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I have been using John Frieda products for quite a while now and have found some products work really good and others not so good. The blonde gleme creme works really well for me. As my hair is dyed blonde the sheer blonde range is perfect.
I bought mine ages ago from boots when they had a 3 for 2 offer on and the current price is £5.29 at Superdrug or Boots for 125ml. (I have purchased it from Amazon UK previously although it is not currently available.)
The packaging is really nice, a yellow tube that looks modern and stylish and looks great on my bathroom shelf. I can't say what it exactly smells like but it reminds me of visiting the salon which for me is a nice luxurious fresh smell.
Once opened the product has a 12 month use by date which is highlighted on the back of the product which is good as you only need to use a small amount (I tend to use about a 5 pence sized amount for every application) so a little goes a long way. I opened mine about 6 months ago and still have some left!
The product also has a UV filter which is great, especially during summer months to help protect from the sun.
I find the easiest way to use the product effectively is firstly give the tube a quick shake as if it hasn't been used for a while it can go a little watery, then dispense the desired amount into the palm of your hand, rub between both hands and evenly run your fingers through your hair from crown to ends working all the way around. If necessary you may need to add a little more to the ends ( I do as my ends tend to be really dry)
The finished effect is that it makes my hair really smooth and silky and banishes frizz giving it a slight glow, I would definitely recommend this product.
I recently run out of hair serum and was looking for something to smoothe down my flyaways and make my hair look really sleek. I cam across this in Asda, John Frieda products are currently 3 for £10, this is normally £5.29 for 150ml so it is also a great saving.
The Silkening Creme smoothes dry, dull blonde hair. Adds a light layer of protection and calms flyaways for a polished finish. It also contains a UV filter to protect the hair. It is designed for all shades of blonde hair. The creme is also designed to transform hair from straw to silk using it's unique 'flaw fixing formula'. It also replenishes damaged, over-processed hair with hydrating agents and revitalises parched hair without residues that can dull or darken blonde. It is also designed no to weigh down, dull or darken blonde
To use this creme you simply dispense a small amount about the size of a pea for shoulder length hair, rub into your hands to create a film like layer on your hands, it then states you should rake your hands through the undersections of your hair and then finally smooth the remainder of the creme over the surface of your hair. You can also apply more creme to damaged areas, for example your split ends.
The creme is white in colour when it is dispensed it has a nice smell, I think it is slightly citrusy.
As soon as this is applied to your hair you can see a noticable difference. I colour my hair as well as blow dry and straighten it regularly so it is very dry and the ends have a tendency to split. After using this my hair look smooth and sleek, all flyaways were smoothed down and the split ends appeared 'mended'. It also gives your hair a lovely sheen without weighing it down.
A word of caution though you only need the smallest amount of this or you will end up with lank and greasy hair.
I use this everyday and have done for the past two weeks, I have hardly used any, so I would imagine that a tube of this will last at least 6-8 months. It has a shelf life of 12 once it is opened.
I would recommend this to all blondes as it smoothes hair as well as enhances your natural tones, all in all this is a really good product and it rivals more expensive Bed Head products that I normally like to use!
A while ago one of my close friends gave me a box of toiletries and beauty products as she was 'having a clear out'. Most of the items were unopened but I wasn't complaining and have steadily been using up the products. Today's offering is this - John Frieda 'Sheer Blonde Gleam Creme.`'
This sounded fantastic as I have blonde hair and the only reason for my friend giving it to me is because she has recently gone darker.
So what is it exactly?
This is a "..revolutionary flaw fixing creme` which instantly smoothes stray and flyaway hair.." - sounds perfect..on paper.
The creme` comes housed in an upright standing plastic tube, which is a metallic silver/bronze in colour. The base of the tube is also the access to the product, which is via the flip open lid. The tube is 125 ml's in size and though I was given this I have seen it in shops in just that one standard size.
Having looked in Superdrug recently, I have noticed this retails there for £4.99. I have seen it around the £5 mark in Boots also so this seems to be the RRP. I am not sure how long my friend had this sheer blonde creme for as the packaging is slightly different now, but only in the fact that the bottle is a brighter colour and it's now known as a 'Silkener'.
When squeezed out of the tube, the creme itself is a rather bland looking off white colour. I expected it to have a bit more *pizazz* to be honest but if it works then never mind. The texture has a silky velvet feel to it, whilst the consistency is fairly thick. It all sounds very promising so how does it fair when put to use on my locks?
Although I had beautiful blonde hair when I was younger, I have had to give it a helping hand these days by lightening it. I do try and look after it but now and again it tends to need an extra bit of TLC, with products such as this. On opening the flip open lid (which was very easy to do so - none of this breaking nails and ripping skin off business here) I gave the tube a small squeeze in the middle to emit a small pea size onto the tips of my fingers.
According to the directions after you have squeezed out the pea sized blob you rub into the palm of your hands. Once done apply to the underneath sections of your hair by 'raking' it through and evenly distributing it. Repeat as needed throughout the day.
I followed the directions down to a tee (cos I'm a goody two shoes) and found the amount I used ..made no difference at all. I used it firstly in a morning on dry hair (washed the previous evening), then around 2pm in the afternoon before finally applying a little bit more around 9pm.
By the third application I found my hair did feel silky soft to the touch and combed with ease. It didn't feel greasy or sticky which is what I feared if I used too much.
I can't say it particularly highlighted the blonde in my hair like it promises, but it does give it a glossy look and silky feel. I always use a good conditioner on my hair to make sure it's conditioned well but by using this creme` in addition to it made it feel super soft and I was very impressed with the results. My hair had a shine that it doesn't normally have but beware if you overuse it you will just have greasy, lank looking locks - less is definitely more.
You may have noticed I have made no mention of the fragrance of the creme`. That is because there appears to be none! The creme` seems to be fragrance free which is a very slight negative as I like my hair to smell nice as well as look good so that is a tad disappointing, but not the end of the world. It seemed to tame any stray flyaway hairs without weighing my hair down and made it very easy to manage.
Would I recommend this? I would say it's a good product for anyone that has highlighted hair if it is on the dry side, that said though I don't think it's worth the full RRP of £5. I will be using this until it runs out but the price is little high for what I would normally pay. Yes it's a good product but I think if it was say £3 I would be more willing to try it again in the future. I have been using this approximately 3 times a week now and the tube is rapidly going down so if used everyday I can't see it being very economical.
That's the only negatives though so it gets a 4 out of 5 from me.