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As I mention in my review of the conditioner from this range, I have always had very fine, flat hair and am always trying out volumising products to try and give it a bit of life and body. This has been one of the most successful shampoos I've tried in recent years.
I bought this product from Tesco as part of a 'buy one get one free' offer along with the matching conditioner, the normal retail price is £5.50 but if you don't mind shopping around you can normally find it on special offer somewhere. Just to point out though, the packaging has changed since the above image and is now a slightly lighter blue, still pretty similar though.
The shampoo seems like any other at first glance, it is mostly a clear, gel like colour. I only need a small amount, about the size of a walnut, to get a good lather in my fine shoulder length hair and I wouldn't recommend washing and rinsing more than once unless your hair is very dirty, as this might make it feel a bit too soft and flyaway. The shampoo rinses out easily and leaves your hair feeling squeaky clean even when wet.
As for the results, I've found that when I take the time to blow dry my hair properly after using this shampoo, then there is a noticeable improvement in the volume. It looks a lot thicker and bouncier and, miracle of miracles, it stays that way all day. However if I just let it dry naturally, there isn't all that much of a difference to any other shampoo, my still feels lovely and clean and soft but also still quite fine and flat.
As I got older my hair started to get thinner, I am not going bald or anything but it has made my hair feel and look very fine and it is very, very hard to do anything with fine thin hair.
My hairdresser who I have used for nearly ten years and trust greatly pointed me in the direction of John Frieda Thickening Shampoo, as her particular salon did not sell this I knew it was not to make money so I hunted it down and tried it.
I found it in Boots the chemist and for a small blue tube containing 350ml it cost me £5.45 so ok it had better be as good as she said. After just a few washes I noticed my hair had a bit of volume again and it made doing my hair much easier. I would not say this actually thickens hair but it does do something to give you that volume to make your hair more manageable and better looking so it is worth the money in my opinion.
You basically just wash and rinse your hair as you would with any other shampoo, there is a conditioner to go with this shampoo that I now use also and together they give you very manageable hair. After washing and conditioning just blow dry and style your hair how you wish and you will have great looking hair with plenty of volume.
The shampoo has a pleasant scent, not the best I have ever smelled but nice enough and pretty subdued so you don't really smell it after about half an hour or so anyway. My hairdresser gave me a few other tips to help but when I use this shampoo regularly it does the trick so no need for anything else, if you suffer from thin fly away hair and can afford to spend over £5 on shampoo then I recommend this strongly.
i just received a sample of this shampoo in the magazine ' Good House keeping.' i decided to try it and use it along with the conditioner that accompanied it. The clear shampoo was very concentrated and it didn't take much to work up a really good thick and cleansing lather. It seemed very pure and had a nice natural feel and look. The smell is lovely. I styled my hair in the usual way, by blow drying with a large brush. It certainly made my hair feel thicker and it was really easy to style and manage. When i came downstairs my husband said i looked good, and my little daughter asked what the lovely smell was. I do believe that changing shampoos every now and then is a good thing, and it helps remove the residue that can develop when using hair products. I'd certainly use this again, I also like the look of the blue container, which will match my bathroom colour scheme. I think its a good idea to give samples in magazines.
I was pleased to say that it did do what it said on the bottle. However I did find that 300ml bottle ran out quite quickly because the shampoo itself was very thin and runny. The tube like bottle was fiddly to use too.
Unfortunately this shampoo also made my hair very greasy and limp after using it for a few months. It stopped working. I then changed to a different product, I won't be using this again.
As I was frantically racing through my town centre this afternoon trying to find a decent top to wear out, I ended up in Topshop. I HATE Topshop but still, I was desperate and figured that they might have ONE half decent top amongst racks and racks of tacky lace and frills. No such luck. Anyway, I noticed they'd started reducing their accessories towards the back of the shop and went over to see if they had a sparkly pink belt in the sale for me. No such luck again. What I did find was a hairstyling pack by John Frieda. The first thing I noticed was the huge yellow sticker on it - £1! It was worth further investigation. I quick look confirmed that there were three different packs availible: a Frizz Ease one, a Sheer Blonde One and a Ready to Wear one. These are all John Frieda ranges. I reached for the Blonde one, being blonde, it seemed the natural choice! But since they were only a quid (reduced from £3), I picked up a Ready to Wear one too which is designed to thicken hair. Oooops, haven't told you what's in the pack yet have I?! Because I've tried the Ready to Wear one and that's what this opinion is about, I'll tell you about that one. Right. In the pack, you get: ~Ready to Wear Thickening Shampoo ~Ready to Wear Instant Conditioner + Shiner ~Ready to Wear Shimmer Serum Ultra Light Glosser ~Ready to Wear Upbeat Whipped Styling Cream Oooops, something else I forgot to mention, these are trial size packs! One use thingies. What did you think you were getting for a quid? Big bottles?! Also in the pack you get a step-by-step styling book which takes you through how to use the products and style your hair. **~~STEP ONE~~** OK, shampoo your hair. No surprises there. Apparently, the Ready to Wear shampoo contains ultra-light, body-building resins. Oooh, very scientific. It lathered up nicely and smelled quite nice - nothin
g really special. It didn't get stuck in my hair (I've had issues with Fructis where the damn stuff REFUSES to come out of my hair!) so that was a bonus! You don't need masses of shampoo - just use your common sense about how much. If you have short hair, you won't need to use the whole trial pack. **~~STEP TWO~~** Ready to Wear Instant Conditioner and Shiner. This is meant to "add all-over gleam - without weighing fine hair down". Well, my hair's not thick but it's not fine either. Some 'experts' say to get a really good shine, after conditioning your hair, rinse it under cold water. BRRRRRRR. This has never worked for me, I wouldn't bother if I were you! Besides, all it said in my trusty styling book was 'Rinse thoroughly with warm water'. So that's all I did. **~~STEP THREE~~** Supposedly to 'Detangle and Gloss Stage'. My hair was already nicely detangled from the conditioner but I had to follow my instructions! So when my hair was soaking wet, I put a few drops of my Shimmer Serum Ultra-Light Glosser through from roots to ends. This stuff is meant to "detangle as it smoothes frays, flyaways and split ends, plus eliminates static". This is just what my hair needed - something to make it look less flyaway (and to hide my split ends!!) Start with a few drops and build it up slowly if you feel you need it. Don't just slap loads on or you'll probably end up with greasy hair - YUK. So, hopefully, this magic potion would do the trick and I'd have a "high-gloss, high-glam finish". **~~STEP FOUR~~** The blowdrying and styling! This is the stage which tell you if all the magic formulas have worked. Will I have clean, smooth, non-frizzy, beautifully sleek hair? To an extent, I did. My hair seemed to be in better condition and I would have done better to use a few more drops of the serums just to smooth out my hair a little more. All
in all, I was pleased with the results. So far! Let's not forget I have't finished using all the products! I didn't follow the blowdrying insructions. They sounded too fiddly for my who can't really style my hair at all! So I just blowdried it in my usual way. It was time for my Upbeat Whipped Styling Creme. I wasn't sure if this was really suitable for my long, straight (slightly layered around the front) hair as it says it's 'Formulated for lifting layers and creating modern, separated styles'. Ah well, I thought I'd try it anyway! Actually, it worked quite well. It's supposed to coat hair with a "barely-there" layer of water-based latex (more scary sounded stuff!) that makes you hair thicker and more pliable, easier to style and more shiny! I can always do with more shine! I smoothed a little on and it did do what it said (they do over-exaggerate a tinsy bit though!!). Yep, I was definatly pleased. So that completed my hair make-over. DEFINALTLY worth a quid! I think I'll go back and try and buy a couple more! What products will I buy? Probably the conditoner as it really detangled my hair. And I'd probably get the serum too - if I did buy this, it would last ages! You don't need much at all! I wonder, how much would all this haircare cost if I decided to do it everyday.......? ~Thickening Shampoo 250ml ~ £3.50 ~Conditioner and Shiner 250ml ~ £3.50 ~Glosser ~ About £5 (sorry could only find the price in $!) ~Upbeat ~ About £4 (same reason - i'll update when I know properly!) Well, I'm all setup for going out tonight - except I never did find a nice new top. Least my hair looks great! xx
volumising shampoo / for fine, thin or limp hair / 250mL / Achieve volume, body and shine as you shampoo / Volume Thickening Shampoo delivers exceptional cleansing and clears away build-up and residues that leave fine hair limp and flat / Advanced formula contains stay behind conditioners, adding volume and lift / Even the finest hair gains body and becomes responsive for superior styling results /