“ Brand: John Frieda / Cremes / Type: Hair Cream / What it does: Smoothes, „
I have the type of hair that at times can be like candy floss, it's thick and frizzy and hard to keep straight especially when the weather is damp. Even though I use a conditioner every day and a deep conditioning treatment every week without fail I still have trouble with my hair from time to time and get sick of the straw like feeling it has.
I spotted a free sample of John Frieda Weather Works Creme in a magazine I had bought about a month ago and initialy I ignored it. Nothing I use on my hair is usually any good so I didnt think this would be any different. After a week and reading through the magazine again though I spotted the sample and thought ok lets give it a try, it cant hurt and it wont have cost me anything.
After washing and conditioning my hair as normal I towel dried it and applied a small blob of this to my damp hair, I smoothed it between my hands first to make it easier to apply all the way from the root to the tips. It felt smooth and silky and not at all sticky, so far so good. I used a large round brush whilst drying my hair and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my hair dried, a good 5 minutes faster than usual.
After drying and styling my hair it looked shiny and had quite a bit of bounce, it didnt look as flat as normal and smelt very pleasant too. I noticed that during the day my hair stayed looking as good as it did first thing that morning and I didnt need to sod about brushing my hair every half an hour or using extra produts in it.
I would recommend this if you have thick hair thats difficult to handle during damp weather. It works wonders on my hair and I wouldnt use anything else now to keep it under control. I dont know the price of this stuff as I received a free sample initially then my boyfriend bought me a bottle whilst doing some shopping in Boots, I would think this is worth every penny though for the results it gives.
I bought during the summer for going to the canaries on holiday which normally makes my hair puff up and look terrible! I got the shampoo conditioner and the cream and the difference in my hair was amazing!! My hair managed to withstand high humidity and also dancing all night into the wee small hours. It was really easy to use and lasted for ages. Im a fan of the John Frieda ranges anyway but since i have started using this product my hair has behaved. I will certainly be using this product for future holidays.
I have not used this product in the rain to see if it combats the poor scottish wet weather but i use an umbrella for that. It served the perpose i bought it for. Its quite cheap aswell normally get it on offer in boots or superdrug. Overall i think it does what it says on the tin :)
I remember when I first saw the John Frieda Weather Works range advertised in a magazine, I was very excited because it sounded like the sort of product my hair had been crying out for all these years! The idea of the products in this range, is that they will protect your hair from the effects the weather can have on it. There's been many a time, I've spent ages getting ready to go out - styling a de-frizzing my hair - then I'll walk from the front door to the taxi in the rain, and already my style is ruined by the humidity and drizzle.
I've been using Lee Stafford's Dehumidifier spray which is good, but I still wanted to try this range. I headed to Boots to have a look what was on offer, and was disappointed that they only seemed to do a shampoo, conditioner, and sealant crème, as I was hoping for a serum or spray of some sort. I don't usually like to use any crème sort of products on my hair, as I find that they weigh my hair down, and look thick and often dry and become white, making my hair look disgusting!
After reading a few positive reviews on this, I started to change my mind a little, but still didn't buy it, as I wasn't completely convinced it was right for my hair. It was only a couple of months later when Boots had a special offer on to get this for £3.49 rather than the usual £6.49 that I bit the bullet and bought it.
So, what exactly is it? Well the idea is, that you run this through your hair (either wet or towel-dried) and then style however you want. Whatever is in this, is then supposed to protect your hair from 'any weather condition' according to the front of the bottle. I'd like to see it keep my hair looking nice in a gale-force wind, but what I actually think this is referring to, is protecting the hair from humidity, and the frizzing effects of drizzle.
The crème comes in a pale blue-grey bottle with a pump dispenser on the top. The bottle is pleasant enough, but nothing special. It is quite flat though, so won't slip in your hands.
I was expecting this to be like products I've used previously - a thick white cream - but in fact, it's a sort of cloudy white, and is fairly runny, which makes it very easy to apply. It has a surprisingly nice scent to it too -it's very fresh, light and fruity.
It states on the bottle to dispense 1-2 pumps of the crème onto your hands, rub together and then run through your hair. This might be fine for shorter styles, but I have very long, thick hair and need to use quite a bit more. I usually split my hair into three or four sections, and apply 1-2 pumps per section.
This glides through the hair really easily, and isn't thick or heavy as I had expected it to be. I had also thought that this might make my hair look greasy and weighed down, but it didn't - it's practically invisible once on, and you can't tell it's there, and certainly doesn't weigh the hair down at all. It also smoothes down any frizz which is great, as I don't have to use a separate serum with this.
As for protecting from harsh weather conditions? Well it's OK, but I don't think I'd say it was fantastic. It does seem to protect my hair to some extent from humidity, and I've also used it in night clubs where my hair often turns from sleek to scary with the heat, and although it doesn't revert my hair back to its huge frizz ball state, it does start to frizz a little.
As a general day to day product though, this is brilliant. Although it gives a little sheen to my hair, it doesn't give the same gloss you would get from a serum, however I do sometimes use this in place of serum. When I need a lot of hold I do use hairspray over the top of this, as although it will stop your hair frizzing, it will not hold your style in place if you know what I mean.
As I said, the usual price for this is £6.49 and is available from Boots, and the bottle contains 100ml.
Considering how unsure I had been about trying this, I'm glad I did. It's good as an alternative to serum, and is very light-weight, as well as reducing the amount of frizz my hair has. I don't really believe the claims that it will protect your hair in all weather conditions, but it certainly helps, and the bottle lasts ages too. Definitely recommended, I think you will see an improvement, but perhaps not a miracle!
I'm going to ask a stupid question to start this review. Who likes trying out new hair products? Everyone!! (Okay not you men, but you don't count!) Now for an even more stupid question, who would like to try out these things for free??
I'm not joking, there is a website out there that allows you to do this, and I excitedly stumbled across it last week. I couldn't believe that I hadn't known about it before, and that some of the products on there looked pretty good. I couldn't believe it any more when the following day my samples arrived in a pretty pink parcel through my letter box!
Now let's not get TOO excited, these are just samples. I won't go on too much about the site, but obviously some things are going to be better size samples than others. For example mascaras, fragrances etc are going to be better than cream type products, which are essentially just a sachet.
Not to complain though, my sachet of this was enough for one use, those with shorter or finer hair may get two or three out of it. I was excited to try it out as I'd read some positive things about it and because it's quite new. I was also excited to try it because my hair needs weather proofing - on holiday it has to fight humidity, back home it has to fight wind and rain. Day in, day out, my hair faces battle after battle. The poor little locks! I was excited to try it because I have a love hate relationship with John Freida (not the man personally) and this would give me the opportunity to see if it was worth buying the full sized product. Well, that's the whole point I guess! Lastly I was excited to try it as it meant I could review it, which means I can help you guys make an informed decision, and I can make a (okay, teeny tiny) profit which will no doubt be used to buy more products "need" and can review them. Everyone's a winner.
The product is a cream, much like a blow dry cream of any kind really. There's nothing about it when applying that screams out that it's different than anything else. It's white, it smells like a lot of none too exciting smelling products, sort of a subtle creamy smell (think Tresemme Conditioner, Anatomicals The Sleek Shall Inherit the Earth conditioner etc) and well, I don't know, it's best described as just very normal looking, smelling, and feeling.
I'm not going to say it made my hair easier to blow dry or anything like that, as to be honest my hair is never easy to blow dry. You try drying hair this long. When it was dry it felt soft, relatively tangle free and touchable.
I applied a little more onto dry hair before straightening. The result was hair that looked full bodied and shiny in a natural healthy way, not in a sleek gloss way. The style seemed to be held well but in a very natural "no hold" looking way. It's hard to explain as the product had great hold but it just didn't look like it was being held, it looked like your hair was just behaving and doing as it was told for once in it's life!
After several hours, and no other styling products having been near my hair, it is still held exactly as it was when I first styled it.
What I find strange about this is I have a disobedient fringe. Honestly. I have found ways to cope with it but I do find myself a lot of the time having to push it repeatedly where it's supposed to be, which leads to it getting greasy quickly. I didn't have to do this once in the hours after I'd done my hair, it just stayed put exactly as it was. It's worth mentioning I was in doors, it hadn't taken a battering from the wind and rain or anything, but even so, I was impressed it had behaved so well, it's very rare for it too, and it's unheard of without numerous styling products.
The fact of it was, my style had held. My fringe was how it should be, my hair was still as straight as when I straightened it, again quite rare without hairspray etc, everything looked just done.
I was sat here, pleased, very pleased with the results but thinking, how can I write a review on Weather Works, if my hair isn't exposed to any weather. Unfortunately for you, even more unfortunately for me, I wasn't able to expose myself to any humidity. Sigh. It will be over a year before I can, so you'll be a long time waiting for that update. However as I'm sat here thinking this, the one thing that is guaranteed to happen every single day in Manchester, in the winter or summer happens - it's rains and when it rains, my gosh, it pours. Now normally, after the quite frankly, hell, that is drying and straightening my hair (theres so much of it it takes forever), I would not go to these extremes for the sake of a review. I would normally wait, use the product for a while, and then after the inevitable (ie rain) has happened, THEN report back on it. As I don't have a full bottle of this stuff though I take my chance, and go and stand outside my front door, in my socks, in the pouring rain. I try to ignore the points and stares from the neighbours. I hope they don't try to get me sectioned. I'm reviewing for gods sake!!
After a minute or two, I go in, as there are seriously people staring at me. As well as this it's raining hard, and I figure that this cream may be good, but if my hair get's completely sopping wet, it's going to take more than a cream to help it. So with damp-ish hair I go back in and go and look upstairs. It looks exactly as it did before. It's not frizzed, it's still straight, it's still perfectly in place. It dries off, and looks exactly as it did before I had gone out. What more can I ask for than that out of a styling cream? I am, well and truly impressed!
It's strange with John Freida as some of their products are just amazing, and some are utter cack. I absolutely LOVE their Brilliant Brunette hairspray - it's another thing that will get you through the day wind rain or shine (okay, shine is unlikely around here) with every hair still in place. I couldn't live without my Frizz Ease serum, it's the only serum I've tried that doesn't have the option of greasy hair/not shiny hair, it gets the balance perfect. I love their Glossing Spray - better than any shine spray out there! I love these. And yet I hate their Luminous Colour Glaze product perhaps more than anything I've ever bought. This however is in their great category, and I will without a doubt be buying this. As a blow dry cream it is better than anything else I've used, and it keeps the hair looking exactly as you've styled it. If I wanted a more shiny look, I would add Glossing Spray when finished but this is definitely a great product. I absolutely love it!
By night, my fringe is not held in place so well, it's separating, for those who have side fringes you'll know what I mean. For long wearing perhaps some wax, gum or hairspray would be needed. The rest of my hair however still looks great.
I have to tie my hair up at night as it is so long that if I have it down it gets trapped under me etc when I'm turning over and I end up waking myself up in pain all night. I didn't have a bobble with me at the fellas, and all I had was a big claw grip thingy (I'm pretty sure that's not their technical name) so I twisted my hair up on top of my head and secured it there.
The next morning I let it down and brushed it and was astounded, especially given last night, that after a brush, my fringe was like it was newly styled again, perfectly in place. My hair had remained largely straight, non greasy and looking almost as it had before. There were a few parts that seemed to have "set" in the way I'd had it over night, ie bent in the middle from being put up, and needed a quick once over with the straighteners but all in all I was very very impressed.
It works so well because it prevents static by sealing it out and neutralizing it, which helps hair stay smooth, in place, and with no fly aways. It also blocks out humidity and moisture which help prevent a case of frizz and unwanted waves. It seals split ends, which help give that natural healthy look I was saying about and at the same time it provides a natural hold, which I can definitely vouch for. I've heard this "natural hold" thing time and time again on various products, but this is the only one I feel is truly worthy of the phrase. It also contains "a complex of polymers and silicones to smooth hair and maintain your hair", I've no idea what or how that works, but I can tell you it definitely does. It delivers on all it's promises.
I had said on my review of Lee Staffords Dehumidifier Spray that I would be happy using that until something better came along. I can safely say this is it. Okay, so I've not used it in humid conditions yet, but I'm so impressed, next time I go away (keep dreaming) I'll be definitely packing this instead.
I think this is around £6 for a 120ml bottle, although I can't actually find that anywhere to double check on the net but I'm sure that's what price I saw it at in Sainsbury's. I will definitely be buying some as soon as I can afford to, ad this will become an every day (okay who am I kidding I don't wash my hair everyday) staple.
I love this product! it is my new best friend!
I also love all of the other John Frieda products but this one, its even better!
Its a sort of gel meets crème meets serum product, is available from most boots and some of the bigger supermarkets, but mainly boots and retails for around £5.79 on my last shop- although I was able to pick it up on a 3 for the price of 2 offer. There is 100ml in each bottle and if you use it every time you wash your hair, and wash about 3 or 4 times a week, it should last you about 4 months. (though obviously this will vary if your hair is very long or very short, mine is shoulder length.)
The instructions for use are to wash and condition your hair as normal, and towel dry, then apply this crème before brushing through and drying with a hair dryer. Its supposed to stop your hair frizzing up if you live in a place where the weather is really humid or its spitting with rain and you don't have enough time to unpack the umbrella before your hair gets accosted by the rain... well, you get the drift!
I like this product because (a) it works- it wont stop your hair betting slightly disorganised, but it makes a marked difference, and (b) it left my hair feeling really soft.
At first I thought it was all down to the fact that I had used the special weather works shampoo and conditioner along side the crème, but I have washed my hair without using the designated shampoo and conditioner and it still leaves my hair just as soft, in addition, I have forgotten to bring it to the gym on occasions and my hair was not as soft afterwards- even with the John Frieda serum.
I have to say, I really cant compare this to another product, its easy to use, affordable and doesn't leave your hair looking greasy like serum can do. It seems to protect my hair from frizzing up or going all kinky after I have straightened it if I use this (normally I will straighten my hair wit a well know ceramic pair of straighteners, then a day later, its lost its straightness, but not with this- or I should say, not so much with this, -nothing is perfect hey?!).
I would have to fault John Frieda on the bottle though, its not very pretty or chic, I also think its awkward to carry around with you if like me, you need it for after the gym. It doesn't shut tight so could squirt over what ever is in your bag. It does have one of those plastic lids, but its really flimsy and I just ended up loosing it. Having bought this product 3 times over and loosing the lid 3 times, its now obvious that its a design flaw. It would be excellent if this was also available in a squeezable tube form.
For smooth styles / Say goodbye to frizz and static and hello to manageability /