“ Brand: John Frieda / Type: Hair Shampoo „
~Not as weather proof as it could be~
I have used a good number of John Frieda products including the Weather Works shampoos and conditioners that are part of the product range and found that whilst they have a luxurious feel when worked in to the hair, they often don't perform quite as well as some of the other John Frieda products that I regularly use, such as Frizz Ease and 3 Day Straight. I have found that the texture of the shampoo is good, with it having a fairly thick creamy feel that means you don't need to use too much of the product to get clean feeling hair.
The shampoo is lightly fragranced and smells very pleasant when in use, with it being neither too sweet or flowery for use by both men and women if wanted. Whilst this is marketed as being a womans hair care product I see no reason why men couldn't use it if wanted as there is nothing overly girly about either the product bottle or the contents in my opinion. I find that the product bottle works reasonably well as it can be stood upright on its lid when not in use, which makes it easy to pour out as much or as little of the shampoo as is needed when washing your hair.
I find that as both the shampoo and conditioner from this range have a rather rich and creamy blend of ingredients (which can weigh down your hair if you apply too much) it is best to use this shampoo sparingly if you have hair that becomes lifeless or over processed easily. A small amount of the shampoo lathers up quite well and makes it easy to wash your hair, giving a clean feel after rinsing. Over using the shampoo does make it a little harder to wash out and can as mentioned make hair a little lifeless even when freshly washed.
I prefer to use either the shampoo or the conditioner from this range alongside other products, rather than as a shampoo and conditioner combo as the two products together can be too much for my hair. This shampoo when used with a lighter conditioner works reasonably well if applied with a light touch, however it doesn't really do much to combat the effects of the weather very much at all in my opinion. I really don't feel that there is much difference in the amount of frizz you get on humid or wet and windy days when using this product, even though it has been marketed as being a weather care product that can help with easing frizzy unruly hair in various weather conditions.
~Product rating/ price~
The cost of this shampoo is not overly cheap as it has most often been on sale for over £5 when I have bought it. You do get a good amount of product for your money so the shampoo can last a long time even if you use it often. Using the shampoo sparingly has given slightly better results in my opinion, although the promised moisture barrier the product is meant to provide has been rather lacking and could have been better. My rating for this shampoo is 3 stars which I feel reflects the performance level it has given when I use it.
I am a big fan of hair care products, but while I will spend a fortune on conditioners I will rarely pay more than £1 for a bottle of shampoo. In my experience unless the shampoo is of a very poor quality indeed, it is only a soap and most will remove dirt and grease from your hair in an identical manner. Obviously, if you have special requirements and are looking for a shampoo that will give volume, etc, then this is not necessarily the case, but in general I have found this theory to work well. Given my opinion then, I would never ordinarily pay the £4.50 - £5 this product normally retails for, and if I did I would have very high expectations. The reason I came by a bottle of the Weather Works shampoo is because my mother bought a batch of them on special offer and gave one to me.
Reading the blurb on these mid to high end products often amuses me. This shampoo claims to be equipped with 'special Shielding technology, [and] creates a barrier to block out style-ruining moisture and provide essential preparation for weather-resistant hair.' It is also formulated for all hair types, despite the fact that it is by Frizz-ease. My own hair is what I would describe as 'normal' and while I rarely style my hair, preferring to wear it loose and straight, I will admit that I do get frustrated when I spend time brushing it out and arranging my fringe only to find the effect spoilt by a gust of wind the moment I leave the house. Similarly, while my hair does not curl or frizz as a result of precipitation, this also tends to spoil my style a little. So while I may have scoffed at these products in the past, I was willing to put this one to the test.
The shampoo comes in a long tube that flattens out at the end. The background colour is a pale, pearlescent blue, with the texts coloured black and cobalt blue on top. The bottle contains 250ml of shampoo, which emerges via a round hole under the flip cap. The product itself is white and has a scent that is simultaneously floral and soapy. It is a little too soapy for my taste, but it has a nice consistency in that it is fairly gooey, but not so much that it will easily run out of your palm. I used the shampoo by applying a small handful to my wet hair, working into a lather and leaving for several minutes before washing it out. It works up into a nice lather, yet it is easy to remove all of it from your hair given a minute or two of being run under the tap. I detest it when some shampoos leave your hair feeling tacky, and I am pleased to report that this one left my hair feeling clean and soft.
Given the impressive claims of this product I was keen to see whether it would live up to expectations. I will admit that when I stepped out into the rain having used this product for a few days I did feel my hair kept straighter and more styled than it might have done had I used a different shampoo, however this effect was so slight I cannot be sure whether it was as a result of the product, the atmosphere, or my imagination. Certainly there was no major revelation, and you cannot reasonably expect to remain impeccably groomed when you are faced with pouring rain and gusts of wind.
I liked the consistency of the shampoo and the way my hair felt so fresh and clean following use of it, but I would not purchase this shampoo for £5. I would be reluctant to buy it for a quarter of this price, to be honest. I will continue to buy cheaper shampoos, as I maintain that all shampoos are almost identical in their effect.
With the onset of a rainy, frost-bitten winter, I felt my hair needed more intensive care. As a result, I thought I would try John Frieda's Weather Works Daily Shampoo and Conditioner - this review is for the former.
My hair is naturally wavy, with loose curls, however I prefer the sleek, straightened look for easy of manageability and the neat look. This does, however, mean that I'm engaged in a constant battle against the frizz - especially in wet or humid weather - armed with serums, hair protectors and straighteners - so I thought I would give this range a try.
Weather Works is a range from John Frieda, the man behind the innovative Frizz-Ease (InStyle's 'Product of the Decade') so I was expecting great things.
~*~* Where to Buy, Price and Packaging *~*~
I bought my Weather Works Daily Shampoo from Boots for £5.79. This is expensive for a shampoo alone (particularly as I find that many lower-priced brands do leave my hair looking great), however I believe this is due to the brand name of the product. The shampoo can also be bought from the Boots online website and a number of other high-street retailers such as Superdrug etc.
The shampoo is sold in a pale, icy blue plastic tube, decorated with a black band showing the John Frieda brand name and details of the product in blue and black text. The tube has a 'top down' form, with a standard flip top lid at the base. This is a useful feature as the contents slide to the bottom of the tube, so you don't need to use the old 'flinging' action to get the last dregs out of the tube! The shampoo tube has a 250ml capacity.
~*~* What does the product claim to do? *~*~
The makers of the shampoo claim that the product is the first daily shampoo which provides 'essential preparation for weather resistant hair' by nourishing and softening the hair to give a 'silky shine throughout all weather conditions' to improve the condition and manageability of your hair. The shampoo does this through a special ingredient - Shielding Technology - which protects against humidity, static and also the harmful effects of UV rays on brighter days! This Shielding Technology is designed to wrap around the hair shaft to create a barrier against excess moisture (such as fine, wet mist or rain - the bane of my life with straightened hair!) and UV, whilst also sealing in essential moisture to give the hair good condition.
~*~* So what's it like and does it work? *~*~
The shampoo is intended for daily or frequent use on all hair types (including coloured hair). On using the shampoo, I found the scent quite pleasant - fresh and clean but not at all sweet or floral. The shampoo is quite viscous in texture, being quite runny and glooping freely out of the tube easily and is an opaque white. I would advise - if you do intend to use this shampoo - to be careful when squirting the shampoo into your hands before use as the fluid texture of the shampoo means you may end up with way more than you need!
The shampoo lathered up well and the clean scent was lovely. On rinsing, the shampoo rinsed out easily and did feel very smooth, not at all coated in product residue and squeaky clean.
~*~* The Verdict *~*~
I found that, the first time I used the shampoo (and conditioner) I was disappointed that my hair did not look as glossy nor felt as soft as usual and - to add insult to injury! - my straightened hair was not entirely protected from the elements, looking a little frizzy/puffy in the early morning drizzle.
However, my advice would be not to let this put you off. After continued use for a week, my hair does look better for using the shampoo, with my hair resisting frizziness and curliness in the cold, wet weather which is fantastic. This has also meant that I've had to straighten my hair less during the week, as I've not had to 'iron out' any errant curls or waves due to dampness which is also much healthier for my hair.
I would say that my hair does not, however, look or feel any healthier - with none of the glossiness or soft sleekness I've found from other shampoos after use. Therefore, I do not believe this shampoo has really helped to strengthen my hair or revitalise it, but rather has just provided it with much better 'weather proofing'! If that is your main concern - rather than having healthy, glossy locks - then I would say to definitely give this shampoo a try (in conjunction with the other products in the range), as through continued use my hair has definitely seemed more resistant to wet and windy weather. However, at almost £6 per tube, I think I might not make this a regular shampoo but one for the occasional, dreaded rainy days only.
When you see a recognised name like John Frieda and they are charging you £5.49 for the shampoo alone, i think i'd be forgiven for thinking that this was going to be a half decent product and perhaps do what it says on the label. Wrong.
Firstly, i do have fairly think hair that's waves naturaly and well, it just tends to do it's own thing really - especially in humid weather or rain, wind etc. That's why this product was so appealing. I bought it together with the conditioner and a balm to comb through your hair afterwards....which was well over £15 in total.
The fragrance is very 'salon' and don't get me wrong, it smells fine, it's just not what you would call nice. I used it constantly for about a month, but to be honest it made no difference what-so-ever to my hair, in fact, i think it made it more uncontrollable. It was nice and soft, but it didn't reduce frizz and as soon as the weather got at it, that was it, all was lost. Maybe for some hair types this product would work, but it certainly didn't for me...and at that price, it's far too much money wasted. I've found fair better products since that work much better and are cheaper or similarly priced....such as the GOSH hair care range and TIGI products, which are a little pricey, but when they work and have very noticable results, i really don't mind.
If i was you, i'd avoid this.
Over the years I have tried out many different hairstyles and also many different hair products. When I get bored I tend to move on to a new stlye or a new product.
I was in Boots last week, just browsing around, when I spotted a new shampoo from the John Frieda collection. Not only was this a relatively new product but it was also on a special offer of 'buy the shampoo and conditioner together for £7'. The normal selling price for the shampoo alone is £5.49.
I think this is a bit expensive for a shampoo but since it was on offer I decided to treat myself.
John Frieda has been in the hair care business since he was 16 years of age. He was known as the 'hairdresser to the rich and famous'.
It was not until 1988 that he introduced his first hair care product range. He has continued to improve his products and ranges since then.
This new shampoo is called Weather Works and it comes in a 250ml tube. The tube has a flip up lid at the bottom. The writing on the tube is in both English and French.
It says on the front of the tube that the shampoo has been proven to reduce the style ruining effects of any weather condition.
When I opened the flip lid there was a lovely, subtle and slightly fruity fragrance coming from the tube. The shampoo itself is white in colour and has quite a runny consistancy. I did need to be careful not to let too much shampoo come out of the tube.
Although a bit runny the shampoo felt very soft and smooth on my fingers. It lathered up really well and I did feel as if it was really cleaning my hair. As usual, I rinsed the shampoo out and repeated the process. When I rinsed the second time my hair felt
really clean and also felt quite smooth.
Weather Works is apparantly made using a shielding technology to create humidity resistance, static control, and U V protection.
It can be used on all hair types, including colour treated hair and it can also be used daily.
Does it work?
Well I have used this shampoo five times and my hair is looking very healthy and shiny. Normally, when I am out in damp and wet weather, my hair tends to frizz up at the front and the sides. Since I have been using this shampoo I have not had that problem. I have also noticed that I have a lot less static in my hair too.
My hair is colour treated and tends to be dry at the ends but I have found that my hair also looks in much better condition since startng to use this shampoo.
I also used the Weather Works conditioner with the shampoo but that is a different review.
All in all I am really pleased with my purchase. At the full price it is quite expensive, but I have used this five times and there is not much out of the tube.
The only problem I have is that the shampoo is a bit runny and I have to be careful when I open the lid. I can live with that as long as it keep my hair looking as it does just now.
The first daily shampoo from the Frizz-Ease¢ brand to provide essential preparation for weather-resistant hair