocked me. I woke up the next morning. My hair was perfect. I'm not exaggerating, honest. I woke up & could run my fingers through it. It was still soft & manageable. Just like I'd washed it! I haven't had this luxury in a LONG time!
I am going to keep using these products for a long time, until my hair grows back. Even then I might keep using it because it is just so great! I urge every one of you reading this to AT LEAST give it a try. You will NOT be disappointed! Don't bother reading my conditioner review, it will more or less be the same as this. In one word the conditioner is amazing. Go buy them & repair your hair back to it's old self :)
*** PROS ***
1. Usually on offer, so can be good value for money!
2. It actually WORKS, leaves your hair better than EVER.
3. Smells gorgeous.
4. You will get more washes than you think out of the bottle.
5. Combine it with the Conditioner & you will never want to use other products again!
*** CONS ***
1. If you don't like paying a lot for shampoo, it can be pricey (but it is worth it, honest)!
2. In all honesty, you need to use it WITH the conditioner. Wouldn't be that amazing on it's own!
3. Bottle design could be better (if you're fussy about it, I'm not). Just be careful you don't confuse it with the Conditioner!
*** INGREDIENTS ***
Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Parfum, Cocamide Mea, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Disterate, Dmdm Hydantoin, Benzyl Alcohol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Methylparaben, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Malic Acid, Propylparaben, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium Edta, Propylene Glycol, Glycine, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, PPG-9, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopherol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol.
Please try this product, you won't be disappointed! Good luck :)
A few months ago I set myself on a mission to try to rescue my poor hair, which was suffering quite badly from a mixture of colouring, straightening and over-styling. It was at a point where the ends were routinely breaking off, so I looked for something to rescue it. After a bit of research online it seemed John Frieda's new product, Full Repair shampoo was recommended a lot, so I decided to give it a go.
The shampoo comes in a red tube with white accents and I think the packaging looks modern and stylish. The official description says 'This formula repairs the look and feel of overworked hair and adds body for full, flowing styles. Detangles strands, reducing the risk of breaking and snagging while combing or brushing.' It also states that it is for hair damaged by heat and colour, which exactly fits my hair type, so I had high hopes for it.
The shampoo itself is a pearly white colour and reasonably thick. I learned quickly not to use too much at once as it lathers up incredibly well, so if too much is used it creates an excessive amount of foam. It does rinse from the hair easily though and as my hair is very long I tend to follow with the matching conditioner to get rid of any tangles.
The smell of the shampoo is quite strong and does linger in the hair for some time after use, so it's probably worth having a sniff of this in the shop before purchasing, just to make sure you like it. It's quite floral and fresh smelling, but I find it difficult to be more specific than that, as I can't pick out one individual scent.
After use, my hair feels soft, but it's not so soft it's unmanageable and the halo of frizz I usually have is not quite so extreme. I do think it adds body as promised - my hair is not so limp looking and appears to have more life in it after I've washed with this. I think the most noticeable change I've seen since beginning to use this, is simply that my hair looks healthier with an added natural shine. I think this is mainly down to the fact it adds moisture. I've found in the past that there can be a fine line between adding moisture to hair and making it greasy, but there is no grease after using this, even 24 hours after washing, which is normally when my hair starts to look on the greasy side.
A 250ml tube of this costs £5.89 and can be bought from Boots, Superdrug or ASDA (and I'm sure there are probably more). Although not the cheapest around, the John Frieda range can often be found on special offer - I see this is currently on 3 for £10 at Boots.
Although I finished my tube of this a week or two ago, I would definitely buy it again and I'd be interested in trying the deep conditioner and the 'perfect ends mist' also available from this range. If your hair is damaged, dried out or just generally needs a boost, I would highly recommend this product, I think it's fantastic!
I was lucky enough to win a complete set of the new John Frieda Full Repair products and with most of the products almost running out I thought it was the ideal time to review them. I have quite fine fly away hair with some split end damage caused through over colouring it red in the previous year so I was very happy to receive this range, hoping it really would fully repair my hair.
The products come in red bottles which are easily to flip open at the bottom and squeeze out. The shampoo itself is an opaque colour with a standard shampoo smell. It lathers well if you use just over a 50p size blob. To be honest it felt like your average shampoo, not the best, not the worst. It didn't give me the squeeky clean feeling I get from Lush solid shampoo's but it didn't smell too synthetic either.
The product is described as 'With Inca Inchi, a lightweight micro-oil rich in omega-3, this formula repairs the look and feel of overworked hair and adds body for full, flowing styles. Detangles strands, reducing the risk of breaking and snagging while combing or brushing'
It costs £5.59 a bottle aprox from Superdrug and is on offer 2 products for £7.49. I find this quite expensive considering I wasn't blown away by the results. My hair is still fine and fly away and I still have the same amount of split ends despite using all the products continuously.
So overall I wouldn't pay to buy this product again, I find it over priced and just didn't give me any improvement on my hair.