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I bought the John Frieda radiant red conditioner together with the radiant red shampoo as I was looking for an alternative to an expensive salon brand that I had already tried and loved. The problem with salon brands is that they are expensive, so I hoped this would be a good alternative. I bought both the shampoo and conditioner from this range from Boots and each cost around £6 which is almost half the price of the salon brand that I really liked. My hair is not naturally red - I dyed it around 6 months ago, but I believe this product is both for dyed and naturally red hair.
Once I have finished using the shampoo on my hair, and it's all rinsed out, I use a generous amount of the conditioner and apply all over my hair, concentrating on the roots. I usually leave in for at least 2 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I notice that during and after rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, my hair feels very soft to touch and silky whilst I am still in the shower. This feeling lasts until I have dried my hair. It also smells really nice and clean and overall it's a pleasant experience to wash my hair!
The conditioner itself has a texture and consistency that is quite different to the shampoo. The shampoo is translucent and pinky/red in colour, whilst the conditioner is not translucent at all. It's more opaque and is a rich pink/red colour. You might be mistaken for thinking that it has a staining effect, but this is not the case. However, after I use this conditioner, together with the shampoo, I have had people ask me whether I applied a tint to my hair, so I think it does help in enhancing the redness of my hair as well as protecting and maintaining it.
This is a really great cheaper alternative to my preferred salon brand and I would definitely buy it again during times when I am trying to save money!
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When I bought the Radiant Red Shampoo, I decided I had to buy the conditioner as well. Why not?
Like what I have written before in the previous review about the shampoo, my first hair dye didn't last long enough. Therefore, I decided to buy the shampoo to help the colour stays longer.
However, it's also known that dying your hair would make it dry if you didn't give a proper care to your hair. It scared me a lot because I love my hair and I used to have a thick long black hair. So, shelved just next to the shampoo, I grabbed this product too.
I love the fact that not only this product help the shampoo locking the red colour stays in my hair, it also gives the smooth feeling right after using it. All I need to do is to leave this product for about two or three minutes before rinse it. It feels really nice to touch your hair while rinsing it. And just as a plus point, I love the smell.
Would I recommend this product to my friends? Of course. And I did, actually. I know that many people think that it is not necessary to buy the conditioner and the shampoo from the same line. I know some people concerns of the price of this conditioner. Well, I think buying shampoo and conditioner from the same brand line would give advantage because they're made to complement each other. It would help giving you the best result, which would worth the price.
I am happy with the result I have, and would buy this product again once I finish what I have now.
Last year I decided I had, had enough of having dark brown hair. I wanted a change especially after having my daughter the year before I felt I was in a bit of a rut. After discussing it with my hairdresser who was all for my change it was decided that I would have my long hair chopped into a sleek sculpted bob and that I would have my hair coloured a deep, vibrant shade of red (I work in a law firm so it couldn't be too bright!). In order to avoid the lightening that can happen with red hair, you know those people who walk around with hair coloured a shade of rust, that is the look I wanted to avoid! My hairdresser of course advised me to use a suitable shampoo and conditioner which after my appointment I promptly went out and bought.
I have already reviewed the John Freida Radiant Red Shampoo so now it is time to review the Radiant Red Conditioner! John Freida is probably more widely known for the blonde products which is what they first started with but they have since brought out products for brunettes and red heads but clearly the amount of products for people with blonde hair outweighs both the brunette and red heads put together! However, it is certainly nice to find a product solely dedicated to red heads and one that won't break the bank either, although do expect to spend a little more compared to the run of the mill shampoo and conditioner. The idea of Radiant Red Colour Nourish Conditioner is to keep those red locks red and looking and feeling healthy.
The Radiant Red Conditioner comes in exactly the same shaped bottle/tube as the shampoo. The only difference being is that the bottle is not see through so you can't see the liquid or the colour of it. Instead the bottle is red in colour with a metallic hue which certainly stands out on the shelf. The packaging of all John Freida products is fairly plain and simple, and the Radiant Red Conditioner packaging is exactly that. It simply has text on the front detailing what the product is and on the back is has all the usual information you would expect to see such as ingredients, contact information etc. The bottle has a flip top cap which is wide enough to support the bottle on the shelf in a bath or shower.
Depending on how long and how thick your hair is depends on how much conditioner you use. Now I have shorter hair I use a lot less conditioner and with the Radiant Red Conditioner I have found through trial and error that a little goes a long way. Personally I use about a 50p worth of conditioner as it doesn't have an overly thick consistency meaning once it is on your hair you can really work it through easily with a wide pronged comb which I find manages to get the conditioner right down to the roots. The conditioner itself is bright red in colour and you certainly notice it splattered on your shower walls if your not being careful when applying it! It has a delicate sweet but floral aroma - which doesn't last I'm afraid to say.
Because I am generally always short of time I don't leave my conditioner on too long and generally once I have applied it, combed it through and then scrubbed by my body with an inch of its life using an exfoliator I rinse off the conditioner. However, despite not being on for that long my hair is instantly silky smooth to the point where I just like touching it despite that it has all been rinsed off! After rinsing I towel dry for a few minutes then comb it through before wrapping it up in a towel until I'm ready to blow dry my hair. I should point out that even after towel drying for a few minutes my hair even though damp is still easily comb-able with no tangles whatsoever!
I blow dry my hair generally every time I wash it and I do find sometimes some conditioners can leave a residue on my hair (despite rinsing thoroughly) which is certainly not what I am wanting. However, after blow drying my hair I found that my hair was incredibly light and soft, if anything a little bit flyaway but considering I have naturally quite wavy hair, a few flyaway hairs are the least of my worries! I do abuse my hair by straightening it but only once after washing it so only a few times a week but I did notice how easily my hair straightened and I would put this down to simply that my hair was so soft that the straighteners had no problems just doing what they are supposed to. The result was my hair looking incredibly shiny and healthy and was easy to manage right from first applying the conditioner and it followed through to styling it.
I can find that some conditioners apart from leaving a slight residue can leave my hair feeling quite heavy and weighed down but this conditioner didn't do that at all. My hair was easy to manage and light which for me is exactly what I wanted. If you have red hair then I would definitely recommend this conditioner as it really does help to protect the colour as since returning to my hairdressers although it has faded every so slightly which was expected the colour was still rich and vibrant which is great. Without doubt a 5 star conditioner for red coloured hair.
~ Useful Info ~
Brand: John Freida
Price: From £3.20 upwards
Availability: Most supermarkets (Morrisons etc) and pharmacies such as Boots
conditioner / 250mL / Smoothes, mends and replenishes frequently coloured red hair to restore silky suppleness; extends the life and intensity of tonal richness by helping retain precious colour; rekindles vibrancy and fires up glossy shine without adding or depositing colour / Vitamin-enriched emollients help preserve your colour and protects and smoothes the hair cuticle / Features pomegranate and plum extracts / Suitable for colour-treated or highlighted redheads /