Product Type: John Frieda hair care products
Newest Review: ... about £5.00 for a 250ml bottle and thought that I would give it a try. I know John Frieda is a well known brand for your hair. It's mean... more
Boost Your Blonde!
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Luminous Colour Glaze
Member Name: blonde_girl774
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Luminous Colour Glaze
Advantages: Boosts colour and makes hair all shiny / soft.
Disadvantages: Not quite as colour boosting as you may want.
The John Frieda Luminous Colour Glazes come in five different shades according to your hair colour, thereís two suitable for blondes (platinum/champagne for those of you blessed with very light hair or honey/caramel for those of you with darker but warmer tones), two for brunettes (chestnut/hazelnut for those of you with lighter, warmer brown hair or chocolate/espresso for those of you with cooler, darker tones) and lastly one for red heads. I selected the honey/caramel one as Iíve got a darker but warmer shade of more golden blonde rather than white blonde hair.
The product comes in a plastic case which is a bit unnecessary in my opinion but does give the product quite an extravagant look. The bottle itself is quite plain in comparison and simply an off white colour with a screw top white lid and dark blue writing on the bottle. To dispense the product you need to unscrew the lid which isnít really that ideal when youíre in the shower with wet hands, I think a flip top would be much easier to open really. You need to squeeze the bottle to dispense the product but only do this very lightly as it does come out quite quickly.
The product itself was quite odd, there was quite a strong, astringent smell to it Ė almost like nail varnish remover mixed with hair dye. As for the consistency it quite was like squirty thick jelly if that makes sense, it sort of glooped out over my hands but was quite easy to dispense into my hair. The colour was what shocked me (and scared me!) the most as it quite a vivid shade of off golden yellow, put it this way you wouldnít want your hair to be quite as brash looking as this colour!
The instructions recommended that you leave the product in for at least 3 minutes which I thought surely wasnít long enough and so proceeded to leave it in for a good 20 minutes. You use it like you would a normal conditioner and simply apply it straight after shampooing your hair, ideally in place of your usual conditioner. I found it best to comb the glaze through my hair once Iíd applied it to ensure that it was evenly distributed and then simply wrapped my hair in a towel for the duration. When it comes to washing out the glaze I found it was harder to wash out than your typical conditioner, mainly due to the thickness of it and it did take a good few minutes to ensure it was all out.
I should warn you now that the glaze does stain your hands, your bath and your towel although it is quite easily removed. My friend used the brunette version and managed to stain her forehead with the product, she had to use nail varnish remover to get it off. She also found that it stained the bath quite heavily and she needed to use a bathroom cleaner to scrub it off! Gloves may be a good idea and also use an old or dark towel if youíre going to leave it in your hair for a while.
Iím not sure what I was expecting from this product, part of me wanted to come out of the shower with bright blonde hair while the other part of me hoped the effects would be minimal in case it made my hair brassy! In any case I neednít have worried, while my hair was wet there was no noticeable difference except for the fact it was practically knot free. Once it had dried it did appear to have lightened about one shade but what was most noticeable was the fact that my hair was not only shiny but so unbelievably soft!
I wouldnít hesitate to recommend this product to anyone, even if you just want to use it as an intensive conditioner as it really did improve my hairís quality. The colour boosting element does seem to work somewhat although in retrospect it didnít really make that much difference, it possibly lightened my hair one shade and my sister did comment that my hair looked lighter and more golden.
I found about a third of the bottle was required to thoroughly cover my hair which is quite thick and comes to a couple of inches below my shoulders. As such Iíd say a bottle would only last me about 3 washes although itís not recommended you use this product every time you wash your hair, Iíd probably say once ever 3 or 4 weeks is plenty. A bottle currently retails at £6.99 in Boots which is quite pricey for the number of times you get to use the product but it seems to be quite inline with other deep conditioning products that recommend you thoroughly cover your hair with product.
I will be using this product again to give my hair a good condition and boost the shine. It gets 3 out of 5 stars from me, it looses one for the poor and wasteful packaging and a second star is lost because the colour intensity effect isnít quite as great as Iíd hoped.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: An intensive conditioner from John Frieda which offers to boost your colour.